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Ms. Hernandez

Cassie Hernandez

Director, The Spa at The Broadmoor

Ms. Cassie Hernandez is the director of The Spa at The Broadmoor, one of two Forbes Five Star Spas in Colorado. A Chicago native, Ms,Hernandez began her career with Estee Lauder Corporation as a beauty consultant in a busy Chicago department store before later going on to become a professional makeup artist at Mario Tricoci, an award-winning Chicago hair salon and day spa, working for several top daytime TV shows, including The Oprah Show and The Jenny Jones Show. From 1996 through 2009, Ms. Hernandez worked with Red Door Spa Holdings Company as General Manager of the Red Door Spa at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona and later as a Regional Manager. In 2008, she was named one of the top ten spa directors in Arizona by Arizona Woman magazine. After working in the spa industry for several years, Ms. Hernandez developed a new love for the art of relaxation, beauty and pampering. Ms. Hernandez joined The Broadmoor in 2011 as the Spa Director. Hernandez helps maintain the spaís Forbes Five-Star rating. The Spa at The Broadmoor is one of the few spas across the country to adopt the completely natural and organic Australian-based spa line USpa. The entire USpa line is carried at the Spa and two of the most popular products are the Aloe Hydrant Gel and the Mandi Susu Bath, which are also used in spa treatments. For a true, Five Star Spa experience at The Broadmoor, the LuíLur Ceremony is recommended, a three-hour experience which includes a body scrub, body wrap and a body massage.

Ms. Hernandez can be contacted at 866-837-9520 or chernandez@broadmoor.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.