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Ms. Brokowski

Donna Brokowski

General Manager Partner Solutions Group, Travel and Transport

Donna Brokowski, General Manager of Travel and Transport’s Partner Solutions Group is a travel mixologist always striving to find the perfect supplier – buyer balance. In her role, Ms. Brokowski is responsible for leading the company’s overall global strategic direction in corporate consulting services, supplier relations, and procurement analytics. Within Ms. Brokowski’s tenure at Travel and Transport, the Partner Solutions Group has grown to over 20 associates fulfilling hundreds of consulting engagements annually for airline, rental car and hotel categories. Ms. Brokowski has an extensive background encompassing over 25 years in travel consulting and sales leadership. Prior to joining Travel and Transport in 2010, Ms. Brokowski led various sales teams with hotel groups including Wyndham Hotel Group, Peabody Hotel Group, Best Western and Holiday Inn. An accomplished speaker, Ms. Brokowski has delivered keynote presentations to the Silicon Valley BTA and Wisconsin BTA and has presented to various BTA organizations including Miami BTA, South Florida BTA, North Carolina BTA, and Central & North Florida BTA. In addition, she has spoken at the Society of Government Travel Professionals’ Ancon Conference and participated as a panel speaker at Radius Travel’s Annual Global Conference and most recently at the 2016 GBTA Government Relations Committee panel on supplier acquisition. She has been called upon and cited in various industry publications and has been published in Agent at Home Magazine and Travel Agent Magazine. Ms. Brokowski is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and resides in the Chicago area with her husband and two children. Please visit http://www.travelandtransport.com for more information.

Ms. Brokowski can be contacted at 402-399-4695 or dbrokowski@tandt.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.