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Mr. Olsen

Derek Olsen

Senior Vice President, CHMWarnick

Derek Olsen, is a Senior Vice President of CHMWarnick, the leading hotel asset management and owner advisory services firm. Mr. Olsen brings more than 20 years’ hospitality advisory and asset management experience and a master's degree in real estate to CHMWarnick. Olsen brings expertise in the areas of hotel/portfolio valuation, cash flow analyses, market and industry trends and special projects focused on increasing profitability. Mr. Olsen is an integral member of CHMWarnick’s asset management and transaction team, and has personally underwritten more than 300 hotel acquisition deals, many representing complex transactions with significant development and reprogramming elements. Mr. Olsen has extensive financial modeling and valuation experience, and has identified significant value enhancement opportunities through operational initiatives, lease negotiations and redevelopment strategies. His experience spans a broad range of land uses including hotels and resorts, luxury condominiums, condo-hotels, fractional, time-share, whole-ownership residences and golf courses. He has a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Cornell University, and a Master of Science in Real Estate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Please visit https://www.CHMWarnick.com for more information.

Mr. Olsen can be contacted at 978-522-7000 or dolsen@chmwarnick.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.