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Ms. Kay

Rana Kay

Director of Public Relations, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Rana Kay is the director of public relations at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. She is responsible for managing public relations and communications strategy and execution for the 420-room hotel and its outlets including two world-class bars Float and 207, Maryjane’s restaurant and Rock Spa. Under her leadership, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego has been featured in top-tier media outlets including People Magazine, CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews.com, Travel + Leisure, OK!, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, as well as on a host of television series including CW’s For Better or Worse, E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians and A&E’s Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels. Through Rana’s strategic positioning and aggressive media relations tactics, the property has quickly garnered national acclaim as San Diego’s hottest spot for travel and entertainment. Prior to Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, Ms. Kay spent seven years working on the agency-side of public relations, most recently serving as account supervisor at San Diego-based Chemistry. At Chemistry, she managed a diverse portfolio of local and national accounts including Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., Ivy Hotel and Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino. Ms. Kay earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a public relations emphasis from San Diego State University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Relations Society of America’s San Diego/Imperial Counties chapter, and is the recipient of numerous Edward L. Bernay’s awards for her public relations campaigns.

Ms. Kay can be contacted at 619-764-6938 or ranak@hardrockhotelsd.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.