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Ms. Bauer

Pam Bauer

Director Brand Development & Marketing, Callaway Resort & Gardens

As Director of Brand Development and Marketing, Pam Bauer serves as the Callaway Resort & Gardens' brand champion, setting the marketing and guest engagement strategy to further property's mission to, "Connect People and Nature in a way that benefits both".

An accomplished marketing and customer experience operations professional with proven success in start-up, turn-around and process improvement, Ms. Bauer brings passion and enthusiasm on her subject matter as well as expertise in brand development cultural initiatives, customer experiences, motivational speaking, customer journey mapping, and strategic planning.

Prior to joining the Team at Callaway Resort & Gardens, Ms. Bauer founded elevateXP in 2013, a boutique customer experience (CX) design consulting firm based on her belief that "If the experience is not by design, you're leaving it to default." Ms. Bauer is a proud Marketing and Management double major graduate of Mercer University's Stetson School of Business & Economics and a graduate of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship Small Business Executive Program. Ms. Bauer also holds “Leadership in Service Excellence” certification from Cornell University and attended the International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care.¬†

For more than 65 years, Callaway Resort & Gardens has provided “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world” for millions of visitors. Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway includes a garden and resort on thousands of acres in the rolling Appalachian foothills of Pine Mountain, Georgia. ¬†Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails, and special events throughout the year, including one of National Geographic's top holiday light shows in the Nation, Fantasy In Lights.

 


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

Ms. Bauer can be contacted at 706-663-6804 or pbauer@callawaygardens.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.