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Mr. Connolly

Patrick Connolly

Chief Customer Officer, Orange Lake Resorts

Patrick Connolly provides strategic vision and leadership for Orange Lake Resorts' operations, guest services and the company's Holiday Inn Club product, managing its development, growth and delivery to more than 125,000 Club members throughout the world.

In his role, Mr. Connolly also manages inventory and operations for the growing resort portfolio, as well as customer service and product engagement for more than 340,000 owners and Club members.

Mr. Connolly's strategic leadership and initiatives were instrumental in the growth of the company from a single-site timeshare property in 2006 to 28 resort properties located in 14 states today.

In 2009, he also helped to conceptualize and launch the company's first luxury villa product, the Signature Collection, which is has expanded from its launch at Orange Lake Resort in Orlando, FL to ten resorts across the country. His teams have been honored with numerous industry and national hospitality awards for guest service and operations.

Mr. Connolly's career encompasses 30 years in customer service and manufacturing roles, including extensive experience in the mortgage and timeshare industries. For nearly a decade prior to joining Orange Lake Resorts in 2006, he was engaged in the member servicing divisions as Senior Vice President of Membership for RCI® North America, the largest timeshare exchange company in the world, and oversaw many of their relationships with numerous member clubs throughout the industry. He also held previous management positions with PHH Mortgage and General Electric.

Mr. Connolly holds a B.S. from Notre Dame University and an Executive M.B.A from the University of South Florida.

Please visit http://corporate.orangelake.com for more information.

Mr. Connolly can be contacted at 4073956876 or pconnolly@holidayinnclub.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.