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Mr. Koppelberger

Aaron Koppelberger

National Director of Service, Cintas First Aid & Safety

Aaron Koppelberger is the National Director of Service for Cintas' First Aid & Safety division. In this role, his main focus is on all North American service departments with oversight on the AED product segment.

Cintas, who serves over 1 million customers, is an industry leader in work apparel programs, fire protection, restroom and facility services and first aid & safety supplies. Since its inception, the First Aid & Safety division has deployed more than 70,000 AEDs with 20,000+ AEDs currently under active service agreements and over 700 AED saves to date.

With over 20 years of industry experience, Mr. Koppelberger has a passion for AEDs and training. Previously, he proudly served his country as an Army officer. Most recently, he has spent the past 15 years at Cintas in a variety of roles including: Service Manager, General Manager and Regional Business Manager, managing key customer relationships and leading business development.

Mr. Koppelberger has a Bachelor of Science in biology from The University of Tampa. Mr. Koppelberger is based in Cintas' Dallas office.

Mr. Koppelberger can be contacted at 469-909-5135 or koppelbergera@cintas.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.