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Mr. Isenberg

Gary Isenberg

President, LWHA Asset & Property Management Services

Gary Isenberg currently serves as President - LWHA® Asset & Property Management Services. With more than 30 years of diversified hospitality experience in Hotel Management, Finance, and Asset Management, Mr. Isenberg’s expertise includes third party asset management, serving as an owner’s rep, due diligence for real estate investors, and development services to negotiate management or franchise agreements.

Mr. Isenberg's asset management specialties include, among other services, capital budgeting and PIP costing as well as internal control and accounting.

A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and minors in Corporate Finance and Information Systems, Mr. Isenberg started his career with ITT Sheraton as a Corporate Trainee. During his 16-year tenure, he was rapidly promoted over a series of increasingly responsible positions, mergers and acquisitions, at both the corporate and property level, in the disciplines of finance and operations.

A privately held Hotel Development, Ownership and Management Company, Field Hotel Associates (FHA), recruited Mr. Isenberg to join their organization as General Manager of their flagship property. Soon there after he was promoted to EVP of Hotel Operations and most recently held the position of Chief Operating Officer.

During his tenure at FHA, he led the development and opening of hotels, spearheaded several re-organizations, repositioning and recapitalizations, as well as numerous revenue-generating and cost-cutting initiatives. This in turn enhanced value and maximized return for the owners and investors.

Mr. Isenberg serves or has served on the following boards and professional organizations: Pennsylvania Travel and Lodging Association Board Member, Hotel Association of New York’s NY Hotel Group Founding Member, JFK Airport Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation Board Member and Director.

Please visit http://www.lwhadvisors.com for more information.

Mr. Isenberg can be contacted at 212-300-6684 x108 or gary.isenberg@lwhadvisors.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.