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Mr. Navach

Jeff Navach

Vice President of Marketing, MediaAlpha

Jeff Navach is the Vice President of Marketing for MediaAlpha where he is responsible for leading all marketing activities, including brand development, demand generation and customer insights. MediaAlpha innovates at the intersection of programmatic technology and vertical search, bringing transparency and efficiency to both buyers and sellers. Its platform empowers advertisers to more effectively engage high-intent consumers through a variety of touchpoints to increase campaign ROI. Publishers gain granular control over their inventory to optimize yield and maximize revenue. MediaAlpha is an advertising technology company that enables and optimizes the real-time buying and selling of vertical and comparison search media. MediaAlpha's advertising technology platform powers over 25 million high-value transactions annually, representing more than $200 million in media spend across travel, insurance, personal finance, education, and home services verticals. At MediaAlpha Mr. Navach leads the company’s marketing activities, bringing a customer-centric focus to building brand awareness and driving demand for MediaAlpha's exchange technology solutions. He favors a results-oriented approach to growth strategies, sales and marketing, and corporate development. The company has recently applied its comparison search media technology in the travel & tourism space, generating revenue on bottom-of-the-funnel media for hotels, airlines, auto rentals, cruises, and destinations. Prior to joining MediaAlpha, Mr. Navach was Vice President of Professional Services and Customer Success at Valkre Solutions. He has spent over 10 years focused on customer engagement and B2B sales & marketing in the software and digital media industries. Mr. Navach holds an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.S. in Business Economics from UCLA. Please visit http://www.mediaalpha.com. for more information.

Mr. Navach can be contacted at 773-988-8754 or jeff@mediaalpha.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.