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Mr. Presworsky

Eric Presworsky

Chief Technology Officer, Zhone Technologies

Eric Presworsky is the Chief Technology Officer for Zhone Technologies and oversees the technical operations and development of Zhone's Single Line Multi-Service (SLMS) architecture as well as next-generation Zhone product offerings the long-term product roadmap. Eric was a founding member of Zhone’s engineering team in 1999. He oversees the development of the company’s $50 million release test lab at Zhone’s headquarters in Oakland, Calif. – where Zhone Technologies’ products are still tested and evaluated before being released to customers. Eric has 21 years of experience working with carrier, hospitality and enterprise customers to design, build, deploy and manage world-class networks. Within his day-to-day responsibilities he also manages the product engineering, product management, technical publications and Global services and technical support teams at Zhone. He was instrumental in developing Zhone’s Gigibit Passive Optical Network (GPON) come to market. Under his leadership, Zhone has shipped enough MXK hardware to support up to 15 million subscribers on Passive Optical Networks (PON) and deployed enough ONTs to create more than two million high-capacity broadband access points around the world. Eric is a thought leader in the telecommunications industry and has spoken internationally on the value of next generation fiber technologies, serving as an advocate for the industry as a whole. Prior to joining Zhone, Eric served as Assistant Vice President of Carrier Systems Development for Lucent Technologies Internetworking Systems Division, formerly Ascend Communications, Inc. Prior to Lucent, Eric also held numerous technical management positions at several leading telecommunications companies, including BellCore and XCOM/Level 3. Eric received his Bachelor of Science in Communications from State University of New York College at Buffalo and his master’s degree in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado at Boulder. About Zhone Technologies Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) is a global leader in the fiber access market, serving more than 750 of the world's most innovative network operators. The IP Zhone is the only solution that enables service providers to build the network of the future today, supporting end-to-end Voice, Data, Entertainment, Social Media, Business, Mobile Backhaul and Mobility service. Zhone is committed to building the fastest and highest quality All IP Multi-Service solution for its customers. Zhone is headquartered in California and its products are manufactured in the USA in a facility that is emission, wastewater and CFC free. If your hotel could benefit from a lower cost of ownership, an upgrade to a highly secure and robust platform, fill out this complimentary cost analysis assessment for the POL solution that is right for you: [http://bit.ly/1J0UMZo][1]. [1]: http://bit.ly/1J0UMZo

Mr. Presworsky can be contacted at inquiries@zhone.com

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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.