Editorial Board   

Mr. Farina

Philip Farina

CEO & Principal Security Consultant , Farina and Associates, Ltd.

Philip Farina, CPP is the CEO and Principal Security Consultant for the Farina and Associates, Ltd. companies. An analytical thinker who possesses over twenty years of in-depth industry specific knowledge and experience, Mr. Farina has been recognized as a pioneer and is regarded as one of the foremost advisors on hotel security, travel safety, executive protection and disaster preparedness. Mr. Farina is the Subject Matter Expert for the Hospitality, Entertainment and Tourism (HEaT) Security Council and holds a position as Assistant Regional Vice President of Special Projects for Region 13 of ASIS International (The most prestigious security organization in the world). He holds board certifications as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) as well as Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD). He is retained as a Special Security/Risk Advisor to law firms, family offices and risk control/insurance companies as well as affluent individuals, celebrities and private families. Mr. Farina is a member of the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) and a member of the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN). Mr. Farina is the author of: Antiterrorism Careers (2nd Ed.) - The Ultimate Guide to Professional Employment Opportunities in Specialized Security Effective Strategies for Mastering Success on Linkedin.com - The Security Professional's Guide to Capitalizing on the World's Best Business Network. Mr. Farina has been featured in USA Today, NBC News, The Washington Post, U.S. News, Private Wealth Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Business Travel News, Fabulous Living, E-Turbo Travel News, AOL, MSNBC.com, Bloomberg.com, Yahoo.com, Processor.com, Quick Service Restaurants (QSR), Hotels Industry UK Magazine, Careerbuilder.com, HR Tools, Meetings and Conventions Magazine, MotorHome Magazine, Security Management Magazine, The Degree 360, Chicago Sun-Times, Police Magazine, Houston and Austin Family Magazines and other mediums. Mr. Farina can be contacted through Farina and Associates, Ltd. at www.farina-associates.com or via LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/philipfarina

Mr. Farina can be contacted at 305-517-3664 or dir_ops@enterprisingsecurities.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.