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Mr. Rauch

Robert Rauch

Chief Executive Officer, RAR Hospitality

Robert Rauch, CHA, is a nationally recognized hotelier and CEO of RAR Hospitality, a leading hospitality management and consulting firm. Mr. Rauch has over 40 years of hospitality-related management experience in all facets of the industry.

Widely recognized as the "hotel guru," Mr. Rauch maintains a blog in which he expounds upon insights and trends in the hospitality industry at www.hotelguru.com. Along with the blog, he also publishes Hospitality Innsights, an electronic newsletter that is distributed monthly.

Mr. Rauch has held nearly every position in the hotel business including but not limited to General Manager of full-service Four Diamond hotels for Hilton and Embassy Suites. Mr. Rauchís education includes a bachelorís degree in Hotel Administration from Western International University and a masterís degree in Tourism Administration from Arizona State University.

Mr. Rauch is a Certified Hotel Administrator and has served as chairman of numerous tourism organizations nationally and in the western United States. He has been directly involved in developing several leading brand hotels, some of which the firm still owns and manages. RAR Hospitality currently operates hotels in California, Arizona and Colorado with several under development.

Mr. Rauch proudly gives back to the community through his position as a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University where he teaches Entrepreneurial Recreation and Tourism. He also serves on numerous Boards of Directors for profit and charitable organizations. Mr. Rauch frequently speaks at hospitality industry conferences and meetings. He is also widely quoted on television and radio programs and in numerous publications.

Please visit http://www.hotelguru.com for more information.

Mr. Rauch can be contacted at 858-239-1800 or rauch@hotelguru.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.