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Ms. Setzermann

Kimberly Setzermann

Co-Founder, Pure Strategic Solutions

Kimberly Setzermann is the co-founder of Pure Strategic Solutions, a fresh and young hospitality consulting company with a focus on creating profit driven innovations in Spa and F&B concept development. By utilizing her education in global wellness practices, each project strives to integrate a local culture’s authentic indigenous beliefs in medicine into more common and universally accepted products and therapies. Ms. Setzermann is currently based in Africa, devising the expansion of rooms and the implementation of spa facilities for an upscale safari lodge in Arusha, Tanzania, while simultaneously streamlining lodge operations by holding the position as General Manager. Ms. Setzermann holds a Master Degree in Hospitality from Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), as well as certifications in Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy), Yoga Instruction (Yoga Center of Minneapolis), and Nutritional Health Counseling (Institute for Integrative Nutrition). Ms. Setzermann's passion to study the current usage of traditional medicines have taken her to live in Japan, India, Taiwan, Turkey, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Kimberly has worked in a private practice as a Wellness Consultant in New York City, devising six-month total health programs for clients with measurable results. Ms. Setzermann has contributed as a writer and speaker for the Global Spa Summit in Istanbul, Turkey and is currently the on the board of directors for the Hotel Association Tanzania (HAT). Her enthusiasm has led her to enjoy experiences working within education at EHL as a guest speaker and coach for students that share a similar passion for the spa industry.

Ms. Setzermann can be contacted at 255-0-78-386-9027 or kimberly@missionpure.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.