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Ms. Keller

Chaunsea Keller

Executive Vice President, EproDirect

Chaunsea Keller is Executive Vice President for EproDirect. She has over 17 years of experience in the hospitality sales and marketing field, with over ten years of those being with EproDirect. In her role with EproDirect, it allows her to see daily interaction between suppliers and planners; therefore, it is a good gauge on the meetings industry as a whole. She resides in College Station, TX with her husband and two children. Ms. Keller has been published nationally several times with a variety of hospitality and marketing publications. She has been a speaker for conferences focusing on the group and convention trends. She is a past board member of HSMAI interest group and a past board member of her local MPI chapter. EproDirect helps hotels and other meeting suppliers grow their group markets with an integrated digital marketing program. Please visit www.eprodirect.com for more information.

Ms. Keller can be contacted at 405-233-1033 or chaunsea.keller@eprodirect.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.