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Mr. Baker

David Baker

Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Servion North America

David Baker serves as the Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Servion North America. He brings with him over 16 years of experience in selling contact center solutions primarily focused around IVR, CTI, and Speech Recognition. He is an experienced sales executive who is focused on driving profitable revenue growth and increased market share for Servion in North America. Mr. Baker brings a hands-on, action-oriented sales approach to Servion. He has a keen ability to build and lead effective and motivated sales teams that produce consistent revenue growth. While Vice President of Sales at Envox, Mr. Baker was instrumental in taking the company to profitability after having sustained large losses in previous years. This turnaround was a key contributor to the successful sale of the company in 2009 to Syntellect. Since joining Servion in August 2010, Mr. Baker has produced record sales for the North America Enterprise Business Unit. He was recently awarded the Leadership Excellence Award in 2011 for his strong leadership and outstanding contributions to Servion. He has also been featured in industry articles pertaining to the latest trends and solutions in contact centers. Mr. Baker holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Bridgewater State University. Servion excels in delivering CIM solutions and applications for contact centers, enhancing customer interactions via the phone, email, chat, and social media. For more information visit www.servion.com

Mr. Baker can be contacted at 508-634-6787 or david.baker@servion.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.