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Ms. Silverman

Marjorie Silverman

Honorary President, UICH, Les Clefs d'Or

Marjorie Silverman excelled in the concierge industry for 25 years and now serves as a Consultant, Meeting Planner and Lecturer. She was the Chef Concierge of Hotel InterContinental Chicago, and was the first female and first American to serve as President of Union Internationale des Concierges d'Hotels, Les Clefs d'Or. Les Clefs d'Or is the prestigious international association of concierges, headquartered in Paris, France which groups 40 member countries under its umbrella. The 3500 members transcend global politics and join forces to promote tourism worldwide. Ms. Silverman has been a dedicated concierge professional since she began her career at the Westin Hotel Chicago in 1980. After ten distinguished years at the Westin Hotel Chicago, she joined Hotel InterContinental as Chef Concierge and was employed there for 15 years. Due to her competence and mastery of the Concierge Department, she was sent by Westin to help open the Westin O'Hare as well as the Westin in Washington, DC. Further, when the Plaza Hotel in New York City belonged to the Westin Hotel chain, she was sent to improve the delivery of concierge services. In addition to her job duties, Ms. Silverman was active in several concierge organizations. She was a founding member of the Chicago Hotel Concierge Association as well as an early member of Les Clefs d'Or USA and has seen the organization grow from 28 members to more than 500. She has held every office in Les Clefs d'Or USA and after the completion of her presidency in1990, she served as Advisor to the Board of Directors until August, 2007. Under her leadership as Director of Development of Les Clefs d'Or in the Americas, Mexico and Brazil were accepted as Les Clefs d'Or member sections. Ms. Silverman is skilled at teaching about the profession. She taught at the International Concierge Institute in Montreal and Fort Lauderdale as well as conducting seminars for concierge professionals in Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, China, Jamaica and Anguilla. She recently conducted a seminar in Warsaw, Poland with Holly Stiel, a noted hotel consultant, author and lecturer. Ms. Silverman serves the international Les Clefs d'Or as an Honorary President, member of Le Conseil des Sages, whose function is to advise and safeguard the statutes and ideals of the Association. Les Clefs d'Or USA has honored Ms. Silverman with a Lifetime Achievement Award and has dedicated a scholarship in her name, The Marjorie Silverman Education Fund.

Ms. Silverman can be contacted at 773-248-7462 or marjoriesilverman@mac.com

Coming up in February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.