Saturday, July 30, 2016

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Technology Professionals Showcase - STEMersion

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools hosted its fourth STEMersion program in partnership with Central Piedmont Community College and MeckEd on July 29 at Ballantyne Business Center. STEMersion gives teachers the opportunity to obtain real-life experience in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Fifty CMS teachers participated.

Our CIO and VP of Operations Ted Mueller, served as a guest speaker. Ted spoke to attendees about the history of Bissell and gave examples of Bissell’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

During his presentation, Ted encouraged teachers to make use of the Audubon Amphitheater and bluebird houses for students. Visit our Facebook page to view more photos.

Bissell Summer Cookbook

The summer is not over yet. We still have time to get out and enjoy the sun with great food! Check out a few summer recipes submitted by Bissell team members. Try them out and enjoy! 

Cubicle Confidential: Emily Brandewie

Emily Brandewie is the catering sales manager at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. She has been with Bissell for two years. One of the most noticeable things about Emily’s work area is the gold accents. “I like any shade of yellow. I really like gold and decided to use it at my desk.”

Due to the hot weather, Emily keeps a few blazers in her cubicle. “I usually have an inventory of blazers and shoes. It’s hot, so I wear a blouse on the way to work and put on my blazer once I get here. I always have something that matches whatever I’m wearing.” 

Before Emily joined The Ballantyne, she was an intern and later hired as a full-time employee at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. She shared the story behind a framed quote on her desk. “This is something that I brought with me. It’s a quote by Davide Beahm in a frame. They gave these to all of us when I was working at the Biltmore.”

The Franchise Player winner grew up in Florida and has fallen in love with Charlotte. “I love living in Charlotte. There’s always something to do. I like going to sporting events, tailgating, live music and spending time with my dog, Bernard.”

Emily has a picture of her four-year-old fur baby as her screensaver. “Don’t let the cute face fool you. He is rotten.” 

Email us if you would like to be featured as our next Cubicle Confidential. 

Donate to Color the Park in Ballantyne!

The ninth annual Color the Park drive is officially underway! We are collecting coloring supplies and monetary gifts in partnership with Classroom Central now through noon on August 8.

We also encourage teams to host an internal challenge or a friendly competition to boost participation in your office, and submit photos or updates to share your teams progress with the rest of the community!

If you're looking for good deals, check out where you can find school supply specials

Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic

The 2016 Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic raised $184,000 for Bridge Hospice, The Women’s Center of Bluffton Hospital, and the Julie Cole Junior Golf Fund– which supports The First Tee. Many celebrities have joined Julie in her cause over the years like Fuzzy Zoeller, Nancy Lopez, Scott Simpson, and Meg Mallon. This year, John Cook an Ohio State University Hall Of Famer who has won 11 regular PGA Tour career events and 10 events on the Champions Tour, joined Julie to put the fun in fundraising. 

Since its inception the Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic has raised over $2.5 million for causes near and dear to Julie’s heart.

Maker’s Mark Dinner & Release of The Ballantyne’s Custom Bourbon Barrel

On Friday, August 12, at The Ballantyne, Maker's Mark's Ambassador Jane Conner will host a dinner featuring a flavorful menu paired perfectly with bourbon samples of Maker's Mark, Maker's 46, The Ballantyne's Custom Bourbon Barrel and Maker's Mark Barrel Strength.

Cost is $85 per person (plus service charges, tax & gratuity). Limited seating is available. Enjoy live music and learn more about the bourbon creation process. Reception starts at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. Reservations are required at 704-248-4100 or

Bissell Finishes Second in YMCA Corporate Volleyball League

Team Bissell fought its way to a victory in the semifinal game against PMMC Smashers. After advancing to the championship game against LendingTree, Bissell Bruisers came in second in the final tournament. 

Well done, Bissell Bruisers! 

Bissell Employees and BCP Tenants Enjoy Introspective Leadership Lunch and Learn

On July 20, Bissell hosted a complimentary lunch seminar for Ballantyne Corporate Park tenants, where attendees learned the intimate connection between personal and professional success, and how to achieve both.

Dan Markin, author of The Power of How and president of The Dan Markin Company, shared tips on how to be a better leader, including - dream it before you achieve it, pursue it relentlessly and surround yourself with those who believe it.un

“There are two types of people in the world. The ‘how’ people - leaders, innovators and the people we run to in times of crisis. Then there are the ‘if’ people – the sarcastic and cynical. There is no in between.” Markin encouraged attendees to push their natural limits and find what they truly love to do, then work towards that goal.

Dan Markin was referred to us by his sister, Ballantyne Magazine Account Executive Lindsey Scheumeister. 

The seminar was catered by SMOKE Modern BBQ. Visit the Ballantyne Corporate Park Facebook page to view more photos. 

Spirit to Serve Volunteers Participate in Y Readers Field Day

Bissell's Spirit to Serve committee enjoyed volunteering with the Y Readers program at Starmount Academy on July 19. Team members assisted more than 80 students with fun activities, such as face painting, the giant parachute and relay races. A special thank you to Elizabeth Grove, Amity Wingard, Cynthia Robinson, Pariss Coleman, Gloria Davis, Danielle Freeman, Hailey Rorie and Ted Mueller for volunteering. 

Julie Cole Will Be Locked Up for the MDA

Dana Rader Golf School's Julie Cole will be doing time behind bards. Julie will be "locked-up to help kids and adults with life-threatening muscle disease on Thursday, August 25. She will be raising bail before she goes to jail.

The critical dollars raised will support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)'s mission to free individuals and the families who love them from the harmful effects of muscular dystrophy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and related diseases. 

You can contribute by making a tax-deductible donation today to help Julie break out of jail and support the MDA. 

Please contact Julie Cole if you have any questions. 

Flashcard Formation: Calling All Spirit to Serve Volunteers!

Join us at Sara’s YMCA on Wednesday, August 3 to participate in a Flashcard Formation project to benefit Color the Park and Classroom Central, assisting deprived students in our area. 

The project will take place in Sara’s YMCA community room, where the Ballantyne community is welcome to stop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to design and prepare packs of essential flashcards for students in grades K-3. All donations will be available in the Free Store at Classroom Central’s Wilkinson Boulevard location, allowing qualifying educators within qualifying schools to “shop” for free school supplies. 

Volunteers are encouraged to bring a Color the Park donation and a pack of index cards (preferably 5′ x 8′). Please contact Hailey Rorie to sign up during a specific time frame, and we hope to see you there! 



DATE: July 18, 2016
FROM: Richard Fida, Director of Engineering 
RE: Paul Cattieu

Pariss Coleman
Paul Cattieu

This memo is to share that Paul Cattieu has been promoted to director of sustainability at Bissell. Most recently, Paul served as operations coordinator during which time he accomplished and helped secure many rebates and awards from our utility partners (Duke KWH Crackdown, SEIO, Smart $aver, Energy Star and Charlotte Water Audits), as well as attained his LEED Green Associate designation. Paul will continue to support Bissell’s operations team, and play an integral role in the direction and organization of the team. 

Paul has been with Bissell since June 2010, and consistently brings the attitude, energy and experience of a two-time Franchise Player. 

We look forward to Paul’s continued growth within our organization through additional responsibilities for Bissell operations across all entities. Please join me in congratulating Paul and wishing him the best as he moves into a new stage in his career.

Spirit to Serve Opportunity: Color the Park Volunteers Needed

You're invited to participate in a convenient Spirit to Serve project right here in Ballantyne Corporate Park! Color the Park will be held July 25 - August 8, and the Spirit to Serve committee is seeking several volunteers to assist with two on-site projects associated with the drive, which benefits Classroom Central

Join Mr. Bissell on Saturday, July 23, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. to deliver barrels. Volunteers are also needed on Monday, August 8, 9 a.m. to noon for barrel pick-up. Sign up to sort and count donations following the drive on Tuesday, August 10, noon to 4 p.m. 

Email Hailey Rorie to lend a helping hand and help us reach 1,200 Spirit to Serve hours by the end of the year! 

Corporate Tenant Family Sundays

Bissell invites you and the kids to play the course at The Golf Club at Ballantyne for a free game Sundays after 2 p.m. Offer is available for up to three children with a paid adult round. Please call The Golf Club at 704-248-4383 to make your reservation. 

Just a friendly reminder, Bissell employees receive a 20% discount on private lessons and schools. Call 704-542-7635 to make an appointment. 

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