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Think Tank: Ballantyne Idea Factory

Woody Allen, Director of Ancillary Operations at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, is hosting a think tank meeting in the Overlook on March 3 from noon until 1 p.m. Allen invites all Ballantyne Hotel employees to join him in an open discussion about ways to improve operations at the hotel. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Noelene Grosso

The Spa at Ballantyne Hosts Successful Open House

Nearly 200 people came out to experience what sets The Spa at Ballantyne apart at our Open House last night. Attendees enjoyed mini treatments and salon services, wellness tips, raffle prizes, cocktails, visiting with the best spa brands and great product giveaways.

Bissell Leasing Team Recognized at CRCBR’s Deal Makers Awards

Every year, the Charlotte Region Commercial Board of REALTORS® honors the region’s top commercial real estate producers. Congratulations to Barry Fabyan for being recognized as the top producer in the Office Development/Owner Representative category and Kim Kendall as a Gold Level Winner! Learn more about the Deal Makers Awards in the latest edition of Charlotte Business Journal’s Commercial Real Estate Quarterly.

Tech Break #8

By Ted Mueller

Attendees: Renee Kilminster, Emily Little, Kirsten Cavallo, HC Bissell, Robyn Gainey, Kevin Fry, Matt Sexton, Amity Wingard, Richard Fida, Jimmy Gubelli, Ted Mueller

With recent weather excitement on our minds, we started with a discussion around best weather tracking/forecasting apps.  NOAA High Def Radar for $1.99 caters to the radar-junkies.  For a more agreeable price (free!) many in the audience use MyRadar.  HCB and Renee use weather bug and find it reliable, while Kevin uses the Weather Channel App.  Only consensus was…none are 100% accurate with forecasts.
Matt mentioned his girlfriend uses Facebook postings, he’ll share more next time with the group.

We jumped into social media - looking at Perch and Hootsuite.  Perch for the social media snoop and Hootsuite for sharing on multiple platforms with having to jump between apps.

In the interest of health and wellness, following biometric screenings and great ideas from our wellness committee, I shared my favorite app MapMyRun.  Geared towards runners, one can find new routes others take in their area, track (and try to beat) times on frequent routes, share results, even log food intake/weight/etc to get a decent dashboard on your health.  Kevin shared myfitnesspal - better for a broader fitness program - offers all of the above but includes free weights, other exercises calorie-burn results, and food-scanning/tracking features.  Matt Sexton mentioned he is a ‘wearable early adopter’ of sorts, having owned two fittest and a jawbone.  Jawbone was his favorite for a number of reasons, but did mention fitbit has good integration with a smart-scale and some apps.

That led us into a discussion on shopping - Mr. Bissell asked about an app for finding best prices - Robyn Gainey mentioned Redlaser - which was the one Mr. B had used and shows prices for items you are looking for you (even directs you where to find them and the comparable price).  Kirsten also mentioned she uses the cartwheel app from Target for coupons and in-store savings.

Guided access - great for use with kids (lock them down to a set time limit within a single app) or for use on display/mobile handouts/demos - here’s how to get it setup on your iPhone or iPad.

Great to see some new faces - thanks for coming…and Miguel Santana we missed you!  Hope to see you next time!

Bissell Recognized by EPA



Bissell was recently recognized as a Premier Member by the EPA for achieving ENERGY STAR certification for more than 15 buildings in 2014. The EPA recognized partners that certified five, 15, 50 or 150 buildings to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the ENERGY STAR certification.

 

Bissell to Sponsor ZimSculpt Exhibition at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Bissell will serve as presenting sponsor for ZimSculpt, the international exhibition of Shona sculpture that is returning to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in May. The largest exhibition ever staged at the Garden is returning for a reprise visit May 1 – July 12. More than 100 sculptures will be on exhibit, set against the backdrop of a spectacular tropical display. View the exhibition for free with your DSBG Family Membership. Learn more about the exhibit here.

Ballantyne Corporate Park features several of the ZimSculpt pieces from last year’s display. For more information on ZimSculpt in the Park, check out this article

Bissell Employee Special Offer at The Golf Club at Ballantyne

2015 Chairman's Challenge

Congratulations to Ivan Eran, Selena Talbert, Esmira Mantanova and Michael Guerra, recipients of the the $300 referral bonus and the latest contestants for the 2015 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, February Franchise Players!

Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne:

Amanda Saari: Amanda Saari, is an outstanding team player. While she is focused on all sales initiatives for the hotel, this does not prevent her from recognizing the needs of her overall team and she jumps in to assist other departments as needed. - Rebecca Whitmarsh

Chad Olmstead: If Aloft had its own dictionary, next to the word enthusiasm would be a picture of Chad Olmstead. He has an incredibly positive self-esteem and has an inspiring way of engaging team members through this positivity and his overall fun demeanor. - Rebecca Whitmarsh

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge: 

Katie Saunders: Working with Katie Saunders on the Starwood Preferred guest program has shown me what an exemplary Team Player she is.  It is Katie’s focus on both the external and the internal customer that make her such a great team player and a pleasure to work with. - Audrey Bell

West Ferguson: West Ferguson takes pride in how he performs his job by asking questions, reading brochures to stay up-to-date with special offers and products.  He also completes any projects he has before he leaves for the day and does not pass his task over to the next person. - Patricia Saldarriaga

Bissell: 

Kyle Bilafer: Kyle Bilafer has a “get it done” and an “I cannot be defeated” attitude. He has high self-esteem and his leadership qualities are to be embraced. He strives to provide superior customer service and is flexible in his schedule in order to provide the best service possible. - Ted Mueller

Jill Ott: Jill works extremely hard and has taken the plunge on handling several large projects this year.  She is dedicated and takes great pride in her work, always going above and beyond to provide exceptional customer service. - Dale Britton/Brett Patterson

Wes Van Hoy: Wes VanHoy is very service oriented.  He takes his position very seriously and always does all he can to help us meet a deadline or ensure a tenant has what they need to move into a space.  He will work directly with a vendor on our behalf to resolve issues that require his knowledge and expertise.  That type of assistance is really valuable to us. - Alicia Bickett

Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte Ballantyne:

Kathryn Frias: Kathryn Frias is flexible.  She is quick to learn and take action when we have changes in our system, procedures, or when situations arise.  She is always willing to switch shifts with her colleagues and we can always count on her to follow through with tasks. - Sarah Kelly

Lori Freeman: Lori Freeman always works hard to give housekeeping the tools, supplies, guidance and support we need to accomplish our goals.  She believes in the Bissell story and works very hard to make sure we help our Hotel and Bissell stay in the top 5% of guest satisfaction. - Maria Anguisaca

Staybridge Suites Charlotte Ballantyne: 

Raquel BarajasRaquel Barajas is a continuous learner.  She continues to learn the standards of IHG and the new  ways of doing her job more efficiently.  Whenever she is called she responds quickly and handles the situation.  Her slight edge is she always has a warm smile and is pleasant to talk to. - Phyllis Obasi


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