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Mr. Wood

Paul Wood

Vice President of Revenue Management, Greenwood Hospitality

Paul Wood is an innovative and forward thinking leader in the Hospitality field .Mr. Wood began his hospitality career in 1994 and has amassed extensive experience in Revenue Management and Information Technology disciplines. Entrepreneurial by nature, Mr. Wood joined the principals of the fledgling company, Greenwood Hospitality Group in January of 2011 bringing his vast experience in Revenue Management and work experience in the use of mixed-use profit optimization programs, oversight of e-commerce, Global Distribution Systems, Business Intelligence, Customer Relationship Management Software and Operational knowledge in the hospitality arena. In his role as Vice President of Revenue Management, Mr. Wood directs all Revenue Management and Sales policy, procedure activities, oversees pre-opening and repositioning strategies, implementation of e-commerce programs and enhancement of brand standards and practices. Since joining Greenwood Hospitality Group, the portfolio of Hotels has enjoyed substantial improvements in RevPAR and many of the Hotels within the portfolio have received awards such as the coveted Hotel of the year for the Americas awarded by Marriott International for 2011 and the top sales improvement for the first quarter of 2012 awarded by Crowne Plaza. Prior to his current role, Mr. Wood served as Senior Account Director for Sceptre Hospitality and Corporate Director of Revenue Management for Richfield Hospitality. Mr. Wood expanded the Sceptre and Richfield Revenue Management platform to include hospitality investments and acquisitions. During his 14 years with Richfield and its predecessor companies, Mr. Wood held several key positions. In addition, he was responsible for property management, transitions and client relations within the management portfolio. Mr. Wood is a Certified Revenue Management Executive and a Certified Hotel and Business Acumen. Mr. Wood currently serves on the National Hospitality Sales and Marketing International board for Revenue Management.

Mr. Wood can be contacted at 720-310-2029 x14 or pwood@greenwoodhospitality.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.