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SAMANTHA O'DONNELL

 "I went from being just another employee at my former job to feeling like I belong to a family that legitimately cares about me and its business partners."
 
Samantha O'Donnell joined  the A-1 Orange Customer Service Team in August 2016, and she is often the voice answering our busy phones. According to Samantha, A-1 has "a great office staff to work with, and a great work environment. The business partners are amazing, many with long-term business partnerships with A-1."  She enjoys building new skills and learning about A-1 Orange, and that no two days are ever the same. Prior to coming to A-1 Orange, Samantha was an Admin Assistant/Receptionist at a law firm in downtown Orlando.
 
She was born in Akron, Ohio, but has lived in Florida most of her life. She is married and is the mother of three "fur babies," two Skye Terriers named Bella and Tali, and a Blue Tort Holland Lop dwarf bunny named Sweet Pea. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, getting lost in a good book, traveling, cooking, and eating (loves trying new restaurants and foods), and catching up on one of the many TV shows that she follows.

A-1 TEAM MEMBER
JANUARY ANNIVERSARIES!
(continuous employment)
Lindsey Bergdoll, 4 years
Mike Couture, 2 years
Bobby Dumas, 2 years
Eric Evans, 28 years
Robert Huffman, 2 years
Lee Lescallette, 1 year*
Ed Meza, 7 years
Willy Pauwels, 17 years*
Richard Straub, 1 year*
 
* Part-time
A-1'S HIGH-RISE PAINTERS
 AT WORK 
Decorative Steel Pipes Painted Grey, from Green, at Four (4) Entrances

One entrance BEFORE.

BEFORE close-up.

WORK-IN- PROGRESS close-up.

AFTER - WORK COMPLETED.
RECENT ROOF
EXPANSION JOINT REPAIRS
Before Repairs.

After Repairs.
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International Window Cleaning Association
From the Desk of...
Vickie Head,
President, A-1 Orange

January is a Welcome Time of 
New Beginnings and Goals. 

At A-1 Orange, Our #1 Goal is Always to Deliver the Best Customer Service.
 
Finally, our dry season! Did you spend a good deal of time last year dealing with urgent leak repairs and occupant issues/complaints caused by water intrusion? Carin Mack, A-1's Specialized Services Coordinator, has put together a list of five (5) reasons to address waterproofing sooner rather than later.  See article immediately below this column. If you need ammunition to make this a budget priority, she makes some great points!
 
Call your A-1 Customer Service Team Member or 1-800-874-6207, and we'll get you an estimate on your work quickly. If you have an estimate on waterproofing that is more than 30 days old, we may need to revise it for nominal material prices increases. Call or email Carin Mack ,   Terri McGee , or Kim Smalls today!

Does Your Building Have Ongoing Water Intrusion Issues?

Five Important Reasons 
to Prioritize Waterproofing!

Ongoing water intrusion can be costly, destructive, dangerous and unhealthy. Don't ignore your water problems, call today to schedule your waterproofing services or to get an estimate.
 
1. Prevent Loss of Rent. The last thing you want as a building owner is to have all or part of your property uninhabitable due to water leakage. Loss of rental income and reputation is more expensive than waterproofing.

2. Guard Against Electrical Safety Hazards. Water and electricity don't mix. If wiring is exposed to water leaks, there is a very real danger of fire or electrocution with resulting liability for any damages or injuries incurred by your tenants.

3. Protect Against Structural Damage. Water rots timbers, rusts metal, and causes a form of degradation known as concrete cancer. Destructive termites are also attracted to dampness. Long-term water damage can be a major structural disaster waiting to happen.

4. Avoid Threats to Tenant Health. Ongoing dampness causes mold, mildew and bacterial growth, and can make your building "sick". This can trigger allergic reactions and lead to serious illnesses. "Sick" buildings can become difficult to lease.

5. Prevent Pest/Hygiene Issues. Cockroaches, rats, mice and other pests are attracted to damp areas in a building, which not only poses a health risk for the occupants but also leads to ongoing extermination costs for the owner.


Lindsey Bergdoll, 
Business Development

A-1's Swag Mascot!
Happy New Year! 

As we are kicking off a new year, Ralph and I are hitting the road to visit our fantastic business partners who trust  A-1 Orange with their property maintenance all year long. We are looking forward to seeing our friends inside their buildings and out at upcoming luncheons and events!
 

A-1 Orange is Proud to Support 
Industry Groups  via Service on 
Boards & Committees!

I am looking forward to getting to know more members of our industry through: 
 
BOMA Orlando -
A-1 Orange is a proud to be a Penthouse Sponsor, again!
  • Alternate on the Board of Directors
  • Co-Chair, Networking Committee
  • Membership Committee Member
BOMA Jacksonville
  • Co-Chair, Membership Committee
  • Co-Chair, Networking Committee
BOMA Greater Tampa Bay
  • Membership Committee Member
IFMA Orlando
  • Board of Director
  • Member of the Social Committee
A-1 Orange Lunch & Learns...

include a FREE LUNCH and current information exterior building safety guidelines, OSHA safety practices, best maintenance programs/ practices, making sure your service contractor's work qualifies for waterproofing, paint, and sealing manufacturer warranties and more! We provide lunch and a brief, customized presentation (no longer than an hour in total) targeted to your staff's education needs. Please email me  if interested in scheduling an A-1 Lunch & Learn or for more info.
 
I am looking forward to another fantastic year of growth and development and making new friends along the way. Bring on 2017!

 
Proud Members:


January 2017
JANUARY
PROPERTY MANAGER PRIORITY CHECKLIST:
Water intrusion and damage is costly and dangerous. 

Schedule an A-1 Orange Lunch & Learn: Free lunch and educational program targeted to your needs! (See Lindsey's Line-up)

Did you know that A-1 Orange also does Exterior Building Painting? See the beautiful before & after pics in this newsletter!
PROPERTY PROFESSIONAL
PERSPECTIVE:

Christie Crosby, RPA
Senior Property Manager,
Piedmont Office Realty Trust

Since October 2015, Christie has been responsible for all aspects of management of SunTrust Center. She was previously with  Manulife/ John Hancock, Colonial Properties Trust, and Dunhill Management Corp. Like many other people, property management "found" Chris-tie. While working as a bank teller in college, an owner of a local commercial real estate company asked if she wanted a job, which led to office manager and then to leading agent for a commer-cial real estate company. This all led to the chal-lenging, wonderful field of property management.

Q  What is the last major project you finished on a building?
A:  A complete overhaul of a complex electrical system serving our building.
 
Q: What is your top concern today or this month?
A:  Doing the best that I can to uphold the values of the company that I work for "Adding Value Through Stewardship," while serving my building tenants to the best of my ability.
 
Q:  Do you have any resolutions for the new year?
A: To be kinder, simplify my life, learn Spanish, drink more water (to name a few).
 
Christie grew up on the Florida Space Coast. She enjoys cooking, shopping, hanging out with family and friends. A graduate of UCF, her favorite sports teams are the UCF Knights and the Florida Gators. 
HAPPY JANUARY
 BIRTHDAYS! 
A-1 Friends & Family
   
Deepak Narula, 1/4
Paul Rippelmeyer, 1/5
William Pajak, 1/9
Joshua Perry, 1/9
Gamaliel Velazquez, 1/14
Melissa Hazlewood, 1/14
Traci Konowal, 1/14
Shawn Casey, 1/20
Rosie Couture, 1/20
Shannon Head, 1/20
Isaac Machado, 1/25
Chris Charbonneau, 1/31

Want to be included in our monthly birthday callout?

Send your birthday to lbergdoll@a1orange.com.
#FUNWITHA1
Buffalo Wild Wings
Citrus Bowl, Dec. 31


UPCOMING EVENTS
Tuesday, January 10:
IREM Jacksonville Luncheon
 
Wednesday, January 11:
BOMA Orlando Breakfast
A-1 Orange is a Penthouse Sponsor again this year for BOMA Orlando!
 
Tuesday, January 24:
BOMA Jacksonville Luncheon
 
Wednesday, January 25:
BOMA Greater Tampa Bay Luncheon
 
Thursday, February 2:
IMFA Orlando Chili Cook-Off