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Ms. Morrison

Ginny Morrison

Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Spire Hospitality

Ginny Morrison oversees all sales and marketing efforts for both owned and managed properties of Spire Hospitality, in her role as vice president of sales & marketing. Ms. Morrison joined Lane Hospitality in 1988 as general manager and was promoted to regional general manager, then regional director of sales and marketing. From ski resorts in Colorado to corporate hotels in Chicago and other large markets, Ms. Morrison has utilized her 25-year hospitality career, operational skills and marketing know-how to ensure profitable and service-oriented hotels. Since being promoted to her current position in 2010, Spire Hospitality sales have doubled. With a B.A. in nutrition from Bowling Green State University, Ms. Morrison began her career as chef-manager of a French bistro. After completing a management-training program with Vicorp Specialty Restaurants, she served as food & beverage director with Concord Hotels of Cleveland and then as general manager for the company's Holiday Inn in Beachwood. Ms. Morrison currently serves on the board of directors for Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association and is the past chairman of the board for Educational Foundation Board of Directors, a non-profit group that implements special educational and scholarship programs for hospitality students. She is a guest speaker of hospitality marketing at The Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality and Tourism Management as well as a guest speaker of revenue management at Kendall College. She has served as president of Rotary Club of Chicago and is still actively involved in fundraising. Ms. Morrison is actively involved in the Illinois Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSAMI) and conducts bi-annual roundtables for the national chapter of HSAMI. Please visit http://www.spirehotels.com for more information.

Ms. Morrison can be contacted at 847-291-5718 or gmorrison@spirehotels.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.