May Announcements

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We had something of a development frenzy in May with groundbreaking events for The Villages at Central State, The Promenade at Founders Square, and The Haskell Building at AmeriPlex-Marquette, as well as the kick off of Airport Logistics Park. In addition to all these new developments, we had some pretty exciting news from all over the company. Continue reading below to find our major company announcements from May 2017.


Employee News

(Portage, Ind.) – Holladay Properties would like to welcome Michelle Mosier to the Portage office as Administrative Assistant. Ms. Mosier will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office and looks forward to helping the staff function more efficiently. Good luck, Michelle!

(South Bend, Ind.) – Nora Wiseman has joined Holladay Properties as a Portfolio Accountant in our South Bend office. She comes to Holladay from Tiedemann Group where she performed accounting and payroll duties for two years. Ms. Wiseman joined Holladay to be a part of a larger company with a team-oriented environment. Welcome, Nora!

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(South Bend, Ind.) – Congratulations to Preston Chaney, Jr., a staff member at the Inn at Saint Mary’s in South Bend. Mr. Chaney recently received a Distinguished Service Award in Education from the South Bend Human Rights Commission for his commitment to providing local youths with education to set them up for a successful future. To learn about some of the activities Mr. Chaney is involved in that helped him earn this well-deserved recognition, visit the Holladay Properties Blog.

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Announcements

(Lafayette, La.) – When a prospective tenant informed Property Manager Patty Guckeen that he had interviewed existing tenants to get their feedback on Holladay’s Property Management (and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive), she decided to conduct her own mini-survey. She asked tenants in the facility, “If you could find a word that best describes the services provided by Holladay Properties at [this property], what would that word be?” She was astounded by some of the responses, which included:

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(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Holladay Properties recently completed new landscaping installations at the Hampton Inn Westfield Indianapolis in Westfield and Fast Park & Relax in Indianapolis. Click here to see photos of the properties on our Facebook page.Holladay Properties provides Landscaping and Snow Removal services at our Indianapolis, South Bend, and Portage locations. For more information, contact Doug Hoogeveen.

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(Westfield, Ind.) – Holladay Hospitality is pleased to announce that our newest and 10th operating hotel has opened in Westfield, Ind. The 4-story, 93 room Hampton Inn Westfield Indianapolis is now open at 17400 Wheeler Road and celebrated with a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Andy Cook on June 7.

In the Community

(South Bend, Ind.) – Holladay Properties attended this year’s Great Friends of School Breakfast to benefit the South Bend Education Foundation. Paul Phair serves on the Board of Directors of the South Bend Education Foundation, which helps support teachers and students in South Bend public schools. Learn more about the program at http://edfo.org/.

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(Nashville, Tenn.) – On April 21, the Holladay in the Community team arrived with their sleeves rolled up and smiles on their faces ready to assist the Second Harvest Food Bank. This was the first event that took the team into the community, and there were 19 volunteers who helped unload and sort hundreds of vegetables for distribution to over 150 families.

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Appreciation.

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By Jeff Ottman, EVP-Operations

Appreciation. We all want our work to be appreciated. Appreciation takes many forms. Compensation for sure. Individually, I simply want a thank you or the recognition that the hard work was noticed. For many years, we have appreciated our employees, our tenants, and our clients. Some of my favorite events have been Summit’s BBQ lunch, Florida’s Christmas celebration, and taking a few clients to a Notre Dame football game.

With vendors, we believed our appreciation was meeting or beating their payment expectations. Certainly, many of you have nourished those relationships. Yet I struggled with how could Holladay, as an organization, strengthen our vendor relationships and how could key vendor employees feel appreciated for their individual work. The result was a vendor appreciation event. The planning began several months ago. And on June 15, it came to fruition. The event:  Nashville Sounds Baseball Game with a segregated area. The people:  key vendor employees and related Holladay personnel. The results:  Holladay is a “Class Act.”

Thank you for inviting me to the Sounds. I enjoyed seeing you and watching the game-great seats! It was also nice to catch up with Councilman Jeff Syracuse and others who attended. I am glad things are going well on the Donelson Plaza site. Please let me know if you need our help with anything.

– Mary M. Vavra, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc.

I just wanted to thank you for inviting me to the game.  That was very thoughtful and wanted you to know how much I appreciated it and how much enjoyment Jeff [Thomas] and I had.  That was the first time I had been to a Sounds game, and I enjoy baseball a lot since my youngest son has played his entire life and pitching in college in Alabama.  Been to hundreds of games since he was 4 and coached him up until he was 12.  Thanks again, we enjoyed it.

– Jerry Warren, Murray Guard, Inc.

Please let Marcy know what a great time we had at the Sounds game the other night. Tell her the food was great (especially the cookies LOL) and the company was even better! We really appreciated the invitation and the great hospitality!

– Willis Keeton, N2 Interiors

I want to thank all the people from Holladay for inviting us to the Sounds game. It was a great opportunity to meet and get to know a lot of the people we work with from time to time, but never get a chance to talk with outside of work. It was very generous of you and much appreciated! We look forward to many more years of working together.

– Dan McKinney, Tenant Building Group

Thank you for the invite to the game. The weather was perfect and you and your team put on a really great event. I look forward to catching up again soon!

– Matt Schlicker, Kimley-Horn

Just wanted to say thanks for the Sounds tickets. It was great seeing everyone we work with at Holladay!

– Tyler Baldridge, Dyer Construction

Thank you for the great appreciation celebration at the Sounds Game. It was a great gesture, game, seats, company & food. Holladay is a class act and MRG is proud to serve you at any capacity.  Thank you for your efforts.

– Jon Fruetel, Mechanical Resource Group

“Committed to Excellence in Service” means not only serving our tenants, our clients, and ourselves. This service excellence needs to extend to those who serve us. I believe our test case was successful. We will work with the various operational leaders to expand this appreciation to other markets over the next year. Yet, do not be afraid to say an extra Thank You, write an unexpected note, or tell someone how much you appreciate them.

Thank you to Marcy Coffman, Executive Assistant/Office Manager, for arranging the Vendor Appreciate Event. Without her, our vendor appreciation may have been a T-ball game and the cheap bottled water from the convenience store.

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Pictured (Top row, l-r): Allen Arender, EVP-Development, Joey Syracuse, and Councilman Jeff Syracuse; Heather Sullivan, Property Manager (Summit), Daniel Eubanks from Demand Mechanical, Lori Norman of HCP, and Andy Bennett from Demand Mechanical; Jason Adams of CapStar Bank and Chad DeRossett, Leasing Agent.  (Middle row): Mary Gibson, Property Manager (Centennial) and Chad Kern of N2 Interiors; Holladay guests and personnel mingling; Willis Keeton of N2 Interiors, Julie Bandy, Property Manager (Skyline), and Dan McKinney of Tenant Building Group.  (Bottom row): Baseball players and honorable guests on the field during the National Anthem; Mary M. Vavra, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon with Lori Weir of Relationship Architects (Talent2Strengths guru); and Holladay’s guests and personnel enjoying the game.

Nashville holds 2017 company picnic

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On Saturday, June 3, Holladay Properties personnel and their families were invited to the Company Picnic.  For a second year in a row, the event was held at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan where the attendees participated in team events (sack race, 3-legged race, relay race, and tug-of-war), enjoyed a delicious picnic lunch, and played Camp activities (kangaroo jump, zip line, pool/splash pad, wet willie slide, and canoes/kayaks).

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Zip-lining at the 2017 Nashville Company Picnic.

The team event winners were: FIRST Place was Brad Pierce, Maintenance Supervisor (Centennial); second place were Marcy Coffman, Executive Assistant/Office Manager, and Rachel Harrison, Accountant-HCP (Elm Hill Pike); and third place was Jeff Ottman, EVP-Operations, and Sarah Rexrode, AR Lead (Elm Hill Pike).  Bragging rights apply.

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Time for potato-sack races!

“Even with Acute Bronchitis, a slight case Pneumonia and a sinus infection, there was NO WAY that I was going to miss the Company Picnic,” stated Carrie Jo Carman, Lease Administrator.  “I look forward to it all year. In fact, it could easily be one of my favorite days of the year. It’s nice being able to see people outside of the office, meet the family members that are spoken of at work, and have a fun and relaxing day.”

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Tug of war!

Thank you, Holladay Properties, for supporting the Events Committee (Jayme Baldwin, Marcy Coffman, Candalee Kumar, and Micah Williams) to plan and execute a memorable Company Picnic with group interaction, good food, and super-fun activities.  We are happy to report that no serious injuries, no sunburns, and no dehydration resulted from the event!

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Events Committee Members Marcy Coffman (Exe. Asst./Office Manager), Jayme Baldwin (COI Coordinator), and Candalee Kumar (Lease Administration Manager).

Computer Security and You

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By Bill Starkweather, IT Director

Several weeks ago, we witnessed a coordinated global cyber-attack known as WannaCry. It is one of the biggest cyber-attacks ever, impacting over 150 countries and infecting more than 250,000 machines. WannaCry was a type of malicious software (malware) classified as ransomware. This type of attack encrypts files on your computer and requires that you pay a ransom to unlock those files.

Specifically, this attack exposed a vulnerability in Windows and focused on two group of computers:

  1. Computers running outdated versions of Windows that are no longer supported by Microsoft. Since they are no longer supported, Microsoft does not provide patches or updates to these systems.
  2. Computers whose version of Windows are supported, but failed to install the patch supplied by Microsoft in March of 2017.

There are things you and your IT support can do to help protect your home and work devices.

  1. Ensure that you have all of the latest software patches installed on all of your equipment.
  2. Check your devices to make sure that your Virus protection software is up to date and functioning properly.
  3. Ensure that your email SPAM filter is performing as expected. This will help stop inbound email attacks by preventing users from receiving harmful emails. The Wannacry attack came in via email and then attacked the vulnerability in the operating system.
  4. Provide Internet website and content filtering to prevent harmful websites.

 

You can take additional steps to protect your files, network, and devices such as closing all of your applications, restarting your computer, and leaving it at the login screen at the end of the day or when you’re finished using it. Benefits of following this practice include:

  1. You won’t lose files in case of power loss, because you’re not leaving any unsaved files open.
  2. Microsoft Windows operating system updates are installed in middle of night, instead of when you turn your PC on. This helps prevent excess network traffic occurring first thing in the morning and your computer will not be slowed down while updates are being installed when you need to use it.

 

Another thing you can do is be mindful of the emails that you are opening. We’ve touched on this in previous blogs so be sure to check out How to Recognize and Defend against Cyber Attacks – Part 1 and Part 2 or Let’s Talk Cyber Security – Again! for more information. Some tips to keep in  mind when checking emails:

  • SPAM filters and AntiVirus software will capture harmful emails and email attachments, but nothing is 100% and you should only open emails and attachments from a trusted source.
  • If you find an email in your SPAM folder, think about whether you really need it, because it was quarantined for a reason by the SPAM filter.
  • If you have any questions about whether or not to open an email, error on the side of caution and contact I/T support if possible.

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One last helpful hint to protect your computer from cyber attacks: be careful about the internet sites you are accessing. Internet sites can contain harmful files and links. You should only visit sites that you are familiar with or are from a reputable company. Download with care, too. Files should only be downloaded from a known site.

I hope you find these tips helpful and use this advice to keep both your personal and professional networks protected!

 

2017 Sunburst

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By Maureen Johnson, HR Director

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The race is on!

Saturday, June 3rd was the perfect day to enjoy the outdoors in South Bend, IN. And that is what several Holladay employees did, along with about 6,000 other runners/walkers, by participating in the 2017 Sunburst.

This was Holladay’s 4th year participating in this event, presented by Key Bank and considered to be one of the premier running events in the Midwest. Marathon runners can even use their finishing time in the Sunburst to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Proceeds from this race benefited the Child Life Services at Beacon’s Children Hospital.

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The Holladay team (from left): Walking buddies Linda Dombrowski and Diane Sopczynski, John Phair, Maureen Johnson, Todd Topolsko, and Cassie Sprigg.

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Late for the group photo, so they get one of their own: Team Amanda Macias.

Our employees were able to participate in the marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K races and the 5K walk. John Phair met his walking goal of 55 minutes or less and Todd Topolski was close to his goal, stating that the hill on the course (formerly called the Hallelujah Hill) was his nemesis. Diane Sopczynski and her friend Linda Dombrowski set a goal of finishing in one hour, and they finished in 59 minutes 11 seconds. And newcomer, Cassie Sprigg said she met her goal, too…she survived!

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Even though this event was indeed a workout, it also served as an opportunity for Holladay employees to bond together outside of an office setting, even if it was bonding through sweat! So, we are excited to do this again and look forward to Sunburst 2018 and having even more participants from Holladay!

 

Recognizing Our People in the Community – Cassie Sprigg

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(South Bend, Ind.) – Cassie Sprigg is an Administrative Assistant for the South Bend Property Management Department. She is currently active with the United Way of St. Joseph County.


Cassie-SpriggAt the annual United Way of St. Joseph County Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, Cassie Sprigg was honored with the award for Campaign Manager of the Year, for her efforts in the 2016 South Bend office fundraiser which raised $18,100 for the charitable organization.

“Defeating poverty in our community has been, and continues to be a passion of mine; and I know that our local branch is affecting tremendous change by supporting programs that guide those who are less fortunate toward long-term stability,” Sprigg said. “I would not have been given this great recognition, without the wonderful support of my company.”

Cassie is currently a member of several United Way committees. Find out more about the United Way of St. Joseph County or donate at: http://www.uwsjc.org/.