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Ms. Korman

Robin Korman

Senior Vice President Loyalty Marketing, Wyndham Hotel Group

Robin Korman was appointed senior vice president, loyalty marketing, in September 2009, overseeing Wyndham Rewards®, the guest loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group with more than 6,500 participating hotels in 36 countries. Among her many responsibilities, she handles the development and management of the company's loyalty program, which happens to be the largest in the hotel industry based on number of participating hotels; as well customer loyalty initiatives, all direct-marketing programs and internal and external strategic marketing alliances. Previously, she was senior vice president and general manager at Chase Card Services where she was responsible for overseeing the company's multi-billion dollar partner credit card portfolio, including development and repositioning of new and existing products and the creation of new acquisition and growth strategies. Prior to Chase, Ms. Korman spent seven years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, serving first as vice president, global loyalty marketing leader, and later as vice president, brand marketing leader for Aloft Hotels and Element Hotels. In those roles, she was responsible for overseeing Starwood's Preferred Guest program and later, for developing the positioning and marketing for the global launches of the company's Aloft® and ElementSM brands. In addition to her most recent experience, Ms. Korman has also served in executive marketing, communications and public relations roles with General Electric and Citibank.

Ms. Korman can be contacted at 973-753-6590 or robin.korman@wyn.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.