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Mr. Young

Alan E. Young

CEO & Co-founder, Puzzle Partner, Ltd.

Alan E. Young began his travel and hotel technology focused career 25 years ago in operations at the Four Seasons Hotels in Toronto. As his passion for the technology aspect of the hospitality industry intensified, he transitioned from operations and began to focus on the technologies that were going to be propelling the hotel and travel industry forward for many years to come. Today, Mr. Young is the President and Co-Founder of Puzzle Partner Ltd., a strategic and tactical marketing and public relations firm that specializes in helping travel and hotel technology companies achieve winning performance and dramatic growth. Through the implementation of proper messaging and content strategies, Puzzle Partner enables their clients to garner greater visibility and ultimately an increase in revenues. Previously, Mr. Young has held key executive positions with Newtrade Technologies (Expedia), Hotel Information Systems (Softbrands), Hotel Booking Solutions and Infor, the worlds third largest ERP software company Mr. Young is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Open Travel Alliance, a global hospitality/travel industry technology standards association. Mr. Young has also been very involved with other industry organizations most notably AHLA, HEDNA and HTNG. He is a sought-after guest speaker that has been invited to present at World Travel Mart, ITB, HITEC, HEDNA, The HOT Conference and several other global industry events. Mr. Young also sits on the Advisory board of several innovative travel technology firms helping them develop their sales, branding and marketing strategies in order that they gain a very quick foothold in an extremely complex and competitive industry. Please visit www.puzzlepartner.ca for more information.

Mr. Young can be contacted at 705-241-5244 or alan@puzzlepartner.ca

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.