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Ms. Tower

Amanda Tower

Global Communications and Branding Manager, Wilson Associates

Amanda Tower is the Global Communications and Branding Manager for Wilson Associates interior architecture firm. Wilson Associates creates new definitions of luxury for an era that is increasingly well-travelled, connected and culturally diverse. For more than 40 years, the firm’s dynamic talent and collaborative spirit have created the world’s most trendsetting, iconic projects. Through its dedication to progressive design, Wilson Associates aims to inspire and engage its clients, people and world culture. Ms. Tower brings nearly 15 years of communications, marketing, talent recruitment and public relations experience to Wilson. She plays an important role in shaping the strategy and global image of the firm. In addition to content planning and strategy, Ms. Tower creates dynamic content for print and digital platforms to generate increased leads, impressions and brand engagement. Her familiarity with the vast world of art and design began at Savannah College of Art and Design, where she helped coordinate and execute a variety of campaigns and strategies, many of which won regional and national CASE, ADDY and HOW Magazine awards. Ms. Tower believes collaboration, curiosity and employing design thinking methodologies result in some of the most innovative ideas. Founded in 1971, Wilson Associates employs over 300 design professionals throughout its eight global offices. Headquartered Dallas the firm has several offices throughout the world in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Los Angeles, New York, Paris (Atelier), Shanghai and Singapore. Wilson Associates is committed to providing the highest level of luxury design and client service through a full range of design services. Please visit http://www.wilsonassociates.com for more information.

Ms. Tower can be contacted at 214-521-6753 or atower@wilsonassoc.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.