Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Mix and Mingle at BCP Social Hour

Ballantyne Corporate Park will host a social hour on Tuesday, October 11, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join us at The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge South Lawn for beer, wine, food, live music and mingling. Admission is FREE and open to all! 

Mark your calendar for another event at The Ballantyne on Sunday, October 9, from noon until 6 p.m. Enjoy an Oktoberfest-themed, pop-up beer garden.

You're Invited to Training on Tap

On Thursday, October 20, Sara's YMCA will present its inaugural Training on Tap from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the heart of Ballantyne Corporate Park! This FREE event will feature three simultaneous fitness events, coupled with an after work social at the Brixham Tent. 

You are welcome to participate in one of the three fitness activities beginning at 5:30 p.m. by dropping in at the outdoor Yoga class at Knotts Green or the Cardio Dance Party in the parking lot near the Brixham Tent, or joining the running/walking group outside of Sara’s YMCA for a 45-minute trek through BCP. After your workout head over to the tent to enjoy the happy hour festivities!

Fitness isn’t your thing? Skip the exercise and come socialize! Happy hour kicks off at the Brixham Tent at 4:30 p.m. and will include cornhole, food trucks, beer and wine vendors, music and mingling! Admission is free and all activities are open to the public.

Commit to Healthier Food 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 food choices now through October 25. Each week we will focus on one healthy change. We encourage you to log your participation on the form located in your break room. 

Make water your go-to beverage this week! Submit pictures for our Facebook and Twitter pages. 

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!

Dana Rader Featured on WSOC-TV

Dana Rader, principal of Dana Rader Golf School, was interviewed by Blaine Tolison on September 26 on Channel 9. She talked about Arnold Palmer's influence on the game of golf which impacted the industry world wide. 

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Team Staybridge Suites Charlotte Ballantyne Fights Kids Cancer at the Isabella Santos Foundation Rac

Staybridge team members represented in the 9th annual Isabella Santos Foundation 5K/10K and 1-mile fun run. Thank you for your support and congratulations to all participating team members! 

Pictured left to right: Frank Capolongo, Allison Barnes, Raquel Barajas, and Danika Smith-Josiah. 

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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. 

Ballantyne Corporate Park Highlighted in Living Here Guide

The Charlotte Observer featured Ballantyne Corporate Park in its annual 'Living Here' guide.

Marriott and Starwood Have Merged to One Company

Marriott International, Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. have officially merged after gaining Chinese Ministry of Commerce approval. Due to the new change, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge and Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne are now affiliated with the Marriott brand. Marriott is now the world’s largest hotel company! Read more here

Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne celebrated the news with a "Together We're Better" party! View more pictures on our Facebook page.

Mrs. Bissell Named Head of School Emeritus at Charlotte Country Day School

Charlotte Country Day School celebrated its 75th anniversary on September 22. Former Head of School, Margaret Bissell, was a guest speaker at the all-school convocation. Mrs. Bissell was also recognized for her loyalty and continued support for Charlotte Country Day School and was surprised with the very special recognition of being named Head of School Emeritus. 

Nancy Harvey Named LPGA Southeast Section Teacher of the Year

Nancy Harvey, director of instruction at Dana Rader Golf School, was named LPGA Southeast Section Teacher of the Year for 2016! Nancy received the good news while working in Raleigh, N.C. for the LPGA as an instructor for their National Education Program. She is now in the running for the National Teacher of the Year Award. Congratulations, Nancy!

Save the Date for Swing Fore Hope

American Cancer Society will host Swing Fore Hope in partnership with Dana Rader Golf School on Friday, October 7, 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Swing Fore Hope is a golf clinic that will help you sharpen your golf skills and serve as a networking opportunity. All funds will benefit breast cancer research. 

Blair Prentice Wins 2016 BOMA Principal Member of the Year Award!

Property Manager Blair Prentice won the 2016 Principal Member of the Year Award from Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA). The award recognizes members who actively seeks BOMA associate members for consideration on any contracts for the managed property, actively involved with BOMA and has served on or as Chair of Committees and provides a high level of professionalism. Congratulations, Blair! 

August Birthday Lunch

Pictured from let to right: Michael Beste, Faye Best, Mrs. Bissell, Mr. Bissell, Melinda Plavnicky, Rhonda Walcott, Maria Tello, Gary Tyson, Jill Ott, Jerry Howie, Gary Tester, Gloria Davis, Nannette Patterson, Pariss Coleman, and Stephanie Jones.

Bissell Team Members Attend Building Engines Client Summit

Process Improvement Manager Jill Ott and Shared Services Specialist Audrey Bell attended the second annual Building Engines Client Summit September 13 through September 15 in Boston, Mass. Building Engines is the system that the property management, operations and security teams use as a communication tool with building tenants. Work orders, inspections, broadcast messaging, insurance tracking and security incident reports all flow through this system. Jill was invited to speak on the Customer Engagement Panel along with Catherine Bradshaw of Highwood Properties from Raleigh, N.C. and Debra Woods of Blake Real Estate from Washington, D.C. 

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Bissell Family Fun Day Photo Contest Winners!

Congratulations to Corporate's Amity Wingard, Jimmy Gubelli and The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge's Kevin Wortham for their prize-winning entries! 

1st - Amity Wingard


2nd - Jimmy Gubelli 


3rd - Kevin Wortham

Team Bissell Attend Girl's Day Away Event

A few members of the Bissell Team participated in the 11th Annual Jerry Thornton Girl's Day Away Golf Event at the Rocky River Golf Club on September 16. Girl's Day Away's charitable beneficiary is the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority Educational Foundation

Pictured from left to right: Pariss Coleman, Kelly McKay, Danika Smith-Josiah, Peggy Lane, Linda Lemmons and Jessica Steves

Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte Ballantyne Celebrates Housekeeping Appreciation Week

The management team at Courtyard surprised the housekeeping team with tumblers in honor of Marriott Housekeeping Appreciation Week! 

Pictured left to right: Betty Clyburn, Sherry Grant, Don Blanchard, Helena Leitorles and Cynthia Robinson

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Cheers to 15 Years!

What could be a more festive way to commemorate The Ballantyne’s 15-year anniversary than an exclusive tasting with Bill Samuels Jr., Chairman Emeritus of Maker’s Mark? More than 70 people enjoyed sampling bourbons, including The Ballantyne’s Private Select Whisky, with complementing dishes. Congratulations to the food and beverage team for executing another memorable event!

WCCB Surprises Mitch and Carolynn Bonner with New Minivan

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge's Mitch Bonner and his wife Carolynn were invited to WCCB News on September 15. The couple received a new minivan. Congratulations! 

Bissell Welcomes New Hires

Bissell Familiarization Day was held on Thursday, September 9. 26 new hires were welcomed to the organization.

  • Brandon Bassler
  • Mae Craft
  • Ema Gonzalez
  • Michelle Greenberg*
  • Sharda Grier*
  • Annie Gudzunas*
  • Sarah Harris*
  • Susan Hoang
  • Rachel Homer
  • Kayla Jackson
  • Francisco Javier Geronimo
  • Rachel Kilinski*
  • Brittney Lloyd 
  • Roger Market*
  • Jordan McClain
  • D. McCree
  • Jasmine McCrory
  • Ezra Monell
  • James Monroe*
  • Mayra Mora-Basquez
  • Ashley Passarelli*
  • Jana Powers
  • Caroline Tello*
  • Adam Tesfa
  • Ronald Turcios
  • Victor Vargas*

*Received 100% on Franchise Player Trait quiz



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