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Ms. Leffet

Chelsey Leffet

Director, HVS

Chelsey Leffet is Director and leader of the Washington, D.C. Consulting and Valuation office. HVS Consulting & Valuation has over 40 office nationwide. Ms. Leffet has appraised hundreds of hotels in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Washington, D.C. and in major Beltway markets.

Before joining HVS in Wilmington, Delaware in 2012, Ms. Leffet served in guest services, operations, and hospitality roles at ARAMARK Higher Education; Lighthouse Resort Services in Corolla, North Carolina; the Columbus Inn in Wilmington, Delaware; and the Bellmoor Inn and Spa in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Ms. Leffet graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Hospitality Management, minoring in Business Administration, and earned a Master's in Business Administration, from East Carolina University. Having gained operational and front-line experience, She desired to switch to the investment and financial side of the hospitality industry following her educational career.

Ms. Leffet completed over 400 hours of educational coursework and 3,000+ experience hours to become a certified general appraiser in 2015. She now holds licenses in the District, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. During her time at HVS, she has published articles on the dynamics of the most prominent Mid-Atlantic hotel markets, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Annapolis, and Wilmington.

Ms. Leffet is immersed in the lodging and real estate industry in Washington DC, participating annually in the Bisnow Lodging Investment Summit (BLIS East), as well as attending other local real estate group gatherings, as well as her involvement in panel discussions related to career development and hotel branding. She helps lead and organize a number of networking and educational events for the Washington D.C. Hospitality Real Estate Society (The HRES).

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

Ms. Leffet can be contacted at +1 302-740-2772 or cleffet@hvs.com

Coming up in April 2020...

Guest Service: First Impressions Matter

Hotels spend large amounts of money on marketing their operation and brand, but sometimes they fail to remember that guest service is the lifeblood of their business. It is outstanding guest service that allows a hotel to create an amazing and lasting impression, one that will remain with guests far beyond the duration of their stay. In pre-internet days, first impressions were formed the moment a guest walked through a hotel's front door. These days, first impressions are created long before a guest arrives at a hotel property. They begin when a customer visits a hotel's website or social media pages for the first time. When a guest connects with a property online, they immediately form an opinion of the hotel. First impressions matter and because of that, a hotel website should be mobile-friendly with blistering fast speed; it should be graphically appealing; and it should provide visual representation of the kind of experience a guest can expect. It is also vital to engage the customer; to actively solicit and respond to guest feedback. When a hotel personally engages with someone, it is demonstrating to other customers that guest opinions matter, and that management is willing to go the extra mile to provide superior guest service. Similarly, when a hotel sends out personalized emails with satisfaction surveys attached, it demonstrates that management values guest feedback, so that service can be improved at every level. Additionally, social media messages can be sent out prior to a guest's arrival to learn more about them, so their visit can be personalized. It's the small touches and details that are most remembered and appreciated. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate excellent guest service in their operations.