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Mr. Grenoble

Mark Grenoble

President, Enchantment Group

Mark Grenoble is the President of Enchantment Group. He founded the firm in effort to meet the growing market demand for providing proven experience in developing and managing all aspects of resorts and spas. Currently, Enchantment Group's portfolio includes Enchantment Resort, Mii amo, the Tides Inn, and the Golden Eagle Golf Course in Irvington, VA. Mr. Grenoble draws on a unique collection of skills that encompasses every facet of resort operations, from creating concepts, pre-opening strategies and systems for all departments to managing effective recruitment, training and retention programs, and developing highly profitable retail design and merchandise programs. Mr. Grenoble and his Mii amo team pioneered a number of destination spa industry firsts: first to create common guest arrival and departure days that maximize occupancy and revenue; first to feature full 60- and 90-minute treatment sessions, and first to offer alcohol, including organic and biodynamic wines. Mii amo was named “World's Best Destination Spa” in 2007 and 2009 by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. Also named in the 2009 Travel + Leisure World's Best Survey, Enchantment Resort was ranked the #1 Resort in Arizona and the Tides Inn was ranked the #1 Resort in Virginia. Prior to joining Enchantment Resort in 1993 and developing Enchantment Group in 2007, Mr. Grenoble served as Vice President and General Manager of a major real estate development and management company and managed a $250 million real estate portfolio. In addition, he has held sales and operational positions with Omni Hotels, Americana Hotels and properties in New York, Hawaii and California. In 2009, Mr. Grenoble was named Arizona's Tourism Champion of the Year by the Arizona Governor.

Mr. Grenoble can be contacted at 480-264-3015 or mark@enchantmentgroup.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.