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Ms. Kang

Grace Kang

Managing Partner, Greenview

Grace Kang is managing partner of Greenview, a sustainability consulting and research firm providing hospitality organizations with their strategy, programs, and reporting, and hospitality industry with industry insight, trends and benchmarks. She oversees Greenview’s Asia operations as well as co-develops the company’s business plan and growth strategy. She successfully rolled out the Greenview Portal, a software as a service online sustainability data management platform that makes tracking, measuring and improving in areas of sustainability and social responsibility easy and seamless. She leads a software development team and manages the development of the Greenview Portal 2.0 and industry benchmarking studies including the Green Lodging Survey, benchmarking sustainability operational best practices. Ms Kang has a focused background in the hotel industry with over 15 years of experience in various functional roles, particularly in driving business through data analysis, reporting and strategic programs. She brings corporate perspective from working at top global hotel brands such as Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Marriott International. At Starwood, Grace optimized the sales organization in underperforming markets by redesigning customer coverage models to drive revenue and gain market share, and managed and liaised with cross-functional teams to ensure that newly opening hotels have successful opening performances. At Marriott, she led the lodging business plan for select service properties to quantify future investments and profit contribution of new openings, and conducted investment analyses to structure various transactions. In addition to her hotel background, she gained Asia experience working at Samsung Card in Seoul, Korea. At Samsung Card, Ms. Kang designed a new premium customer experience strategy for Samsung Card VIP segment across all key servicing touch points to drive incremental revenue, developed the company’s first international online affiliate program as a vehicle to expand into the international market, and partnered with global hotel companies and luxury travel networks to provide differentiated and high-end travel benefits to the top tiered members. Ms. Kang earned two degrees from Cornell University, a Bachelor of Science from the Hotel Administration School and Master of Business Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management. Cornell is where she found her passion for the hospitality industry and teaching fitness. On her spare time, she continues to teach group fitness programs.
Please visit http://www.greenview.sg for more information.

Ms. Kang can be contacted at +65 9623 1876 or grace@greenview.sg

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.