Editorial Board   

Mr. Parker

Juston Parker

President & CEO, Parker Hospitality Group, Inc.

Juston Parker, President and CEO of Parker Hospitality Group, Inc., is an experienced performer in the hospitality industry. He began his career in hotel reservations and has extensive experience in all areas of hotels from operations, sales & marketing, to food & beverage, banquet & conference services. Throughout his career Mr. Parker has developed and nurtured a passion for creating top line revenues and strategically growing businesses, through new and innovative revenue management strategies. His analytical approach to revenue management has resulted in increased revenues, even in challenging times. His drive for cost of sale and pricing has impacted a wide variety of businesses which relied on his expertise to increase top line and bottom line revenue. As a published author on the subject of Revenue Management, Juston has been interviewed and/or quoted on CNN, Yahoo Finance, and Fox News, as well as featured in publications around the world ranging from HSMAI, to Thailand Hospitality, University of Florida, Event Solutions to name a few.

Mr. Parker can be contacted at 303-499-2443 or Juston@ParkerHospitality.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.