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Ms. Nedry

Roberta Nedry

President & Founder, Hospitality Excellence, Inc.

Roberta Nedry has spent over 32 years exploring, delivering and managing guest and customer experiences and service training. She helps organizations the world over to reach levels of exceptional service and regularly consults with executives and managers on transforming customer experiences including the evaluation, mapping and design of each experience touchpoint.

Her Hospitality Excellence Team is internationally recognized for its expertise in creating customer experience strategies that zero in on and inspire the DNA of each client yielding enhanced internal employee experiences and external customer and brand value.

Ms. Nedry is the designer of 3DService®, a unique service training methodology integrating touch points, behavior and how to drive positive customer emotions recognizing the multiple dimensions of exceptional service. Her diverse background with both public and private companies allows clients to draw on her extensive career experience for business solutions. Her passion and authentic style inspire deep dives into the soul of an organization resulting in powerful road maps to excellence creating brand value and customer loyalty.

Ms. Nedry is an International and USA Honorary Member of Les Clefs d 'Or, "the Keys of Gold", representing the top 3% of the concierge profession worldwide, awarded for her educational contributions to the profession. She has been keynote speaker and training facilitator at global Les Clefs d'Or congresses in Portugal, Canada, Germany, England, New Zealand, the Middle East and throughout the United States.

Ms. Nedry was the featured expert on Guest Experience Management at the inaugural Boutique Lodging and Lifestyle Conference in Los Angeles and often speaks on customer, guest and patient experiences and excellence. She is widely published and sought by many industries including hospitality, financial, legal, retail, healthcare, technology, transportation, commercial real estate and conference centers as well as city and country destinations and leading Fortune 500 companies.

Ms. Nedry is frequently quoted and featured in global media on her service delivery expertise. Her YouTube channel interviews service excellence leaders across the globe. A former California's Junior Miss (now Distinguished Young Women of America), she started her guest service training with Walt Disney Productions and was selected as a two time Disney "Ambassador to the world" finalist.

Ms. Nedry holds a B.A. In Linguistics from UCLA and is fluent in French, proficient in German and Spanish, with studies in Japanese and Italian. Before launching HEI in 1999, she served as General Manager for the International Concierge Institute and the International School of Tourism for the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to that she held executive level or senior positions in financial and legal industries, public relations, entertainment and hospitality. As founder of Hospitality Excellence, Ms. Nedry drives the publishing, consulting, training and speaking agendas for HEI.

Please visit http://www.hospitalityservicetraining.com for more information.

Ms. Nedry can be contacted at +1 877-436-3307 or roberta@hospitalityexcellence.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.