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Mr. Pierotti

Dan Pierotti

Vice President Spa Development & Operations, Noble House Hotels & Resorts

Dan Pierotti, Vice President of Spa Development and Operations for Noble House Hotels and Resorts, joined the company in 1999. His extensive spa management experience has given Noble House the most unique and distinct world-class spas. He began his spa career in 1991 as a massage therapist in the San Francisco Bay Area. There he had his own private practice, facilitated healing with chiropractors, sports teams, and various spas until 1994. Pierotti then embarked on an exciting spa career with cruise ships, after three months he was promoted to the Crystal Symphony to assist their inaugural world cruise. He continued with Crystal Cruises for two years, completing two world cruises and training other therapists in a variety of massage and body treatment modalities, while gathering global spa knowledge. Mr. Pierotti returned to shore, landing in Las Vegas, Nevada to assist in the grand opening of the new spa at Caesars Palace. Here he assumed the positions of Assistant Manager, Director of Training and Lead Massage Therapist of The Spa at Caesars Palace. Noble House selected Mr. Pierotti in 1999 to lead the development and operations of the new spa on Little Palm Island Resort. As spa director, he created his vision of an oasis within the property to provide guests with a feeling of intense tranquility and spiritual awareness and offer experiences highly distinctive and authentic in the spa industry, but very representative of the luxury service that makes up Noble House resorts. After the overwhelming success of the Island Spa on Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Mr. Pierotti was promoted to his current position and continues to lead the SpaTerre development efforts for Noble House Hotels and Resorts. At the present time he has created fifteen world-class spas with Noble House. He is involved with every aspect -architectural design, functionality, equipment, interior design, experiences, staffing, product development, profitability - of the impact the spas will have on the overall well-being of the guests. Mr. Pierotti is a graduate from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a degree in biology and also attended massage school in San Francisco to receive his certification and licensing in that field. He continues to explore, create and grow in the spa industry with a sincere, passionate and dedicated commitment to the vision of excellence and the well-being of others.

Mr. Pierotti can be contacted at 425-827-8737 or dpierotti@noblehousehotels.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.