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Mr. Hymanson

Michael Hymanson

Regional Manager, New York Metro Business Unit, U. S. Security Associates, Inc.

Michael Hymanson, CPP has been a licensed Private Investigator in New York State for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Mr. Hymanson was a director and owner of a New York State licensed Security Training School and a licensed Security trainer in New York and Connecticut. He also was an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor. Mr. Hymanson has provided security consulting services for Fortune 500 companies, and many major organizations. He is currently the Regional Manager, New York Metro Business Unit for U.S. Security Associates, the nation’s fourth largest security firm. U.S. Security Associates provides security guard, concierge, fire safety director and patrol services to Hotels and other industries through a network of more than 140 branches nationwide. The company is Certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the Safety Act. Prior to working for U.S. Security Associates, Mr. Hymanson was the president and owner of Pan American Investigation Service, Inc., a White Plains based security and investigations firm that provided security and investigative services to prestigious companies and organizations in the New York Metro area. Mr. Hymanson is a past president and current Board member of the Associated Licensed Detectives of New York. He received that associations highest award, the Eugene R. Fink Memorial Award for dedication to the private investigative and Security industry in New York State. Mr. Hymanson is a Board Certified Protection Professional as designated by ASIS International, and is active in the New York Chapter ASIS Museum Security Directors and Hospital Directors Security Associations. He is an active member of the New York Chapter of BOMA, Building Owners and Managers Association Emergency Preparedness Committee, and a member of The Hotel Association of New York, and The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Mr. Hymanson can be contacted at 914-557-4277 or mhymanson@ussecurityassociates.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.