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Mr. Coyle

Jeffrey Coyle

Director of Food & Beverage, Doubletree by Hilton Denver Tech Center

Learning hard work while growing up on a beef farm in rural Wisconsin, Jeffrey Coyle was always in the kitchen as a boy, helping his mom prepare meals after all chores were done.  He chose to attend UW-Oshkosh to study Communications and play baseball.  After giving up his dreams of playing on the diamond, he started tending bar and fell in love with the industry.  After graduation, Mr. Coyle moved to Milwaukee and started working at various restaurants before opening Vivo Urban Grill as the General Manager.  After two years, Mr. Coyle took a break from the business to get involved with a boutique wine distributor, selling high end wines for five years.  Answering the call of the hospitality industry, Mr. Coyle returned to restaurants as General Manager at NStars restaurant group for Harry's Bar and Grill, while assisting at the company's other two restaurants The Knick and The North Shore Bistro.  Upon hearing about the opening of a full-service Marriott in downtown Milwaukee, Mr. Coyle made the jump from restaurants to hotels as the opening Food and Beverage Manager.  In 2013, Marriott Milwaukee Downtown was recognized through guest satisfaction surveys as the #1 lunch and dinner service hotel in all North American properties.  Mr. Coyle quickly became involved in a task force role, assisting in opening or rebranding four hotel restaurants in two years. 

It took little convincing for Mr. Coyle to move to Denver in early 2015, where he became the Director of F&B for the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown, a Stonebridge Company hotel, where he worked for two and a half years.  Through his leadership, the hotel was recognized as one of the top most-improved breakfast service hotels in the entire HGI brand in 2017.  In March of 2018, he moved to his current position, the Doubletree by Hilton Denver Tech Center, also operated by Stonebridge, as Director of F&B, overseeing 24,000 sq feet of event space and a full-service restaurant called Zink Kitchen and Bar. 

Mr. Coyle currently lives in the River North area of Denver, (conveniently located within walking distance of Coors Field, of course!) with his girlfriend, Elena. 


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

Mr. Coyle can be contacted at 303-253-3806 or jeffrey.coyle@hilton.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.