Editorial Board   

Mr. Acton

Scott Acton

CEO & Founder, Forte Specialty Contractors

Building on three generations of creative execution behind some of the globe’s most iconic experiential spaces, Scott Acton is no stranger to the unusual in the world of construction. As the CEO and founder of Forté Specialty Contractors in Las Vegas, a construction firm specializing in the hospitality, restaurant, retail, nightlife and entertainment industries, he is known for tackling some of the most difficult and attention-grabbing construction challenges in the industry.

Mr. Acton's entrance into this arena began with a long family history of Disney projects, which, as an entity, is known for creative, unusual experiences requiring innovative construction techniques. Part of developing this skill set for Mr. Acton included attending “Disney University” where he learned the business and leadership skills necessary to build a successful career. Mr. Acton began working for his father at the age of 16, but soon realized his entrepreneurial drive was too strong to just keep working for the family business.

A third-generation craftsman, Mr. Acton worked a variety of odd jobs then followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, becoming a notable entrepreneur in his own right. His early work comprises several landmarks across North America, including portions of Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios and Disney, showcasing Mr. Acton's affinity to thematic design and construction.

In 2002, Mr. Acton started his own company, Trevi Manufacturing, naming it after the most famous fountain in the world – the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy. He wanted to combine manufacturing with construction, a marriage not seen within the market. He grew Trevi from a startup to a $12 million company in only two years, resulting in national accolades including being named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s “Small Business Person of the Year” for Nevada. His first project in Sin City was Treasure Island’s pirate ships, which provide the hotel its iconic presence on the Las Vegas Strip.

Please visit http://fortedesignbuild.com/ for more information.

Mr. Acton can be contacted at 702-697-2000 or scott@fortedesignbuild.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.