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Ms. Paquin

Megan Paquin

Marketing Manager , Hyatt Regency Orlando

Megan Paquin, APR is marketing manager at Hyatt Regency Orlando. Located in the heart of Orlando's International Drive resort area and directly connected to the Orange County Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Orlando offers unparalleled leisure, meetings and convention facilities. Featuring 1,639 guestrooms and 315,000 square feet of meeting space - and with over two million square feet of space in the Orange County Convention Center to which the hotel is attached - Hyatt Regency Orlando is the largest convention hotel for the brand in the United States. Ms. Paquin is an accredited and award-winning marketing communications professional, trusted to lead strategic marketing campaigns for some of the world’s most respected brands. She started her career with MGM Resorts International where she specialized in international media relations and national broadcast for hotels in Las Vegas, Nev. She was a member of the opening public relations team for CityCenter, a 76-acre, mixed-use urban development with 5,900 hotel rooms. It is the largest privately funded construction project in the United States. Fearless in her creative abilities and business acumen, Ms. Paquin went on to earn professional recognition for her work with Fry Hammond Barr, an integrated marketing agency in Orlando, Fla., on behalf of The Peabody Orlando. Leading public relations efforts for one of the nation’s top meetings hotels, she and her team received several Silver and Gold Adrian Awards from Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI). Her work with Fry Hammond Barr also won awards in media relations and crisis communication from the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). Ms. Paquin later demonstrated her business acumen in the luxury market as communications manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, a Caribbean, AAA Five-Diamond resort with 365 rooms and suites, five onsite restaurants including Blue by Eric Ripert, a la prairie spa and Greg Norman-designed golf course, before returning to Orlando to her current role at Hyatt Regency Orlando. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Organizational Communication, Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and an M.A. candidate in Behavioral Economics at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Ms. Paquin currently serves on the Global Communications Committee for Visit Orlando and is Director of Communications for MPI Orlando. Please visit http://www.orlando.regency.hyatt.com for more information.

Ms. Paquin can be contacted at 407-284-1234 or megan.paquin@hyatt.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.