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Mr. Sloan

Kell Sloan

General Manager, Best Western Plus Saskatchewan

At an early age, Kell Sloan was told he wanted to become a concert pianist but with a tin ear, a rebellious streak and a Beach Boys album, Mr. Sloan soon fell in with the wrong crowd and took up professional surfing. At age six, permanently grounded and with no money to buy a surf board, Mr. Sloan sold chocolate bars door to door and found that by developing a compelling unique value proposition and dividing his home town into segments, he was able to focus on neighborhoods where people were most likely to buy his chocolate bars. And buy they did.

Hiring other kids to sell for him, teaching them the fundamentals of chocolate bar sales, and coaching them to success, Mr. Sloan soon found himself once again grounded but with a surf board and a love of entrepreneurship, marketing and revenue management.

With over 25 + years of hospitality leadership in casinos, restaurants and hotels, if you took an MRI scan of that beautiful brain of his, it would show a large area devoted to thinking of nothing else but strategic planning, demand generation and profit optimization.

Mr. Sloan is currently the General Manager of the Best Western Plus in Estevan, Saskatchewan and leads an exceptional team of customer-orientated professionals dedicated to ensuring that every stay is exceptional. Celebrating more than 70 years of hospitality, Best Western Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning global family of hotels located in over 100 countries and territories that offers accommodations for all types of travelers.


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

Mr. Sloan can be contacted at 306.209.0981 or kell@kellsloan.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.