Recognizing People in Our Community

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 BY: AMANDA WATSON
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Pamela Bennett is a volunteer for the Richmond Animal League. The Richmond Animal League (RAL) works with pounds and shelters throughout the Central Virginia to rescue dogs and cats and reduce euthanasia rates.  Rescued animals are brought to the RAL shelter and cared for, including physicals, vaccinations and treatments, spay/neuter surgeries, and microchip implants.

Pamela’s serves as an Animal Counselor for RAL. When she volunteers, she is responsible for welcoming visitors to RAL, showing animals to potential adopters, and helping potential adopters with the adoption process. She also helps out with the Cat Crew when needed, which includes cleaning the cat cages, bowls, and bedding, and making sure each cat has food and water. RAL has been rescuing homeless dogs and cats in the Richmond area since 1979. The organization is the area’s oldest no-kills shelter and can house up to 30 dogs and 60 cats and kittens at any one time. RAL welcomes over 300 volunteers to the shelter each week to care for the animals.

Pamela Bennet VolunteerPamela Bennet – Administrative Assistant/Office Manager – Ashland, VA

In addition to the shelter, RAL opened the Loving Spay & Neuter Clinic in 2009, which provides low-cost services to area shelters, rescue groups, and low-income pet owners. The clinic performs 7,000 spay and neuter surgeries each year.

RAL is currently seeking funds to build a new shelter that will allow the program to take care of more animals each year. To learn more about volunteer, adoption and fostering opportunities at RAL or donate to the program, visit http://www.ral.org/.

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Luck of the Irish

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Every St. Patrick’s Day, our South Bend office gets festive, and celebrates the holiday with a potluck. The tradition began 3 years ago in 2015, when Social Media Coordinator, Cassie Sprigg, started working for the Property Management branch.

“When I started working at Holladay, one of the first things that I was told was that we were a group that liked to have fun,” said Cassie. “When I heard that we hadn’t had a fun event since the Christmas party, I knew St. Patrick’s Day would be the perfect time to get everyone back together for some delicious food and great company.”

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Those who attended the event were each asked to bring in one green or Irish-themed dish to share with the group, guaranteeing both a variety and a plentiful supply of food for all. Amongst the star dishes were Mary Baker’s Reuben Dip, Maureen Johnson’s Deviled Eggs, Kathy Williams’ Corned Beef, and Kit Suhovecky’s famous Green Punch.

“We always have more than enough food, but – in the end – I would rather have leftovers, than run out!” Exclaimed Cassie, who is still polishing off the leftovers.

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We can’t wait for our next potluck: Cinco de Mayo!

2nd Annual Mini-Golf Tourney!

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BY: MARCY COFFMAN
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT/OFFICE MANAGER – NASHVILLE, TN

On February 16, the Elm Hill Pike-Nashville office held the 2nd Annual Mini-Golf Tourney. The teambuilding activity began on January 12 when the teams were announced and given their tasks of 1) choosing a name, 2) designing the layout of their hole, and 3) creating a flag.

To foster camaraderie, the teams were predetermined to include personnel representing the various departments of the company thus giving them an opportunity to work with someone with whom they wouldn’t otherwise have the chance. Due to the office floorplan, it was decided that a 9-hole course would work best. Some of the holes were a straight shot, some had turns and required banking, and one was in the shape of a horseshoe. A limited amount of materials were available for construction and so any elaborate elements were at the team’s expense.

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Nikki Arnold, Marcy Coffman, Chad DeRossett & Cheryll Schroth

Tournament day included a half-hour to set up the course, a course walk to vote on ‘Most Creative Design,’ lunch, and the tournament. The tournament was scored by team. Every team member present was required to participate by putting one hole. Balls, putters, and scorecards were provided.

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No tiebreaker this year—“Blockheads” won tournament play with a score of 19. The ‘Most Creative Hole Design’ went to “Top 5” (hole 5) for their musically themed hole. The sign on their guitar case reads “Unique Genius for Hire,” which ties into our company’s strengths based culture. On that note (pun intended), Team “Unique Geniuses 4 Goals” correlated the strengths into a winning football scene for their hole design. Cheryll Schroth brought up using strengths, and Chad DeRossett said that it could tie in with a sport that has goal. After a bit of brainstorming, the team came up with the football theme to connect using strengths to meet your goals. Each cheerleader is wearing a domain color (red, blue, gold, purple), the end zone is Holladay’s strengths sized by frequency in word art, and the “names” on the back of the football players’ jerseys are the five strengths that most relate to football lingo (adaptability, focus, competition, strategic, achiever).

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Tournament play winning team “Blockheads”
Laura Gomez, Ewing Smith, Deborah Kautz & Candalee Kumar

Special thanks to Holladay for providing lunch and giving its employees the opportunity to have such fun team building events!

From Maintenance to Management

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BY: CASSANDRA SPRIGG
SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR – SOUTH BEND, IN

Have you met our Portage Property Manager, Toby Ernsberger?

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Toby started with Holladay Properties in 2012, when his father-in-law introduced him to Director of Facilities, Eric Lindamood. With his previous experience in working with plumbing, electricity and construction, as well as landscape design, Eric hired Toby to be one of our South Bend maintenance technicians. In 2016, Toby, searching for an opportunity for career advancement, applied for Holladay’s open Property Manager position. His familiarity with the portfolio made him a natural fit for the job.

As a Commercial Property Manager, Toby is responsible for managing a portfolio consisting of over 1 million square feet of real estate, including commercial office, medical, and industrial space. He has been largely responsible for expanding our presence in 3rd party management throughout Northwest Indiana, and has recently, with the help of Assistant Property Manager, Amanda Macias, secured contracts for Landscaping and Snow Removal.  He has future plans to earn his Certified Property Manager accreditation through the Institute of Real Estate Management.

When not at Holladay, Toby owns Ernsberger Cleaning, a janitorial business, and runs a farm that produces eggs and maple syrup. He and his wife, Danielle, have four children, whom he coaches in basketball, baseball and football. With all of these things on his plate, Toby has become an expert at time management. Keep up the great work, Toby!

Hope for Today

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BY: Marcy Coffman
Executive Assistant/Office Manager – Nashville, TN

On February 23, twenty (20) Holladay in the Community volunteers arrived at the Nashville Rescue Mission Women’s Campus ready to give 25 hours of hope for today. The Mission staff split our team into two groups to work in the kitchen and the warehouse.

In the kitchen, the volunteers plated and served food to women and children in need as well as cleaned up the service area. In the warehouse, the group sorted, organized and shelved clothing donations for future distribution to women and children in need.

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In 1954, the Mission opened its doors to provide food, clothing and shelter to homeless men in the Nashville community. In 1968, the Mission expanded to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of homeless women and children. Nashville Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered community dedicated to providing hope for today, tomorrow and eternity to the hungry, homeless and hurting in Middle Tennessee.

The Mission serves close to 2,000 meals a day; that includes three hot meals, 365 days a year at two campuses. Each night, hundreds of men, women and children find a warm bed and safety from the streets at the Mission; they house an average of 800 people each night, which includes 25-85 children. The Mission also provides free clothing, showers, personal hygiene, education/training, counseling/spiritual encouragement as well as other programs to transform the lives of many.

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“It was so rewarding to serve the women and children of Nashville and to see the appreciation on their faces as well as in their words,” remarked Candalee Kumar, Lease Administration Manager and coordinator of the event. “Seeing how the community came together to provide food and clothing to those is need was inspiring!  As organizer of community events in the Nashville area, I can say that I am sure we will be back to assist this great organization again!”

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A Friendly IT Reminder

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BY: Bill Starkweather
IT Director – South Bend, IN

As a reminder, please keep the following items in mind:

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At the end of the work day, please close all of your applications, restart your computer, and leave it at the CTL+ALT+DEL screen. This will help with a couple of things:

  • In case of power loss, open unsaved files will not be lost.
  • In case of loss of connection to a database, users will not be locked out and require I/T to unlock.
  • Microsoft Windows operating system updates are installed in middle of night instead of when you turn your PC on the next day. This will help prevent excess network traffic occurring  thing in the morning as well and slowness on your computer while updates are being installed.

NOTE: If you are a laptop or tablet user, this does not apply to you unless your laptop is left in the office overnight. You will receive your updates the next time you attach to the network.

 

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Be mindful of the emails that you are opening. While our SPAM filter and AntiVirus software will capture harmful emails and email attachments, nothing is 100%.

  • Only open emails and attachments from a trusted source.
  • Upon receiving the SPAM quarantine email, think about whether you really need the email, 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 Information Technology.

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Be mindful of the internet sites you are accessing. Internet sites can contain harmful files and links. Please, only visit sites that you are familiar with or are from a reputable company. Downloads of files should be from a known site.

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These tips will help to keep our computers and network running safely, and efficiently.