Posts tagged #boston

Meet the Manager: Tia Tondreau


Meet the newest member of the AYS team - Tia! Tia joined our team earlier this season as an Account Manager for our Boston and Metrowest offices!

1. How long have you been working with At Your Service? Just about two months!

2. Where did you grow up?  I grew up in Maine.

3. What’s your Alma Mater? I went to school for Hospitality and Business Management at Florida State University.

4. What attracted you to the hospitality industry? I love working with people and being a part of their best moments. Also, having fun while working is something I love about this industry!

5. What is your favorite part of working with At Your Service? I love that no day is the same.  Every day is a new day and anything can happen.

6. What do you do outside of work? I like to go out for drinks and play sports such as field hockey and tennis. Also, I like to explore, travel, be outside and check out new restaurants with my friends.

7. Which is your favorite AYS location to visit? I would love to visit NYC. I went when I was younger and would love to experience it as an adult.

8. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Bali - I would love to experience the scenery and culture. It is so different than here.

9. What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day of work?  Workout, go to the gym or for a run!

10. What advice would you give a new AYS manager?  Be open to advice and information from the more senior staff. Also, know it’s okay to rely on the other managers for help!

11. What advice would you give to a new field staff member? Be flexible and take advantage of every opportunity. Also, show up on time with a great attitude!

Posted on October 25, 2019 .

AYS Behind the Scenes: In Boston with Karen

AYS Behind the Scenes is a new blog series focused on getting the inside scoop on our office cities right from our management team. We have Karen Cavanaugh, our Operations Manager, fill us in on Boston for the inaugural post. 

Karen (left) with her husband, Jimmy.

Karen (left) with her husband, Jimmy.

Does your city have a nickname? Tourists call it Beantown, but I don’t know anyone from Boston that calls it that! When someone says they’re going to “the city” or “into town” in Massachusetts, you just KNOW where they’re headed – it’s all the nickname they need.

Best place to grab a bite? For brunch, I love Met Back Bay – so, so good! For a late night bite, my friends and I used to go to NY Pizza on Columbus – better than any pizza I’ve ever had in New York City!

Best local watering hole? JJ Foley’s in the South End for sure. But go to the ATM first, as it’s cash only. Oh and if you go, tell Jerry I said hello!

Favorite local charity to support/volunteer at? We love going to Cradles to Crayons – it’s a charity that provides kids age 12 and under living in low-income situations with items deemed essential for them at home, at school and at play.

Favorite sports team? TOM BRADY IS THE BEST EVAH! No, but really – love the Pats! The Sunday ritual of going to my parents’ house for the game is SO NEW ENGLAND – but so am I!

Best resume pro-tip? Try to focus in on the more recent positions in your career – no one needs to read about what you did your junior year of high school.

Best interview questions you’ve ever been asked? I once was asked what I was going to do if I didn’t get the job. That one threw me for a loop.

Best advice for an interviewee? Be professional BUT be yourself! Your interviewer is going to want to leave the interview knowing more about who you are as a person than why you chose the major you did in college. It’s important to dress and act the part, but make sure you’re doing so in a way that’s still authentic to you. Being genuine goes a long way in the real world.

Posted on February 20, 2017 .

Client Spotlight: Gourmet Caterers

Gourmet Caterers is a renowned Boston-based catering company and one of our incredible clients.  We recently got the chance to ask Karen Denaples, Gourmet Caterers’ Staffing Manager, some questions about how she got started and why she chooses AYS for her temporary staffing needs.

How did you get into the hospitality industry?  I started as a way to earn extra money.  My daughter was 8 months old and I needed to be with adults.  What better way to do both!

What do you find most rewarding about the industry?  I always liked working an event from start to finish, knowing that the client was truly happy.

What is the most important attribute you look for when hiring staff?  I think knowledge is a good thing but a willingness to learn is needed more than that.  Anyone can be trained if they want to be.

What is your favorite part about working with AYS?  The office staff for sure.  I am confident they know what I am looking for and the quality of staff I need. 

To work with the same Boston based team as Karen, contact us here. 

Posted on February 13, 2017 .

Ten Reasons Why: We Love Boston

Since 2007, At Your Service Staffing has proudly called Boston one of its homes. In this special edition of our Ten Reasons Why series, we take a look at the city they call Beantown and all of the reasons why we love it:

1.       Our Sports Teams- We LOVE our sports teams! The Red Sox, the Patriots, the Celtics, the Bruins. How can you not love our sports when we’re home to Fenway Park, The TD Garden, Big Papi, Larry Bird and Tom Brady?

2.       Our Team- Our Boston Team is not only passionate about hospitality, but they are passionate about the arts as well! Our team is made up of artists, musicians, writers, students, full time professionals and actors!  

3.       The History – Boston is the beating heart of America - where our history all began. The American Revolution ignited in Boston with the Boston Tea Party. Our brave Revolutionaries fought the British out of Boston at the Battle of Bunker Hill.  The Old State House is still here, tucked away between skyscrapers and The Boston Tea Party Ship can still be found in the Boston Harbor! There is so much history here, that it is hard to walk around the city and not run into a piece of what America was built on.

4.       The Food - Boston is home to the oldest restaurant in the country: The Oyster House, right outside of Faneuil Hall, where you can find variety all in one place. Our North End features the best Italian food and South Boston is our historic Irish neighborhood.  If you are looking for Dim Sum, Korean, sushi, hot pot, Chinese, Tai, Vietnamese, Asian fusion Chinatown is the place to be. Regardless of what you are looking to eat, you are sure to never leave this town on an empty stomach.

5.       Our Clients - While we may be biased, our Boston clients are some of the best around! Over the last few years, we have had the opportunity to build great relationships with some of the most prominent schools, caterers and companies in and around the Greater Boston area. We are proud to work alongside some of the best in the business.

6.       Our Museums- Even on the cold, snowy and rainy days here in Boston, there is always something to do. Boston is home to the Museum of Science, the famous Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s Children Museum the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Museum of African American History, and The Institute of Contemporary Art Museum among others.

7.       Our Accommodations - Planning a trip to Boston will never be a nightmare. There are plenty of hotels that fit all of your needs; whether you are looking to splurge or to budget, you will find exactly what you are looking for!  Known for having some of the oldest and historic hotels in the Northeast, Boston will not only provide you with great hospitality but a lesson in history as well. 

8.       The Marathon-The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and one of the country's most prestigious running events. The historic course starts on Main Street in the town of Hopkinton, continues through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and then into Boston where the marathon runners cross the finish line on Boylston Ave in Copley Square. It is such a big deal in the city, that we have a holiday set aside to celebrate it! 

9.       The Freedom Trail- A 2.5-mile, red-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites - there's something you can't find anywhere else! Head down the Freedom Trail and you can explore museums and meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds. Discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston, where every step tells a story.

10.   Boston Common- A central public park in downtown Boston dating back to 1634, the Boston Common is the oldest city park in the United States. The Boston Common consists of 50 acres of land bounded by Tremont Street, Park Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street. A great place to go and play a small game of football or have a picnic, Boston Common at the heart of the city.

Ten Reasons Why: We Love Boston is part of our Ten Reasons Why blog series. If you have any suggestions for future Ten Reasons Why features, let us know in the comments section! To love Boston alongside our team, click  HERE.

Posted on May 6, 2016 .

Meet the Manager: Melissa Siciliano, AYS Boston

1.  How long have you been working with At Your Service?  I started with At Your Service Staffing quite recently!

2.  Where did you grow up? I grew up in Westerly, Rhode Island.

3.  What’s your Alma Mater?  I went to Rhode Island College for my Bachelor’s Degree. I majored in Marketing and minored in Management.

4.  If you had to work in any other industry, which would it be and why?  If I had to work in a different industry, it would definitely be in Sports. I would love to be an analyst for either the NFL or MLB!  

5.  What attracted you to the hospitality industry?  I’ve always loved the hospitality industry. I love that we get to interact with so many different people from different walks of life and help them. There’s nothing more rewarding than knowing you helped someone or made their day a little easier.

6.  What’s your favorite part of working with At Your Service?  My favorite part of working here so far is the fact that every day is different. There are always new challenges that arise here! I like that there is always something new going on and it’s a fun, fast-paced environment.

7.  What do you do outside of work?  Outside of work I like to cook, hang out with friends, go to a flywheel/barre class, travel (I try to go to at least one place a year I haven’t been to), go see live music (whether it be a concert or a band in a small bar), and explore Boston more. Even though I grew up visiting Boston, it’s been fun finding different places to go and see since I moved up here.

8.  Which is your favorite AYS location to visit?  I haven’t had a chance to visit any of the other locations yet but I’m looking forward to hopefully getting to visit the DC/Baltimore office because that’s one place that I haven’t had the chance to visit often.

9.  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?  It would definitely be Calabria, Italy. I haven’t had a chance to visit there yet but I would love to be able to see where most of my family grew up/lived. I would also like to see my relatives who I don’t get to speak to or see often.

10.  What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day of work?  Go to the gym and/or relax on my couch & watch Netflix. 

Posted on January 6, 2016 .