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Mr. Manderfeld

John Manderfeld

President, Marin Management Inc.

John Manderfeld is a 35-year veteran of the lodging industry and a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) as recognized by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Motel Association. His career includes 11 years in food-and-beverage operations and sales with Westin Hotels and Resorts and the position of vice president for two major hotel development and management companies. As vice president food and beverage for Metro Hotels, Mr. Manderfeld was responsible for more than 40 restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and lounges. As regional vice president of operations for Mariner Corporation, Mr. Manderfeld was responsible for 12 hotels with 2,200 employees, 3,270 rooms and a total asset value of $210,000,000. Mr. Manderfeld served for three years on the Advisory Committee for Orange Coast College's Hotel and Restaurant School, advising the college on curriculum, intern programs and other academic issues. He has been a public speaker and seminar presenter for the lodging industry's most prominent trade associations, including the Texas Association of Hospitality Accountants, Western Lodging Show, the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA), the California Department of Education and California Lodging Expo and Conference. He has been a member of the Board of Directors for the California Lodging Industry Association from 1996 through 2000 and from 2003 to the present. Mr. Manderfeld was a member of CLIA's Executive Committee from 1997 through 1999, serving first as vice president, then as the association's president in 1998. He has chaired CLIA's Executive Committee, Internet and Technology Committee, Membership Committee, Long-Range Planning Committee, Nominating Committee the Bylaws/Standard Operating Policies Committee, Education Committee, Government Affairs Committee and various ad hoc committees. Mr. Manderfeld also served as a member of the California Hotel & Motel Association's Allied Member Committee and Education and Training Committee. In 2002, he was selected as co-recipient of the California Lodging Industry Association's Chairman's Award in recognition for his contribution to the lodging industry and the association. He now serves on several committees, including the government affairs committee. In December 2004, the California Department of Education Home Economics and Technology (HECT) group awarded John Manderfeld its annual Business & Industry Friend Award for his three years of work as a speaker at HECT events and assistance developing high school curriculum. As a trainer and technical author, he has developed numerous training programs and procedural manuals on the subjects of hotel supervision, financial controls, sales, marketing, risk management, product specifications, maintenance and guest service. John Manderfeld founded Marin Management, Inc. in July 1990. Marin Management, Inc., a California corporation, was created to provide a variety of management, consulting, development and support services for the lodging and restaurant industries. Immediately after forming the company, Marin Management, Inc. was selected to manage the new four-star Mayfair Suites hotel in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. This all-suite, 184-room luxury hotel was affiliated with Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Today, Marin Management, Inc. manages and markets for more than 20 hotels and advises a diverse portfolio of luxury restaurant and hotel owners and motel owner-operators on issues such as development, capital improvements, acquisition, marketing, training and technology management.Marin Management, Inc. is a member of the California Lodging Industry Association (CLIA) and the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and the California Society of Association Executives (CSAE). Marin Management, Inc. is based in Marin County, California, four miles north of San Francisco.

Mr. Manderfeld can be contacted at 415-331-1061 or jmanderfeld@hotelpros.biz

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.