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Mr. Padwick

John Padwick

Vice President, Travel, Media & Entertainment Practice, Travel Strategy Lead, Merkle Inc.

John Padwick spearheads the growth efforts for Merkle's specialty Travel practice. The practice provides expertise in bringing innovative data, analytic, and technical marketing solutions to top travel and hospitality clients. He is passionate about helping Merkle industry partners understand and leverage our customer-centric approach, delivering targeted experiences to customers and prospects across online and offline media. Mr. Padwick is a seasoned Travel Industry executive with 15 years global experience in integrated brand marketing and technology systems. His background includes building and managing integrated brand marketing teams and initiatives across the travel industry. Mr. Padwick has been responsible for developing digital platforms (including CRM and loyalty programs) for major global travel brands, including: Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. He brings a unique blend of industry knowledge regarding pertinent KPIs, CRM, and modern consumer new media consumption patterns. Immediately prior to joining Merkle, John's role centered on delivering CRM consulting, integrated marketing, and marketing automation solutions. Mr. Padwick holds both an M.B.A. in Marketing, as well as an M.P.A, from the University of Texas at Austin

Mr. Padwick can be contacted at 443-542-4235 or jpadwick@merkleinc.com

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.