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Mr. Martin

Ken Martin

Hospitality Expert, DLR Group

Ken Martin, Hospitality Expert with DLR Group, draws on his 25 year experience in design, planning, and management to provide leadership on a wide range of complex large scale hotel projects. Mr. Martin combines his passion for design and his collaborative style and approach to ensure that all user groups and members of the project team, beginning with the owner's representatives, will have input on the total facility design and functionality. He enjoys integrating changing technologies and guest travel trends into projects to stay on the edge of hospitality innovation. His passion and focus to deliver the best guest experience has led him to be successful in developing numerous world-class memorable experiences to owners, developers, brands and guests to bring new hospitality venues to communities across the country. Mr. Martin is DLR Group's national hospitality design expert. In this role he is a frequent traveler, which he parlays into research for his next hotel design. This opportunity to be the end user has helped shape Mr. Martin's definition of the definitive guest experience. Mr. Martin has worked with municipalities, owners, hotel flags and development groups to bring new hospitality venues to communities across the country. He ensures all user groups have input on the facility design and functionality. Mr. Martin led the planning and design of the Overland Park Convention Center and Sheraton Hotel, an award-winning facility that has earned both regional and national recognition for its design excellence and continues to be a staple of revenue generation for this suburban community. His projects include the Tucson Hotel and Convention Center design, HYATT House in San Jose, and the Overton Hotel & Conference Center in Lubbock, Texas.

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

Mr. Martin can be contacted at 913-897-7811 or kmartin@dlrgroup.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.