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Ms. Dooley

Shannon Dooley

Operations Manager - Quality Assurance Practice, LRA Worldwide

Serving as an Operations Manager in LRA Worldwide's Quality Assurance practice, Shannon specializes in LRA's foodservice, gaming, and boutique clients. Over the past six years, Ms. Dooley spearheaded the development and implementation of customized, experience-driven evaluations for a variety of clients, including Hard Rock Hotels & Resorts, FLIK International, The Kessler Collection, and the San Diego Zoo. In addition, she played integral roles on the project teams for Marriott International, Delaware North Companies, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and Station Casinos. Ms. Dooley joined LRA in 2005 as a Consultant handling clients in both Quality Assurance and Consulting Services. In her role, she processed and analyzed customer loyalty research for clients in a variety of sectors, including hospitality, aviation, entertainment, and sports. Ms. Dooley redesigned and coordinated in-field training for the handling of survey data for the hotels of Denali National Park, a member of ARAMARK Harrison Lodging. As a Senior Consultant, she was responsible for the day to day operations of custom service accounts, most notably with Hilton Hotels, as well as several other gaming and hotel management clients. Prior to joining LRA, Ms. Dooley spent several years with the Walt Disney Company as a Guest Services Manager for Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort and Disney's Beach Club Villas. There, she cultivated her knowledge of 4-Diamond hotel management as well as convention, vacation ownership, and cruise line market segments. During her tenure, Ms. Dooley was selected to independently develop and implement a pilot lobby concierge program to enhance the overall guest experience. In addition, she was appointed as a resort liaison for the launch of Disney's “Magical Gatherings” program, developing a SIEBEL-based training manual to aide in resort-wide staff training. Under her leadership, both the lobby concierge program and training manuals became permanent fixtures at all 21 Walt Disney World Resorts. Ms. Dooley is a graduate of Duke University and is currently pursuing her MBA at Villanova University.

Ms. Dooley can be contacted at 215-449-0349 or Shannon.Dooley@lraworldwide.com

Coming up in April 2020...

Guest Service: First Impressions Matter

Hotels spend large amounts of money on marketing their operation and brand, but sometimes they fail to remember that guest service is the lifeblood of their business. It is outstanding guest service that allows a hotel to create an amazing and lasting impression, one that will remain with guests far beyond the duration of their stay. In pre-internet days, first impressions were formed the moment a guest walked through a hotel's front door. These days, first impressions are created long before a guest arrives at a hotel property. They begin when a customer visits a hotel's website or social media pages for the first time. When a guest connects with a property online, they immediately form an opinion of the hotel. First impressions matter and because of that, a hotel website should be mobile-friendly with blistering fast speed; it should be graphically appealing; and it should provide visual representation of the kind of experience a guest can expect. It is also vital to engage the customer; to actively solicit and respond to guest feedback. When a hotel personally engages with someone, it is demonstrating to other customers that guest opinions matter, and that management is willing to go the extra mile to provide superior guest service. Similarly, when a hotel sends out personalized emails with satisfaction surveys attached, it demonstrates that management values guest feedback, so that service can be improved at every level. Additionally, social media messages can be sent out prior to a guest's arrival to learn more about them, so their visit can be personalized. It's the small touches and details that are most remembered and appreciated. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate excellent guest service in their operations.