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Mr. Goff

Colby Goff

Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Boingo Wireless

As Boingo’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Goff Colby is responsible for securing new venues for deploying public space Wi-Fi including airports, stadiums, arenas, shopping centers and restaurants. He is also instrumental in structuring software license agreements for telecommunications companies and developing strategic partnerships with handheld device manufacturers. With more than 10 years of experience in the public Wi-Fi industry, Mr. Colby is responsible for strategic initiatives and partnerships with manufacturers of access control devices, WLAN gear, chipsets and switching solution providers targeting Wi-Fi enabled handheld consumer electronics devices. Prior to joining Boingo, Mr. Colby was a member of the business development team for eCompanies and charged with sourcing new investments and managing existing portfolio companies. Colby received his BA in economics from Stanford University. Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIFI), the world’s leading Wi-Fi software and services provider, makes it easy, convenient and cost-effective for people to enjoy Wi-Fi access on their laptop or mobile device at more than 400,000 hotspots worldwide. With a single account, Boingo users can access the mobile Internet via Boingo Network locations that include the top airports around the world, major hotel chains, cafés and coffee shops, restaurants, convention centers and metropolitan hot zones. Boingo and its Concourse Communications Group subsidiary operate wired and wireless networks at large-scale venues worldwide such as airports, major sporting arenas, shopping malls, and convention centers, as well as quick serve restaurants.

Mr. Goff can be contacted at 310-586-4009 or cgoff@boingo.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.