Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Segerberg

Jane Segerberg

Founder & President, Segerberg Spa Consulting, LLC

Jane Segerberg is founder and president of Segerberg Spa Consulting, LLC. Her commitment to excellence is the foundation of a distinguished, 30-year career of achievement and leadership in the inter-related disciplines of the wellness, hospitality and spa industries. With 18 years of Five-Star resort experience and 11 years in the spa design and consulting business, Ms. Segerberg is recognized as an eminent authority on spa operations and business strategies. As President of SSC, Ms. Segerberg directs all aspects of the firm’s consulting services including concept and facility design, operations and program development, staffing and training, marketing, facility openings and spa management. She worked with Sea Island Company, Sea Island, Georgia for eight years before opening the Sea Island Spa and managing its operations for an additional ten years. Under her leadership and innovative programming and business acumen, Sea Island Spa was the first spa chosen by Travel & Leisure magazine as The Best Spa in North America, as well as receiving numerous other awards. Sea Island Spa remains on the Travel & Leisure lists of top resort spas. As an esteemed consultant, Ms. Segerberg has provided design and operations expertise to a broad array of spa and resort projects, traveling extensively to spas worldwide and developing a broad knowledge and understanding of the international spa industry. Ms. Segerberg recently served three elected terms as Chairman of the International Spa Association and continues to serve on the Past Chairman’s Council and the Leadership Development Task Force. She is the recipient of the prestigious ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award and is credited with the tremendous growth of ISPA. The largest spa industry trade association, ISPA has grown to be a global organization with over 3,200 members representing 86 countries. Members include spa owners, directors and service providers. Ms. Segerberg was recently recognized by American Spa Magazine as one of four top spa consultants as voted by the magazine’s Professional’s Choice Awards in which readers–who are the top decision makers at resort and destination spas, day spas and medical spas–vote for their favorites in the industry. The Awards have become the standard for recognizing spa industry leaders. As a highly sought-after consultant and lecturer, Ms. Segerberg has spoken internationally to various organizations and has been featured in radio, television and internet interviews including Fox TV, National Public Radio, and WebMD. As a leading authority on spa trends and programming, Ms. Segerberg has been widely quoted in key publications such as WorldTravel & Tourism Development, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Allure, American Spa, Businessweek.com, ABC News.com, Resort & Recreation and Hotel Executive Magazine. She holds a Bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education from Heidelberg University. She is certified by The American College of Sports Medicine, Cooper Aerobics Research Institute, American Council on Exercise and has appeared in Who’s Who in American Women.

Ms. Segerberg can be contacted at 912-222-1518 or janesegerberg@yahoo.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.