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Mr. Wilson

Don Wilson

Senior Vice President, Maxim Revenue Management Solutions

Don Wilson is Senior Vice President of Maxim Revenue Management Solutions. Mr. Wilson is a seasoned executive with 30 years of experience leading high-tech consulting and software development companies, specializing in profit optimization, pricing and revenue management. He is a recognized leader in driving innovative revenue management applications to new industries and has helped propel many companies to leadership positions in their fields. Mr. Wilson has repeatedly led the development, application, and communication of innovative predictive analytic techniques to solve the most challenging business problems. His strengths lie in the ability to identify emerging issues, define and apply appropriate effective solutions, and coordinate the teams to deliver the results. Throughout his career, he has provided innovative solutions that combine the best available management science, advanced software development practices, and strong business/financial fundamentals. In a wide range of industries and companies, Mr. Wilson has driven the business process re-engineering efforts and been instrumental in helping people and organizations through the changes. His teams have carefully analyzed current needs and systems, designed new practices and systems to match the business needs, and directed process and organizational changes necessary to successfully integrate these new systems and tools. Mr. Wilsonís particular knack for simple, low-tech approaches have helped many struggling companies gain immediate advantage, either through significant cost reductions or immediate revenue gains. These quick hits have often made further development projects self-funding, allowing initial wins to provide the value and momentum to carry through the entire program. Wilson also emphasizes the importance of clear communication during the process, starting with a cogent communication plan and continuing throughout. He has developed, written and published numerous pricing and revenue management articles, newsletters, workshops and presentations. For MaximRMS, the leading provider of revenue management systems to the hotel industry, Mr. Wilson is responsible for all revenue management development activities, new applications and strategic partnerships. Before joining MaximRMS, Mr. Wilson led or founded of the several leading pricing and revenue management firms, including Talus, Veritec Solutions, MCGI and SignalDemand. Wilson holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of Rochester. The author of numerous publications, Mr. Wilson has been invited to speak throughout the world.

Mr. Wilson can be contacted at 773-572-2060 or dwilson@maximrms.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.