Inch by Inch

Pheasant Run Resort has been busy sowing the seeds for success and we're delighted that those efforts are beginning to pay off. On Thursday, February 8th at the Chicago Mart Plaza, several Artists from Pheasant Run Resort were recognized by Hostmark Hospitality Group for outstanding achievements in 2017.

 Left to Right: Lisa K. Adams, Hal Barth, France Langan, Sergio Huerta. Not pictured: Bruce Miller & Nick Kolb.

Left to Right: Lisa K. Adams, Hal Barth, France Langan, Sergio Huerta. Not pictured: Bruce Miller & Nick Kolb.

At its 2018 Leadership Conference, Hostmark Hospitality Group awarded Artists from across the country for excellence in their fields. 

From Pheasant Run Resort, Lisa K. Adams, Marketing Manager, received the SMART Artist of the Year Award. Hal Barth was nominated for Director of Sales & Marketing of the Year. France Langan received the Full Service General Manager of the Year Award. And Sergio Huerta, our Pheasant Run Artist of the Year, won the Regional Artist of the Year Award.

Although not in attendance, we were thrilled to also celebrate for Bruce Miller who won the Food & Beverage Director of the Year Award and Nick Kolb, awarded the Engineer of the Year.

Congratulations also go to Patricia Quinn, nominated for Director of Human Resources of the Year and Debbie Fields, nominated for Director of Catering of the Year.

It's been an amazing year at Pheasant Run Resort and we're excited to see what's in store for 2018. Ready, Set, Grow!

Showing Off Our Artists

We have so many great artists working at The Abbey who love to have fun, that we just have to share it! Last year, the masterminds in our Human Resources department teamed up with the creative geniuses in our Marketing department to create a video for Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling" challenge. We had so much fun making it that we had to do another one for 2017. 

Our August Associate Party was the perfect time to premier the video and let the artists view the video before anyone else. No movie viewing is complete without popcorn and candy, so the HR Department and our talented culinary/banquets team put together the ultimate in showtime snacks: popcorn, candy, pizza, pretzels, brownies, french fries, hot dogs, and more! Upon entering the room, some of our associates had their pictures taken on the red carpet, while others were interviewed by Adrienne. "Who are you wearing?"  "Abbey Uniform Department."

Once everyone was in, had their food, and were seated, the party began. The Associate of the Month was announced, raffle prizes were drawn, and the video introduced. The crowd was full of smiles and laughs as they saw themselves and their co-workers having such a great time at The Abbey.

Now that you've seen the exciting lead in, here's the video for you to watch. We can't wait to see what our next video project brings!

Feeding Our Hungry Neighbors

Our Promise Committee set out to connect with a charity in our community and we found the Northern IL Food Bank nearly right in our back yard. 

We quickly were able to create an online donation site to encourage our guests and employees to donate funds to our cause. We created informational pieces on our website to help promote the food bank and provide valuable team building opportunities for our meetings and conventions. Every little bit helps. Did you know that they can provide $8 of food for every $1 donated? That's amazing!

 Excited to get going!  Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

Excited to get going!  Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

We wanted to get out there and get involved ourselves and so we formed a group to volunteer for a shift at the warehouse packing food. When we arrived we were given a brief orientation about the food bank and the good work they do and then we got down to work!

 Patricia Quinn (Director of HR) & Brittany Norris (Catering Sales Manager) help box up 36 pounds of bologna! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

Patricia Quinn (Director of HR) & Brittany Norris (Catering Sales Manager) help box up 36 pounds of bologna! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

It's amazing how people from all different parts of the hotel can come together as a team to get the job done, jumping in where needed! We're used to seeing this around Pheasant Run. 

 Dan Murray (Golf/Grounds Superintendent) & Nick Kolb (Chief Engineer) were pros with the boxes! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

Dan Murray (Golf/Grounds Superintendent) & Nick Kolb (Chief Engineer) were pros with the boxes! Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

The three-hour shift seemed to fly by as we quickly completed three projects for the food bank that day. All in all (with a little help from another organization working alongside us), we packaged 24,042 pounds of food, providing 20,035 meals for hungry neighbors in Northern Illinois!

 Lisa K. Adams (Marketing Manager) & Mathias Dalbera (Director of Revenue) place labels on bologna before boxing it up. Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

Lisa K. Adams (Marketing Manager) & Mathias Dalbera (Director of Revenue) place labels on bologna before boxing it up. Photo courtesy of the Northern IL Food Bank.

All in all, it was three hours well spent! We added our names to the giant name tag ball representing the thousands of previous volunteers who have passed through this warehouse. We encourage you to get out there and do the same!

 Top Left to Right: Lisa K. Adams, Berenice Cruz (Administrative Assistant), Brittany Norris, Saida Cisneros (Director of Housekeeping), Patricia Quinn. Bottom Left to Right: Nick Kolb, Mathias Dalbera, Dan Murray. Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

Top Left to Right: Lisa K. Adams, Berenice Cruz (Administrative Assistant), Brittany Norris, Saida Cisneros (Director of Housekeeping), Patricia Quinn. Bottom Left to Right: Nick Kolb, Mathias Dalbera, Dan Murray. Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

   Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.

  Photo courtesy of Saida Cisneros.