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Ms. Fenard

Elaine Fenard

Partner & Chief Operating Officer, Europe and U.S., Spatality

Elaine Fenard, recognized as a spa industry visionary, Elaine became an integral partner in Spa Strategy in 2006, joining in the Spa Strategy quest to create innovative and profitable spas, Elaine brought to the team more than 25 years experience in spa development and operations with one of the world's largest hotel companies and the leading international spa operations company. As vice president of spa development and operations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts she oversaw spa development and operations for over 750 properties in more than 80 countries. She championed the Starwood Spa Collection, a group of 38 unique spas, in addition to overseeing the development of many successful individual spas under the Starwood umbrella. Elaine and her team designed several innovative concepts for Starwood, profitable templates for hotel owners and developers to follow from start to finish. At Steiner Leisure, Elaine held the position of senior vice president of operations and later directed development and operations for the highly successful Disney Magic and Wonder Vista spas. She also served as senior vice president of operations for Coiffeur Transocean (later acquired by Steiner Leisure), and was instrumental in the conception, development and operation of the first purposeĀ]built spa at sea in the 1980s. Elaine's vision for this project helped demonstrate the capital potential for spas in the cruise business and set the trend for future cruise ship spa construction. As an industry pioneer and recognized expert, Elaine is a frequent speaker at many conferences including the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin; International Spa Convention in London; Spa Resort Expo in New York City; New York Spa Symposium; Turning Point Global Spa Industry Conference in the Philippines and is a regular guest speaker at Cornell University. Spa Strategy is one of the world's leading spa consulting and design firms.

Ms. Fenard can be contacted at 303-573-8100 or Elaine@spastategy.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.