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Mr. Heller

Jed Heller

President, The Providence Group

Jed C. Heller is President of The Providence Group LLC, and a 30 year veteran of the hospitality management industry. Heller began his career with Winegardner and Hammons, a full service management company in Cincinnati, OH. Heller went on to successfully manage all phases of three start up business ventures involved in real estate investments, acquisitions, and hospitality management; two of these as operating partner. With his experience, unique style, and personal involvement in every management operation, he has been engaged by clients around the world. In 2005, Heller started The Providence Group LLC to offer unique hospitality and general management services to hotels, time-share resorts, and condominiums. Heller soon recognized the growing need for the professional management of small to mid-size hotels. The Providence Group LLC successfully fulfilled this need by providing positive, cost-effective, and efficient results to this market segment. His management focus is on quality, attention to detail, hands-on service, and full accountability for every employee. With a favorable industry response to his management style and business acumen, Heller made the strategic decision in early 2008, to allocate all resources and company focus to the full service management of small to mid-size hotels.

Mr. Heller can be contacted at 781-582-8785 or jcheller@providencegrp.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.