Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Get to Know Northwood

Get to know Julie Cole, master teaching professional at Ballantyne Golf Academy.

How long have you been with Northwood?
21 years

What’s your favorite thing about working for Northwood?
Northwood provides great benefits to its employees.

Where is your hometown?
Findlay, Ohio

Describe your perfect day. 
Start the day walking my two dogs, ride my bike to the beach and hang out until 2 p.m. Next, ride my bike to a pool and swim a half-mile and then relax with wine and a fabulous dinner.

Where is one place you would like to travel/vacation? 
I would love to tour Italy.

What’s something someone would be surprised to know about you?  
I love to cook and garden.

What brings you joy? 
I am fortunate for over 25 years to love what I do as a teaching professional, and it brings great joy to see all of my students improve whether they are just learning the game, winning a golf tournament, getting a college scholarship or shooting their best score.

Favorite guilty pleasure? 
No one who knows me will be surprised by this – I like wine!

What’s your go-to song to get pumped up?
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper

Favorite guilty pleasure? 
Reality TV

What’s your go-to song for walking into a room?
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper


Staybridge Suites Launches Local Website

Staybridge Suites Charlotte Ballantyne unveiled a local website to help increase property awareness and to specifically target weekend business. Check out the site.


The Ballantyne Recognized Again by The Knot

Congratulations to The Ballantyne on winning The Knot Best of Weddings 2018! It’s the ultimate stamp of approval from couples.



DATE: November 16, 2017
TO:  Northwood Ballantyne Employees
FROM: Bob Frost, Executive Vice President, Northwood Hospitality
RE: Rebecca Whitmarsh

Rebecca Whitmarsh

Please join us in congratulating Rebecca Whitmarsh on her well-deserved promotion to the position of Area Director of Operations – Charlotte, Select Service. In her new role, Rebecca will continue to be the general manager of the Aloft with the oversight and responsibility of leading and supporting the general managers and property teams at the Courtyard and Staybridge Suites. Rebecca will report directly to Javier Rosenberg.

Rebecca has been the general manager of Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne since 2013. Prior to that, she was the assistant general manager at Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne from 2009 – 2013. Rebecca joined Bissell Hotels as a sales manager at the Courtyard in 2006, where she also rose to the position of director of sales in 2008 until her move to Aloft in 2009. Prior to joining the Courtyard, Rebecca was a sales manager at Hilton Lake Placid Resort. Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in Montreal and also holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from UNC at Charlotte.

In 2013, Rebecca was named Aloft General Manager of the Year! Under her leadership, the hotel has earned a number of accolades including multiple Top Guest Loyalty Score of the Year awards, Starwood Preferred Guest Hotel of the Year award and several others as evidence of her ability to lead a team to success. This along with her strong financial results and focus on her team members has made this promotion a natural one for this next phase of her career with us.

Congratulations, Rebecca! We look forward to your continued success with Northwood.

The Spa at Ballantyne Unveils New Menu

The Spa at Ballantyne has unveiled a menu that promotes overall health and sustainability. New outcome-driven treatments include Custom Massage Therapy, Stress Relief Therapy and Second Youth Facial, complemented by mainstays such as The Spa’s signature Carolina Lavender services featuring locally-sourced lavender. All services are designed to provide an experience, sense of place and noticeable results. View the news release.

Stop “Porch Pirates” During the Holidays

Millions of packages are being delivered to front porches across America, and unfortunately at least 23 million packages will be stolen this holiday season. 

ADT provides some tips to protect your packages:

  • Have the package delivered to your work place or to a trusted neighbor who will be at home during the day
  • Choose a shipping option that requires you to sign for delivery or track the delivery status online so you can be home when the package arrives
  • Some retailers or shipping companies even offer text messages that alert you when items have been delivered
  • If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, report the theft or loss to the retailer, the shipping company and police




DATE: November 10, 2017
TO:  Northwood Ballantyne Employees
FROM: Ned Curran, President, Northwood Office
RE: Tom Pizzo

Tom Pizzo

I am pleased to share that Tom Pizzo has been named Executive Vice President at Northwood Office.

Tom’s extensive expertise, approachable management style, flexibility and unwavering commitment to the success of Ballantyne make him an incredible asset to our team. He has been a reliable player in both good and challenging times. The Northwood Investors team has been equally impressed with Tom’s leadership and is excited about his new role.

His new title recognizes the respected rank he holds within the Northwood organization and is reflective of our confidence in Tom’s ability to oversee operations as we continue to evolve Ballantyne and expand our platform.

Please join me in congratulating Tom on his well-deserved promotion! 

Hailey Rorie Wins Award at YMCA Dinner

Hailey Rorie, community director at Northwood Office, received the 2017 Time Volunteer Award at the Morrison Family YMCA’s 14th annual Time, Talent and Treasure Recognition Dinner on November 9. Hailey was honored for her ongoing efforts to celebrate, support and participate in the work the Y does across our great community. Congratulations, Hailey!


Hailey is pictured with her husband, Will Rorie.


Support Our Virtual Food Drive!

Help fight hunger in our region throughout this month by supporting the Ballantyne Virtual Food Drive benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Instead of our physical collection of food items, we encourage online donations to maximize our impact and offer resources for healthier food. Thank you in advance for your support!


Aloft Team Participates in Fun Race

The Aloft Talent Coaches completed the Insane Inflatable 5K on November 4. Everyone had a great time and made it across the finish line. It was a great way to focus on a wellness activity while having a blast along the way.

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