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Mr. Owen

Conan Owen

President, Relax & Rejuvenate Hotel Spa Solutions

Conan D. Owen is President of Relax & Rejuvenate Hotel Spa Solutions. He holds and MBA from the University of Virginia and spent 7 years as a strategy management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group before joining his wife and business partner Suzanne Owen, a former Estee Lauder Executive, in the spa and hospitality industry. He has lived and worked in Mexico, Australia, Canada, the UK and France as well as the US. His years of travel addressing the strategic issues of Global 500 clients gave him insight into the relaxation demands of travelers as he achieved United 1K, AAdvantage Million Miler, Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum, Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond status. Based in Charlottesville VA, Relax & Rejuvenate brings the perspective of the client/traveler and hotel ownership and management in creating spa solutions, whether they be in-room treatment programs, staffing for spa treatment rooms Or operating full service spas. Relax & Rejuvenate provides in-room spa services for over 60 hotels nationwide and operates 4 full-service hotel spas, including the Wellness Spa at the Benjamin Hotel in NYC, and InkSpa at Ink48 Hotel also in NYC. InkSpa was featured as the cover story in the September 2010 edition of American Spa Magazine. Relax & Rejuvenate also provides spa consulting services for existing or proposed projects including feasibility and conceptualization studies, spa layout and design, operational and performance improvement. He can be reached at

Mr. Owen can be contacted at 1-866-867-3529 x111 or conan@relaxandrejuvenate.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.