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Mr. Manley

Christopher Manley

Chief Operating Officer, Stonebridge Companies

Chris Manley joined Stonebridge Companies as Chief Operating Officer in January 2015. Stonebridge is one of the premier hospitality development and management companies in the United States. Stonebridge's current portfolio entails 58 hotels with more than 9,000 rooms nationwide and 3,000+ team members. This diverse listing of properties includes select-service, extended-stay, mid-scale and full-service hotels in markets throughout the U.S. We hold franchise licenses with Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, Hyatt and InterContinental Hotel Group.

Stonebridge's mission is to provide Distinguished Hospitality™ through the four key components of our mission statement: service, relationships, careers and results. Our core values are what drive our company. We strive to create a respectable, stable, and enjoyable workplace, to conduct our business with integrity, to recognize and celebrate our innovative associates, to uphold quality standards, to provide unparalleled service, and to support the communities in our back yards.

Mr. Manley is also a board member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), the sole national association representing all segments of the U.S. lodging industry. He also serves on Marriott's franchise advisory committees for the Renaissance and Aloft brands.

Prior to joining Stonebridge Companies, Mr. Manley spent 15 years at The Pauls Corporation, a real estate investor developer across multiple asset classes. He was president of the real estate services company and Chief Financial Officer/Chief Accounting Officer for the entire organization.

Mr. Manley received his master's degree in professional accounting and bachelor's degree from the University of Texas in Austin.

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Mr. Manley can be contacted at 303-785-3100 or cmanley@sbcos.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.