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Mr. Roman

Anthony C. Roman

CEO, Roman & Associates

Anthony C. Roman is CEO of Roman and Associates, a global insurance and corporate investigation, risk management, and security consulting firm. He is a frequent contributor to CNN, MSNBC, CNN International, Associated Press, New York Times, Crain’s New York Business, and New York Newsday. He is the software designer of WEB TRAC, a claims, legal, risk management and security intelligent software program. You can follow him @RomanSearch.com, Twitter and Facebook. He may be reached at aroman@romansearch.com. Mr. Roman has performed investigations throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, South America and Chile. He has 35 years investigating criminal, corporate, insurance fraud and technical cases. The Roman & Associates management team is comprised of attorney investigators, former United States Justice Department special agents and former investigative journalists. Early in his career Mr. Roman was a member of the executive protection team for Harry and Leona Helmsley. His responsibilities for the Helmsley-Spear Corporation also included securing residential and corporate facilities, investigating major boutique hotel and corporate thefts, and internal malfeasance. Mr. Roman has worked for the insurance industry specializing in technical investigation which includes such areas as medical malpractice, environmental pollution and construction defects. He has also conducted major studies of metropolitan hospitals medical/surgical policies and procedures, uncovering and correcting deficiencies, which were likely to lead to medical/surgical incidents resulting in malpractice litigation. Mr. Roman has specialized in investigating multimillion dollar commercial burglaries including major art thefts, high value warehouse inventory burglaries and corporate internal malfeasance. He works to design policy and procedures for companies in the Fortune 500 group to deter organized crime infiltration of executive level positions. Other services that his company provides include high level security system audits, liability risk management, premise anti-theft measures and devising tractor trailer anti-hijacking procedures. In addition, he is a qualified commercial corporate pilot and flight instructor. Mr. Roman is a prolific inventor and is in the process of patenting five inventions including a software driven life-saving device and an anti-kidnapping device. He has been an Adjunct Instructor at the State University of NY Aerospace Department and is a former Human Rights Commissioner.

Mr. Roman can be contacted at aroman@romansearch.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.