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Mr. Thilenius

Jackson Thilenius

Principal, Retail Design Collaborative

Jackson Thilenius is a Principal at Retail Design Collaborative. After successfully running his own Architectural practice for over 14 years, he joined Retail Design Collaborative (RDC) to help further develop the firm's interior design studio.

Mr. Thilenius brings with him a diversity of thought leadership and 25 years of industry experience. A seasoned professional, he has paired his fields of expertise and core values to reflect RDC's goals - including a strong background in design, technical know-how, professionalism and an aptitude for developing long-term relationships with his clients. His philosophy is that each project is as unique as the personalities behind them, and he enjoys the complex exploration of client goals as they relate to design.

With each project, Mr. Thilenius works closely with clients to help shape their visions into reality, reflecting a genuine dedication to their lasting success.

Mr. Thilenius received his Master of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Bringing over two decades of experience, Mr. Thilenius has led the design of hundreds of local and international projects including locations in Hong Kong, China and Europe. Also an accomplished artist, his oil paintings have been shown in galleries from LA to NYC.


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

Mr. Thilenius can be contacted at 562-628-8000 or jackson.thilenius@rdcollaborative.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.