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Bissell Memorandum


DATE: July 29, 2014
FROM:  Ned Curran, President and CEO
RE: Employee Announcement - Marketing & Communications

I am pleased and excited to share news of a realignment within the organization that will enable us to execute more effectively and maximize our strengths.

JJ Bissell has agreed to move into a role that is better associated with his responsibilities as a company Director. JJ will be heavily involved in asset management and investment performance analysis, as well as work with ownership on special projects to identify areas of improvement across the organization.

Concurrent with this change, I have promoted and broadened Christina Thigpen’s responsibilities. She will assume the role of vice president, marketing & communications.  In her new role, Christina will oversee the integration of a number of people involved in communication and graphic design and will magnify the unique skill sets of a very talented group of individuals.

Regina Robertson and Diana Blocker will assume full responsibility for the production of Ballantyne Magazine. Regina will serve as editor-in-chief, Diana will be associate publisher, sales, and the magazine will be published by Bissell Media, LLC. Regina will be the primary contact for the magazine, and please continue to reach out to Diana for sales needs. As the publication is a signature communications medium for our company, the magazine team will join our marketing & communications department.

Our new team will also include Ray Sepesy, Mary-Alice Warren and the design team of Kat Carter as senior graphic designer and Annie Arntz as our new graphic designer.

Going forward, this structure will help us in our efforts to be more creative and efficient, empowering us to sharpen our slight edge through our shared services approach.

We look forward to working smarter with this new team. Please contact Christina Thigpen or me with questions.

Special Invitation--August 4

Bissell Memorandum


DATE: July 28, 2014
FROM:  Christina Thigpen, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
RE: Annie Arntz 

Annie Arntz
Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Annie Arntz, who has joined Bissell as graphic designer. Annie will be responsible for assisting the marketing & communications team with design needs across the organization.

Annie most recently worked as account manager at BRANSTORM PR & Marketing, a communications firm in Charlotte. In this position, Annie provided creative services for clients ranging from commercial real estate firms to hair salons. Prior to that, Annie was a senior graphic designer at LogoNation, a Charlotte-based advertising company serving 200+ clients around the nation.

 A native of Charlotte, Annie graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and playing in the park with her two-year-old mutt, Gus.

Color the Park 2014

The seventh annual Color the Park Marker Drive benefiting Classroom Central is THIS WEEK!

 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


 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. 

Rosie Bastida Featured in Charlotte Wedding- Bride + Groom Blog

Charlotte Wedding- Bride + Groom Blog featured Rosie Bastida, lead esthetician at The Spa at Ballantyne, in its recent post, Beauty Spotlight: Wedding-ready skin. Rosie provided insightful short-term skin preparation tips for brides. Click here to view the post

Ballantyne Magazine Wins Communicator Award

Ballantyne Magazine has been honored with a Communicator Award of Distinction from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts in the consumer magazine category. Recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications, the Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program of its kind, receiving more than 6,000 entries annually.

Ballantyne Magazine partners with SPARK Publications to provide publication design and production services. For more information on the Communicator Awards, please visit

June Birthday Lunch Celebration

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

Pictured left to right: Eric Hamann, 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 Memorandum


DATE: July 22, 2014
FROM:  Terry Young, Managing Director- Human Resources
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!

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