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Mr. Nalewanski

Loren Nalewanski

Vice President & Global Brand Manager, TownePlace Suites & Springhill Suites by Marriott

A Hospitality veteran, Loren Nalewanski joined Marriott International, Inc., over 25 years ago and during this time has managed all areas of property operations in many brands. After serving in property roles from coast to coast, Mr. Nalewanski was appointed Vice President, for Talent Management and Work Environment for North America, establishing the Work Environment Center of Excellence at Marriott, guided the architecture of the associate engagement strategy in use globally today for Marriott International. In 2009, Mr. Nalewanski was named Vice President of Global Operations Services working to develop the Global Operations Services group. In this role, he led the teams responsible for key areas related to the deployment of all operational programs, products and services, across all Luxury, Lifestyle and Marriott Endorsed brands. Today, Mr. Nalewanski is Vice President and Global Brand Manager of both the TownePlace Suites and SpringHill Suites by Marriott brands. With more than 280 TownePlace Suites properties open in the United States and Canada (over 190 in the pipeline), and 343 SpringHill Suites (150 in the pipeline), these brands are experiencing remarkable results and growth. Mr. Nalewanski is a Rockford, Illinois, native and a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is married with four children and resides in Northern Virginia.

Mr. Nalewanski can be contacted at loren.nalewanski@marriott.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.