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Ms. Buckhiester

Bonnie Buckhiester

President, Buckhiester Management Limited

Bonnie Buckhiester is the principal of Buckhiester Management Limited, the leading Revenue Management consulting and developmental training firm in North America for the hospitality industry. Founded in 1995, now with offices in Vancouver, Seattle and Washington, DC. Ms. Buckhiester’s career in travel, tourism and hospitality is extensive and multi-dimensional including positions as Senior Vice President, Operations for a major North American hotel REIT; General Manager for two 4½-diamond hotels, and General Manager Operations for a major tour operator. Her diverse product knowledge of hotel, tour, cruise, air, rail and car rental inventories offers a unique cross-fertilization of industry strategies. She holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Illinois, a Certification in Revenue Management from Cornell University and a Certification from the Hospitality Managers Development Course at Guelph University. She is also a member of the prestigious industry organization, the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and sits on the Board as Vice President for this highly respected organization. Ms. Buckhiester is a sought after speaker internationally for both the hospitality industry and interdisciplinary events & conferences, as well as an accomplished author of numerous industry articles and a regular columnist for HotelNewsNow. Ms. Buckhiester is also the co-creator of REVRoadMap®, a proprietary, trademarked Revenue Management (RM) business process designed to enable clients to develop RM as a core competency with full integration of both strategic and tactical skills.

Ms. Buckhiester can be contacted at 703-858-7304 or bonnie@buckhiester.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.