WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: 16 October  2014 — Nicor Home Solutions, the Illinois-based affiliate of Pivotal Home Solutions, has been recognized for contact center operation customer satisfaction excellence with its live phone channel for an eighth consecutive year under the J.D. Power Certified Contact Center Program.SM The Certified Contact Center Program distinction acknowledges a strong commitment by Nicor Home Solutions contact center operations to provide “An Outstanding Customer Service Experience.”

To become certified, the contact center successfully passed a detailed audit of more than 100 practices that encompass its recruiting, training, employee incentives, management roles and responsibilities, and quality assurance capabilities. As part of its evaluation, J.D. Power conducted a random survey of Nicor Home Solutions customers who recently contacted its call center in Naperville, Ill.

“Earning our certification for the eighth straight year is a significant achievement and underscores Nicor Home Solutions’ commitment to providing an outstanding customer experience via their live phone channel,” said Mark Miller, senior director at J.D. Power.

For certification status, a contact center must also perform within the top 20 percent of customer service scores, which are based on benchmarks established in J.D. Power’s cross-industry customer satisfaction research. The evaluation criteria include the customer service representative’s courtesy, knowledge and concern for the customer; promptness in speaking to a person; and timely resolution of the problem or request. Additionally, the experience with the automated phone system is evaluated based on the clarity of the information provided; the ease of navigating the phone menu prompts; and the ease of understanding the phone menu instructions.

“Customer satisfaction is at the heart of our business,” said Robin Boren, president of Pivotal Home Solutions. “Achieving this certification speaks to our commitment to consistently provide our customers with exemplary service each and every day.”

Launched by J.D. Power in 2004 to evaluate overall customer satisfaction with Live Phone interactions and to help organizations in various industries increase their efficiency and effectiveness by establishing and continually updating leading practices for handling service calls, the Certified Call Center Program is now called the Certified Contact Center Program, which certifies the live phone channel, the IVR self-service channel and the Web self-service channel.

For more information on the Certified Contact Center Program, please visit JDPower.com.

About J.D. Power

J.D. Power is a global marketing information services company providing performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and solutions. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power has offices in North/South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power is a business unit of McGraw Hill Financial.

About McGraw Hill Financial

McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI) is a leading financial intelligence company providing the global capital and commodity markets with independent benchmarks, credit ratings, portfolio and enterprise risk solutions, and analytics. The Company's iconic brands include: Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Platts, CRISIL, J.D. Power, and McGraw Hill Construction. The Company has approximately 17,000 employees in 27 countries. Additional information is available at www.mhfi.com 

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