Editorial Board   

Ms. Mackman

Mia A. Mackman

President & Owner, Mackman ES

Mia Mackman, HVS Director of Spa and Wellness Consulting, and Alliance Partner is the Principal and Founder of Mackman ES, a future-driven industry consultancy. Through an alliance with HVS, Mia leads the spa and wellness aspects of HVS consulting engagements, encompassing market and feasibility studies, strategic planning, valuation, and forecasting.

With over 23 years of industry experience, moving from operations to consulting in 2001. Ms. Mackman has predicted some of the leading shifts in the transition of the spa and wellness market since 2004. Known for her agility, leadership, and intuitive insight, she works with Fortune 500 companies, private clients, industry groups, and global networks. She is recognized for her unique ability to predict and identify future value propositions and how to navigate, adapt, and excel in a fast-changing market.

Based in Sedona, Arizona, Ms. Mackman is the founder and president of the 
Arizona Spa & Wellness Association . She is an Official Visiting Judge at the World Spa & Wellness Awards.  These awards are one of the leading honors in the industry. They acknowledge the excellence of care, service, and standards, aiming to inspire spas around the world, and serving to raise global industry standards. She serves as a Global Wellness Day  U.S.A. Ambassador and helps spread a global wellness message that has touched over 100 countries at more than 4,000 different locations.

Ms. Mackman contributes as an industry expert to international magazines, news organizations, business reports, and private club publications. She also participates in world academic studies, wellness tourism research and is a member of the Hotel Business Review  Editorial Board for HotelExecutive. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her bike, hiking through the red rocks in Sedona and spending time with her two sons. She enjoys art, cooking, reading, travel and learning new things.

Please visit https://mackmanES.com for more information.

Ms. Mackman can be contacted at 928-284-8503 or mia@mackmanES.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.