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Ms. Gutman

Adele Gutman

VP Sales, Marketing & Revenue, Library Hotel Collection

Adele Gutman has over 30 years of experience in all areas of hospitality marketing. Ms. Gutman has worked with independent hotelier Henry Kallan for over 17 years and oversees sales, marketing, revenue management, public relations, and new hotel concept strategies and launches at the Library Hotel Collection including brand initiatives, online marketing efforts, social media, electronic distribution, and most importantly, the unique Library Hotel Collection guest experience which makes success in everything else possible. Ms. Gutman is a regularly featured speaker at hospitality conferences including HSMAI events and TripAdvisor’s Master Classes and webinars among others as an authority on reputation management. Ms. Gutman orchestrated initiatives that resulted in the all Library Hotel Collection properties maintaining a top 10 position in their cities on TripAdvisor for over a decade, and at one point all four Library Hotel Collection NYC properties in the top four spots on TripAdvisor simultaneously, an achievement that has yet to be matched by any other hotel group. Thanks to the company’s “Service is Marketing” approach, in 2017 the Aria Hotel Budapest was awarded the ultimate recognition as the #1 Hotel in the World on the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards. The Library Hotel Collection has also been recognized year after having the highest guest satisfaction rating in the world but the Luxury Brand Report prepared by ReviewPro, outshining even the most well known luxury hotel brands. The consistent level of enthusiastic reviews and top ranking over the years on review sites like TripAdvisor has had a powerful impact on demand generation for the hotels, resulting in successful sales without the typical need for traditional advertising. HSMAI Greater New York Chapter awarded the honor of 2011 Sales & Marketing Executive of the Year to Ms. Gutman in June. Ms. Gutman was also awarded a 2011 Gold Adrian Award for Digital Marketing in Social Media. Ms. Gutman has served on the board of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association’s New York, Dallas, and University of Houston chapters. Her work in Sales and Marketing has also earned Adrian Awards for Advertising, Brochure Design, website marketing, email marketing and Public Relations. Ms. Gutman and the Aria Hotel Budapest Team were also presented a 2017 Gold “Service Pledge” Award from HSMAI’s European Region for their work in Reputation Cultivation. The Adrian Awards are presented by H.S.M.A.I., and Ms. Gutman has also served as a judge for the awards for several years. Ms. Gutman is a graduate of the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management University of Houston as well as the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.

Ms. Gutman can be contacted at 212-201-1153 or adele@libraryhotelcollection.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.