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Ms. Djubek

Sara Djubek

National Director of Sales, Signature Worldwide

As Signature Worldwide's National Director of Sales, Sara Djubek is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with hospitality organizations throughout the United States. With more than 18 years of sales and marketing experience, she serves as a respected consultant to her clients, offering strategies to increase revenue and improve guest loyalty through experiential hospitality sales, service and management training solutions.

By applying experience in the industry, including a network of tenured trainers, she helps global hospitality brands create legendary experiences by engaging and motivating their front-line sales and service staff. In addition to training fundamentals, Ms. Djubek is a professional speaker on a variety of hospitality topics including: Customer Experience, Customer Service, Leadership, Negotiating, Prospecting, Reputation Management, Sales Strategy and Social Selling.

Prior to joining Signature Worldwide, Ms. Djubek has held positions managing the advertising and sales components for publications serving state and city convention & visitors bureaus, hotel associations, assisted living, regional chambers and state restaurant associations. She has also worked as a national sales manager, national business development manager and regional sales manager in companies such as Groupon and Great Lakes Publishing. Ms. Djubek holds a bachelor's degree in communication from The Ohio State University.

Ms. Djubek is an active Allied Council Member for the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association, 2019 Board Member for the HSMAI Ohio Chapter and an Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy Alumni.

Signature Worldwide is a leader in providing sales and customer service training to Fortune 500 companies and global brands in more than 50 countries because of our strong focus on culture. By creating an environment that embraces communication, transparency, the spirit of giving and recognition of great work, our employees are empowered and inspired to help our clients create legendary experiences.

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

Ms. Djubek can be contacted at +1 614-734-2813 or saradjubek@signatureworldwide.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.