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Ms. Miller

Tammy S. Miller

President, Alternate Resources

Tammy Miller is a thirty year veteran of the Interior Design and Purchasing world. Ms. Miller founded Alternate Resources in 1991 to address a tremendous need in the Hospitality Industry and contract markets for high quality personalized end to end project management. Ms. Miller has built Alternate Resources with the concept that a good designer understands how to purchase, and a good purchasing agent clearly understands what the design intent is, while managing to budgets and deadlines. It is her expertise in both of these concentrations, which sets Alternate Resources apart. Ms. Miller helps create the vision of the owner, and then finds the means to achieve this vision, while exceeding the expectations of the guest, owner, management, and brand. By offering her skills to hotel owners and management firms, she fills a principal position on a project team which lends years of experience to any new build or renovation. Ms. Miller can help develop innovative and creative design, select and specify appropriate products, manage the procurement and financial process, communicate consistently with the project team and stay within budget requirements and deadlines. First and foremost, Ms. Miller is a business professional and understands clearly the need to make good design and financial decisions for the projected life of the refurbishment or new build. Successful projects include brand hotels such as Starwood, Hilton, IHG, Marriott, Wyndham, Choice, Independent and Boutique Hotels and Casinos. Prior to founding Alternate Resources, Ms. Miller was Senior Vice President of Branch Design at Shearson American Express where she was responsible for branch design on a national level, establishing national standards and negotiating national contracts for all products used in the branch offices including FF&E and OS&E. Ms. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the Robert H Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is passionate about parenting, travel and photography.

Please visit http://www.alternateresources.com for more information.

Ms. Miller can be contacted at 914-713-1001 or tammy@alternateresources.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.