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Mr. Barbera

Michael Barbera

CEO, Barbera Solutions

Michael Barbera is a Fortune 50 consumer psychologist and strategy consultant, angel investor and award-winning business strategist. He is a business psychologist who is involved in both practical and academic endeavors. His areas of practice are consumer behavior, consumer emotions, social psychology, decision-making, brand management, and marketing and long-term business strategies. Mr. Barbera is currently employed as the CEO of Barbera Solutions and serves as a board member of several organizations. His clients can be found on the Fortune 50 list, ABC’s Shark Tank, Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing, The Food Network, and include Harley-Davidson, the Baltimore Ravens, the Carolina Hurricanes, Microsoft, and the Department of Defense. Mr. Barbera began his entrepreneurial career at the age of 13 in New York City hosting concerts for artists such as Warrant, the Goo Goo Dolls and 3 Doors Down. In 2015, the White House recognized Mr. Barbera for his contributions to entrepreneurship. This work includes development and validation of consumer emotions, consumer behavior, product placement, consumer interaction, business growth strategies and judgment and decision-making. Additionally, Mr. Barbera is a highly sought keynote speaker. Mr. Barbera’s keynote topics include observations and results of academic and practitioner research, and insights of social science. Mr. Barbera is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Society of Judgment and Decision-Making, the Society of Consumer Psychology and the National Speakers Association. Mr. Barbera is completing a Ph.D. in Behavioral Economics with a focus in time pressure and scarcity. He has a BS in Business Administration and two MBAs: entrepreneurship and executive management. Please visit http://www.barberasolutions.com/ for more information.

Mr. Barbera can be contacted at 800-584-8047 or mbarbera@barberasolutions.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.