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Mr. Adams

Skip Adams

Director of Food & Beverage, Windsor Court Hotel

Skip Adams is not your average Food & Beverage Director. Skipís unique style and zest for life are transferred into everything he has accomplished and envisioned for the bright future of the Windsor Court Hotel. Mr. Adams was born and raised by a family of farmers in Hoschton, Georgia and moved to New Orleans to work for the Windsor Court after many years of cherishing the city from afar. Mr. Adams is responsible for maintaining the premier level of service in all of the Windsor Court Hotelís food and beverage outlets, including The Grill Room, the Polo Club Lounge, Le Salon, suite service and all banquet, special event and catering facilities. He oversees over 150 employees. Mr. Adams has worked in food and beverage management for over 10 years. Prior to joining the Windsor Court, he worked for Noble Investments in Atlanta and Raleigh as a Food and Beverage Director for multiple hotels and restaurants. Before that he honed his skills at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort right outside of Atlanta. He has also owned a portion of a farm in Georgia known as Serenity Farms where he harvested silver queen corn that was sold to local restaurants and farmerís markets. ďLocally grown produce has always been important to my family as both food source as well as economic provider. My family history in Georgia agriculture started with King Cotton and never diminished. I try to preserve some of my heritage and love of the south through my own practices,Ē he said. In his free time, Mr. Adams practices urban farming in the historic Treme neighborhood. He harvests seasonal herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables that he uses both for home cooking and sharing with his friends and neighbors. Mr. Adams also sponsors the Museum of the American Cocktail through the Windsor Court Hotel. His profession often translates into a pastime as he is often found brewing his own beer or scouring the city for the next pearl of information regarding the history of cocktail or beer culture in New Orleans.

Mr. Adams can be contacted at 504-596-4623 or Sadams@windsorcourthotel.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.