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Meet the Manager: Katie Admoni

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Meet the newest member of the AYS NYC team! Katie joined our team earlier this season providing assistance to our New York City market.

1. How long have you been working with At Your Service? A month and a half as a manager. I was a staff member in Boston in 2015.

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

3. What’s your Alma Mater? I went to school for Business Management with a concentration in Marketing and Hospitality Administration

4. If you had to work in any other industry, which would it be and why? Theater, I would be in orchestra pit on broadway….Be careful Katie, Broadway is located right outside the NYC office!

5. What is your favorite part of working with At Your Service? I love the support and collaborative effort of the different offices and inside the NYC office.

6. What do you do outside of work? I sleep, watch reality tv and visit various NYC restaurants.

7. Which is your favorite AYS location to visit? I would love to visit Chicago, it’s the only place I have not been!

8. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Toyko, Japan. Great food and such a different place to experience.

9. What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day of work?  Watch the Bachelor! Just kidding! I like to go to the gym and then destress.

10. What advice would you give a new AYS manager?  It can feel like a lot but give it time and it gets better!

11. What advice you give to a new field staff? Be open, flexible and be ready for anything!

Posted on November 7, 2019 .

Meet the Manager: Tia Tondreau

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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 .

Meet the Manager: Agatha, AYS Flex Manager

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Meet the newest member of the AYS team - Agatha! Agatha joined our team earlier this season as our first flex manager - she provides assistance to all of our markets. Learn more about her here!

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

2. Where did you grow up?  I grew up in the Philippines.

3. What’s your Alma Mater? I went to school for hospitality in the Philippines. I then entered a visa program to work in country clubs in Long Island which helped me gain hands on experience. I quickly moved up to a management role. and came to AYS afterward.

4. If you had to work in any other industry, which would it be and why? I love kids so I would be involved in education.

5. What attracted you to the hospitality industry? I love taking care of people, happy to be of service. Knowing I can make a difference in someone’s day is so great. I met At Your Service team members when they worked at my most recent country club and they made an impression on me. I love being able to do that for others.

6. What is your favorite part of working with At Your Service? I enjoy different types of people. Every day I learn something new. You truly feel a connection with your coworkers, it’s like a big family!

7. What do you do outside of work? I like to go out for drinks, go to the gym and socialize with friends. I recently purchased a MoviePass and am looking forward to staying cool in summer at the movies. My favorite movies are Sci-Fi and Rom-Com!.

8. Which is your favorite AYS location to visit? I would love to go visit Chicago. I would love to explore the city and experience the Midwest culture.

9. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Japan. The disciplined culture, the tech savvy atmosphere and of course the legit sushi all intrigue me! 

10. What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day of work?  Best things would be a glass of wine, my husband’s company, and my feet up.

11. What advice would you give a new AYS manager?  Be open minded, take time to learn, and BE patient!

12. As a flex manager, you have a unique role. What are the most rewarding and hardest part contributing to multiple offices? I enjoy learning each manager’s technique. I get to work very closely with the other managers and learn from them. 

13. What advice would you give to a new field staff member? Be open to any changes and try different locations to learn more.

Posted on July 6, 2018 .

Meet the Team Member: Maria Rios, AYS NYC & LI

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When you think hard working and dedicated, you think Maria Rios. A member of both our NYC and LI teams, Maria Rios is the type of staff member who would commute into Manhattan only to commute out of Manhattan if it meant helping out a client in need. Maria is a manager's dream. She not only loves to work, but she brings a passion for hospitality and commitment to good service that few have ever seen before. Whether it's working in the city or out on Long Island, when Maria is at an event we just know it is going to be a success! We recently sat down with this star staff member to learn a bit more about her. Check it out below. 

1. How long have you been working with us, Maria? It's already been two years! My how time flies!

2. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

3. What attracted you to the hospitality industry? Someone once said: “It always seems impossible until it is done." That’s exactly the feeling I get when I am at work. What I love about hospitality is the adrenaline. The passion. The interactions. I LOVE what I’m doing. The feeling I get every morning when I start working, not knowing what will be happen that day, and at the end of the day, the satisfaction of the work done. It's priceless.

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4. What's your favorite part about working for AYS? I get to meet so many fascinating people, from the clients and the managers to our staff and the staff at the locations we are going to. A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to worked with some survivors from 9/11. They were people just like us, working in catering on those buildings. After I heard them, I could not have felt more blessed to been working with them. Their stories are simply AMAZING. Also, just working for AYS in general - it's the first time in 13 years in this business where I've feel part of something. Working for AYS is knowing someone cares.

5. How do you unwind after a long day? After an stressful day, I love to just chill with my dogs (pictured above). In the summer, I pick them up and take them for long walks at the beach. And of course, a great Malbec after a long day always help! Ha! 

To work with Maria and the other star staff members that make up the AYS team, click here.

Posted on November 17, 2017 .

Meet the Managers: Monica and Sue, AYS NYC

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Monica and Sue are the two newest managers to join our Time Square office! We recently interviewed them for our 'Meet the Manager' segment on our blog! Check it out below:

1.)  How long have you been working with At Your Service?  Sue and Monica: We've both been here about a month now! 

2.)  Where did you grow up?  Sue: Rockland County, NY Monica: Phillipines

3.)  What’s your Alma Mater?   Sue: Binghamton University. Monica: University of St. La Salle.

4.)  If you had to work in any other industry, which would it be and why?  Sue: Tourism- I love people and the travel industry as a whole. That or I'd be a writer - as I love words and being able to express my point of view. Monica: Healthcare as it is my background of education. I have a lot of experience in the healthcare industry. I started from the bottom of the work chain and made my way up. I have an in-depth understanding with how the system works.

5.)  What attracted you to the hospitality industry?   Sue: The great interactions! Also, knowing I could make a big difference in someone's day and that they would remember me. Monica: The passion I have working with people, the connection, the satisfaction of working together, and making it easier for everyone to co-exist in society.

6.)  What’s your favorite part of working with At Your Service?  Sue: Getting to know the staff and feeling I'm part of something bigger than myself. Monica: The people I work with in the office, and inter-office co-workers! Also, the clients together with staff members. When the event is successful, both clients and staff members are happy – it inspires me to be better both personally and professionally. 

7. )  What do you do outside of work?  Sue: Explore NYC, try to capture that perfect camera shot, spend time with friends and family. Monica: Having a great time with my friends, eating good comfort food, and just enjoying everything around me. Making the most out of what’s in front of me! 

8.)  Which is your favorite AYS location to visit?  Sue: I haven't been to any but would love to see what our new Chicago office is like! Monica: BOSTON! I love the Pats! 

9.)  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?  Sue: Eastern Europe, esp. Austria and Prague. I love exploring European cities! I am Austrian in my heritage and have been told by many people I should experience Prague. Monica: Maldives - the beach is a place close to heaven I believe.

10.)  What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day of work?  Sue: Checking out some of the great food found in many of the Queens neighborhoods and taking a long walk. Monica: Have a drink! (Haha!) Sorry, but it’s true. A wine a day keeps the doctor away. (Just Kidding!)

Posted on October 20, 2017 .

Meet the Manager: MacKenzie Collins, AYS NYC

1.)  How long have you been working with At Your Service? I started with AYS in November 2016! 

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

3.)  What’s your Alma Mater? I went to DePaul University!

4.)  If you had to work in any other industry, which would it be and why? I would be a judge on any/all food competitions on the Food Network.  I love cooking and have a borderline unhealthy obsession with food.  Any job/industry where I would get paid to enjoy food is the end all be all for me.  Dream big, I know.

5.)  What attracted you to the hospitality industry? I really enjoy working with people and the notion that every day brings something different.

6.)  What’s your favorite part of working with At Your Service? The people. Since I started, I have been welcomed by our team with open arms.  It truly feels like one big family.  I could not ask for better coworkers!

7. )  What do you do outside of work? I have been planning to join a gym for the past 3 years, but until then, I enjoy the occasional (daily) glass(es) of wine and spending time with friends and family.

8.)  Which is your favorite AYS location to visit? I have not yet had the chance to visit any of our other locations, but would love to go to DC.

9.)  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Greece.  I have always wanted to go and I recently found out I am half Greek, so it seems right.

10.)  What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day of work?   I like to head home and de-stress by cooking a nice meal while listening to Etta James Pandora.  If not, dinner with friends or family is always a nice treat.

To work with MacKenzie and the NYC team, contact us here.

Posted on April 3, 2017 .

Meet the Manager: Jenna Birkmire, Payroll

Meet Jenna Birkmire! Jenna joined the AYS Payroll Team in September 2016 as a Payroll Specialist. She currently manages Payroll for AYS DC, AYS MD and AYS LI from our headquarters in Sayville, NY. Meet her here!

1.)  How long have you been working with At Your Service? I started on the Tuesday after Labor Day so about 3 months now!

2.)  Where did you grow up? I grew up in Shoreham which is eastern Long Island. 

3.)  What’s your Alma Mater? I graduated from St. Joseph's College.

4.)  If you had to work in any other industry, which would it be and why? I'm super into yoga and the fitness industry, I think that'd be a cool type of industry to work in! 

5.)  What attracted you to the hospitality industry? I was a waitress for years throughout high school and college. I loved it, which not many people can say. This is kinda different but it's still serving people. I like working in an industry where that is the main point. 

6.)  What’s your favorite part of working with At Your Service? I love the people and the environment is very low key. It's super busy always and I like being kept on my toes

7. )  What do you do outside of work? I love the beach, boating, yoga as I said before, hiking and catching up with friends! 

8.)  Which is your favorite AYS location to visit? I've only been to Boston, but I love visiting new places so I'm looking forward to visiting different offices. 

9.)  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I'd love to visit Fuji. The water is awesome, waves are good and the weather is beautiful! 

10.)  What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day of work? I try to get to yoga most days after work which helps me unwind....and wine with friends is always a good option.

Posted on December 8, 2016 .

Meet the Manager: Irmak Hatiboglu, AYS LI

1.)  How long have you been working with At Your Service? I've been with At Your Service for about a month now! 
2.)  Where did you grow up? I was born in Turkey and lived there for my first four years! 
3.)  What’s your Alma Mater?  I attended the University of Delaware.
4.)  If you had to work in any other industry, which would it be and why? I love horses, and have horseback rode since I was 10 years old. I always dreamed of managing a horse farm actually! 
5.)  What attracted you to the hospitality industry? My major in college was hospitality. I always liked making people happy and thought I would do well in this field.
6.)  What’s your favorite part of working with At Your Service? The retreat was definitely my favorite part of working here so far!  
7. )  What do you do outside of work? I like to travel, eat and sometimes I work out ha! 
8.)  Which is your favorite AYS location to visit? Washington, DC for sure! 
9.)  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I would love to go see the Northern Lights…I hate the cold but it would be worth it to see that sight! 
10.)  What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day of work? A nice glass of wine and some reality TV.

To work with Irmak and the Long Island team, click here.

Posted on July 29, 2016 .

Meet the Manager: Alexa Gallishaw, AYS Boston

1.)  How long have you been working with At Your Service? I've been with AYS for just about a month now, and I'm loving it so far! 
2.)  Where did you grow up? I grew up in Seekonk, Massachusetts.
3.)  What’s your Alma Mater? I went to Simmons College.
4.)  If you had to work in any other industry, which would it be and why? Floral design! I love how flowers can completely transform a space through their varied colors and textures. I would pursue that if I wasn't in hospitality.
5.)  What attracted you to the hospitality industry? For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to open a small café by the ocean. Learning about and immersing myself in the hospitality industry has always been a passion of mine!
6.)  What’s your favorite part of working with At Your Service? So far, I’ve really enjoyed interacting with all the staff. It’s so fun getting to know them and trying to include them on events where their strengths with be showcased.
7. )  What do you do outside of work? Outside of work, I volunteer at a non-profit arts center where I assist with art classes. I also volunteer at an organization called Frienshipworks which provides friendship and support for the elderly in Boston.
8.)  Which is your favorite AYS location to visit? I’ve only been to the Boston office, but I also love New York City so I can’t wait to visit that AYS office!
9.)  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? There are so many places I’d love to travel which makes narrowing it down to one so tough! I think I’d have to go with Morocco though. The architecture and culture seem so beautifully different from everything that I’ve been exposed to through travel so far.
10.)  What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day of work?  Painting and cooking are my favorite ways to relax and rejuvenate!

To work with Alexa and the AYS Boston team, click here. 

 

Posted on June 16, 2016 .

Meet the Manager: Casey McGinnis, AYS DC

1.       How long have you been working with At Your Service?  I have been with At Your Service for almost two months now!

2.    Where did you grow up? I grew up in Berwyn Heights, Maryland.

3.    What’s your Alma Mater?  University of Maryland! GO TERPS!!!!!

4.    If you had to work in any other industry, which would it be and why? I would work in the food industry so I could taste test food all day long.

5.    What attracted you to the hospitality industry? I have worked in the hospitality industry for many years and I love how every day is different and brings new challenges. I also like making an event meet the client’s expectations in every way. 

6.    What’s your favorite part of working with At Your Service?  My favorite part is getting to know the staff and of course going to the amazing events!

7.    What do you do outside of work?  I love to be outside and explore new places to eat and drink!

8.    Which is your favorite AYS location to visit? I have only visited Baltimore and DC but I would love to visit Boston!

9.    If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?  I would go back to Australia, it was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. So many beaches, so little time!

10.  What’s your favorite way to unwind after a long day of work?  I love to meet up with friends and laugh the night away!!

To work with Casey and our DC team, contact us here. 

Posted on June 10, 2016 .