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Ms. Dreyfus

Stacy Dreyfus

President, Orchid Resorts & Escapes

With more than 14 years of experience in sales at companies such as Le Parker Meridian, Ian Schrager Hotels, and Hotel Gansevoort, Stacy Dreyfus has been able to build and expand her own company, Orchid Resorts & Escapes, into one of the most respected marketing and sales groups in the World, with a portfolio of properties that reads like a hot list from Conde Nast Traveler. While working for Ian Schrager, she was dedicated to the opening of the stylish Hudson Hotel, and subsequently launched the New York Global Sales Office for Ian Schrager Hotels. Ms. Dreyfus then held the position of Director of Sales & Marketing at Hotel Gansevoort in Manhattan. Ms. Dreyfus founded Orchid Resorts & Escapes in late 2007 as a boutique sales, marketing and partnership agency that based its mission on the ideals of superior customer service and excellent industry relationships. It's her specialty of strategic market positioning and love of connecting her clients with the perfect escape that has kept clients coming back – not to mention her unbelievable portfolio of 22 exquisite properties, that continues to grow. Currently the company is marketing some of the most unique and exclusive resorts and destinations in the world, including Winvian, The Pitcher Inn, Soho House New York, Soho House Berlin, Soho Beach House, Deer Valley Chalet, Tides Beach Club, Tribe Hotel in Nairobi, Villa Feltrinelli in Italy, Caleton Villas in the Dominican Republic and Kauai Island Villas. Ms. Dreyfus holds a B.A. in Travel and Tourism from Clemson University. Ms. Dreyfus is currently a member for Dress for Success, which assists economically disadvantaged women transitioning from unemployment to self-sufficiency by providing clothing, confidence boosts and career development. Orchid Resorts & Escapes are whimsical, refreshing and extraordinary properties and destinations that ultimately create a unique place for a romantic hideaway, a corporate meeting, a special gathering, a refuge, an executive retreat or simply a place to breathe and relax. Our properties are independently owned and operated. Orchid services our clients by providing specific sales strategies and targeted marketing and by creating awareness along with specialized public relations agencies and multiple partners. Through packaging these ideas, visions and relationships together, Orchid’s true goal is to produce room nights, buzz and revenue for our clients.

Ms. Dreyfus can be contacted at 646-861-1658 or stacy@orchidworldwide.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.