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Mr. Salisbury

Ralph Salisbury

Senior Vice President, Impact Enterprises, Inc.

Supporting and participating in socially conscious endeavors is an important part of Mr. Salisbury's personal and professional life. He believes a stronger sense of balance in life can be achieved through some participation in activities that focus on 'giving-back'. “Success should be shared, not divided or apportioned as some fear, just shared through a contribution of time, and funds if possible. Time can be the most personally rewarding of contributions due to a physical connection, however, watching a financial contribution make a difference in someone, some family, and some group's life can be equally rewarding.” Mr. Salisbury's professional successes has enabled him to be an active supporter in several areas of giving-back, and now as Senior Vice President of Impact Enterprises, Inc., has established a corporate responsibility program for the company that includes a 'staff-championed-causes' initiative that allows Impact's staff to be active participants in meaningful 'giving-back'. A degree in business from Syracuse University lead Mr. Salisbury to Wall Street, then onto his own business, and finally to Impact Enterprises, Inc. His professional experiences include credit oriented real estate investment for state and municipal pension funds, wind energy development, communications, and marketing and advertising. Volunteer activities have included the Yellow Ribbon Fund at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC, Children's Medical Center in Dallas, TX, Nelson-Tebedo Research Clinic in Dallas, TX, Veterans Village of San Diego, and VA Medical Centers in Portland, OR and Bend, OR. He is the proud father of two sons and two grandchildren, and enjoys being physically active by participating in a variety of outdoor activities that include rock climbing, mountain biking, road biking, hiking, fishing, skiing, and paddle boarding. Yes, he does it all, and when possible with recipients of his 'giving-back'.

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

Mr. Salisbury can be contacted at 845-988-1900 or rsalisbury@impactenterprises.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.