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Ms. Novotny, CHSE

Cindy Novotny, CHSE

Managing Partner, Master Connection Associates

Managing Partner of Master Connection Associates (MCA) Cindy Novotny is recognized by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) as one of nine most powerful and innovative speakers. Ms. Novotny has been branded the “Radical Mentor” by thousands of executives around the world for her straight forward, no nonsense approach to leadership. Ms. Novotny has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Training Magazine, Successful Meetings, and broadcast live on the BBC. Ms. Novotny spans the globe speaking to vast audiences that range from line employees to top executives. She has shared the stage with global leaders such as former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) recognized Ms. Novotny as one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales & Marketing. The Award is given for the most innovation, vision and achievement in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry. Ms. Novotny founded Master Connection Associates and it is now one of the premiere international consulting and training organizations specializing in service delivery, sales and leadership performance. MCA's work contributed to client success including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company earning an unprecedented two Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards, Alston & Bird, LLP Law Firm reaching number two on Fortune Magazine's '100 Best Companies to Work For' List and Barclays Bank (UK) becoming the # 1 service provider in their competitive set while winning more than 17 national and international service excellence awards…and counting. Energy, passion, and drive guarantee Ms. Novotny's message will captivate each person in her audience. Her targeted message and popularity has no boundaries as she addresses groups around the world. Her charismatic, humorous, no nonsense approach, combined with in-depth knowledge, bring an audience alive with reality-based skills and cutting edge training technology. Speaking topics include sales, customer service, leadership, conflict resolution, innovation, building dynamic teams and quality processes relative to service.

Ms. Novotny, CHSE can be contacted at 949-589-6137 or cindynovotny@masterconnection.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.