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Ms. Hertzler

Amanda Hertzler

Executive Managing Director & Director of Design, MKDA

Amanda Hertzler is Executive Managing Director and Director of Design at MKDA, an architecture and interior design studio located in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District that is part of the MKDA parent company headquartered in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. Ms. Hertzler is the visionary behind hotel developments and concepts throughout South Florida and the Caribbean, including the interior renovations of a resort in Ft. Lauderdale; multiple concepts for proposed hotel sites in Miami; the revitalization of Spanish Court Resort in Jamaica; and the concept for an eco-resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands. A trusted advisor to many of Miami’s commercial real estate leaders, Ms. Hertzler provides advisory services on investment and development opportunities across Miami, but primarily in the city’s emerging urban neighborhoods of Wynwood, the Design District and Downtown Miami. Her work includes the renovation, repositioning and adaptive reuse of the following prime commercial properties: Douglas Entrance, La Puerta del Sol, Brickell City Tower, Courthouse Tower, 200 Southeast First Building, 80 NE 40th Street and New World Tower. She also designed concepts for the adaptive reuse of an entire block of warehouses in Wynwood comprising 40,000 square feet of retail and 30,000 square feet of rooftop green space. Amassing over 1,000,000 square feet of interiors assignments in just a few short years, Ms. Hertzler additionally designed office interiors for Creative Artists Agency, SproutLoud, DLD Lawyers, INC Global, Burn and Forman, Voomi, Liberty Power and Banyan Street Capital, among others. Ms. Hertzler is a 2017 South Florida Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree. She earned her Master’s Degree in Interior Design at New York’s prestigious Pratt Institute School of Art and Design after studying design and architecture in Paris, France at the Université de Sorbonne. Please visit http://www.mkda.com for more information.

Ms. Hertzler can be contacted at 305-917-0700 or ahertzler@mkda.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.