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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 .

Ten Reasons Why: We Love Long Island

Last May, we gave you Ten Reasons Why: We Love Baltimore. Well, we thought it’d be fun to share with you Ten Reasons Why we love all of our home cities! First up, the home of our headquarters – Long Island. Take a look at Caitlin Havron’s Ten Reasons Why: We Love Long Island.

1.  The Beach: Being an island lends itself to some scenic views – running at dawn on the Sunken Meadow boardwalk and watching the sun rise over the Long Island Sound, hitting the Hamptons, learning to swim in the Great South Bay, seeing historic lighthouses, and surfing on the south shore.  It’s quite a blessing when all of these activities become part of “the norm” of living on Long Island.

2.  New York City: It’s common on LI to say we live in the “shadow of the greatest city in the world,” especially since most of our families originated from there and we’re biased. ;)  But being just a train ride away from Broadway, spectacular museums, Time Square, the Statue of Liberty, incredible restaurants, Madison Square Garden and Central Park, certainly has its perks.

3.  The Food: You know what comes of immigrant families moving to the suburbs?  A cultural explosion!  Bagels, pizza, egg sandwiches, delis, butcher shops, fusion restaurants, fresh-caught fish, bakeries, Blue Point oysters, buttered rolls…  Supposedly it’s the minerals in our tap water that make our food taste so good, but we know better – it’s our people that know how to cook!

4.  The History: President Theodore Roosevelt raised his family at Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, F. Scott Fitzgerald was inspired to write “The Great Gatsby,” George Washington’s Setauket spy ring helped win the Revolutionary War, Charles Lindbergh took off in The Spirit of St. Louis from Roosevelt Airfield, and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was born & worked here (while her cousins famously destroyed their East Hampton estate in “Grey Gardens”).  Even Adolf Hitler’s nephew made a new life for himself in Patchogue, after serving in the American military in the war against his uncle!  Long Island is home to many significant events and notable people.

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5.  The East End: Nowhere else could you drink some of the best wine in the country, see a Baldwin brother on the beach, get discounted designer duds, and eat farm-fresh food all in the same day than the east end of Long Island.  Home to the Hamptons, the North Fork, stunning vineyards, picturesque farms and gorgeous beaches, it’s a wonderful place to visit year-round.

6.  Nautical Hotspot: Being surrounded by water isn’t just great for beaches – it’s a natural landscape for fisherman, boaters, sailors, and people of the sea!  Learning to swim becomes second nature, and many families here have made extra cash by clamming and fishing.  We’re proud to be from an island full of former and current “diggers.” J

7.  The Humor: We think we’re funny, and apparently other people do, too.  New Yorkers are direct, and Long Islanders are no different, but they also love pushing the envelope – Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Rosie O’Donnell, Rodney Dangerfield, Howard Stern and Amy Schumer all grew up here!

8.  Sports: We’re dedicated, loyal (and sometimes a little too hardcore) sports fans that love arguing about what’s a better team – Yankees vs. Mets, Islanders vs. Rangers, or Giants vs. Jets.  Before AYS, this LI girl spent summers pouring beer and serving hot dogs for our minor league baseball team, The Ducks, and we’ve gotten to staff Citi Field in recent years for All-Star Games and the World Series.  Even though we can no longer see the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum, they’ll always be a Long Island team to us. J

9.  The Drinks: Long Island is home to several stunning and delicious vineyards, including Channing Daughters, Wolffer Estate, Bedell Cellars, and Martha Clara, to name a few.  But in recent years, Long Island has really stepped up their beer game.  For the longest time, the only two functioning breweries physically on Long Island were Blue Point and Brooklyn Brewery.  Now, you can taste unique beers all over, including Great South Bay, Montauk, Crooked Ladder, Fire Island, Southampton, Port Jefferson, Long Ireland, Moustache, and Greenport.

10.  The People: Most of our families came through New York City as immigrants, and eventually came out to raise their children in the Long Island neighborhoods.  Long Island is full of former city families that came here to achieve the American Dream.  It’s exactly what our forefathers envisioned for this country – a safe haven for the persecuted.  Long Island is home to many diverse cultures, and could be considered the first American suburban melting pot.  We’re different in many ways, but we’re all PROUD of where we’re from! 

-Caitlin Havron, AYS Long Island 

Ten Reasons Why: We Love Long Island s 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 Long Island alongside our team, click here. 

 

Posted on January 29, 2016 .

Ten Reasons Why: We Loved 2015

For the AYS team, 2015 was a great year! Not only did the company experience so much professionally - but there was also a lot of personal triumph for our managers and staff that we are celebrating going into 2016.

We would be remiss to have our Ten Reasons Why: We Loved 2015 without first sending a heartfelt thank you to our field staff for helping us achieve some great growth this year. We would also like to thank our incredible clients – what a year we all had! We look forward to continuing and strengthening these relationships in 2016. 

Now, onto the memories! Here’s a look at what each of us were thankful for professionally, what we celebrated personally and what we achieved as a team in 2015. 

Cheers to the year that was and here’s to an even better 2016!

“Honestly, when I look back on 2015, it's not all the parties we staff (which is obviously great and a real accomplishment on quality and volume of events) but it's the things we do together and for others. The beginning of our service days, the Tunnel to Towers run and the Cystic Fibrosis run – all highlights for me.”  – Mark Casaburi (Founder and President) 

“I’m very thankful for Sean Cavanagh, who started doing interviews for us in Nassau & Queens every week!!” - Caitlin Havron (Account Manager- NYC)

“2015 was a year of growth for Baltimore’s potential, not to mention we had a great staff pool built up.” –Will McCrory (Account Manager- DC/Baltimore)

“The 2015 highlight was our AYS Meet and Greet! We had so many people show up! We made awards and it was just really great to see everyone hangout outside of work.”  – Jen Baker (Account Manager- NYC)

“Moving back to Long Island while being able to stay with the company was awesome!”  - Justin Ferremi (Account Manager- Long Island)

“At Your Service 2015 was definitely a year of growth.  Our offices grew, as well as our business.  This brought on new challenges that helped us grow to be better account managers.  I have taken on so many new responsibilities and I have learned so many valuable lessons.” – Hannah Slaga (Account Manager- Boston)

“The Kennedy Honors went very well in 2015. The client was very pleased! It was definitely a highlight for me!” – Mercy Marongwe (Account Manager- DC/Baltimore)

“My highlight for 2015 was building such a strong management team. We really became a singular unit this year in terms of decision making, getting the job done and raising the standard across all 5 of our offices. It is definitely what I will look back at 2015 and feel most fondly about.” – Karen Craig (Operations Manager) 

“Starting at AYS and jumping right in during the busy season was my highlight!” – Desiree Murphy (Account Manager- Long Island)

“We had some great wins last year - awesome growth in each office, overall team development and continued client and employee satisfaction! One specific highlight in which all of the above culminated was when we staffed the Robin Hood Foundation event - our office team was at the event to make sure the client was taken care of and even assisted filling in the gaps for the client - our staff was on time and looked great and it was an amazing event to be a part of.”  – Jeanine Cosgrove-Albert (VP of Sales)

Posted on January 19, 2016 .

Five Reasons Why: We Love Company Outings

The managers of At Your Service Staffing recently traveled to our Long Island office to celebrate a successful spring season with our Annual Summer Outing. This year’s trip took us to Fire Island, where we toasted to Spring 2015 with delicious drink, food and an overall good time. It also served as inspiration for an abbreviated version of our regular blog series, Ten Reasons Why.

So, without further ado, here's Five Reasons Why: We Love Company Outings -- 

1.       Everyone comes together! When your company is spread out across multiple locations, it is rare that the whole team gets to come together for a night out. Getting everyone together for a memorable evening, however, is essential to fostering a strong connection amongst management across all offices – and it increases comradery and team spirit, too!

2.       It allows managers to compare notes! Although every market is unique in its own way, getting together allows us to share experiences we’ve had recently and problem solve together. Often times at company outings, managers will find themselves talking out a problem with a colleague only to realize that their colleague has experienced something similar and can provide them with a solution!

3.       Your team deserves it! The hospitality industry is a seasonable business, so when it’s busy…it’s BUSY! During those busy times, your team lives and breathes work. A company outing to celebrate the busy season at its end is a great way to reflect on the season that was and reward them for a job well done.

4.       You can explore your markets! There is no better way to stay in touch as a company than to explore the different markets you are in. One of the best ways to celebrate a company outing is to take it on the road. In the past, we have taken our company outing to Baltimore and, this year, we spent a night out exploring Long Island. Showing your managers the different markets you operate in is a great way to connect them to the locations that they don’t work in every day.

5.       It’s fun! At the end of the day, the biggest reason to get your team together for a company outing is to show them some good old fashioned fun! At AYS, we pride ourselves on working hard when we are needed and having as much fun as we can along the way. Our summer and holiday outings allow us to do just that – and we recommend that you do too.

Five Reasons Why: We Love Company Outings 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!  

Posted on July 22, 2015 .

Ten Reasons Why: We Love What We Do

The early days of At Your Service Staffing - pictured above is one of our original teams.

The early days of At Your Service Staffing - pictured above is one of our original teams.

1) We give good, deserving people work. Over the years, we have had the opportunity to give a number of truly hard working, deserving people the opportunity to work with our clients. If you ask any account manager on our team, getting work to great people is near the top of everyone’s list of what they enjoy about our job. It is the thing that keeps us coming back each day and definitely a reason we love what we do.
2) We help make big days happen. As a company, we have participated in presidential inaugurations, the Superbowl, the MLB All Star game and the Belmont Stakes – just to name a few. And although these days are exciting, we find it just as thrilling to provide record breaking amounts of staff to our partners on days that are particularly busy for them so that they can achieve their biggest “wins” of the season. Their “win” is our win and is something we celebrate alongside them at the end of the craziest of days. 
3) We get to help clients in emergency situations. A team member notifying you just hours before their call time that they are unable to work their scheduled shift can derail a day. However, a quick call to At Your Service Staffing can easily put the train back on the track. More often than not, we have staff available to take on these last minute emergencies. They love to help our clients out of a jam as much as we do which allows us to often fill in these holes for our partners and keep their days running smoothly.  
4) We are able to see how our team members advance each season. Whether we are working on Long Island or in DC, each of us have a story of a staff member that has started with us in one phase of their lives and has continued to work with us while they enter another. We have watched our students graduate, team members get married, staff have children – and everything in between! Getting to know our teams on this level, and be a part of their lives as they grow, makes what we do so rewarding. 
5) We get to work at the most beautiful venues on the East Coast. Whether it be on Long Island, in Manhattan, around Boston, across Maryland or in the heart of DC, our team is proud to have provided service at some of the most breathtaking venues on the East Coast. Whether it be at MoMA in New York, The Kennedy Center in DC or at events across the picturesque Hamptons landscapes in the summer, our team gets to serve in the most beautiful of circumstances. They love it and we do too.
6) We can explore how hospitality style varies across the East Coast. All of our home cities have one thing in common – teams who are trained to provide impeccable, front of house service. It is fun for us, however, to see how the style of hospitality truly varies from office to office. In Boston, for example, a number of our partners have exchanged the tuxedo for a sleek, all black uniform that our staff are loving! Our DC team, meanwhile, continue to head out to work in the traditional, classic uniform – bow tie and all! The continued variation in such trends across our offices are fun to track and add an interesting aspect to our daily lives (yes, we know we are hospitality nerds).
7) We are able to grow with our clients. There are few things more rewarding than being a part of our client’s growth. Helping our partners continue to expand by working with them to provide their own clients with first class service is the name of the game for us. Providing trusted staff each week that allows our partners to grow themselves is such a rewarding part of our jobs.
8) We are able to improve each season. When staff come to us with limited experience and a great attitude, we train them to be able to work in the field. Therefore, it is amazing to see this all pay off for them as they take on more difficult levels of service and more advanced positions with AYS. We all have a story of the first time a client added such a staff member to their preferred list – and let us tell you, there are few things more satisfying than that first “touchdown!”
9) We get to work with one another. Being spread out across the East Coast does not stop us from being as close as a company can be. Each day, we are here to have a laugh when things get crazy, help each other out to get everything done and celebrate each other’s successes as if they were our own. The preceding makes us love what we do – and look forward to every summer and holiday season when we all get together as a “family” to celebrate another busy time well done! 
10) We get to make people happy. Let’s face it – we are a big team of people pleasers! Whether it is coming through for a client at the last minute, booking an incredible group to work a big event or being on site to offer impeccable service as a team, putting a smile on someone’s face is why most of us are in hospitality to begin with. Being able to make someone’s day better (or even just easier) is definitely a huge reason why we love what we do. 

 

Ten Reasons Why: We Love What We Do is part of 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!  To love what you do, join our team here.

Posted on June 15, 2015 .

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 .