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Mr. Hirsch

Jeffrey Hirsch

Founder and President, The Right Brain Studio, Inc.

Jeff Hirsch is the Founder and President of The Right Brain Studio and Adjunct Professor in the graduate Communications Management program at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications & Journalism. His research insights, business development strategies and new product ideas are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues for some of the world’s top brands such as Caesar’s Entertainment, Disneyland & Disneyworld, Pepsi, Colgate-Palmolive, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Brown-Forman, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Anheuser-Busch and many others. Mr. Hirsch started his career in advertising account management at DKG advertising in New York City. After working on various brands for the agency’s Brown-Forman account, the client hired him to work directly for the company at its Louisville, KY headquarters in Brand Management on the Old Forrester Bourbon brand and innovation projects. He later went on to work on various General Mills brands in Account Management at Campbell-Mithun Advertising, and on the Apple business at Chiat/Day Advertising. Frustrated by the advertising business’s categorization of “creativity” – if one department was “creative” by definition, did that mean that all the others weren’t? – Mr. Hirsch launched his own business to inject a higher level of creativity and right brain-thinking into the strategic planning process. Many years later, the Right Brain Studio’s clients show tangible success based on the company’s ability to “connect the dots other people don't’ see” and “curate emotions” to zero in on deeply held values and feelings that dictate brand choice. An avid reader, golfer, filmgoer and music lover, Mr. Hirsch enjoys performing solo – or joining his band – at local clubs and events. He also maintains his availability, should the team need his talents, to play center field for the New York Mets. He has an M.S. in Advertising and a B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University. Please visit htttp://www.therightbrainstudio.com for more information.

Mr. Hirsch can be contacted at 818-400-7922 or jhirsch@therightbrainstudio.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.