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Mr. Bharucha

Jaavid Bharucha

Corporate Director of Revenue Management, Arbor Lodging Management

Jaavid Bharucha is the Corporate Director of Revenue Management for Arbor Lodging Management, a performance-focused and innovative hotel investment and management company based in Chicago. In this role with Arbor Lodging Management, Mr. Bharucha develops and executes revenue strategies for Arbor Lodging Management. With a management portfolio of 15 hotels with 1,759 guest rooms, Arbor Lodging Management provides a fresh, thoughtful, and curated approach to hospitality services that are metrics driven, value proven, and progressive to guests, associates, and owners. Through his career of over 12 years in the industry with revenue management experience, Mr. Bharucha brings insight from his time at Radisson Lexington and Hotel Pennsylvania in New York and The Bricton Group and TPG Hospitality in the Chicagoland area to his current role at Arbor Lodging Management. Throughout each role held, Mr. Bharucha worked directly with on-property general managers and vice presidents or sales & marketing to generate forecasts, monitor the comp set, check for movement and rate variance, and assist in development of sales plan across the board. Mr. Bharucha has been with Arbor Lodging Management for over a year, working with the team through the recent transition from NVN to Arbor Lodging Management. Mr. Bharucha brings professional know-how and tangible results hi optimizing revenues by developing revenue maximization ideas and strategies, offering services to attractions in the area, and promoting the properties through various distribution channels. Prior to his time in the hotel space, Mr. Bharucha held a market manager position at Priceline Inc. in Chicago. Mr. Bharucha earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Travel and Hospitality Management from Hawaii Pacific University. Please visit http://www.arborlodging.com for more information.

Mr. Bharucha can be contacted at 312-854-0540 or jbharucha@arborlodging.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.