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Mr. Pulito

Chris Pulito

Chief Operating Officer, Mirbeau Hospitality Services

Chris Pulito is Chief Operating Officer of Mirbeau Hospitality Services, a specialized hospitality management company that provides management and consulting services for high service hotels, resorts and spas. The company draws upon its 10 years of success with Mirbeau Inn & Spa, the acclaimed spa resort that is consistently rated among the world’s best for its hotel, spa and dining experience. It is located in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State in the idyllic town of Skaneateles. Mr. Pulito has more than 16 years of luxury hospitality and spa management experience including the Mirbeau Inn & Spa where he previously served as Spa Director and currently serves the dual role of General Manager. Prior to joining Mirbeau, Mr. Pulito was with Four Seasons Hotel New York where he served as Spa Director. He was previously Spa Director at Stoweflake Resort and Spa, joining the Vermont resort in 2002 to open its 50,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, and held the same position earlier at Rockresorts’ Avanyu Spa at La Posada in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Pulito launched his career at Topnotch Resort and Spa in Stowe, Vermont. Over five years, he served in a variety of roles, including fitness, club and spa director. A graduate of Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont, Pulito received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. He is a member of the New York Spa Alliance and the International Spa Association, and is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Alliance, a newly formed organization whose stated goal is to bridge the gap between Hotels, Spas and Fitness. Mr. Pulito is a founder of Mirbeau Hospitality Services which offers an array of options for effective management, marketing and operations of special hospitality properties and spas. These include focusing on enhanced business performance, organizational culture, informational systems, personnel development, marketing, training, financial reporting property maintenance, operational performance and asset management. The company also offers design and development services and consultation for every phase of development for new properties, from market analysis and feasibility to concept design and hotel, spa and food and beverage programming. Mirbeau Hospitality Services currently manages the Mirbeau Inn & Spa and the Finger Lakes Lodge and is assisting in the design and development of four new resort properties located in Virginia, Massachusetts, Maryland and Michigan.

Mr. Pulito can be contacted at cpulito@mirbeau.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.