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Mr. Filsinger

James Filsinger

Chief Executive Officer, EZYield

A veteran of more than 14 years in the travel industry, James Filsinger was appointed CEO of EZYield in November 2010. EZYield is the originator and industry leader of automated online distribution management solutions for the worldwide hospitality industry. More than 3,500 hotels in 92 countries utilize EZYield’s advanced channel management software to streamline the distribution of rates and inventory to 500 forward distribution channels in multiple languages and 168 currencies. Prior to joining EZYield, Mr. Filsinger served as CEO and General Manager for Moneydirect Ltd., an international joint venture between Sabre Inc. and Amadeus IT. As launch CEO, he successfully led the company through an aggressive global expansion to proactively address changing market conditions and anticipate client needs and requests for future product and service capabilities. In his 12 years with Sabre, Mr. Filsinger held a variety of leadership roles, including vice president of new business ventures, director of strategic marketing and director of ecommerce strategy. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's of business degree from Washington State University.

Mr. Filsinger can be contacted at 321-765-8486 or jfilsinger@ezyield.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.