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Ms. Hehir

Kim Hehir

VP of Strategic Planning, The Leading Hotels of the World

Kimberly Moffitt Hehir has served as Vice President of Strategic Planning for The Leading Hotels of the World since 2003. Ms. Hehir is responsible for managing the Company's joint ventures and ancillary businesses and acting as a liaison between each department within Leading Hotels of the World to ensure that all goals are consistent with the Company's Strategic Plan. She is also responsible for sourcing and evaluating new business opportunities and implementing those which yield a substantial return on investment, deliver value to the shareholders, enhance member benefits, and will achieve the company's overall goal of becoming an all-inclusive provider of goods and services to the luxury marketplace. Prior to joining The Leading Hotels of the World, Ms. Hehir was a Senior Investment Analyst at Shaffer & Company, which owns and asset manages over $1 billion of luxury hotel properties, many of which are members of Leading Hotels of the World. Prior thereto, Ms. Hehir was the global Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Sonnenblick-Goldman Company, an international real estate investment banking firm averaging US$10 billion in annual transactions. Before joining Sonnenblick-Goldman, Ms. Hehir was the Director of Strategic Marketing for HVS International.

Ms. Hehir can be contacted at 212-515-5630 or khehir@lhw.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.