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Ms. Owens

Suzanne Owens

Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Kenyon International, Inc.

Suzanne Owens is in her twentieth year as Vice President of Sales for Kenyon International. She focuses primarily on the hospitality industry, where she has been active in the advancement of green and sustainable cooking technologies through education and training. These principles are also important to the institutional, academic and military segments, which she also serves. Ms. Owens also developed an on-line course entitled The Next Generation of Cooking: Induction Cooking Systems, which earns the participant 1 CEU credit upon completion.

Prior to her time at Kenyon, Ms. Owens held numerous positions in specialty chemicals, including technical marketing consultant, worldwide product manager, market manager, technical service representative, research chemist, and product engineer over twenty years with various firms. She holds a B.S. degree in Textile Chemistry with a specialty in dyestuffs and has a patent on 28 dyes for nylon.

Kenyon International, Inc. is a veteran owned small business and domestic manufacturer of 1 & 2-burner ceramic cooktops and indoor/outdoor smokeless electric grills for residential, hospitality, institutional, academic, military, marine and mobile markets globally. Established in 1931, Kenyon is the recognized market leader in the markets it serves for its specialty cooking appliances, and holds numerous patents and awards for its innovation. Recently, the new SilKEN 2 induction cooktops earned a Silver Product Innovation Award from Environments for Aging. Additional new SilKEN 2 cooktops are in the development pipeline. Recently, new vacuum technology StacKEN cookware was introduced to compliment the SilKEN induction cooking system.

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

Ms. Owens can be contacted at 860-664-4906 or sowens@cookwithkenyon.com

Coming up in April 2020...

Guest Service: First Impressions Matter

Hotels spend large amounts of money on marketing their operation and brand, but sometimes they fail to remember that guest service is the lifeblood of their business. It is outstanding guest service that allows a hotel to create an amazing and lasting impression, one that will remain with guests far beyond the duration of their stay. In pre-internet days, first impressions were formed the moment a guest walked through a hotel's front door. These days, first impressions are created long before a guest arrives at a hotel property. They begin when a customer visits a hotel's website or social media pages for the first time. When a guest connects with a property online, they immediately form an opinion of the hotel. First impressions matter and because of that, a hotel website should be mobile-friendly with blistering fast speed; it should be graphically appealing; and it should provide visual representation of the kind of experience a guest can expect. It is also vital to engage the customer; to actively solicit and respond to guest feedback. When a hotel personally engages with someone, it is demonstrating to other customers that guest opinions matter, and that management is willing to go the extra mile to provide superior guest service. Similarly, when a hotel sends out personalized emails with satisfaction surveys attached, it demonstrates that management values guest feedback, so that service can be improved at every level. Additionally, social media messages can be sent out prior to a guest's arrival to learn more about them, so their visit can be personalized. It's the small touches and details that are most remembered and appreciated. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate excellent guest service in their operations.