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Mr. Kall

Rob Kall

President, Bookt LLC

Rob Kall, President of Bookt LLC, is a 'technopreneur' at heart. He founded Bookt (www.bookt.com ) in 2007 to fill a large void in the global vacation rental industry, drawing upon his 12+ years of experience in developing and implementing some of the most sophisticated (and visited) real estate and property websites in the world. Mr. Kall is a master of emerging web technologies, especially as they are applied to the travel industry, as well as behavioral targeting and engagement, deciphering marketing trends into widgets and applications, and online distribution hubs beyond the GDS. Mr. Kall has designed and led the implementation of Remax.com - # 2 Real Estate Site in US (was #10 at project start), designed and led the implementation of LeadStreet, a CRM and Lead management system used by over 70,000 RE/MAX agents - Has delivered over 5M leads to RE agents in less than 2.5 years, and designed the architecture for the First National MLS Search Enabled Brokerage web portal for Help-U-Sell. Mr. Kall also has a successful track record as an entrepreneur. In 2001 he co-founded RECHANNEL, a real estate technology company, where he laid the groundwork for the REMS platform used by 5 of the largest real estate companies in the world (RE/MAX, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA & Sotheby's International Real Estate). In 2004 RECHANNEL was sold to eNeighborhoods where Mr. K"all was VP of Web Development until 2007. Mr. Kall has Bachelors degree in Computer Science from University of Boras, Sweden.

Mr. Kall can be contacted at 800-941-0868 or rob@bookt.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.