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Graper Cosmetic Surgery to Open Location at The Spa at Ballantyne

Graper Cosmetic Surgery will open a location at The Spa at Ballantyne beginning Monday, August 3. Enjoy an array of medical skin care services including peels, dermaplaning and micro needling. Non-surgical services include injectables and CoolSculpting. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. To schedule an appointment today, call 704-375-7111 or visit

Dana Rader to Appear on Golf Channel's "Morning Drive"

Bissell's own Dana Rader – one of the most influential and recognizable golf instructors in the country – is scheduled to appear as a guest instructor on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive August 4 and 5, between 7-9 a.m..

Rader recently became one of the inaugural coaches in the Golf Channel Academy (GCA), a dedicated network of teaching facilities operating with the active support of Golf Channel, the game’s leading global multimedia and golf entertainment source.

 “I’m thrilled to be appearing on Morning Drive,” Dana said. “Being part of Golf Channel Academy has tremendous benefits for my students. And it’s exciting that it provides me with an opportunity to appear on some of Golf Channel’s most popular shows.

Team Bissell Advances to YMCA Corporate Soccer League Tournament


Team Bissell defeated Bend it Like Beckham 10-1 on July 28, qualifying for the tournament in the Morrison YMCA's Corporate Sports Soccer League! View current standings here and the tournament schedule here. The winner will be determined on Tuesday, August 4. Hope you can come out and cheer on Team Bissell to victory! 

Years of Service Luncheon

Employees with five to nine years of service at Bissell were recognized at our Years of Service Luncheon at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge on July 29. Attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch, a fun video featuring honorees, and Bissell's version of the iconic game show “The Price is Right.”  Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne’s Rosa Fernandez was the grand prize winner.

Bissell celebrated 131 team members with five years or more of service, totaling a combined 887 years of service with the organization.

There were 38 new team members welcomed to the event, and 25 team members celebrated nine years of service.

Congratulations to everyone recognized at the event. Thank you for your loyalty and service to Bissell!

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge Celebrate SPG Week

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge is celebrating Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Week to honor its loyalty marketing program. The Ballantyne team created a special board for associates to mark where they are from (purple) and where they would most like to travel (yellow).

The board helps to celebrate diversity and learn more about fellow team members.

SPG Week is a way for The Ballantyne to recognize the importance of SPG to the hotel and thank team members for their daily commitment to the SPG program.

TechBreak Recap

TechBreak#12 was a great time, thanks to all who participated. For a detailed recap you may find them HERE. To celebrate our next event (“Lucky 13”) we will be giving away a ‘gently-used’ GoPro Hero3 in a waterproof case, and there are only 25 seats available, so signup now using the Eventbrite link on the GoBissell calendar!

The next TechBreak will be Thursday, August 20. Sign up on the event calendar above.

Carowinds HTA Offer

Summer is in full-swing and Carowinds, a corporate partner of the Greater Charlotte Hospitality & Tourism Alliance (HTA), would like for you to experience the thrills of Fury 325 and the chills of Boomerang Bay! Carowinds is extending a special discounted price of $36.99 per ticket (including parking) to you this weekend, August 1 - 2. To purchase your ticket, visit and enter HTACharlotte as promotional code. If you have any questions, please contact the HTA office at 704-331-0079. Please share this offer with your team members. This offer is only valid for Bissell employees (not hotel guests). 

Charlotte Observer Features Aloft's Summer Soiree

Thanks to all who attended Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne's Summer Soiree on July 17! Attendees enjoyed live jazz, a local art display, drink specials and more to benefit the Morrison Family YMCA's Ballantyne PreSchool of the Arts. View event photos from the Observer's Scene & Heard section here.

Ned Curran Joins Fellow Charlotte CEOs to Create Leadership Council

Some of Charlotte’s most influential business leaders are banning together to focus on issues critical to the city’s future. The group is chaired and co-founded by Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good and includes more than two dozen chief executives, such as co-founders Piedmont Natural Gas' Tom Skains and Carolinas HealthCare System's Michael Tarwater. Read more about the group's initiatives here.

Gallery Restaurant Featured on Charlotte Today

Local culinary expert Heidi Billotto showcased a dessert from Executive Pastry Chef Ben Kallenbach in her roundup on local desserts on a recent episode of Charlotte Today. Watch the segment here.

Spirit to Serve Opportunity - Color the Park Volunteers Needed

The Spirit to Serve committee is recruiting 10-15 team members to assist with an on-site volunteer opportunity on Friday, July 31. This activity will take place 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in Brixham Green One, Suite 320, where volunteers will count and organize all BCP donations collected for Color the Park. Please contact Hailey Rorie to sign up today!



DATE: July 21, 2015
FROM: Christina Thigpen, Vice President of Marketing & Communications
RE: Pariss Coleman

Pariss Coleman
Pariss Coleman
I am pleased to share that Pariss Coleman has joined Bissell as Digital Communications Specialist. With experience in communications, marketing and social media, Pariss brings a strong skillset to the position. She will manage, and the digital screens in Ballantyne Corporate Park. Pariss’ start date is Thursday, July 23.  

Prior to joining Bissell, Pariss worked at AAA Carolinas as a quality assurance coordinator. She was responsible for resolving customer issues and serving as the communications liaison between members and service providers.

Pariss has also held roles as resident director at King’s College and social media coordinator at the Girl Talk Foundation.

Originally from Charlotte, Pariss earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from East Carolina University and a master’s degree in interactive media from Quinnipiac University Online. In her spare time, Pariss enjoys spending time with family, painting and volunteering.

Please join me in welcoming Pariss to Bissell!



DATE: July 20, 2015
FROM: Ned Curran, President & CEO
RE: David Strawn

David Strawn
David Strawn
I am excited to share that David Strawn is returning to Bissell as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. David will be responsible for all legal matters associated with the organization.

Most recently, he ran a private practice, under the name of David V. Strawn, P.C, concentrating in real estate. During this time, David represented Bissell, Marsh and others in commercial leasing and related areas. David has been our lead attorney on leasing matters.

Prior to managing his private practice, David served as Vice President and General Counsel at Bissell. Before initially joining Bissell, David operated as a solo practice.

David is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Furman University and his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

David is also an avid golfer and currently a member of Quail Hollow Club, where he previously served as a member of the Board of Governors for six years. He played in many major competitive golf events, including the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur, U.S. Senior Amateur and U.S. Senior Open. David was a member of our Ballantyne Golf Course Design Review Committee.

David’s start date is Monday, August 3. Please join me in welcoming David back to the Bissell team.



DATE: July 20, 2015
FROM: Rhonda Walcott, Vice President & Controller
RE: JoAnn Sturgis

JoAnn Sturgis
JoAnn Sturgis
I am pleased to announce that Jo-Ann Sturgis has accepted the position of AP/AR Coordinator at Bissell. She will be responsible for the daily function of both Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable for Bissell's property accounting.
Most recently, Jo-Ann was accounting assistant at Bissell Hotels since March 2012. In this role, she handled month-end close, financials and company credit cards, managed accounts payable and served as the backup for hospitality payroll.

Jo-Ann joined Bissell prior to the opening of The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge and worked in Accounts Payable until 2009. She has been recognized as a Franchise Player Award Winner.

In her spare time, Jo-Ann enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the ocean and reading. She has one daughter and resides in Fort Mill, SC.

Please join me in congratulating Jo-Ann on her new role! 



DATE: July 17, 2015
FROM:  Tim Toohey, Director of Food & Beverage, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
RE:  Alida Jacobson

Alida Jacobson
I am pleased to share that Alida Jacobson has been promoted to Meetings & Events Manager at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. With her experience in event planning and her strong organizational skills, Alida is a natural for the role. She will be responsible for coordinating large, multi-day corporate groups at The Ballantyne.  

Most recently, Alida served as meetings & events coordinator at the hotel. Prior to joining The Ballantyne, Alida worked as an event coordinator at Carmel Country Club.
Alida received her designation as a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) from the Convention Industry Council. She currently serves as president of the Ballantyne Lunch Toastmasters group. 

Alida earned a degree in international hotel and tourism management from Johnson & Wales University. While attending college, Alida served as an extern at the hotel. 

Please join me in congratulating Alida on her new role!


July Bissell Familiarization Day

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the 19 associates who attended the July Bissell Familiarization Day:

  • Selima Bayragdarova*
  • Evangelina Calzada
  • Joshua Dixon*
  • Juan Eran
  • Danielle Freeman*
  • Delane Gibson
  • Adam Glaser*
  • James Jackson
  • Mary-Brugh Johnson*
  • Reggie Massey
  • Caden McMahon*
  • Shannon Mills*
  • Megan Murphy*
  • Brittany Norris*
  • Alyssa Reyes*
  • Jason Rose*
  • Daniel Rueff*
  • Boimah Sheriff*
  • Matt Tilman

*Received 100% on the Franchise Player Trait Quiz

Bissell Welcomes New Hires

We would like to welcome the following new hires who attended June's Bissell Familiarization Day:

  • Carmen Allen - Corporate
  • Carmen Camacho - Staybridge Suites
  • Noselle Cassier - Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
  • Kayce Duke - Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
  • Mari Garcia - Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
  • Wendell Gathings - Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
  • Karlee Lancaster - Corporate
  • Hillary Nichols - Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
  • Rell Santana - Aloft
  • Leigh Thomas - Corporate

These associates received 100% on the Franchise Player Trait quiz:

  • Noelle Cassier
  • Mari Garcia
  • Karlee Lancaster
  • Leigh Thomas
  • Rell Santana


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