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Mr. Burger

Ray Burger

Founder & President, Pineapple Hospitality

Ray Burger, Founder and President of Pineapple Hospitality Inc., celebrates his 40+ years of experience in hospitality. His 20+ year hotel management career yielded increased revenues, award winning service, and indispensable insight into hotel operations, sales and marketing. Mr. Burger has provided and promoted sustainability solutions for the hospitality industry since 1994. Through Pineapple Hospitality, he founded the industry's first Green Hospitality Conference (2007). He also launched EcoRooms.com, GreenerHotels.com and the comprehensive smoke-free lodging directory FreshStay.com. His principled approach to greener products, programs and services relies on sustainability, profitability, and a commitment to exceeding guest expectations. Always a believer in the green business community, Ray has partnered with several State and Local Green Lodging programs including Boston Green Tourism, PhilaGreen Hospitality Association, the Green Meeting Industry Council, and Energy Star. Mr. Burger's many certifications and awards include Master Hotel Supplier and Certified Hotel Administrator. He is a frequent speaker and writer regarding Sustainability topics pertaining to Hospitality. He authored the EcoSpeak blog for a few years and he is a frequent contributor for Hospitality related publications. Mr. Burger holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Missouri State University and enjoys spending time in and around America's National and State Parks, Trails and Rivers.

Mr. Burger can be contacted at 636-922-2285 or ray@pineapplehospitality.net

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.