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Ms. Oliver-Knappe

Stacey Oliver-Knappe

Owner, The Customer Service Gurus

Stacey Oliver-Knappe is the owner and chief consultant of The Customer Service Gurus, headquartered in beautiful Orlando, Florida. During her career, she has personally trained more than 10,000 people in leadership and professional development skills, and has reached many with her customized program, The Secret to Customer Service Excellence. Ms. Oliver-Knappe has also developed customized training programs for some of the largest companies in the hospitality industry and for customer contact centers. Ms.

Oliver-Knappe began her career at Walt Disney World where for eight years she worked in a multitude of guest service roles, primarily in front office operations. Her happily ever after Disney involved developing her foundational Disney training skills as a new hire trainer, then adding to her academic knowledge plus working several positions in the learning area. Her last formal role was in learning and development management. Her last formal role was in learning and development management, leading a team of trainers for an international timeshare company

She is a self-proclaimed Training Fanatic! Ms. Oliver-Knappe's clients range from multinational corporations to small businesses and non-profits. In 2012, she started The Customer Service Gurus after devoting 15 years to developing her training expertise in corporate environments. Partnering with clients, she helps them achieve performance improvement through small actions (such as clarifying policies) and large initiatives (such as creating and implementing worldwide training programs). She is a well-praised speaker who shares her hopeful vision of customer service, hospitality, and human resources practices to her audiences.

Ms. Oliver-Knappe has a master's degree in Adult Education, focusing on training and staff development, from the University of South Florida, and has earned PHR and SHRM-CP Human Resources designations. She lives in Orlando with her husband Rolf and her two cats. As a devoted lifelong learner herself, she is currently working on improving her cooking skills; she has completed a marathon and is a feisty kickboxer.

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

Ms. Oliver-Knappe can be contacted at 407-495-0846 or stacey@thecustomerservicegurus.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.