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Ms. McIntosh

Suzanne McIntosh

President, McIntosh Human Capital Management

Suzanne McIntosh is President of McIntosh Human Capital Management. MHCM is a Hospitality Sales Recruitment firm, building high performing teams for successful hospitality focused businesses. She aligns her client’s company sales culture from “the ground up”; creating sales platform concepts, goal setting, success measurement, market planning, recruitment and deployment.

Ms. McIntosh's search specialties are in Sales, Marketing and Revenue roles as well as high level operations positions for luxury and lifestyle properties.

Ms. McIntosh has extensive experience with prestigious hotel brands including Four Seasons, Fairmont and Morgans Hotel Group, leading and directing high performing sales teams throughout her career.

She was born and raised in Toronto and started her career with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts after graduating from Ryerson University's School of Hospitality Administration. She worked with Four Seasons for fourteen years, in senior sales and marketing roles in New York, Toronto, Southern California and Washington, D.C.

Ms. McIntosh was Director of Sales and Marketing at the world famous Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. She went on to become Director of Sales and Marketing for Millennium Broadway, NYC. She was promoted to Vice President of Marketing Communications for the fourteen Millennium Hotels in North America for the Singaporean-based Millennium & Copthorne Hotel Group.

Ms. McIntosh was Director of Marketing on property at The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel. Prior to segueing her sales and marketing career into Hospitality Recruitment, she was Corporate Director of Sales for Morgans Hotel Group, leading a team of fourteen hotels and the Global Sales organization in the US and London.

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

Ms. McIntosh can be contacted at 917-767-2971 or suzanne@mcintoshhumancapitalmanagement.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.