Friday, October 31, 2014

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Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne Fifth Birthday Party

Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne celebrated its 5th Birthday in A-list style on the evening of Wednesday, October 29. The event’s silent auction raised more than $1,500 with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Carolina Breast Friends, who lends support to women who are diagnosed with breast cancer (and breast cancer survivors) living in the metro-Charlotte community. Funds were also raised via drink specials and a cake decorating contest. Congrats to Executive Pastry Chef Keli Fayard and Chef Michael Rayfield of The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, the winners of the Cake Decorating Contest! 

Financial Literacy Workshops

Bissell is bringing in financial experts from Get It Together to teach employees what they need to know to build a bright financial future.  There will be three workshops: The Benefit of Benefits, Saving and Planning for the Future and Give Credit where Credit is Due.  Each workshop will be offered three times – twice at The Ballantyne Hotel and once at the corporate office.

Schedule and Workshop Descriptions:

The Benefit of Benefits: Tuesday, November 4: BHL Ballroom A 9-10a.m. and 3-4p.m., Corporate Office Training Room noon-1p.m.
Benefits – they all look great, but which ones do you need, and what do they do for you? Understanding the basics helps you make better choices for the needs in your life.
You will learn:
·How benefits fit into YOUR life
·How to think through the offerings and make educated decisions
·Get the most you can out of the benefits you are offered

Saving and Planning for the Future: Friday, November 21: BHL Union Room 9-10a.m. and 3-4p.m., Corporate Office Training Room noon-1p.m.
This is not some boring old workshop where we are going to tell you to clip coupons and stop buying coffee.  Nope, it is much more – how to create a savings plan AND have a life now.
You will learn:
·How to think through your savings options
·Where to find money to save
·How to plan for a sound financial future

Give Credit Where Credit is Due: Tuesday, December 2: BHL Fairway Ballroom 9-10a.m. and 3-4p.m., Corporate Office Training Room noon-1p.m.
Credit can be a confusing subject, until you know the basics, then it all starts to make sense.  As a key factor in determining if you can buy a house, car or many other things, credit education can help you.
You will learn:
·How credit works
·How to use it to your advantage
·To avoid major pitfalls – and get some ideas on how to improve yours

Chairman's Challenge 2014

Congratulations to Wes Van Hoy, recipient of the the $300 referral bonus and the latest contestants for the 2014 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!

John Calipari Visits The Ballantyne

The SEC Network recently interviewed Kentucky Basketball Coach John Calipari at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. This was Calipari’s first visit to the Ballantyne, and he described it as a “great hotel.” 

Click here to view the article. 

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. 


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.

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