Thursday, April 27, 2017

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Travel Blogger Highlights Afternoon Tea at The Ballantyne

Leigh Hines, a North Carolina-based lifestyle and travel blogger, shared her afternoon tea experience at The Ballantyne on her blog, Hines-Sight. Leigh shares pictures of the display, her favorite food pairings and information on the upcoming Mother’s Day Tea. View more on the Hines-Sight blog.

Try It! Tuesday: Eat Clean

Take on the challenge for our last week of Try It! Tuesdays! This week, try eating clean by 1) shopping whole foods around the perimeter of most grocery stores, 2) trying out your green thumb by growing your own healthy foods or supporting and buying from a local farmer's market, and 3) avoiding processed foods, trans fats, and foods with added sugar and high sodium.

Tip: Avoid processed foods by avoiding boxes, bags and cans. Likely if it is packaged in one of these three ways, the original nutrition has been removed and replaced with less healthy ingredients. Learn more tips for avoiding processed foods from

Share your tips and photos of your participation in the challenge with us!

Wilson's World Live from Ballantyne's Earth Day Event

Rising's Wilson's World was out at The Brixham Tent early on April 20 to highlight some of the vendors and recycling opportunities at our Earth Day event. View the video!

Vote for The Ballantyne in Conde Nast Reader's Choice Awards

Vote for The Ballantyne for the 2017 Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Awards! We encourage you to share the opportunity with family, friends and clients. The survey will be live until July 1. We appreciate your support.


DATE: April 17, 2017
TO:  Ballantyne Employees
FROM: Peter Grills, General Manager, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
RE: Wendy Feldblum

Wendy Feldblum

I am pleased to share that Wendy Feldblum has joined The Ballantyne as director of finance. With more than 20 years of financial experience in the hospitality industry working with a variety of global brands and ownership groups, Wendy brings the ideal skillset to the position. Her strong background is complemented by her seven-year tenure with Northwood Hospitality. As director of finance, Wendy will oversee all aspects of financial management for Northwood’s Ballantyne hotel portfolio. Wendy’s start date is Monday, April 24.

Most recently, Wendy was director of finance at Naples Grande Beach Resort. In this role, she led and executed all accounting responsibilities. Wendy also was director of finance at the Revere Hotel Boston Common.

Before joining Northwood, Wendy served as controller at Raleigh Marriott Center City. In addition, she worked as controller for Hilton San Diego Mission Valley and Sheraton Music City. Earlier in her career, Wendy was controller at Hampton Inn Boston Logan Airport and director of finance at Radisson Inn of Bristol.

Wendy began her career with Marriott. She served as director of finance at the Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa and Springfield Marriott Hotel. Wendy also was assistant controller at the Santa Clara Marriott and Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Tennis Club.

Originally from Charlton, Mass., Wendy earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Worcester State College. She always knew she wanted to work in hospitality and began her career as a fourteen-year-old at Publick House Historic Inn in Sturnbridge, Mass. In her free time, Wendy enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her two senior rescue pugs.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Wendy!

The Spa at Ballantyne Voted Best Local Spa

The Spa at Ballantyne received a Gold Daisy Award for Best Local Spa by readers of South Charlotte Macaroni Kid, a popular weekly newsletter and website focused on fun family events and information in the greater Charlotte area. Congratulations to the Spa team!

Congratulations to our Final 2016 Franchise Player Winners!

Staybridge Suites:
Peggy Lane
Phyllis Obasi
Raquel Barajas
Carmen Camacho

Dana Radar Golf School: 
Doug Breuer

Ballantyne Business Center:
Christina Olmstead
Kathryn Frias

Craig Shaw
Chris Thomas
Ja'nese Stradford
Rosa Fernandez
Ian Rhodes
Amy Putnam
Jimmie Wade
Pamela Steele

Courtyard by Marriott:
Betty Clyburn
Faye Best

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge:
Liana Gadzhiyeva
Kelly Snyder
Donna Orellana
Cynthia Gregg
Arlexis Lancacho Mendez
Amanda Persaud
Elizabeth Casserly
Ashley Hall
Noelle Gogg
Brian Schleicher
Melinda Plavnicky
Rick Cammer
Angela Truesdale
Lori Adler
Jonathan Grab

Bissell Corporate:

Elan Harrison
Chad Olmstead
Annette Siverling
Tim Roadcap
Phil Riggins
Michael Beste
Jill Ott
Blair Prentice
Arlene Grace
Dmitry Nerdinsky
Kevin Fry
Kathy Lindsey



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