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Mr. Crellin

Roger Crellin

President of the Americas, iBAHN

Roger Crellin joined iBAHN in early 2011 as President for the Americas. In this role, he directs all aspects of iBAHN’s broadband, convention, networks and IPTV business for the region and also has responsibility for the strategic direction and day-to-day direct management of the Americas region. He serves on the iBAHN global management leadership council which is responsible for the strategy of the global business and its customer direction. He is based in Denver, Colorado, at the company’s regional headquarters office for the Americas. Mr. Crellin’s specialization is driving the commercial success of technology applications. Prior to joining iBAHN, he served as the managing director of Acentic, a European competitor, for nearly six years. During his highly successful tenure, Mr. Crellin managed the company’s European financial, operations, sales and marketing performance across seven subsidiaries and more than 20 territories. He also successfully expanded the company’s European sales and operations distribution throughout Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa. These activities resulted in a more robust customer facing and financially secure business which was successfully acquired under a trade sale in 2010. Prior to his tenure at Acentic, Mr. Crellin served as general manager, consumer digital services at Fujifilm. In this role, he was charged with leading the division’s successful migration to digital printing. During this time he was recognized by an Australian Federal Government study and the University of Technology Sydney as a leader in the positive management of technological change impacts on operating businesses. Mr. Crellin has deep experience in managing businesses in more than thirty countries across four continents, and has considerable global hospitality industry experience, including serving as chief operating officer for the International Hotels Association, Australia. Originally studying economics whilst working in the finance and hotel industries Mr. Crellin earned a masters degree from the Melbourne Business School where he focused on international distribution strategy. He epitomizes the industry and the adage “think like a hotelier.”

Mr. Crellin can be contacted at 801-952-2019 or rcrellin@ibahn.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.