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Ms. Dickinson

Kristie Dickinson

Senior Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, CHMWarnick

Kristie Dickinson brings more than 25 years of hospitality industry experience, including operations, asset management, acquisition and investment analysis to her current role as Senior Vice President for CHMWarnick (CHMW), a leading hotel asset management and owner advisory services company. Ms. Dickinson is responsible for corporate marketing, public relations and business development, as well as supporting strategic planning efforts for a client portfolio of more than 50 hotels with 22,000 guestrooms, collectively valued at $10 billion under asset management. She specializes in revenue management practices, sales and marketing effectiveness and market positioning. Ms. Dickinson has worked with more than 200 hotels of all product types and brands, and understands how to identify opportunities for achieving client goals through CHMW’s comprehensive suite of services. She is a member of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and serves the Committee Chair for the Lori E. Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting. Ms. Dickinson is a regularly contributing author to several industry publications on the subjects of hotel ownership, investment, hotel asset management and revenue strategies. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration, and minored in Anthropology. She also has a certificate in Revenue Management from Cornell University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, skiing and volunteering for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.

Please visit www.chmwarnick.com for more information.

Ms. Dickinson can be contacted at 978-522-7002 or kdickinson@chmwarnick.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.