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Mr. Dahm

Richard Dahm

Senior Risk Consultant, National Hospitality Division, Wells Fargo Insurance Services

Richard Dahm, Jr. is senior risk consultant for the National Hospitality Division of Wells Fargo Insurance Services in Clearwater, Florida. As a hospitality specialist, his expertise includes property, restaurant/hotel facilities, and risk management. He holds a BA in management from Eckerd College and an MBA from DeVry University. He is a native Floridian and a member of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Mr. Dahm's knowledge, experience, and determination have proven unequalled in Florida's hospitality industry. His high energy level, resourcefulness, and high caliber risk management experience, coupled with his professional staff of claims, safety, and marketing professionals enables him to provide hospitality executives with the type of consultation that reduces insurance risks and premiums. The Clearwater, Florida office (formerly Acordia Insurance) has served the insurance needs of Florida businesses for over 100 years and now adds the 150 years of experience and global reach of their new parent, Wells Fargo Company. Wells Fargo Insurance Services, is a Wells Fargo Company headquartered in Chicago, Ill. They provide insurance brokerage, administrative services, as well as a wide range of financial and consulting services to thousands of clients from over 150 local offices across the nation. Today, their 4,500 associates place more than 8.5 billion in risk premium making Wells Fargo Insurance Services the fifth largest insurance brokerage firm in the world and the largest bank-affiliated insurance brokerage firm in the U.S.

Mr. Dahm can be contacted at 800-282-3343 Ext: 5436 or Richard.Dahm@wellsfargo.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.