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Mr. Foliot

David Foliot

Vice President, Hospitality, Foliot Furniture

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, David Foliot is vice president of the hospitality division of Foliot Furniture. His interest in the company initially sparked at the tender age of eight, when he accompanied his father to meetings with clients and suppliers. When he was old enough to begin working, his choice of workplace was obvious. He spent the next six summers working in the factory while quickly rising through the ranks. Majoring in Management at the University of Quebec in Montreal further prepared him for a future with Foliot Furniture. Throughout his career, Mr. Foliot has made it a point to touch every aspect of the company, be it in sales, planning, or on the road as a sales representative. His experience with multiple facets of the company has not only made him an invaluable asset but has also ensured that his expertise is well rounded. During his tenure with the hospitality division, Mr. Foliot recognized the opportunity for Foliot Furniture to grow within the hotel industry. He helped pioneer the use of laminates for furniture in major hotel chains, including Holiday Inn and Hilton's Hampton Hotels. While building a team of dedicated and competent employees, establishing a strategic sales plan, and investing countless hours in research and development, he has been instrumental in driving growth and increasing sales. As Foliot Furniture continues to position itself as the premier manufacturer and vendor of laminate furniture in the hospitality industry, Mr. Foliot is more focused than ever on building upon past successes while expanding to additional hotel chains.

Mr. Foliot can be contacted at 702-277-4365 or david@foliot.com

Coming up in April 2019...

Guest Service: A Culture of YES

In a recent global consumers report, 97% of the participants said that customer service is a major factor in their loyalty to a brand, and 76% said they view customer service as the true test of how much a company values them. And since there is no industry more reliant on customer satisfaction than the hotel industry, managers must be unrelenting in their determination to hire, train and empower the very best people, and to create a culture of exceptional customer service within their organization. Of course, this begins with hiring the right people. There are people who are naturally service-oriented; people who are warm, empathetic, enthusiastic, pleasant, thoughtful and optimistic; people who take pride in their ability to solve problems for the hotel guests they are serving. Then, those same employees must be empowered to solve problems using their own judgment, without having to track down a manager to do it. This is how seamless problem solving and conflict resolution are achieved in guest service. This willingness to empower employees is part of creating a Culture of Yes within an organization.  The goal is to create an environment in which everyone is striving to say “Yes”, rather than figuring out ways to say, “No”. It is essential that this attitude be instilled in all frontline, customer-facing, employees. Finally, in order to ensure that the hotel can generate a consistent level of performance across a wide variety of situations, management must also put in place well-defined systems and standards, and then educate their employees about them. Every employee must be aware of and responsible for every standard that applies in their department. 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.