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Mr. Goldberg

Leon Goldberg

Complex Director of Sales and Marketing, Sheraton New York Times Square and New York Marriott Marquis

Leon Goldberg was promoted to Complex Director of Sales and Marketing for both the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel and the New York Marriott Marquis in April 2017. Mr. Goldberg brings more than 25 years of hotel industry experience to the Sheraton New York Times Square, the third-largest hotel in New York City. He has been the Director of Sales and Marketing at the New York Marriott Marquis for 10 years. In his new role, Mr. Goldberg will develop, implement and lead sales and marketing strategy for both the New York Marriott Marquis and the Sheraton New York Times Square hotels. Mr. Goldberg's extensive hospitality career started on the west coast as the Sales Manager at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, before becoming the Director of Convention Sales at the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau. He then moved to the east coast to the Waldorf Astoria hotel, where he started out on the sales team and later was promoted to Director of Sales for Groups and Conventions. His experience also includes serving as Director of Sales & Marketing for the (former) Rihga Royal, a JW Marriott Hotel and luxury all-suite property in New York City, as well as Director of Sales & Marketing at the San Francisco Marriott. During his 25-year career in hospitality, Mr. Goldberg has received accolades including Sales and Marketing Leader of the Year for Marriott International, Sales Team of the Year, Presidents Circle Awardee (multiple times) and HSMAI New York Chapter Hotel Marketer of the Year (2013). Mr. Goldberg received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Travel Management from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. He attended the School of Business at McGill University in Montréal, Canada, and the Hotelconsult, in Brig, Switzerland. Mr. Goldberg was born in South Africa and speaks Dutch, Spanish and French. He lives in Westchester County with his wife and two daughters.

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

Mr. Goldberg can be contacted at 212-581-1000 or leon.goldberg@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.