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Mr. Lachance

Paul Lachance

President, Smartware Group Inc.

Paul Lachance is founding partner of Smartware Group, Inc., producer of the modern Bigfoot CMMS solution for maintenance organizations worldwide, and currently serves as the company’s president. Lachance has developed specialty CMMS and EAM software for maintenance professionals for almost 20 years. Prior to founding Smartware Group, Mr. Lachance and his business partner Dave Peelstrom started a software company in Colorado during the dotcom boom. After the company was acquired, they moved to New Hampshire and formed Smartware Group to fill a niche in the maintenance software market. Having started two businesses from scratch, Mr. Lachance understands the fundamentals and complex mechanics of growing a successful company. His creative management style encourages employees of all ranks to bring new ideas to the table and to pitch in wherever it is needed. Mr. Lahance's effective communication skills set him apart as a true partner that sets expectations for clients and always comes to the table with a solution. Mr. Lahance has spoken at a number of conferences and industry events, including the International Maintenance Conference and FABTECH. He also contributes to such industry publications as Plant Engineering, Processing Magazine, Food Logistics and Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operation. Mr. Lahance is a graduate of Bentley University. Please visit www.bigfootcmms.com/company/smartware-group for more information.

Mr. Lachance can be contacted at 866-858-7800 or paul.lachance@bigfootcmms.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.