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Mr. Maggio

Anthony Maggio

Co-Founder & Head of Product, CheckMate

Anthony Maggio has spent most of his career finding ways to improve customer experiences. As frequent business travelers, Maggio and his CheckMate co-founders, Drew Patterson and Brian McManus, observed that the hospitality industry lagged behind others in the travel sector, particularly car rentals and airlines, when it came to early adoption of mobile technology. Together they set out to bring innovative, mobile, customer experiences to the hotel industry. 
Mr. Maggio is responsible for product management and customer success. Prior to co-founding CheckMate, Maggio started a new form of travel agency for Jetsetter, using the insight of experienced travel writers to develop and organize custom trips for the site's members. As the strategic projects leader at Jetsetter, he expanded the company into media sales and lead generation for high-end travel providers. Early in his career, Mr. Maggio was a business technology analyst at Deloitte Consulting where he spent 80 percent of his time living out of hotel rooms and gaining important insight into their operations. Mr. Maggio is a University of Pennsylvania alumnus, with a degree in Political Science. Please visit www.checkmate.io for more information.

Mr. Maggio can be contacted at 888-997-2432 ext 504 or anthony@checkmate.io

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.