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Mr. Ezra

Aron Ezra

CEO, OfferCraft

Aron Ezra is the successful founder of two tech companies, and has a track record of pushing clients and even entire industries toward new technologies. He is an active member of the Las Vegas and San Francisco innovation ecosystems, a Princeton-educated mentor to other entrepreneurs, a board member of many startups, and a prodigious generator of ideas. Aron has been named one of the Most Intriguing People in Las Vegas and one of the Top 10 Rising Business Leaders in the city. Aron’s first company, MacroView Labs (where he was the founder and CEO), was one of the first mobile app development companies in the world. MacroView's apps were eventually used by millions of patrons at hundreds of businesses around the world. Aron and his team pioneered many techniques that are now industry standard, such as geofencing, contextual push notifications and in-app social games. MacroView was acquired in 2011 for eight figures by Bally Technologies, now Scientific Games. Aron's next venture, OfferCraft, was inspired by a question: "What if we made the unpleasant parts of an organization more fun?" He wondered: What if we made it fun to stand in a checkout line? Or get a physical? Or open a marketing email? Or go to work? Would employees perform better? Would customers spend more? So he hired a mix of top behavioral economists, psychologists, engineers and game developers. Then the team built software that could infuse playful game elements into marketing, HR, operations, finance — basically every department. The results were remarkable. This seemingly simple KPI — enjoyability — has an immense impact on revenues, customer churn, employee turnover, and much more. Today Mr. Ezra is CEO of OfferCraft, and the company has clients in the US, Canada, South Africa and Australia. Please visit htttp://www.OfferCraft.com for more information.

Mr. Ezra can be contacted at 310-403-3082 or aezra@offercraft.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.