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Ms. Hembree

Allie Hembree

Public Relations Manager, International SPA Association

Allie Hembree is the public relations manager at the International SPA Association (ISPA), working with global media outlets as she promotes the visions and messages of the spa industry. She is a frequent contributor to Pulse magazine, which is the official trade publication of ISPA. Since 1991, the International SPA Association has been recognized worldwide as the professional organization and voice of the spa industry, representing health and wellness facilities and providers in more than 70 countries. Members of ISPA encompass the entire arena of the spa experience, from resort/hotel, destination, mineral springs, medical, club, and day spas to service providers such as physicians, wellness instructors, nutritionists, massage therapists and product suppliers. ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth. To read digital Pulse and learn more about ISPA, visit experienceispa.com or email ispa@ispastaff.com. ISPA is offering readers a free gift. Visit experienceispa.com/gift to receive your special gift from ISPA. Ms. Hembree has a background is broadcast journalism and public relations and is currently pursuing her Masterís of Business Administration from Midway College in Midway, Kentucky.

Ms. Hembree can be contacted at 859-425-5072 or allie.hembree@ispastaff.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.