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Meet the Manager: Jamie Couzens

Jamie (in maroon) pictured here with members of our Chicago team at a recent coffee talk.

Jamie (in maroon) pictured here with members of our Chicago team at a recent coffee talk.

Since joining our team nearly two years ago, Jamie has made her mark managing both our Chicago and Baltimore offices! Stationed in Chicago, Jamie has been instrumental in the company opening up our first Midwest office. Her introduction on this blog is long overdue! Meet Jamie here!

1. How long have you been working with At Your Service? Nearly two years ago!

2. Where did you grow up? Attica, Michigan

3. What’s your Alma Mater? Michigan State University, home to the Spartans

4. If you had to work in any other industry, which would it be and why? I would own my own business...Bed & Breakfast or a Used Bookstore with a Café inside!

5. What attracted you to the hospitality industry? I love making other people happy. Adding little touches and personalizing their experiences.

6. What is your favorite part of working with At Your Service? Seeing an event from start to finish when it comes to staffing. Feeling rewarded when the client emails or calls you to say that everyone was excellent!

7. What do you do outside of work? Travel! I love taking solo trips in far away countries.

8. Which is your favorite AYS location to visit? DC...probably because I trained there and it feels like my second AYS home!

9. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? My next trip is going to be to Spain or Croatia. I want to soak up the sun and ocean in both locations and the History!

10. What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day of work? Glass of wine and some DVR or cooking/baking my meals for the week.

11. What advice would you give a new AYS manager? To not stress the small stuff. Things are going to go wrong, but it is how you recover and handle it that counts!

12. What advice would you give to a new field staff member? Follow the motto...Attitude is everything. Our clients are looking for people that are professional, kind and willing to go above and beyond.

To work with Jamie and our Chicago and Baltimore teams, click here.

Posted on May 30, 2019 .

Client Spotlight: Notre Dame of MD

Our Baltimore based management team recently sat down with our client, Dana, at Notre Dame to learn a bit more about what things are like on the other side of the industry and why she likes working with AYS! That conversation is shared below.

How did you get into the hospitality industry?  I have always enjoyed cooking and being around food since I was young.  When I was in college, I saw an opportunity for a marketing internship with a catering company.  It sounded like my dream job!  I applied, got the position, and have continued to work in hospitality industry for five years now.

What do you find most rewarding about the industry?  Hearing about a guests experience is the most rewarding aspect for me.  I enjoy hearing what we did well, and what we can improve on next time.  The best part is being able to go back to my team and share the positive feedback with them. 

What is the most important attribute you look for when hiring staff?  The most important attribute I look for when hiring staff is an upbeat and positive attitude.  At SAGE, we tell our staff that a smile is part of their uniform.  There are times when our job gets stressful, and having staff who stay positive and upbeat is key to an events success. 

What is your favorite part about working with AYS?  My favorite part about working with AYS is always knowing what to expect.  AYS provides quality, hard working and reliable staff for each and every event.  Many of their servers have grown to feel like part of our team here at NDMU. We are very grateful for them!

To work with the same Baltimore based team that Dana does, click here. 

Posted on April 27, 2017 .

Ten Reasons Why: We Love Baltimore

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Here at AYS, we list Baltimore as one of our five homes. Therefore, for those of us not local to Baltimore, our thoughts have been with Baltimore all week. In celebration of this, and the city we hold so dear to our hearts, we give you this list – Ten Reasons Why: We Love Baltimore.

1.       Our Team: We may be biased, but we believe that At Your Service Staffing has the best team in the business. Our field staff and their dedication to our clients and to each other is unparalleled in our industry. Our team in Baltimore is no exception. With many staff members having known each other before joining the AYS staff, our Baltimore team is one big family. And, whether you join the team as a manager or a staff member, you are quick to be brought into the fold.

2.       The View: Whether it be the stunning view from our office building or the picturesque water landscape that walks with you downtown, Baltimore has so much beauty to offer. Between watching the boats in the harbor and taking in the scene from the Hyatt, there is so much that meets the eye in Maryland’s largest city.

3.       The Accommodations: When you go to plan a trip to Baltimore, you will notice there is no shortage of options for hotels. Whether you are looking to splurge or to budget, Baltimore has so many places you can lay your head. With accommodations for both those looking for a tried and true option or a more modern hotel, Baltimore really does have something for everyone. (And may we recommend breakfast at the Hyatt Regency – a delicious and satisfying way to start your day!)

4.       Camden Yards: We may have a team full of Sox, Yankees and Mets fans, but even the biggest Bostonian of us all cannot deny that Camden Yards is one of the best ball parks in America. Not only is Oriole Park a great place to watch a baseball game, but the surrounding food and beverage options make Camden a beautiful place to spend a summer night.

5.       The Seafood: From Phillips to Bubba Gump’s, Baltimore is not lacking for seafood restaurant options. And from what we have noticed, you really can’t go wrong! That is, unless you leave the city without trying the signature crab. But, who would ever really do that!

6.       Inner Harbor: As the home of our first office in Baltimore, Inner Harbor has a special place in our hearts! And though we may be biased, we think that anyone who visits Baltimore would agree! With the Aquarium, Pier Six and countless shops and restaurants packed into the seaport area, Inner Harbor always offers something new to do. And we love it!

7.       M&T Bank Stadium: Okay, so our love of M&T Bank Stadium may have something to do with the Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z concert we took in there as a management team during our 2013 Summer Conference, but it is still a stadium to see nonetheless! And with the Ravens picks in the draft over the weekend, we can imagine that their fans will have some great football to watch there soon!

8.       The Restaurants: So we’ve talked about the crab and the Hyatt breakfast, but we couldn’t make a Top 10 list about Baltimore without giving a shout out to the number of amazing restaurants in the area. Fell’s Point and Federal Hill are just some of Baltimore’s neighborhoods offering their own unique selection of food and nightlife. No matter what kind of food and drink you are in search of, Baltimore likely has a restaurant that serves it – and that’s just another reason why we love this city.

9.       The Small Town Feel: If you have ever had the opportunity to talk to someone from Baltimore, they have likely told you that Baltimore often feels like a small town as opposed to a big city. And, we couldn’t agree more. In the hospitality industry, it seems that everyone is always connected. Well, this is rings even more true for the hospitality industry in Baltimore. Our industry here is a big community with many familiar faces. It’s this connection that allows the city to offer a level of hospitality all its own.

10.   Our Clients: Of course, we couldn’t close out a Top Ten list on why we love Baltimore without talking about our clients in the area! As a hospitality company in the staffing industry, relationship building is a key component of everything we do. In Baltimore, our clients feel the same way. The preceding not only allows us to work together more effectively, but it makes it more fun too.

So there you have it – Ten Reasons Why: We Love Baltimore. Now, give us yours! Let us know why you love Baltimore at mdbooking@aysstaff.com and we could feature it in an upcoming blog post! 

Ten Reasons Why: We Love Baltimore is the inaugural post for our new Ten Reasons Why blog series. If you have any suggestions for future Ten Reasons Why features, let us know in the comments section!  

Posted on May 4, 2015 .