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Ms. Zimmerman

Angel Zimmerman

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Sajan

Angel Zimmerman is co-founder and chief operating officer of Sajan, a leading global language services provider known for its top-ranked proprietary translation management system. She and her partner Shannon Zimmerman co-founded the company in 1997, and today it is a top-ranking vendor in a space of approximately 25,000 worldwide. In her day-to-day position as COO, Ms. Zimmerman oversees the Global Language Services team, a role to which she brings a solution-oriented approach and commitment to delivering value to each client. She has scaled the operations group to meet the rapid growth demands of the business with a special focus on a range of industries. In particular, these teams have seen tremendous growth in the marketing translation and localization needs within the dynamic travel and hospitality industry. Ms. Zimmerman has led initiatives to attain ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certification in addition to Six Sigma methods to ensure more measurable and quantifiable solutions for her company’s clients. With more than fifteen years of experience in the localization industry, Ms. Zimmerman heads up a production group that achieves some of the highest operating performance levels in the industry. Under Ms. Zimmerman’s co-leadership, Sajan has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in localizing fast-changing content for airlines, car rental companies, cruise lines, web-based hotel reservation companies and others. She sets an example for the rest of the company with her keen appreciation for the real-time nature of the hospitality industry’s content localization needs. This includes time-sensitive global content such as websites, marketing materials, customer communications and loyalty programs, booking and reservation databases, backend fulfillment, revenue management, internal employee communications and signage. Ms. Zimmerman’s ability to blend first-class customer service and innovative technology—and expertly deploy them—has played a significant part in helping Sajan realize rapid and sustained growth. She finds great satisfaction in helping global companies expand their brand presence and see their messaging resonate with markets around the world.

Ms. Zimmerman can be contacted at 715-426-9505 or azimmerman@sajan.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.