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Mr. Poad

Jim Poad

Director of Client Solutions, Advantage IQ

Jim Poad, a 30-year energy industry veteran, serves as Director of Client Solutions for expense and energy management firm, Advantage IQ. In this capacity, Mr. Poad is responsible for developing and directing the Company's energy management programs on behalf of clients. He works with clients to develop and implement a customized strategy to better manage energy usage, reduce overall operational costs, and meet overriding corporate objectives. He has helped clients save millions of dollars through the implementation of supply-side and demand-side initiatives. Prior to his position at Advantage IQ, Poad served as Director, Business Development for Johnson Controls, Inc, Prenova, and also served as Director, Strategic Business Development for TXU Energy. At TXU, he first served as Regional Marketing Director for the Chicago region. In this role he was responsible for project evaluation, commodity sales and delivery for both electric power and natural gas, as well as facility sales. Later, he was appointed Director of Strategic Business Development, a role which required identifying and developing comprehensive energy management and outsourcing engagements for Fortune 500 companies with extensive energy requirements. Earlier, Poad held a number of positions with Wisconsin Power and Light Company and Alliant Energy. He worked in operations, administration, and sales management with these companies, and received several awards for operational excellence, marketing success and exceptional safety records.

Mr. Poad can be contacted at 608-755-1650 or jpoad@advantageiq.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.