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Ms. Stirnkorb

Sally Stirnkorb

Marketing Manager, Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa

Sally Stirnkorb brings over 16 years of hotel experience to her role as marketing manager for Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa. Highly familiar with the San Diego County luxury hotel market, Ms. Stirnkorb joined Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront from the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort and under its earlier brand, Four Seasons Resort Aviara, she served as marketing and public relations coordinator for a combined 15 years. During this period, she assisted in resort photo shoots, client and press familiarization visits, social media activity, hotel website management, media relations, collateral development and property marketing budgets. Prior to entering the marketing sector, Ms. Stirnkorb was a catering and conference services coordinator for Four Seasons Aviara, a position she also held earlier at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. A passionate supporter of community assistance to children and seniors in need, Sally is also a devoted wife, aunt, dog lover, yoga student, gardener and an avid traveler.

Ms. Stirnkorb can be contacted at 760-602-0800 or sally.stirnkorb@hilton.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.