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Mr. Wood

Derek Wood

Managing Director, Derek Wood Associates Ltd.

Derek Wood is Managing Director of Derek Wood Associates Ltd. He has had his own Independent Hospitality IT Consultancy company since 1986, undertaking all aspects of telecommunication, in-room technology consultancy and project management within this highly specialized area. Mr. Wood is a very well known figure within the hospitality sector and has 35 years of experience within the telecommunications industry of which for the past 21 years he has been deeply involved with independent hotel technology consultancy, both within East and Western Europe as well as Africa and The Middle East. He is listed within the ‘International Who’s Who of Professionals’, in recognition of the contribution his company has made to the hotel industry. Mr. Wood works predominately within the independent 4 & 5 star hotel sector, but also provides consultancy services to larger hotel groups as well as to the hospitality vendor market place. He specializes in in-room technology and has worked for some of the most prestigious 5 Star Hotels throughout Europe. In 2010 Mr. Wood was elected to the Board of Directors for HFTP. HFTP is the international professional association serving members working in hospitality. Since 1952, HFTP has been dedicated to providing members with extraordinary networking opportunities, industry-leading certification programs and events, and essential resources for professional growth. It is also responsible for HITEC the largest annual hotel technology conference in the world. Mr. Wood is also regularly asked to speak at Hotel Technology conferences throughout mainland Europe (Eurhotec, HOSTEC, IHTF, EHTEC and HOSPACE) and well as within the United States of America (HITEC). He has served on the Advisory Council for HITEC between 2003 - 2006, was on the HOSTEC-EURHOTEC Advisory board for 2005/6, and the EHTEC advisory board for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and is considered to be one of Europe’s leading independent consultants within this highly specialized field.

Mr. Wood can be contacted at +44-117-9612938 or Derek@derekwood.co.uk

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.