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Ms. Silverman

Marjorie Silverman

Honorary President, UICH, Les Clefs d'Or

Marjorie Silverman excelled in the concierge industry for 25 years and now serves as a Consultant, Meeting Planner and Lecturer. She was the Chef Concierge of Hotel InterContinental Chicago, and was the first female and first American to serve as President of Union Internationale des Concierges d'Hotels, Les Clefs d'Or. Les Clefs d'Or is the prestigious international association of concierges, headquartered in Paris, France which groups 40 member countries under its umbrella. The 3500 members transcend global politics and join forces to promote tourism worldwide. Ms. Silverman has been a dedicated concierge professional since she began her career at the Westin Hotel Chicago in 1980. After ten distinguished years at the Westin Hotel Chicago, she joined Hotel InterContinental as Chef Concierge and was employed there for 15 years. Due to her competence and mastery of the Concierge Department, she was sent by Westin to help open the Westin O'Hare as well as the Westin in Washington, DC. Further, when the Plaza Hotel in New York City belonged to the Westin Hotel chain, she was sent to improve the delivery of concierge services. In addition to her job duties, Ms. Silverman was active in several concierge organizations. She was a founding member of the Chicago Hotel Concierge Association as well as an early member of Les Clefs d'Or USA and has seen the organization grow from 28 members to more than 500. She has held every office in Les Clefs d'Or USA and after the completion of her presidency in1990, she served as Advisor to the Board of Directors until August, 2007. Under her leadership as Director of Development of Les Clefs d'Or in the Americas, Mexico and Brazil were accepted as Les Clefs d'Or member sections. Ms. Silverman is skilled at teaching about the profession. She taught at the International Concierge Institute in Montreal and Fort Lauderdale as well as conducting seminars for concierge professionals in Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, China, Jamaica and Anguilla. She recently conducted a seminar in Warsaw, Poland with Holly Stiel, a noted hotel consultant, author and lecturer. Ms. Silverman serves the international Les Clefs d'Or as an Honorary President, member of Le Conseil des Sages, whose function is to advise and safeguard the statutes and ideals of the Association. Les Clefs d'Or USA has honored Ms. Silverman with a Lifetime Achievement Award and has dedicated a scholarship in her name, The Marjorie Silverman Education Fund.

Ms. Silverman can be contacted at 773-248-7462 or marjoriesilverman@mac.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.