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Mr. Pinchuk

Steven Pinchuk

Lead Customer Intelligence & Revenue Management, IBM

Steven Pinchuk is Lead Customer Intelligence & Revenue Management for IBM. NBA creates personalized 1 to 1 customer triggered interactions and is used by major banks, telecoms, insurance and retailers. IBM’s SME for WW Revenue Management practice building revenue management and dynamic pricing systems that are customer centric. Mr. Pinchuk has worked inside the best customer centric companies and consulting companies and has approached this growth area from both sides of the equation with the market leaders. Mr. Pinchuk's past positions have included President of Profit Optimization Strategies; SVP Resort Profitability for Westgate Resorts; VP, Profit Optimization Systems, for SAS software (SAS is the leader in business intelligence and predictive analytics software) ;Corporate VP of RM & Distribution for Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., the world’s largest Casino Hotel Company with annual revenues of $20 billion USD. Mr. Pinchuk also held Director and Vice President positions at top travel companies including Princess Cruises, Club Med and American Airlines. He held Director & VP level travel consulting positions at SABRE, PROS, and OPUS2. Mr. Pinchuk was an economic advisor to a senior US Senator who ran for President and held a Top Secret security clearance with Martin Marietta Aerospace while working on long-range defense, NASA and intelligence projects. He has multi industry international experience in RM & marketing with tour operators, resorts, hotels, rental cars, ferries, airlines, casinos, excursion companies & Broadway theaters in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Mr. Pinchuk attended Phillips Andover Academy, entered Brandeis University as a sophomore and received an Executive MBA from the University of Colorado. He has been on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management since its beginning; was chosen for a RM Advisory Board at Cornell University in both Ithaca and Singapore; chaired all of the annual RM conferences in the US, Europe and Asia for EyeforTravel. In his spare time Mr. Pinchuk is an amateur photographer and an avid scuba diver with a Master Instructor Scuba License.

Mr. Pinchuk can be contacted at 407-516-5447 or spinchuk@us.ibm.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.