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Mr. Lowe

Bob Lowe

Vice President of POS Intergrations, Heartland Payment Systems

Bob Lowe has been in the software space for more than 30 years. Initially working in software development, he wrote solutions for many customer types before specializing in hotel software. He was involved in CRS, property management, point of sale and spa, golf and event management systems that were sold globally. He oversaw the integration of hotel and restaurant systems to credit card gateways, switches and processors in many parts of the world, including the U.S., UK, Europe, India, China and South Africa. He became closely involved in credit card security when Visa released its CISP guidelines in 2000 and implemented strategies to address the card security standards beginning with CISP and carrying on through PABP, PCI DSS and PA-DSS. For the past eight years he has held senior business development and integration management roles in the payment card acquiring area holding senior roles in both gateway and processors that connect to all industry types including hotel software companies. He has been an industry representative on the board of the Open Travel Alliance and has been involved in HTNG workgroups. He speaks frequently at events and industry forums. MR. Lowe is vice president of POS integration with Heartland Payment Systems, now part of Global Payments, and resides in Northern California. He is currently working to simplify the way systems integrate while also improving card security. He plans to attend the Electronic Transaction Association event in Las Vegas, the National Restaurant Association event in Chicago and HITEC in Toronto over the next few months. Please visit https://www.heartlandpaymentsystems.com for more information.

Mr. Lowe can be contacted at 530-274-2329 or Robert.Lowe@e-hps.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.