Thursday, July 24, 2014

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June Birthday Lunch Celebration

June birthdays were celebrated on Tuesday, July 22 at the Caretaker's Facility. Happy birthday!

Pictured left to right: Eric Hamaan, Pete Schmal, Margaret Bissell, Smoky Bissell, Phyllis Dunsmore, Sarah Dillulio, Rowland Stallings, Sarah Hall, Kim Weihs, John Crisan

Birthday lunch attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by the food and beverage team at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. 

Photo by Kim Weihs

Bissell Hotels Memorandum


DATE: July 22, 2014
FROM:  Terry Young, Human Resources Director
RE: Promotion:  Kathy Lindsey 

Kathy Lindsey
Kathy Lindsey
We are pleased to share that Kathy Lindsey has been promoted to human resources manager at Bissell. With her strong organizational skills, positive disposition and proactive nature, Kathy has played an integral role in strengthening employee-focused efforts across the company.

In her new role, Kathy will be assuming the role of back up trainer to Lori McManus, assisting with training and development and administering ADP. In addition, she will manage the Franchise Player Program and coordinate various employee events such as Bissell Family Fun Day, Years of Service and Service Society.
Most recently, Kathy served as human resources administrative assistant. Before that, Kathy worked at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge as banquet chef supervisor and held various positions in the kitchen. 

Prior to joining the Bissell organization, Kathy served as an account manager at CHF Industries, customer service representative at United Enterprise and office manager at Hampshire House.

A three-time Franchise Player Award Winner, Kathy graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in food service management from Johnson & Wales University.

Please join me in congratulating Kathy on this well-deserved promotion!

Color the Park 2014

The seventh annual Color the Park Marker Drive benefiting Classroom Central will be held July 28 through August 1. Please drop off your marker and/or school supply donations in the blue donation barrels before 12:00pm on Friday, August 1

Classroom Central is a free store for teachers that supports six counties around the Charlotte area by providing school supplies to children in need. Classroom Central equips over 97,000 students in our area with the tools they need to succeed.

Thank you to the Team Captains for rallying your office! 
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge- Euli Torrealba 
Ballantyne Business Center- Erin Williams
Bissell- Michael Beste
Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte Ballantyne- Linda Lemmons


Stocking up on markers for Color the Park? Walmart is currently selling 10-count Cra-Z-Art markers for $0.77. Do you know of any great deals? Email Mary-Alice Warren with your marker sale finds. 

In the Press

South Charlotte News covered the recent debut of Wingate University's Business Roundtable series. Barry Fabyan, Senior Vice President and Manager of Office Leasing Services, who was featured in the first episode, was interviewed for the story. Click here to view the article.

For the inaugural episode of the series, Fabyan joined Mark Bryant, Director of Graduate Business at Wingate University, and Bob Morgan, President and CEO of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, for a discussion exploring the history of Ballantyne as well as the current business landscape of the area and future growth opportunities. The series, which will focus on business trends  in the Charlotte area, will be filmed at Wingate’s Ballantyne Campus. 

Gallery Restaurant to Participate in Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series, Fire in the City

Congratulations to our very own Gallery Restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine David Moore who has been selected again as one of the top 16 chefs in the area to compete in the Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series! This is the second time this event will occur in Charlotte.
He will “battle” Block and Grinder’s Ben Philpott at a dinner event on August 25. Each chef will create a menu featuring a local “secret” ingredient in each course. This ingredient is revealed to the chefs only an hour before they start cooking.
Reserve your seat today at

Congratulations, June Franchise Players!

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
Alida Jacobson
Amber Blankenship
Theresa Calloway

Erik Kennelly

Courtyard by Marriott
Faye Best
Jose Mendoza
Larry Wright

Staybridge Suites
Phyllis Obasi

Congratulations, Amanda Saari!

Contributed by Rebecca Whitmarsh

Amanda Saari has earned the status of Advanced Communicator Bronze in the Toastmasters International Communication program. To achieve this ranking, Amanda was required to complete a series of challenging projects designed to enhance her speaking skills. This requires several years of study and active participation in a Toastmasters Club. In total, she was required to complete 20 speeches from the program. The next designation she is pursuing is the Advanced Communicator Silver Award. 

Congratulations, Amanda! We look forward to supporting you as you progress toward the Advanced Communicator Silver Award.

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