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Ms. Dreyfus

Stacy Dreyfus

President, Orchid Resorts & Escapes

With more than 14 years of experience in sales at companies such as Le Parker Meridian, Ian Schrager Hotels, and Hotel Gansevoort, Stacy Dreyfus has been able to build and expand her own company, Orchid Resorts & Escapes, into one of the most respected marketing and sales groups in the World, with a portfolio of properties that reads like a hot list from Conde Nast Traveler. While working for Ian Schrager, she was dedicated to the opening of the stylish Hudson Hotel, and subsequently launched the New York Global Sales Office for Ian Schrager Hotels. Ms. Dreyfus then held the position of Director of Sales & Marketing at Hotel Gansevoort in Manhattan. Ms. Dreyfus founded Orchid Resorts & Escapes in late 2007 as a boutique sales, marketing and partnership agency that based its mission on the ideals of superior customer service and excellent industry relationships. It's her specialty of strategic market positioning and love of connecting her clients with the perfect escape that has kept clients coming back - not to mention her unbelievable portfolio of 22 exquisite properties, that continues to grow. Currently the company is marketing some of the most unique and exclusive resorts and destinations in the world, including Winvian, The Pitcher Inn, Soho House New York, Soho House Berlin, Soho Beach House, Deer Valley Chalet, Tides Beach Club, Tribe Hotel in Nairobi, Villa Feltrinelli in Italy, Caleton Villas in the Dominican Republic and Kauai Island Villas. Ms. Dreyfus holds a B.A. in Travel and Tourism from Clemson University. Ms. Dreyfus is currently a member for Dress for Success, which assists economically disadvantaged women transitioning from unemployment to self-sufficiency by providing clothing, confidence boosts and career development. Orchid Resorts & Escapes are whimsical, refreshing and extraordinary properties and destinations that ultimately create a unique place for a romantic hideaway, a corporate meeting, a special gathering, a refuge, an executive retreat or simply a place to breathe and relax. Our properties are independently owned and operated. Orchid services our clients by providing specific sales strategies and targeted marketing and by creating awareness along with specialized public relations agencies and multiple partners. Through packaging these ideas, visions and relationships together, Orchid's true goal is to produce room nights, buzz and revenue for our clients.

Ms. Dreyfus can be contacted at 646-861-1658 or stacy@orchidworldwide.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.