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Ms. Oliver-Knappe

Stacey Oliver-Knappe

Owner, The Customer Service Gurus

Stacey Oliver-Knappe is the owner and chief consultant of The Customer Service Gurus, headquartered in beautiful Orlando, Florida. During her career, she has personally trained more than 10,000 people in leadership and professional development skills, and has reached many with her customized program, The Secret to Customer Service Excellence. Ms. Oliver-Knappe has also developed customized training programs for some of the largest companies in the hospitality industry and for customer contact centers. Ms.

Oliver-Knappe began her career at Walt Disney World where for eight years she worked in a multitude of guest service roles, primarily in front office operations. Her happily ever after Disney involved developing her foundational Disney training skills as a new hire trainer, then adding to her academic knowledge plus working several positions in the learning area. Her last formal role was in learning and development management. Her last formal role was in learning and development management, leading a team of trainers for an international timeshare company

She is a self-proclaimed Training Fanatic! Ms. Oliver-Knappe’s clients range from multinational corporations to small businesses and non-profits. In 2012, she started The Customer Service Gurus after devoting 15 years to developing her training expertise in corporate environments. Partnering with clients, she helps them achieve performance improvement through small actions (such as clarifying policies) and large initiatives (such as creating and implementing worldwide training programs). She is a well-praised speaker who shares her hopeful vision of customer service, hospitality, and human resources practices to her audiences.

Ms. Oliver-Knappe has a master’s degree in Adult Education, focusing on training and staff development, from the University of South Florida, and has earned PHR and SHRM-CP Human Resources designations. She lives in Orlando with her husband Rolf and her two cats. As a devoted lifelong learner herself, she is currently working on improving her cooking skills; she has completed a marathon and is a feisty kickboxer.

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

Ms. Oliver-Knappe can be contacted at 407-495-0846 or stacey@thecustomerservicegurus.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.