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Mr. Kraft

John Kraft

Senior Associate Attorney, Fuksa Khorsid, LLC

John Kraft is a senior associate attorney with the Chicago law firm of Fuksa Khorshid, LLC. His practice areas include commercial litigation, consumer and financial regulatory compliance, and transactional matters. Mr. Kraft advises a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies, to real estate investment funds, to family businesses. Mr. Kraft is advisor to his clients in the areas of risk management through sound employment practices, insurance coverage, and internal policies and procedures. Mr. Kraft has represented a number of clients in disputes involving employee dishonesty and commercial crime, auditor and accountant malpractice, bank fraud and associated regulatory failures, unfair competition, and breach of contract. In addition, Mr. Kraft has represented real estate developers, general contractors, and subcontractors in multi-million dollar construction disputes arising out of defect claims, mechanics liens, private and public bond claims, delay damages, design defects, and design-build negligence. Mr. Kraft also has extensive experience in insurance coverage matters, having represented almost every major carrier in the areas of fidelity & surety, professional liability, property & casualty, and professional liability; Mr. Kraft also advises insureds in navigating the claims process. Finally, Mr. Kraft represents clients on a variety of transactional matters as well, including commercial real estate transactions, corporate entity formation, commercial contracting, and a number of labor and employment matters. Mr. Kraft received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He then received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago, where he was a member of the Loyola Consumer Law Journal. Please visit http://www.fklawfirm.com for more information.

Mr. Kraft can be contacted at 312-266-2221 or john@fklawfirm.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.