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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 https://hvs.com/ for more information.

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