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Mr. Kistner

Mike Kistner

President, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board, Pegasus Solutions

Mike Kistner is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive of Dallas-based Pegasus Solutions, a global leader in providing technology and services to hotels and travel distributors. Mr. Kistner joined Pegasus as Chief Operating Officer from Best Western International, Inc., where he was Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of distribution, responsible for worldwide systems development and management. Before joining Best Western, Mr. Kistner was a Senior Vice President at Cendant Corp., where he implemented the largest-ever hotel technology rollout. Previously, Mr. Kistner worked for Super 8 Motels where he was Executive Vice President of operations, heading IT, reservations, corporate travel, guest service, convention planning, corporate and franchise insurance and facilities management. He also was Vice President for management information systems and reservations at HFS Inc. Mr. Kistner holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting and information systems from Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D. and a master of science degree in information systems from Colorado State University. He is the past Chairman and current member of the e-commerce committee of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Chairman of the Open Travel Alliance (OTA) and has been recognized as one of the leading CIOs in the hospitality industry.

Mr. Kistner can be contacted at 480-624-6450 or mike.kistner@pegs.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.