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Ms. Locke

Amy Locke

Director, Interior Design, Hatchett Hospitality

Amy Locke has specialized in interior design for the hospitality industry for almost five years. In her responsibilities as director of interior designer at Hatchett Hospitality, she works with franchisers and franchisees on a wide variety of hotel brands, styles, and themes - from economy to luxury, from resort to business conference, and from traditional to modern. Previous to joining Hatchett Hospitality, she held a position in residential interior design with Ethan Allen Interiors. A native of Atlanta, Ms. Locke earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in interior design at the Art Institute of Atlanta. She is currently completing a degree in feng shui - the ancient Chinese system of aesthetics and decorating that is based on aligning nature, harmony, and good health. She is an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

Ms. Locke can be contacted at 770-227-5232 or Amy@HatchettHospitality.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.