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Bissell Joins Corporate Volleyball League

Twenty-four Bissell employees have teamed up to represent Bissell in the Morrison Family YMCA corporate sports sand volleyball league. 

“I was excited to join the corporate volleyball league because I had been looking for way to get back into volleyball. Not only has it been fun to compete with teams from other companies in the Park, it has also been a great way to bond with co-workers outside of the office,” said Kat Carter, Bissell Designer.

Bissell fielded two teams—Bissell Hotels and Bissell Corporate—for the league. “We are glad to be supporting the YMCA and participate in their newly added recreational league,” said Millie Aponte, Bissell Benefits Manager, “It’s all about team building, having fun and providing employees an opportunity to be active.”

The Bissell Hotels and Bissell Corporate teams are competing against teams from Anheuser Busch, Lending Tree, the Morrison Family YMCA and Procter and Gamble for a Ballantyne Corporate Park trophy that will change hands each season. The teams play two games per week for seven weeks, and during the eighth week, the top four teams will compete for the trophy in a single-elimination tournament. 

“We do, at times get competitive, after all Bissell employees always strive for a win,” Aponte said,”but at the end of the day, it’s about having fun and enjoying the camaraderie.”

Best of luck to our teams, and thanks for representing Team Bissell!

Bissell Hotels Team Roster:
Mitch Bonner (Captain)
Ynes Gamarra
Cynthia Robinson
Jessica Steves
Aracelis Mendez
Vincent Charlton
German Rivera
Jennifer Ross
Derek Sullivan
Christian Melendez
Soyoung Son
Alida Jacobson
Millie Aponte

Bissell Corporate Team Roster:
Brett Patterson (Captain)
Debbie Green  
Michael Beste
Paul Cattieu
Kyle Bilafer
Kat Carter
Ted Mueller
Kevin Fry
Mike Hernandez
Kim Kendall
Amity Wingard

If you would like more information about sports teams through the YMCA, please contact your wellness committee representative.

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge Launches New Website

The Ballantyne is excited to present its newly redesigned site, featuring a visual journey with easy navigation, quick calls to action and strong images. The site offers a storytelling approach to bring the hotel experience to life. Visit the new site at

August Birthday Lunch

August birthdays were celebrated on Tuesday, September 16 at the Caretaker's Facility. Happy birthday!

Pictured Left to Right: Faye Best, Nikki Tauber, Chad Baker, Paul Livigni, Dale Jennings

Pictured Left to Right: Alan Grant, Rhonda Walcott, Emily Ortiz, Chas Bastian, Michael Beste, Gary Tester, Gloria Davis

Pictured Left to Right: Kailash Patel, Maria Tello, Vivian Truesdale, Melinda Plavnicky,Tawanda Williams-Sowell, Margaret Bahr, Jerry Howie, James Simpson 

Not Pictured: Tim Toohey

Bissell Hotels Memorandum

Bissell Hotels

DATE: September 15, 2014
FROM: Tim Toohey, Director of Food & Beverage, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

Cameron Brobst, Director of Outlets, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
RE: Coral Holland

Coral Holland
Coral Holland

We are pleased to share that Coral Holland has been promoted to food & beverage outlet manager at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. Coral’s experience in event management and operational familiarity at the property make her an ideal candidate to help further improve the guest experience throughout our dining venues.

In her new role, Coral will be responsible for the operational success of the food & beverage outlets, including Gallery Restaurant & Bar, the Veranda and in-room dining, as well as spa and outdoor pool dining. In addition to operational needs, Coral will continue to help drive the new training regimen and push marketing initiatives both internally and externally.
Most recently, Coral served as food & beverage outlet supervisor. Coral was instrumental in leading food and beverage divisions to Top 5% levels in in-room dining and restaurant dining experiences among 585 Starwood franchise properties. 

Before joining The Ballantyne, Coral worked at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla. As conference services manager, Coral was responsible for determining clients’ needs and expectations for successful meetings, managing group events on a 2,400-acre resort with 65,000 square feet of event space. She began her career in hospitality as a group reservations coordinator at the hotel.   

A Franchise Player Award winner, Coral earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Florida State University.

Please join us in congratulating Coral on her well-deserved promotion!

Chairman's Challenge 2014

Congratulations to Ryan Dennis, Eric Hamann,Megan Quesenberry and Shanda Conley, recipients of the the $300 referral bonus and the latest contestants for the 2014 Chairman's Challenge!

Do you know someone who would be a great fit in the Bissell organization? You could be the next recipient of $300 — refer three associates and have a chance to win the Chairman's Challenge prize of $2,500!

Congratulations August Franchise Player Winners!

Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
Carrie Arredondo
Charlene Smith
Rick Cammer

Bissell Companies
Michael Beste

Tech Break 2 Recap

By Ted Mueller

The breakfast from On The Green was excellent, but the company and conversation were better.
Kevin kicked off the meeting by discussing his favorite Fitness app, MyFitnessPal. It is similar to the Weight Watchers app, but instead of counting points, it counts calories.  You can engage friends and family so that you aren’t "going it alone." It can also track exercise. 
We then began discussing pictures. We talked about how to take them, where they live and how to add comments. This discussion was a good portion of our conversation. 
The following ‘nuggets’ might prove helpful for those looking to learn.  First Kevin showed the group how to take a screenshot of what is displaying on your device if you want to share it via email or an app.  Details are available HERE

We discussed the difference between camera roll and photo stream – explained HERE.

We then spoke about Skitch, which Mr. B now uses religiously, for annotating pictures, PDFs, other items.
This lead into a discussion of email and contacts and how to search Bissell exchange directory – all users.  With our new mail servers you can see all employees with email by going to contacts à groups à and then select the Global Address List.
Mr. B mentioned Pocket for quickly book-noting articles to read later and sending them to the app.
Terry Young mentioned the value of the ADP app and how you can view pay statements, sick/vacation time balances – and did you know you can take pictures of your benefits cards and store them in the app to remove the need to carry them around?  One less thing for the purses and wallets.
 We want to feed all of you– in more ways than one!  Please save the date for our next discussion to be held in the Corporate office on Oct. 3.   Invite and details will be forthcoming.

New Hires Attend Orientation

Bissell is pleased to welcome the following new hires who attended the September New Hire Orientation Program:

Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
Gulia Aliyeva
Sarah Dalton
Savannah Forest*
Jay McGarity*
Ashley Nguyen*
Nancy Niehous*
Andre Rodrigues*
Beth Storlie
Dawn Wofford*

Sam Hayes*

Annie Arntz*
Tony Barney*
Chad Benton
Hailey Rorie*
Mickey Simpson*
Kristie Williams*

*Knew all 14 Franchise Player Traits

Bissell Hotels Memorandum

Bissell Hotels

DATE: September 8, 2014
FROM: Marshall Hilliard, VP of Sales and Marketing, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
Brian Schleicher, Director of Group Sales, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
RE: Nancy Niehous

Lorrie Parks
Nancy Niehous

I am excited to share that Nancy Niehous is returning to The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge as conference sales manager. With her strong background in sales and client services, familiarity with our property and pleasant and professional demeanor, Nancy will thrive in this role. As conference sales manager, Nancy will sell guest rooms, catering service, golf, tennis, spa and banquet facilities for The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.
Most recently, Nancy worked as a member services specialist at the Morrison Family YMCA. She also managed contracts for Sage Event Management, an events firm based in Murrells Inlet, SC.
Prior to that, Nancy was the express sales manager at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. In this position, Nancy exceeded annual sales goals and was consistently recognized for excellence, receiving the Franchise Player Award three times and multiple MVP Awards. Nancy joined the hotel as sales coordinator.
Earlier in her career, Nancy worked as a private events administrator at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and an office assistant at Motion Engineering Company in Indianapolis.
Nancy received a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Longwood University and began her career in banking and held a variety of leadership roles in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Williamsburg.
Please join me in welcoming back Nancy!

Team Bissell

Are you looking for a way to Find Your Forward? Staybridge Suites' Alison Marley is finding her forward by participating in the 5Ks held in Ballantyne Corporate Park

Alison shared, "Two years ago I put it on my bucket list to run at least one 5K in my life just to have as a life experience. 5Ks are great because they not only push you to get fit but they also turn your focus onto others in the community. Just a year ago, I began working for Bissell, and the Find Your Forward initiative was launched. I made it my forward to be more active. I took up kayaking as well as archery this year. In May, I participated in the Morrison Family YMCA Run! Ballantyne race with Team Bissell, and I was super excited. It was a liberating experience to ready myself for my first 5K and then to run it. The day of, there was music, hundreds of people who were excited and ready to run, and people there just to cheer on the runners. I jogged/walked, and I left the race feeling a great sense of achievement.  Bissell is not only helping me find my forward in running one 5K in my lifetime, but the organization is enabling me to run two in one year with the Isabella Santos 5K coming up! I urge all people working for Bissell to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity of running a 5K for the sake of finding one’s own forward as well as helping the community reach its forward."

Team Bissell:

Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge:
Millie Aponte, Alida Jacobson, Eulimar Torrealba, Kelly Fayard, Mike Rayfield, Jessica Lewis, Joe Roseborough, Sarah Dillulio, Daniel McCuiston, Lindsey Woodruff, Orlando Pauling, Aura Gomez, Ebony Toney, Rowland Stallings, Enon McCullough, Nancy Niehous, Gyssel Da Silva

Rebecca Whitmarsh, Amanda Saari,Tina Godette, Joelle Ferrugia, Chris Thomas, William George, Todd Petty, Ja'nese Stradford, Beatriz Doyle, Lupe Viteri, Daniel Fodor, Aracelis Mendez, Leticia Borjas

Alison Marley, Noel Clark, Nicole Clyburn, David Scapicchio, Phyllis Obasi, Joyce Robinson, Peggy Lane

Michael Beste, Mary-Alice Warren, Ted Mueller, Betsy Pink, Brett Patterson, Tony Barney, Paul Cattieu, Mike Lyons, Hailey Rorie, Heather Jordan, Teresa Jones

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