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Mr. Guest

Jason Guest

Account Manager, Americas, Aptilo Networks

Jason Guest is an Account Manager for Aptilo Networks, the global leader in pre-integrated management solutions for control of billing, user services and access in Wi-Fi, WiMAX™ and LTE networks. Mr. Guest is responsible for sales in North America, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Prior to joining Aptilo, Mr. Guest was responsible for information technology sales at Regus plc., the world’s largest provider of workplace solutions. While there he helped to introduce and implement the sales strategy for a new information technology products and services division. Other areas of experience include implementing a SAP solution for The Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, focusing on CRM, HR, supply chain, finance, training, and procurement. Currently Mr. Guest is actively working to expand Aptilo’s market presence in the hospitality sector, focusing on adding new features and functionality catering to this industry with solutions including Guest Internet Access and other service management and policy control solutions in the implementation of mobile broadband. With a broad information technology background, Mr. Guest’s responsibilities also include working on initiatives with large enterprise clients, public and municipal Wi-Fi as well as the healthcare industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Global Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Directed at international marketing, global finance, as well as international trade and investment, the educational background of Mr. Guest is suited to working on a multinational level. Also while enrolled at the University of Phoenix, Mr. Guest received a Project Management Certificate, obtaining the proficiency necessary to control projects of varying sizes and degrees of scope. Other areas of interests include world travel, having just returned from an excursion to SE Asia, scuba diving, mountain biking, hiking, and all things technology.

Mr. Guest can be contacted at 917-414-9262 or jason.guest@aptilo.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.