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Ms. Stark

Naomi Stark

President, Stark Service Solutions, LLC

Stark Service Solutions, LLC was founded in 2001, by Naomi Stark, current Chair of the AH&LA Technology & E-Business Committee, an expert in guest satisfaction and loyalty and employee development. Stark Service Solutions, LLC is known for developing smart training and software platforms such as the Touch System. The Touch System is the only software tool of its kind, bridging HR, Training and Operations to sustain a culture of highly personalized guest experiences. This program brings a unique approach to customer satisfaction management, which consistently assists clients in all sectors of the industry. Ms. Stark began her hospitality career in 1996, at the Orchid at Mauna Lani in Food & Beverage, following several years in retail management. Ms. Stark quickly progressed with Starwood Hotel and Resorts and was promoted to Area Director of Guest Satisfaction Management in 1999. Her responsibilities included the guest and associate satisfaction ratings of each property in the region. Through analysis and careful examination of the commonalities causing guest and associate dissatisfaction, Ms. Stark developed the unique training program Formula 10™. Formula 10™ focuses on communication, accountability, and recognition practices across all departments. Through Formula 10™ and a system of checks and balances for every position in the hotel, every property in Ms. Stark’s region achieved immediate sharp increases in customer satisfaction and loyalty ratings. Her properties repeatedly achieved “Best In Class” rankings and were recognized for consistently having very low “problems experienced by guests” ratings with the highest ranked “problem resolution” ratings. Clients from all major brands include W Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Wyndham Hotels, Best Western International, Marriott, Lexington and numerous independents. These have implemented Stark’s specialized methodologies, experiencing enormous successes including increased diamond ratings and raising guest satisfaction ratings to as high as the nines from even the low sevens. For the second straight year Stark Service Solutions, LLC has been honored with the prestigious MD Preferred Services Award for “Outstanding Hospitality Training & Technology”. Hotels who use Stark systems - including the Housekeeping PM Touch System™ Module, which exclusively features an expert Bed Bug Inspection - receive special recognition by the medical community, for their “Commitment to Cleanliness and Service”. Ms. Stark is very involved in industry organizations and speaks regularly at events such as the 2011 HITEC convention on the subject of, “Technologies to Improve Hotel Operations”.

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

Ms. Stark can be contacted at 480.614.1009 or nstark@starkservicesolutions.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.