Are you living your profession under a certain slogan?
My Mentor Hand Muderlak gave me two sentences to take along with me that still accompany to this day and that have influenced me greatly: “Never check the time while working!” and: “Always keep your eyes and ears open and never stop learning, because knowledge is your capital.”
Can you look back on a long career as concierge? How did you get to work as a hotel concierge and vice president of Les Clefs d’Or?
I started my hotel management education in 2001 in a small hotel at the Munich main station. My best friend’s father was director there, master of the old school; he taught me how to flatter guests and how to create special moments for them. Via the Munich Palace Hotel, I became day porter at the Bayerischer Hof in 2005, youngest concierge in all of Munich.
In 2007, I was invited to join The Society of the Golden Keys (Les Clefs d’Or), the greatest privilege! After I acted as department manager of Bavaria, I have been elected vice president of the organisation in 2014.
Tell us about the profession of the hotel concierge. What is special about it, what connects you to this job?
In this profession, it’s all or nothing every day. In a five-star hotel, the guests don’t only expect a nice room, excellent restaurants and a beautiful spa area, but mainly an exceptional service. The hotel concierge represents this extraordinary and bespoke service like no other section of the hotel. We have to provide top performances every day and inspire the guests. Because otherwise, the hotel doesn’t generate any additional value with a concierge.
This challenge stimulates me as a person. The script changes every day, what is crucial is to let a blockbuster develop from it. Day after day.
What are the biggest advantages and disadvantages concerning your profession?
Mentioning all advantages would go beyond the scope of this interview. What is relevant to me is that this occupation offers me the condition to practice it for a long time. Because it’s fun to me! The work with guests, recognizing and fulfilling their wishes, their gratitude when you surprise them positively as well as the daily new challenges make the job interesting. This is only possible with the help of a strong team that pursues the same goals.
To work on days like Christmas Eve or important holidays is a disadvantage that is made up for by a good team. Because if you like going to the hotel, working on holidays is not the end of the world.
What was the most challenging task you received from a hotel guest you could execute? Do you reject certain orders as well?
The wish that was hardest to fulfill thus far was a private loge for the Champions League finals in 2012 that a guest asked for two weeks before the match. The request tempted me right from the beginning because it seemed impossible to fulfill this wish. In the end it all worked out and the guest was able to experience the match in a private loge with eleven friends in the Allianz Arena.
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