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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.