Amanda Domalewski, Cassandra Sprigg, Cassie Sprigg, Diane Sopcynszki, Holladay Properties, Holladay Property Services Midwest, Kathy Williams, Kit Suhovecky, Manette Tepe, Maureen Johnson, Nora Wiseman, potluck, South Bend, Team Building, Tim Baker
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.”
Left to Right: Kathy Williams, Nora Wiseman and Cassie Sprigg
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.
Left to Right: Manette Tepe, Maureen Johnson, Tim Baker, Diane Sopczynski, Cassie Sprigg and Amanda Domalewski
We can’t wait for our next potluck: Cinco de Mayo!
By: Cassandra Sprigg
Social Media Coordinator – South Bend, IN
They say the average American gains about five pounds over the holiday season. To encourage employees to make healthier choices over the holidays, our South Bend office sponsored a “Hold the Stuffing” Challenge. From November 27, 2017 to January 5, 2018, employees who chose to participate were challenged to lose or maintain their current weight, and perform a designated physical activities throughout the holidays.
The rules were:
- Complete the initial weigh-in between November 27 – 29 with Office Manager and Executive Assistant, Amanda Domalewski.
- Lose, maintain, or not gain more than 3 pounds through January 5.
- Walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day for 3 days, or do 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 times during the week of December 10 – 16.
- Complete a final weigh-in between January 5 – 8.
On January 18, after compiling all of the weigh-in and physical challenge data, the participants that took part in the challenge gathered together for a small awards ceremony. Those who were successful in meeting the “Hold the Stuffing” Challenge requirements were rewarded with a $50 Visa giftcard.
“I love that my company cares about their employees’ health,” Property Manager Samantha Hale posted to social media, shortly after the ceremony.
The next weight-loss challenge, the “Biggest Winner,” kicked off Monday, January 15. Good luck to our participants! Let’s keep Holladay healthy!
Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County, Cassandra Sprigg, Cassie Sprigg, Gary Stump, Holladay Properties, Holladay Property Services Midwest, Jim Laskowski, John Phair, Kit Suhovecky, Kroc Center, LaSalle Elementary School, Lauren Quiett, Salvation Army, South Bend, Toys for Tots
By: Cassandra Sprigg
Social Media Coordinator – South Bend, IN
The spirit of giving has always been rich at Holladay Properties. This is especially true during the Christmas season. For the past few years, we have held raffles to raise money for local charities, collected groceries and items of necessity for pantries, and collected monetary donations for our communities during our annual holiday party. This year, under the encouragement of company President, John Phair, the South Bend office will be doing things a bit differently.
On Tuesday, December 19th, we will be sponsoring at Day of Service. Employees will be able to participate in any one or all of the following ways, by:
- Donating an unwrapped gift for a child up to age 12 for Toys for Tots.
- Distributing donations to families in need for the Salvation Army.
- Hosting a Christmas party for the Boys & Girls Club at LaSalle Elementary School, a Holladay holiday tradition.
Over the past week, the office has collected several toys for the Toys for Tots drive. Those who have chosen to participate in the distribution will be at the Kroc Center from 12:00 – 5:00 PM on the Day of Service, working with the Salvation Army to hand out the collected toys, food, and other necessities to 2,000 people in need in St. Joseph County. Just under half of the South Bend office staff have signed up to participate in this event, with some also volunteering for the Boys & Girls Club Christmas Party.
At the Boys & Girls Club Christmas Party, volunteers will distribute pizza, sing carols, build marshmallow snowmen and gingerbread houses, play holiday bingo, and participate in a Reindeer Relay with students from LaSalle Elementary School. The event seeks to bring Christmas cheer to children whose families might not have the means to celebrate the holiday at home. 21 Holladay volunteers will be participating at the event from 3:30 – 5:30 PM on December 19th, our largest group yet!
As John recently stated, “While our Holladay holiday party is on Thursday, December 21st, we also want to take time out to remember the true meaning of Christmas – giving to others.” By giving back to the community, the employees of Holladay Properties truly demonstrate a commitment to excellence.
On Thursday, May 26th, Holladay Properties and Holladay Construction Groups’s South Bend offices hosted an event to celebrate the beginning of construction on the 165,000 square foot Ontario Building. As the sun soared over the impressive steel structure, guests enjoyed light hors d’oeuvres, remarks from Holladay Properties’ President & CEO, John Phair, and a tour of the build site. All who attended were encouraged to sign a beam that was on display, thereby leaving a permanent mark on the structure. Please, enjoy the pictures from the event, below.
Construction of the 165,000 square foot building began in April of this year by Holladay Construction Group, LLC and will be completed by the end of the year. The Ontario Building is the newest multi-tenant flex/industrial facility located at AmeriPlex at Interstate 80/90 in South Bend.
“We are pleased and excited to be hosting this event and drawing attention to our successful AmeriPlex project,” said Holladay Properties Senior Vice President and Partner, Paul Phair. “This new facility is coming at a time of accelerated growth and progress at the park, following the expansion last year of Hubbel/RACO and the construction of new facilities for Chase Plastics and FedEx.”
AmeriPlex at Interstate 80/90 is a 200-acre mixed use development project on the City’s northwest side near the South Bend Regional Airport, approximately one mile from the intersection of Interstate 80/90 and US Highway 31. The business park, which broke ground in 2006, will contain over 1 Million square feet of space by the end of 2016. The new facility is designed for use by distribution and manufacturing users and is partially pre-leased to a national tenant.
The Ontario Building features a pre-engineered building structure that exceeds the requirements of the new Indiana Energy Code, as well as T-5 fluorescent lighting, municipal water and sewer, an ESFR fire protection system and T-1 fiber optic telecommunications. Newmark, Grubb, Cressy & Everett is in charge of leasing the remaining 90,000 square feet available in the facility.
(South Bend, Ind.) – Al Lusk is a Senior Project Manager for Holladay Construction Group, LLC. Mr. Lusk is actively involved in the local Kiwanis group where he has served as President for nearly six years. Kiwanis International is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Here is what Mr. Lusk had to say about his community group:I first joined Kiwanis in 2008. Our local Kiwanis group is called the Potawatomi Club and we are one of seven (7) clubs within the Michiana area. I became President in 2010 and still hold that position.
The reason why I became active in Kiwanis is that this service group focuses on helping children and young adults.The Potawatomi Club sponsors several local groups such as Hope Rescue Mission, YWCA, Reins of Life, Camp Mill House, The Homeless Shelter, St. Margret’s House, Memorial Hospital, and Riley’s Children Hospital. We also team up St Mary’s College as they are one of the biggest colleges in the United States that supports Kiwanis.
Each year, our club raises money to support these groups by holding an annual walk-a-thon the second week in August. With the support of local individuals and companies, we are able to raise about $6,000 annually. We also participate in helping out the needy by volunteering. For the past 8 years, I have dressed up as the Easter Bunny and our club visits local hospitals and nursing homes.
If you or someone you know is interested in supporting the Potawatomi Club or becoming a member, you can contact President Al Lusk by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.