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Mr. Holtzman

Richard Holtzman

Vice President & Managing Director, Montage Kapalua Bay

A seasoned hospitality executive with more than 30 years of experience, Richard “Dick” Holtzman oversees management of all operations for Montage Kapalua Bay. Mr. Holtzman joined the Montage Hotels & Resorts family following his most recent position as senior vice president of Pyramid Hotel Group, where he managed the company’s resort portfolio since 2011. Prior to his role at Pyramid, he spent seven years as the President of Kukui’ula Development Company, LLC, (a joint venture of Honolulu based Alexander and Baldwin and Scottsdale based DMB Associates) a 1,000-acre luxury resort and residential community in Poipu on the South Shore of Kauai, Hawaii. Mr. Holtzman’s experience also includes roles as president of Grand Bay Hotels and Resorts, which evolved from Carefree Resorts as the luxury division of Wyndham International. He also held management positions at several Westin Hotels including The Arizona Biltmore, The Plaza, The Westin Detroit, and The Westin Peachtree Plaza. Mr. Holtzman is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hospitality Administration. He and his wife Sheila are the proud parents of three grown children. They have recently relocated from Scottsdale, AZ and are thrilled to be back to Hawaii.

Mr. Holtzman can be contacted at 808-662-6600 or dholtzman@montagehotels.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.