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Mr. Curtin

Steve Curtin

Founder, Steve Curtin LLC

Steve Curtin was rated #4 by Global Guru on its annual listing of the Top 30 experts in the world on the topic of customer service.

Mr. Curtin is the author of Delight Your Customers: 7 Simple Ways to Raise Your Customer Service from Ordinary to Extraordinary (AMACOM BOOKS), now in its 6th printing. He wrote the book to address this nagging observation: "While employees consistently execute the mandatory job functions for which they are paid, they inconsistently demonstrate voluntary customer service behaviors for which there is little or no additional cost to their employer."

In response to readers requesting ways to cascade the lessons from Delight Your Customers to a broader audience, Mr. Curtin collaborated with instructional designer, Brian O'Neill, to create the Delight Your Customers Companion Guide containing a variety of learning activities that organizations can use to help reignite and sustain their commitment to extraordinary customer service.

During his 20-year career with Marriott International, Mr. Curtin worked in hotel operations, sales and marketing, and training and development in a diverse set of locations, including: suburban, downtown, and resort hotels. In his final eight years with the company, Mr. Curtin traveled to more than 100 domestic and international hotel properties to facilitate management-level training.

Mr. Curtin now devotes his time to speaking, consulting, and writing on the topic of extraordinary customer service. Since 2007, he has worked with clients from a variety of sectors, including: hospitality, tourism, healthcare, retail, banking, technology, government, associations, and non-profits.

Mr. Curtin is an accredited 10-year member of the National Speakers Association.

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

Mr. Curtin can be contacted at +1 303-325-1375 or steve@stevecurtin.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.