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Ms. Ross

Susie Ross

Founder, Waiter Training

Susie founded Waiter Training when she realized that restaurants might be able to utilize her extensive background in successful sales in the restaurant industry and as an instructor. She obtained her degree in Speech/Communications with an emphasis in Theatre, from Metropolitan State College of Denver and made a successful career of selling and serving food and beverages in the restaurant industry. Her background in the restaurant business runs the gamut from fast-paced, breakfast and lunch service to a more formal, evening and dinner atmosphere and spans nearly 15 years. Building confidence in both experienced and inexperienced staff has become her trademark. Susie believes servers must approach the table with confidence and an ability to sell the menu, irrespective of the type of restaurant. Classes are conducted with fun in mind. It has been proven that people of all ages learn better when there is fun, laughter and games involved in the learning process. Susie brings fun and creativity to her sales-oriented approach to serving guests in a restaurant.

Ms. Ross can be contacted at 720-203-4615 or susan@waiter-training.com

Coming up in October 2019...

Revenue Management: Focus On Profit

Revenue Management is still a relatively new profession within hotel operations and as such, it continues to evolve. One significant trend in this area is a shift away from using revenue as the foundation to generate key performance indicators (KPIs) and to instead place the emphasis on profit. Traditionally, revenue managers have relied on total revenue per available room (TrevPAR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) as the basis of their KPIs. Now, some revenue managers are using gross operating profit per available room (GOPPAR) as their primary KPI. This puts profit at the center of revenue management strategy, and managers are increasingly searching for new ways to increase the profitability of their hotels. Return on Investment is the objective of any hotel investment, so it is only logical that profitability and ROI will be emphasized going forward. Another trend is an expanded focus on direct hotel bookings. Revenue managers know that one way to increase profitability is to steer guests away from online travel agencies (OTAs) and book directly with the hotel. This tactic also reinforces brand identity and loyalty, and encourages repeat business. In addition, it provides a valuable platform to market the hotel directly to the customer, and to upsell room upgrades or other services to them. Another trend for revenue managers involves automation in their software programs. Revenue management systems with automation are far more desirable than those without it. Automating data entry and logistics increases efficiency, allowing managers to spend more time on formulating strategy. As a bonus, an automated system helps with aggregating and interpreting data. The October issue of the Hotel Business Review will address these developments and document how some leading hotels are executing their revenue management strategies.