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Mr. Meek

Frank Meek

International Technical & Training Director, Orkin, LLC

“Knowledge is power when it comes to effective pest management.” An industry veteran, Frank Meek has been with Orkin since 1986. In 2003, he was named among the future leaders of the pest management industry in Pest Control Technology magazine’s “40 Under 40” ranking. Currently, as the International Technical and Training Director, Mr. Meek provides technical support and training in both sales and service to Orkin's international franchises, helping them grow and develop in their specific markets. As a board-certified entomologist, Mr. Meek teaches Integrated Pest Management principles and can explain how to use all available methodologies to prevent pest infestations in various commercial settings. Mr. Meek has experience in all areas of pest control, enabling him to provide a cross-industry overview of the role that pest management can play in improved safety and sanitation. His common-sense approach and extensive experience make him a natural media resource. Among other pest management topics, he is well versed in best pest management practices in hospitality environments. Mr. Meek is a regular speaker at National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and many international, state and regional pest control association meetings, as well as non pest control industry associations such as the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES). He has published many articles for the pest control industry trade magazines, as well as major media outlets such as Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN, MSNBC and others. Meek has also represented Orkin on national television with appearances on shows such as the NBC Today Show, CNN and ABC News. Mr. Meek writes a monthly column called “Technicalities” for PMP magazine. In 2005, he co-authored the IPM Recommended Practice book for American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES), which has become the standard for providing pest management service to the healthcare industry. In 2010, Mr. Meek authored the chapter on Occasional Invader Pest in the 10th edition of the Mallis Handbook to Pest Control Operations. Previously, Mr. Meek has contributed to HotelExecutive.com on topics ranging from pest management practices for LEED certification to bed bugs and integrating pest management into redesign plans.

Mr. Meek can be contacted at 404-888-2898 or fmeek@rollinscorp.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.