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Mr. Patterson

Drew Patterson

Co-Founder and CEO, CheckMate

Drew Patterson is the co-founder and CEO of CheckMate the leading travel technology company building hotel communications tools to deliver a better guest experience. From before check-in through departure, CheckMate’s tools enable hotels and their guests to have a two-way conversation through any means of communication - email, text, or a native app. CheckMate’s mobile tools improve every facet of the guest experience – from a mobile check-in that avoids a wait at the front desk and deals on room upgrades to alerts when one’s room is ready. Through partnerships with hotels, OTAs and TMCs, CheckMate has improved the travel experience of over 500,000 travelers staying at over 51,000 hotels. Mr. Patterson is also the CEO of Room 77, a position he's held since the hotel search engine acquired CheckMate in January of 2013. Drew previously co-founded Jetsetter, which he helped grow from an idea to nearly $100 million annual bookings run rate. He was also part of the founding team at KAYAK and served in a variety of key leadership roles from 2004 to 2009. Mr. Patterson helped to reshape the online travel landscape by evolving the distribution model and increasing industry and consumer awareness around the value of “search” in travel. Please visit checkmate.io for more information.

Mr. Patterson can be contacted at 415-849-3537 or drew@checkmate.io

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.