Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Chef David Moore Featured on WTVI

Gallery Restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine David Moore was featured on Carolina Impact on WTVI ( Channel 5) on Oct. 22. The segment highlighted Gallery’s partnership with Lucky Leaf Gardens and its commitment to using fresh, locally-grown vegetables. 


Vote for Bissell in Second Round of the Charlotte Business Journal’s Battle of the Brands

The Charlotte Business Journal is asking readers to help identify the most recognized brand with its inaugural Battle of the Brands. The CBJ staff chose 64 big-name Charlotte brands and matched them up for a bracket-style tourney that will run through mid-November. The winner will be determined based on voting on its website. 

Bissell has advanced to the second round and will compete with Carolinas Healthcare System for a spot in the Sweet 16. Please vote for Bissell Cos. at

Voting is available through October 24 for the second round (each round will be open for voting from 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, with results and new matchups announced each Monday, with the brand champion announced on November 24).

Individuals may vote only once per round. We encourage you to share this opportunity with family, friends and loyal customers.

Spirit to Serve at Friendship Trays

Thank you to Gloria Davis, Gary Tester and Amanda Harrison who volunteered through Spirit to Serve at Friendship Trays on Oct. 21. 

Log in to read more about Spirit to Serve and future volunteer opportunities on the Spirit to Serve page that can be found under Employee Programs.

Family Fun Day

Thank you to everyone who joined Bissell for Family Fun Day on October 19. Attendees enjoyed delicious food, socializing with fellow employees and activities such as fishing, musical chairs, potato sack races, pumpkin decorating. 

Thank you to everyone who made this event a success: 

Planning committee: Kathy Lindsey, Gloria Davis, Patrick George, Shatoya Ladson, Allison Marley, Cynthia Robinson, Hailey Rorie,
Event Planning Assistance: Mike Hernandez, Phil Riggins, Eddie Angel, Mike Rumfelt, Kyle Manus, Erik Kennelly & The Land Services team, Human Resources, Arlene Grace, Kat Carter, Annie Arntz, Ray Sepesy, Mary-Alice Warren, Mr. Bissell, Ned Curran, The Spa at Ballantyne, DJ Joe, The Wellness Committee,  Everyone who Assisted with Raffle Prizes and Trade Arrangements.  The Banquet Team at the Ballantyne Hotel.  Everyone who took the time to answer my many questions.
Volunteers: Christina Thigpen, Selena Talbert, Chad Olmstead, Regina Robertson, Ned Curran, Blair Prentice, Clifton Coble, Joe Hallow, Alicia Howell, Natalie Dowdy, Adreena Reed Ashley Bullins, Rosie Bastida, Lydia Artale, Angela Doyle, Yaminah Wiggins, Heather Sullivan, Melissa Todd, Marie Over, Todd Petty, Chris Helmick, Ted Mueller, Alastair Jones, Timothy Toohey, James Sellitti, Linda Lemmons, Hailey Rorie, Daniel Fodor, Amanda Saari, David Scapicchio, Audrey Bell, Alida Jacobson, Millie Aponte, Mitch Bonner, Noelene Grosso, Dana Blocker, Tony Bethea, Kat Carter, Alli Hall, Kathy Mills, Julie Shahid, Any Putnam, Eulimar Orozco, Jess Lewis, Jessica Steves,  Rebecca Whitmarsh, Hughon Haye, Marshall Hilliard, Kim Kendall, Emily Brandewie, Lori McManus, Kim Weihs,Terry Young

The Ballantyne’s Chef Mike Rayfield Wins Pumpkin Carving Contest

7th Street Public Market was packed Sunday evening, October 19 to watch 27 of the area’s best chefs, farmers and culinary artisans take various sharp instruments to blank pumpkin canvases – and turn them into incredible works of art. The Ballantyne’s Chef Mike Rayfield won the Piedmont Culinary Guild’s pumpkin carving contest for “Scary Spicy Tuna” – receiving top honors from both attendees and the chefs. Congratulations, Mike!

Bissell Memorandum


DATE: October 16,  2014
FROM: Tom Pizzo, President of Property Services
RE: Jill Ott

Jill Ott
Jill Ott
Jill Ott has recently earned the Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. The CPM designation is awarded to real estate managers who have met the Institute's rigorous requirements in the areas of professional education, examination and experience.

Jill joined Bissell in 2008 as a Property Assistant and was promoted to Assistant Property Manager in November of 2012.  She currently manages the Hayes, Everett, Calhoun, Bissell Patrick Crosland and CHS Ballantyne Two buildings under the direction of Frank Bass.
Please join me in congratulating Jill on this outstanding accomplishment.

Bissell Memorandum


DATE: October 16,  2014
FROM: Tom Pizzo, President of Property Services
RE: Ted Mueller

Ted Mueller
Ted Mueller
I am excited to announce a promotion and realignment that recognizes individual talent, while also helping us operate more efficiently.
Effective immediately, Ted Mueller will be promoted to Chief Information Officer and VP of Operations, and Richard Fida will assume the role of Director of Engineering. Ted will continue to report to me, but his responsibilities have been broadened in that he will oversee Richard Fida and the Operations department.  Richard’s new title better reflects the broad and important responsibilities he provides to our organization.
There are remarkable similarities between the work that our IT staff performs and the work that our Operations staff performs. Both departments deal with the routine in terms of tasks like preventive maintenance or keeping us current on software. Both groups do a great job dealing with the unanticipated and urgent challenges which inevitably arise.  In addition, both departments deal with dispatching work orders and evaluating productivity in executing on those work orders.
Ted has done an outstanding  job in enhancing our IT service delivery and I know that working in a more formal fashion with Richard and the great work that he and his team provide will only make us better in our customer service efforts.
Please join me in congratulating Ted on this promotion.

Congrats, David Scapicchio!

David Scapicchio, Director Of Housekeeping at the Staybridge Suites, completed his first marathon on October 12. He ran the Chicago Marathon in three hours and 51 minutes.

Congratulations, David!

September Birthdays

September birthdays were celebrated on Tuesday, October 14 at the Caretaker's Facility. Happy birthday!

Pictured Left to Right: Nancy Harvey, Kathy Mills, Larry Misner, Betsy Pink, Todd Petty, Alastair Jones, Edwina James, Courtney Merritt, Nick Bucci, Monica Robinson, Smoky Bissell, Frank Capolongo, Margaret Bissell, Eulimar Orozco, Regina Robertson, Margo Throneburg, Lori Freeman, Alicia Bickett, Mary-Alice Warren, Keisha Riley, Annette Siverling

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge Featured in Charlotte Wedding

The fall issue of Charlotte Wedding features a bridal fashion spread shot on location at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.

Click here to view the spread. 

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