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Mr. Lund

David Lund

Hospitality & Leadership Expert, The Hotel Financial Coach

David Lund is The Hotel Financial Coach, an international hospitality financial leadership expert. He has held positions as a Regional Financial Controller, Corporate Director and Hotel Manager with an international brand for over 30 years in Canada and the US.   Mr. Lund has personally reviewed thousands of budgets, forecasts, month end reports and commentaries. He has managed hotels with combined incomes of hundreds of millions and assets of more than a billion dollars. Throughout his career, David has combined his hotel business knowledge and communication skills to create strong financial teams and break with traditional accounting stereotypes. He believes that all hospitality leaders have the financial skills and talents and he works to see these talents come alive.   Mr. Lund authored an award-winning workshop on Hospitality Financial Leadership and has delivered this workshop and other workshops he has developed to hundreds of hotel managers. He coaches hospitality executives one on one and he delivers his Financial Leadership Workshops to hospitality teams throughout the world. Mr. Lund's workshops and coaching directly help hotels increase profits and build financially engaged management teams. Mr. Lund speaks at hospitality company meetings, hotel associations, and industry events on the subject of Financial Leadership. He has had several articles published in hotel trade magazines and he is the author of three books on Financial Leadership. Mr. Lund is a Certified Hotel Accounting Executive through The Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Association, HFTP and a Certified Professional Coach who received his coaches training and certification through the Coaches Training Institute, CTI.    Mr. Lund is based in Corona Del Mar, California where he lives with his wife Johanne who is also a hospitality financial consultant. Mr. Lund is a graduate of the Hospitality Management program at the New Brunswick College. Please visit http://hotelfinancialcoach.com/freecall/ for more information.

Mr. Lund can be contacted at 949-791-2739 or david@hotelfinancialcoach.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.