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Ms. Martin Yack

Deirdre Martin Yack

Director of Sales & Marketing, Hotel 50 Bowery

Deirdre Martin Yack, director of sales and marketing for Manhattan’s Hotel 50 Bowery, draws on more than two decades of experience in upscale New York City hotels to launch the city’s first Joie de Vivre property. Ms. Yack and her team coordinate direct sales and marketing efforts to position the boutique luxury hotel as an adventurous Chinatown destination honoring its historical location. She also develops programs that connect to the city’s culture, including an on-site exhibit curated by the Museum of Chinese in America. Throughout her career, Ms. Yack’s commitment to the individual experience remains essential to her success, in both leading a team and pleasing hotel guests. “I take great pride in mentoring those on my team, and watching them grow in the industry,” she says. Though she typically focuses on big-picture concepts, Ms. Yack’s overarching goal is an exceptional guest experience. “While it’s easy to get wrapped up in the numbers, I always remember that there’s a guest involved, and their comfort and satisfaction is our priority,” she says. A lifelong New Yorker, Ms. Yack grew up on Long Island and attended Johnson and Wales University. While her experience working in a local restaurant as a teenager inspired her education, Ms. Yack focused on the hotel industry and kicked off her career with a position as reservation sales coordinator for Le Parker Meridien. Within a year, she earned a promotion to sales manager, and spent the next five years developing feeder markets for the AAA Four Diamond property. During this time, Ms. Yack also committed three years to the United States Air Force Reserves as a senior airman, undergoing basic training and committing one weekend a month to the organization. The experience solidified Ms. Yack’s value of respect, teamwork, and an effective chain of command, tenets that continue to guide her as a hospitality professional. Please visit http://www.jdvhotels.com for more information.

Ms. Martin Yack can be contacted at 212-508-8000 or 50bowerysales@jdvhotels.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.