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Ms. Dolecki

Leigh Anne Dolecki

President, The Northern California Concierge Association

Leigh Anne Dolecki joined the hospitality industry after a 20 year career in the world of theatre production. Since becoming a concierge in 2000 she has served as vice president of the Northern California Concierge Association; at the end of 2007 she completed her two year term as president of the NCCA. She represented a membership of over 160 concierges throughout the Bay Area as far south as Monterey and Carmel, and as far north as Healdsburg. As president, Ms. Dolecki provided educational opportunities for the members by planning meetings and events, as well as building relationships with service providers throughout northern California, keeping NCCA members on the forefront of guest services. She remains on the current board of directors as past president. As a member of Les Clefs d'Or USA, Ms. Dolecki most recently attended the Panamerican Congress in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the International Congress in Copenhagen Denmark, as well as the National Congress in New York City. She has made numerous presentations on the Northern California Concierge Association's response to concierge outsourcing. Ms. Dolecki provides guest service as chef concierge at Campton Place, a Taj Hotel. Located in downtown San Francisco, just off Union Square, the 110-room luxury boutique hotel is the third Taj Hotel in the United States along with The Pierre and the Taj Boston; it is also a member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World. Ms. Dolecki continues her work as the lead for food in the San Francisco mayor's outreach program for the homeless, Project Homeless Connect.

Ms. Dolecki can be contacted at 415-955-5552 or ladolecki@gmail.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.