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Ms. Stone

Heather Stone

Global Executive Vice President, CSI Enterprises

In 1989, Heather Stone co-founded CSI Enterprises, a highly-acclaimed and award-winning company in the 'FinTech' space, providing innovative payment solutions to some of the world's most iconic brands. As Global Executive Vice President Heather has been a driving force in developing corporate payment solutions within the company’s Electronic Accounts Payable, Mobile, Travel, P-card, fuel card and globalVCard® divisions that serve specific market needs in many verticals including manufacturing, construction, energy, hospitality, healthcare, media, sports and entertainment. Ms. Stone has led the company’s growth within the hospitality industry, where the majority of the top hospitality management companies rely on globalVCard® to process their payment transactions. CSI globalVCard offers dual issuing capabilities with international partner PPS and is also a member of ACTE and GBTA. Corporate purchasing solutions reduce costs and increase profits in all areas of B2B payments, including accounts payable, business travel spending, and fuel purchases. Driven to succeed throughout her 20+ year career, Heather consistently holds herself and her company to the highest of standards, and is the primary driver behind CSI Enterprise’s legendary customer service. Her innate ability to listen, adapt to, and create solutions has earned her the reputation as a trusted advisor to many Fortune 1000 corporate executives. Heather’s drive to succeed extends far beyond the office. She is a passionate as a role model for women in business, and is involved in several women’s business organizations including National Association of Professional Women, where she was named Professional Woman of the Year in 2013 and Women in Leadership recognition 2015 and again in 2016. In addition, she is a competitive marathon runner and vehement supporter of many local and national charities benefitting children in need, including: The Power2Change Foundation (CSI Enterprise’s corporate foundation), Tiger Woods Foundation, George Gervin Youth Center, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Heather Stone is an Alumni of Pepperdine University, where she studied business and journalism. Please visit https://www.csiglobalvcard.com/ for more information.

Ms. Stone can be contacted at 239-595-0977 or cperry@csiglobalvcard.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.