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DATE: June 20, 2018
TO:  Ballantyne Employees
FROM: Alan Grant, Director of Front Office, The Ballantyne
RE: JR Renirie

JR Renirie

Please join me in congratulating JR Renirie on his well-deserved promotion to Assistant Front Office Manager.

JR joined our team as a bellman last year and quickly grew to love and appreciate the night audit process due to his background in marketing research and knowledge in spreadsheets and reporting. In his most recent role as night auditor, he became a leader and key performer in restructuring the training and auditing process for the front office and the implementation of the HOP report for the entire hotel to better our interdepartmental communication. For many reasons, we are excited to share his promotion and look forward to seeing his continued leadership in the front office.

As most of you already know he enjoys spreadsheets, but during his spare time, he loves spending time with his family and planning his sailing trips across the Atlantic!

We are as excited as he is to continue to improve the delivery of service and look forward to seeing the changes through his leadership.

John Barton Featured in Charlotte Business Journal

Northwood Office President John Barton sat down with Charlotte Business Journal to share more about his background in commercial real estate and his areas of focus for the platform. Read the interview.

Chef Garrett Merck to Compete in NCRLA NC Chef Showdown

We're excited to cheer on Executive Chef Garrett Merck representing Gallery Restaurant as he competes in the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association - NCRLA NC Chef Showdown regional semi-finals next week. If he wins, he'll compete in August against North Carolina's other 20 best chefs. Let's go, Chef Garrett!

Ballantyne Magazine Receives Award of Excellence

Congratulations to Ballantyne Magazine for winning an Award of Excellence in the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) 2018 Communicator Awards! The Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work for print, video, interactive and audio. Take a look at the new summer issue online or pick up a copy at your location.


DATE: June 19, 2018
TO:  Ballantyne Employees
FROM: Chris Shatto, director of food & beverage, The Ballantyne
RE: Scott Daniel

Scott Daniel

I am pleased to share that Scott Daniel has been named director of restaurants and bars at The Ballantyne. With more than 25 years of experience in fine dining, Scott brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the role.

As director of restaurants and bars, Scott will direct and coordinate operations of the hotel’s food and beverage departments. He will be responsible for upholding fine quality standards and ensuring guest satisfaction, as well as overseeing service staff.

Scott most recently served as general manager at BLT Steak Charlotte. Before that, he was general manager & wine director for Blue Restaurant & Bar. During his 10-year tenure with Blue, he helped open and operate its sister restaurants, Blue, Table, Osso and Eight. Scott gained extensive experience at each location managing wine & beverage programs, including creating a 950+ bottle wine list at Blue that received Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence.

Earlier in his career, he held several roles ranging from wine/beverage to corporate trainer over a 10-year span with Bistro 100/Levy Restaurant.

Originally from Richmond, VA, Scott studied English at UNC Greensboro and UNC Charlotte.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Scott!


DATE: June 18, 2018
TO:  Northwood Office Employees
FROM: Michael Beste, Property Manager
RE: Matthew Rogers

Matthew Rogers

I am excited to share that Matthew Rogers has joined Northwood Office as a property assistant. Matthew will work with the property management team to support the building portfolio while providing exceptional service to tenants and meeting organizational objectives.

Matthew most recently worked as a territory development representative at NAVEX Global in Charlotte. In this role, he worked to identify, develop and retain clients. Before joining NAVEX Global, Matthew interned at Lincoln Harris in Charlotte. It was during his time at Lincoln Harris he decided to make property management his career.

Matthew completed his finance degree at Western Carolina University. A native of Charlotte, he enjoys spending time outside with his wife, Amy, and their two dogs.

Please join me in welcoming Matthew to the Northwood Office team!


DATE: June 18, 2018
TO:  Northwood Hospitality Employees
FROM: Amy Putnam, Assistant General Manager, Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne
RE: Ponce Greene

Ponce Greene

I am excited to announce that Ponce Greene has joined the Northwood Hospitality Family at Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne as the new Refresh Manager. Ponce will be responsible for the daily operations and management of the refresh department and team. He will use his extensive knowledge and passion for housekeeping to continue the Aloft’s history of high scores in cleanliness.

Previously, Ponce was at the Aloft Uptown as the Refresh Supervisor. Prior to the Aloft Uptown, Ponce worked at Krispy Kreme as a Franchise Consultant after working as a Traveling and Training General Manager. Due to his previous experience, Ponce has a strong knowledge of guest relations and a deep understanding of inventory and costing.

In his spare time, Ponce likes to travel to exotic places such as South Africa, play with his 5-year-old son, Austin, and chocolate lab, Rex, and play sports like football.

Please join us in welcoming Ponce to the Aloft team!


DATE: June 11, 2018
TO:  Northwood Office Employees
FROM: Rhonda Walcott, Vice President & Controller
RE: Christina Liotta

Christina Liotta

I am excited to share that Christina Liotta has joined Northwood Office as a property accountant. In her new role, Christina will work with the property accountant team to ensure day-to-day activities and standard procedures are carried out properly and achieve organizational objectives.

With more than five years of experience, Christina most recently worked as a staff accountant at Fairfield Properties in Melville, NY. In this role, she handled accounting functions for a portfolio of more than fifty properties.

Before joining Fairfield Properties, Christina was a staff accountant at CSC Service Works in Plainview, NY. She began her career as a junior accountant with Heartbeat Ideas in New York City.

Christina completed her accounting degree at SUNY Old Westbury in Westbury, NY. Christina enjoys traveling, baking and spending time with her family, friends and dog Reese. She recently moved to Charlotte from her hometown of Port Jefferson, NY.

Please join me in welcoming Christina to the Northwood Office team!

The Spa at Ballantyne Featured in Charlotte Agenda

The Spa at Ballantyne was featured in Charlotte Agenda’s list of springtime spa treatments for its Mineral Exfoliating Blueberry Bliss Facial and Southern Sweet Tea treatments.

Northwood Office Welcomes John Barton as President

We are pleased to share that John Barton has joined Northwood Office as president. He joins us with 23 years of experience in commercial real estate as a principal, intermediary, lender and lawyer. Most recently, John served as managing director and co-head of HFF’s Office Investment Advisory Group in Atlanta, where he handled sales of office buildings in the Southeast. Before joining HFF, John served as senior vice president and managing director of Parkway Properties, where he was responsible for the company’s Atlanta and Philadelphia markets. During his 16-year career at Parkway, he was directly involved in all aspects of asset management, including leasing, operations and joint ventures in multiple Sunbelt and Mid-Atlantic markets.

Ned Curran is continuing to stay involved in an advisory capacity as CEO Emeritus. View the announcement.

The Ballantyne Featured in Carolina Bride

A beautiful fall wedding at The Lodge at Ballantyne was featured in Carolina Bride's wedding story section. View the feature.

Lodge Wedding

Northwood Retail Launches Website Redesign

Northwood Retail has launched the redesign of its website, We hope you enjoy the new look!

The Peloton Bike Now Available at Aloft

Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne has added The Peloton Bike to Re:Charge, its 24/7 fitness center. The Peloton allows in-house guests to enjoy live studio cycling with world class instructors and live on-demand classes. It offers a total immersive experience with an interactive touchscreen.

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