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Ms. Churchill

Elizabeth Churchill

Chief Revenue Officer, Aqua-Aston Hospitality

Elizabeth Churchill is Chief Revenue Officer of Aqua-Aston Hospitality, a premier hotel management group with an extensive portfolio of hotels and resorts in Hawaii and on the U.S. mainland. Ms. Churchill oversees the marketing, sales, revenue management and reservations functions. She is a veteran marketer and sales leader with expertise in hotel rebranding and repositioning and extensive knowledge of the hospitality and tourism industries. Ms. Churchill's marketing strengths include: setting strategic plans, executing on strategy to grow a business and drive profitability, turnaround strategies, building effective teams, driving ROI, branding and identity, analysis, technology vetting, e-Commerce and digital strategies, sales and sales leadership, revenue optimization and distribution, niche marketing and public relations. Ms. Churchillís progressive marketing and revenue management techniques led to growth for Aqua Hospitality over the last ten years. Her tenure as part of the Aqua family began in 2005, during which she orchestrated a rebranding of the company which helped to triple the number of rooms it oversees. Ms. Churchillís accomplishments include transforming the former W Honolulu Hotel into the Lotus Honolulu, rescuing the iconic Ilikai Hotel & Suites on Oahu, transitioning Waileaís Diamond Resort into the trendy Hotel Wailea Maui, and reopening the historic Volcano House in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. Ms. Churchill is focused on developing and executing a holistic approach to Aqua-Aston Hospitality customers across all of its brands, and driving customer acquisition, retention and profitability. Please visit www.aquahospitalityllc.com for more information.

Ms. Churchill can be contacted at 808-943-9291 or echurchill@aquahospitality.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.