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Ms. Zimmerman

Angel Zimmerman

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Sajan

Angel Zimmerman is co-founder and chief operating officer of Sajan, a leading global language services provider known for its top-ranked proprietary translation management system. She and her partner Shannon Zimmerman co-founded the company in 1997, and today it is a top-ranking vendor in a space of approximately 25,000 worldwide. In her day-to-day position as COO, Ms. Zimmerman oversees the Global Language Services team, a role to which she brings a solution-oriented approach and commitment to delivering value to each client. She has scaled the operations group to meet the rapid growth demands of the business with a special focus on a range of industries. In particular, these teams have seen tremendous growth in the marketing translation and localization needs within the dynamic travel and hospitality industry. Ms. Zimmerman has led initiatives to attain ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certification in addition to Six Sigma methods to ensure more measurable and quantifiable solutions for her company's clients. With more than fifteen years of experience in the localization industry, Ms. Zimmerman heads up a production group that achieves some of the highest operating performance levels in the industry. Under Ms. Zimmerman's co-leadership, Sajan has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in localizing fast-changing content for airlines, car rental companies, cruise lines, web-based hotel reservation companies and others. She sets an example for the rest of the company with her keen appreciation for the real-time nature of the hospitality industry's content localization needs. This includes time-sensitive global content such as websites, marketing materials, customer communications and loyalty programs, booking and reservation databases, backend fulfillment, revenue management, internal employee communications and signage. Ms. Zimmerman's ability to blend first-class customer service and innovative technology—and expertly deploy them—has played a significant part in helping Sajan realize rapid and sustained growth. She finds great satisfaction in helping global companies expand their brand presence and see their messaging resonate with markets around the world.

Ms. Zimmerman can be contacted at 715-426-9505 or azimmerman@sajan.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.