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Charlotte Five Highlights Gallery Restaurant

Charlotte Five mentioned Gallery Restaurant as a top five date night spot

North Carolina Early Voting Locations in Ballantyne

Vote early in Mecklenburg County now through Saturday, November 5. If you would like to vote early in Ballantyne, visit Ballantyne Village or South County Regional Library. Click here and select Mecklenburg from the drop down menu to view more details on early voting sites.

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge Makes Condé Nast Traveler

The Ballantyne was recognized by Condé Nast Traveler. The hotel is number six out of 30 on Condé Nast Traveler's list of Top Hotels in The American South: Readers' Choice Awards 2016. Congratulations! 

Gallery Restaurant Featured in Carolina STYLE Magazine

Carolina STYLE Magazine shared ten items to try at Gallery Restaurant

Commit to Healthier Choices with Try It Tuesday

Join Bissell in the Charlotte Chamber’s Healthy Charlotte Campaign to Try it Tuesday, a fun weekly nutrition initiative about making healthier choices. Caffeinate without sugar this week!

We encourage you to log your participation on the form located in your break room. 

Brigham Building Construction Update

Construction of the Brigham Building is well underway. Click here for an update on its progress and stay tuned for bi-weekly updates. 




DATE: October 17, 2016
FROM: Crystal Palmer, Ballantyne Business Center General Manager
RE: Doreen Sellitti

Doreen Sellitti

I am pleased to share that Doreen Sellitti has joined Ballantyne Business Center as a client services representative. With an extensive background in management, administration, human resources and customer service, Doreen bring a strong skillset to the role. As a client services representative, Doreen will provide general office support such as receptionist duties and other administrative services for Ballantyne Business Center.

Most recently, Doreen worked at Premier Resources and Premier Healthcare Resources as office manager. She was responsible for managing all aspects of three businesses, including implementing policies, establishing standards and procedures, measuring results and adjusting processes while monitoring office efficiency. 

Before that, Doreen was co-owner of Play N Trade, a local video game store. She also worked as a paralegal. 

Earlier in her career, Doreen worked in customer service at Owens -Brockway and International Paper in New Jersey.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Doreen!

Spirit to Serve Opportunity: Ballantyne Wellness Fair and Pumpkin Contest

Calling all volunteers to assist at our annual Ballantyne Wellness Fair and Pumpkin Contest on Thursday, October 27! The Spirit to Serve committee needs over 20 volunteers to help with event set-up, breakdown, greeting guests, and assisting with Pumpkin Contest voting. All shifts will run between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Brixham Tent, and registration is required by Tuesday, October 25. Before or after your shift, enjoy lunch from local food trucks, music by K104.7 and lots of great giveaways from over 40 health and wellness vendors. Contact Hailey Rorie with questions. 

See, Act, Win! Spotlight

A team member noticed the caulking behind the urinals in the men's restroom near the Fairway Ballroom needed to be repaired. Ceiling tiles that needed to be replaced were also spotted outside the Fairway Ballroom.  

If you observe something that is not up to standard or should be celebrated, let us know!



DATE: October 13, 2016
FROM: Tim Toohey, director of food & beverage, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
RE: Noelle Gogg and Ebony Toney

Noelle Gogg
Noelle Gogg
Ebony Toney
Ebony Toney

I am pleased to share news of two well-deserved promotions within food & beverage at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. Noelle Gogg has been named pastry sous chef and Ebony Toney has been appointed banquet sous chef. 

As pastry sous chef, Noelle is responsible for the day to day operations and organization of the pastry kitchen. Noelle oversees afternoon tea pastries and Gallery Restaurant’s innovative dessert specials. She collaborates with the executive pastry chef on outlet menus, special events and holiday menus for The Ballantyne. Recently, Noelle won the People’s Choice Award at NCRLA’s inaugural NC Showcase. 

As banquet sous chef, Ebony assists in overseeing food preparation and presentation for banquet culinary offerings to ensure guest satisfaction. She has worked at The Ballantyne for more than three years and continues to work diligently to elevate our culinary offerings.  

Please join me in congratulating both Noelle and Ebony on their promotions, as they both continuously perform at Top 5% levels!

Ballantyne Wellness Fair and Pumpkin Contest

Mark your calendar on Thursday, October 27 for the annual Ballantyne Wellness Fair & Pumpkin Contest! You're invited to stop by the Brixham Tent between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for free tips on healthy living from local businesses, fitness experts and medical practices.

Get your team involved in the festivities by rallying your office or department to participate in our renowned pumpkin contest! All pumpkin entries will be on display for voting during the event, and winners for Best Carved, Best Decorated and People’s Choice will be announced on that afternoon. Get those creative juices flowing, and register your pumpkin by October 20!

The event will also feature food trucks, music by K104.7, on-site flu shots provided by Harris Teeter Pharmacy, and a photo booth where selfies with Sir Purr and Chubby from the Checkers are welcomed! All attendees will enjoy great giveaways and have the chance to win a FitBit Charge HR 2 from Bissell. 

Please contact Hailey Rorie with questions, and stay tuned for more updates. We hope to see you there!

Matt Morrow Finds His Forward Through High School Athletics

Matt Morrow is a hospitality inspector at Bissell, and he has a passion for football. The Charlotte native graduated from Harding High School and coached for 13 years.

"I love football. I served as a football coach at Harding, Myers Park and Waddell."

Matt continues to help high school athletes through his work with "I’ve been managing the website for four years."

The purpose of the website, which has been up and running since 2002, is to promote student athletes interested in playing football after high school. "Big media outlets only have so much time. That's where we come in. I wish this website existed when I was in school and playing football."

Matt goes to local high schools to do interviews with students. "We have a YouTube channel that showcases interviews to highlight students who need more exposure to recruiters."

"We fill in the gap. There are other kids who are just as deserving of the spotlight as the star of the team. They all work hard and put a lot of work into this all year long."

Managing the website and interviewing students for is something that Matt does in his spare time for free. "I don't get paid for it. I do this because I have a passion for helping kids."

Student athletes who do not get much exposure appreciate Carolina “Parents let me how much this means to them and their child. It really makes me happy to know that we’re making a difference.”

Matt makes time to do interviews before and after work. "When I’m not working, I’m out doing interviews. I ask about five questions for a two to three-minute video."

He believes that we all have time to give to others. "There is too much going on in this world. We all need to give a part of ourselves to help society."

Visit to learn more about Matt’s Forward.  

Charlotte Named as a GE Winner of HealthyCities Leadership Academy's Open Innovation Challenge

Thanks to the efforts of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce's Healthy Charlotte Council, of which Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte Ballantyne’s Linda Lemmons is a member, our community has been recognized for its commitment to wellness. Charlotte will receive an initial award of $25,000 in prize money to help develop population health improvements through partnerships with public and private entities, and will be eligible for a final prize award of $250,000 after a year of collaborative learning and support. Read the news release here.

September Birthday Lunch

From left to right: Roger Market, Nancy Harvey, Mrs. Bissell, Regina Robertson, Mr. Bissell, Betsy Pink, Annette Siverling, Eulimar Orozco, Todd Petty, Kathy Mills and Wes Van Hoy

Bissell YOUniversity Facilitating a Meeting Class Recap

Bissell YOUniversity offered a Facilitating a Meeting class at CPCC Ballantyne. Members of the property services team at Bissell shared a few takeaways from the class. Visit the Bissell YOUniversity page for more details on upcoming classes

Spirit to Serve Opportunity: Book Buddies

Stop by the Wellness Fair to create book buddies and motivational letters for local students in Title I Schools. The community volunteer opportunity will benefit Promising Pages and support its reading literacy initiatives. All items will be distributed to local children along with the book donations we collect during the upcoming Books For A Brighter Future Book Drive.

The Wellness Fair will be held on Thursday, October 27 at the Brixham Tent from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring a used book to donate, and don’t forget to submit your time to Hailey Rorie to earn Spirit to Serve credit! 

Join Us to Collect Books for a Brighter Future

The time has come to rid your home of all those books collecting dust! In partnership with Promising Pages, Ballantyne Corporate Park will begin collecting used children's books on October 31 through November 9.

Monetary donations are encouraged and can be made now! Every dollar received will provide one book for a local child in need. Don't forget to double your donation

An on-site volunteer opportunity will also be available to support this effort at the Ballantyne Wellness Fair on Thursday, October 27. Be sure to submit your time to Hailey Rorie for Spirit to Serve credit. 



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