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Ms. Hutchins

Amy Hutchins

Lead Product Manager, BookingSuite (USA), Inc.

Amy Hutchins is a software professional with 12 years of experience designing and building consumer software and online services solutions. She is a Lead Product Manager at BookingSuite, and has spent the past three years focused exclusively on solutions for the hospitality industry. An advocate for non-tech-savvy consumers, Amy emphasizes a premium user experience in all software products. In her current role, Amy has traveled all over the world meeting with hoteliers and learning about their specific pain points and everyday work experiences. By analyzing the nuances of how different hospitality software systems interact with each other, Amy strives to empower properties of all sizes by providing simple end-to-end software solutions to meet their unique needs. She loves the challenge of taking conceptually difficult tasks and distilling them into easy and intuitive solutions to facilitate increased productivity in work and life. Before focusing on hospitality, Amy spent seven years at Microsoft in the Windows division. She spent much of her time in the identity and security space there. She brings that strong background to the hospitality industry, where she works to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for hotel staff and guests alike. Amy graduated from Duke University with a major in Computer Science and minors in Economics and Classical Civilizations. She doesn’t get to use the latter quite as much as she had hoped, but it does prove useful when she’s traveling to historic destinations. Please visit http://suite.booking.com/ for more information.

Ms. Hutchins can be contacted at (314) 302-9952 or amy.hutchins@booking.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.