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Ms. Zoba

Holly Zoba

Senior VP of Sales - Hospitality, Signature Worldwide

As Signature Worldwide’s senior vice president of sales, Holly Zoba is responsible for leading the sales efforts in the hospitality industry. Ms. Zoba joined Signature in this role in January 2010 with more than 20 years of sales and marketing management experience. Ms. Zoba is an accomplished leader known for maintaining strong customer relationships, sourcing new business and determining best-fit solutions for clients. She also has in-depth experience in training, developing and coaching talent. Prior to her role as senior vice president, Ms. Zoba was the director of business development in the central United States for Milestone Internet Marketing. Before that, she worked with Signature for three years where she was consistently the top seller in the hospitality division and held the position of national sales director. Ms. Zoba has also worked as a hotel general manager, corporate director of sales and marketing, and director of business development for her own website design company. Ms. Zoba holds a bachelor’s degree from Catholic University and is an allied board member of the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association. She also has received executive education and sales training from the University of Virginia, Darden School. Please visit http://www.signatureworldwide.com for more information.

Ms. Zoba can be contacted at 614-766-5101 or hollyzoba@signatureworldwide.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.