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FALL/WINTER 2010 Inside this issue... Welcome Sara Belanger Dr. Joshua Bletzinger Honored as Keynote Speaker Seasons of BEI Hike for Hospice: A Walk to Remember Featured Building Timberland Financial’s Jason Nash: Building Homes in Honduras Chocolate Truffle Pie 20 Under 30 Recognition Anniversaries, Retirements, and Promotions! Caption Contest Answers to Dog Days of Summer
Upcoming Events November: 26th - St. Charles Lighting of Lights. 5 pm. Lincoln Park 27th - St. Charles Electric Christmas Parade. 5:30 pm. Along Main Street 28th - Batavia Celebration of Lights. 5:30-7:30 pm. Riverwalk 28th - Batavia Waterstreet Wonderland. 10 am-9 pm. WaterStreet Studios December: 3rd - Santa Lucia Arrives in Geneva. 6 pm. Lighting of the Great Tree 6:30 pm. Courthouse Lawn
The Presidents Corner… by Dan Stellato STANDING THE TEST OF TIME Many will argue the question….What makes a great building? Those within the commercial real estate industry generally have two answers to the question. It is either the people who occupy the building or the materials which constructed the building. In rare cases a building possesses both qualities. In even more extremely successful cases a building possesses both qualities and does so for 100 years. Hard to believe but one of those extremely rare cases is located in downtown St. Charles. The Shelby building will celebrate 100 years of history next year and as we research its rich history, we have come to realize it was no accident that this building has stood the test of time. From 1911 to 1985 the Shelby building was in the possession of the St. Charles school district and was used for grades K-8. During its tenure as a school, many future leaders within the area attended and/or graduated from Shelby School. The St. Charles school district realized the importance of this building so during their 74 year ownership they maintained a high standard of quality when considering repairs in this handsome building. Larry and Gerry Dempsey realized the future potential of the Shelby building so Batavia Enterprises purchased the building in 1985. We are proud to say we have continued that same tradition of quality within this historic property. We are also proud to have former students tour Shelby every few years as part of their reunion festivities. Most recently on September 18, 2010 former St. Charles Mayor Fred Norris (I promised Fred I wouldn’t say what year he graduated) led the 1950 graduating class through the building on a very educational and emotional tour (see photo inset). Many in attendance recalled their fond memories as children romping through the halls of Shelby school. I was allowed to listen in as the former students described what the building looked like “back in the day.” The tour was quite an education for me as well. At the tour’s conclusion the former students thanked me and Batavia Enterprises for keeping their school, and their memories, alive. It is at those moments that you realize all the hard work is really worth it! Today the building is home to marketing firms, manufacturer’s reps, equipment leasing companies, attorneys, music composers, computer firms, and therapy consultants. They are all great people who are continuing the tradition of success at the Shelby building, and each and every day they are helping us prove that this jewel of a building is standing the test of time….with style.
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Dr. Joshua Bletzinger Honored as a National Keynote Speaker Dr. Joshua Bletzinger, DC, CCSP®, ATC, CSCS, of Performance Chiropractic & Sports Medicine is honored to have been asked to be a keynote speaker at the 2011 Chiropractic Sports Sciences Symposium by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. This symposium is held annually as a form of continuing education for Doctors of Chiropractic and Sports Physicians, and also for experts in their field to come together and share their knowledge with their peers from across the nation. A graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Bletzinger opened Performance Chiropractic & Sports Medicine in 2004 in the Fox Valley Ice Arena. In a need for expansion, Dr. Bletzinger contacted Batavia Enterprises to build a clinic to his specifications at the Wilson Business Center in Batavia. In 2007 he moved into Suite 114 at 1605 W. Wilson Street; a brand new 1,300 square foot suite with three treatment rooms, an exercise rehabilitation area and an x-ray room. With the help of his modernized clinic, Dr. Bletzinger can further pursue his passion for improving the lives of others while educating his patients through a proactive style of healthcare and leading a well life. Within the scopes of chiropractic care, Dr. Bletzinger can help a wide array of physical ailments. His true specialty, however, lies in the treatment and development of athletes. With the recent crisis of sportsrelated injuries, young and old, Dr. Bletzinger has developed a unique system for treating athletes through modern rehabilitation methods and performance enhancement. Through his skill in Gonstead Chiropractic and his personally developed training programs, Dr. Bletzinger has gained an exceptional reputation with both local and national athletes and has more recently begun taking his clinical approach into the classroom. After four years of being Rosary High School’s team physician, he has taken over a physical education course to further emphasize the need to understand the science of exercising correctly. Prior to this year’s high school class, Dr. Bletzinger taught a Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation course at Northern Illinois University. He would like to continue treating and educating youth athletes as the opportunities arise. Ever since he experienced a traumatic hockey injury in college, Dr. Bletzinger has focused his attention on helping athletes achieve their goals. When Dr. Bletzinger shares his expertise on the youth athlete at the Chiropractic Sports Sciences Symposium, he will be giving the physicians a chance to better their programs and the athletes under them a chance at an injury free career.
Moving Up in the World! Congratulations to Mike Miller, Maintenance Professional at BEI, for receiving his certification in Emergency Management from Harper College! One step closer to his goal of Illinois Emergency Management Professional. Good luck with your coursework and thank you for keeping BEI safe! Julie Kotalik has been promoted to Special Projects Coordinator after being Administrative Assistant for one year. Having grown up on a construction site, this new position fits her well and she’s ready for any challenge that comes her way. Congratulations on your promotion and keep up the good work!
Enjoy Your Retirement! After 18 years with Pamarco Global Graphics, 10 years at the Batavia, IL location on Flinn Street, John Clinton is retiring. For those lucky enough to know Mr. Clinton, they know him as an honest, open and dedicated man who will put nothing less than 100% into any project he steps into. He is a joy to have a conversation with and he makes you want to be a better person after having those conversations.
John you truly are a remarkable person and we wish you a very enjoyable and relaxing retirement. You deserve it.
Chocolate Truffle Pie What You Need! 1 1/4 pkg. (10 Squares) BAKER’S Semi Sweet Chocolate 1/2 cup whipping cream 4 eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup flour 1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
BEI Reviews 3 Stars!
~ “If you love truffles, you’ll love this”
~ “Very good but VERY rich”
Heat oven to 325˚F
~ “You really have to be a chocolate lover to fully enjoy this pie”
Microwave chocolate and cream in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until chocolate is almost melted. Stir until completely melted. Cool. Whisk in eggs, sugar and flour. Pour into 9-inch pie plate sprayed with cooking spray.
~ “The whip cream helps with the density of the pie and adds a nice refreshing coolness to it”
Bake 35 min. or until edge of pie is puffed but center is still slightly soft; cool. Serve topped with COOL WHIP.
The above has been used with permission of Kraft Foods. For more recipes check out www.kraftfoods.com
Seasons of BEI A look back at the past season through the eyes of Batavia Enterprises... Congratulations to Austin Dempsey! Honored for his “Regional Spirit” during the Business Ledger’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards dinner.
Dave Plocinski of Tri-Par Die & Mold awarded BEI with an honorary plaque for sponsoring the Kane County Xplosion softball team.
Celebrating Water Street Studios’ 1 year anniversary!
Brutal competition at the BEI company picnic’s water balloon toss!
Congratulations to Alana Meyer for winning the Dog Days of Summer Contest!
The BEI Family comes together to support Lee National Denim Day for Breast Cancer Awareness
Carolyn Russell volunteering in the children’s tent at Batavia’s Art In Your Eye Festival.
Featured Building: 980 Hawthorne Drive
Located on the corner of Hawthorne and Pilsen, this professional looking industrial building boasts extensive office/showroom capability with 15,000 sf of warehouse in the back, and an excellent presence on the highly traveled Hawthorne Lane. The warehouse has 18 foot ceilings, a 24 foot wide loading dock and a drive in door, creating a versatile space for manufacturing and industrial work. This standalone building allows for ample parking and yard storage and is easily accessible to the DuPage Airport and Routes 59, 64 and 38. Available office space: 17,500 s.f. Contact Kristen at 630.879.3680 Kristen@bataviaenterprises.com
Hike for Hospice: A Walk to Remember
Almost 200 people came together on a beautiful Saturday morning, September 25, 2010, to support the Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice’s (FVVH) in the 3rd Annual Hike for Hospice. This annual 5K walk raises funds for the FVVH and helped raise close to $21,000 this year! Kristen Johnson, Property Manager at BEI and Vice President of the Board of Directors for FVVH, helped put the event together and said, “There were more people than last year, the weather was more beautiful than last year, and we raised more funds than last year; it was amazing!” Since 1981 FVVH, a non-profit volunteer based organization, has been dedicated to providing support to individuals with life threatening and terminal illnesses and grieving persons and their families. All care is available without charge regardless of age, diagnosis, prognosis, income level, Medicare eligibility, race, or creed. Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is the largest volunteer hospice in the States. For more information visit www.fvvh.org.
Timberland Financial Group’s Missionary: Jason Nash When the majority of Americans travel, they travel for pleasure. That majority wants to see the sights, relax, and get away from work. Jason Nash, Estate Planning Specialist at Timberland Financial Group, is not a part of that majority. Nash recently spent nine days in Honduras with a group sponsored by St. Paul’s church in Aurora, but instead of a leisurely vacation, Nash spent his time building a home for an impoverished family. San Pedro Sula is the second largest city in Honduras with a population of over one million people and a brimming industrial center. Just an hour away is Siguetepeque, the most poverty stricken village in the country and where Nash and his teammates spent their “vacation.” Of the 26 people that went, 13 focused their attention on medical care for the villagers while the other 13 spent their time building a home out of cinderblocks and mortar. Nash had no experience in construction prior to joining the team, but the lack of technology and the quality leadership provided by Doug Overstreet of Overstreet Builders in Yorkville allowed the group to create a sustainable home for an appreciative family. While Nash was working on the home, he was amazed to see the hundreds of people lined up for medical care outside of the makeshift medical facility led by Pediatrician Dr. Louis Bolaños of Aurora. These villagers have no other means for medical care and are fortunate if they have one pair of clothes or one meal a day. Having a toothbrush is a luxury; receiving a home and medical care is a miracle. This ever changing group of volunteers, through the sponsorship of St. Paul’s and local San Pedro Sula churches, has been providing miracles for this small village and others since 1999. Nash will never forget his experience in Siquetepeque. Even though the area they went to was dangerous and even though there was a significant language barrier, it didn’t matter, he felt it was worth it. The majority of people will never get to experience the satisfaction you can receive when you put aside your wants and desires to benefit someone else without expecting anything in return. The effort this group put into creating a better life for a group of villagers the rest of the world has forgotten is nothing less than heartwarming and should not go unnoticed. To St. Paul’s church, Jason Nash, and to the group donating their time, knowledge and energy, thank you for caring.
New face on staff Batavia Enterprises, Inc. welcomes Sara Belanger to the BEI Family as its new Administrative Assistant. As Administrative Assistant, Ms. Belanger will support the management team and continue the tradition of providing quality customer service at the front desk. Joining Batavia Enterprises with a background in real estate and public relations, Ms. Belanger is excited to use her experience towards furthering the efficiency of the front desk. Ms. Belanger received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Dayton and is a licensed real estate sales professional. She began her career in real estate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in St. Charles in 2002. During her six years with Coldwell Banker, she received several awards including “Rookie of the Year” and recognition for her sales volume. In 2008, Ms. Belanger joined Baird & Warner in the Fox Valley. While at Baird & Warner, she was acknowledged by her clients for providing outstanding customer service. She lives in St. Charles with her family and is very active in the local community. BEI is proud of the growing quality of people within the BEI Family. Every new addition makes Batavia Enterprises better, and Ms. Belanger has already proven to be a benefit to the company and a joy to work with.
Happy 20th BEI Anniversary Ted Campbell! I remember when we first hired Ted (his beard was shorter back then) and how he jumped in with “both feet” on any project we gave to him. 20 years later and he still has the same enthusiasm as he did back in the late 80’s, amazing. Dan Stellato Ted is a pied piper for the Canadian Geese when they nest at the Batavia Plaza…redirecting/leading them to Clark Island. Joe Young
Ted Campbell is the City of Batavia’s Batman. Anywhere, anytime, Ted is always available to remove a bat and find that bat a new home! Marcy Berry
We are excited to celebrate Ted Campbell’s twentieth anniversary with Batavia Enterprises Inc. Ted is a valuable member of our staff and has contributed much to the success of Batavia Enterprises Inc. We pride ourselves with being sensitive to our customer’s needs and Ted exemplifies this philosophy. When you see Ted out and about our downtown Batavia sites please congratulation him on a fine career, for his dedication to details and his passion for what he does. Gerry Dempsey
Carolyn Russell of Batavia Enterprises Honored as “20 Under 30” Recipient Carolyn Russell, Special Projects Coordinator at Batavia Enterprises, Inc., was selected as an inaugural member of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce’s “20 Under 30” recognition program and was formally honored at Lincoln Inn Banquets on September 23, 2010. Russell, along with seventeen other young professionals, was recognized for her outstanding volunteer and leadership efforts within the Batavia community.
Kari Krause (WSS), Carolyn Russell (BEI), and Joi Cuartero (WSS) were each honored for their individual community efforts.
The “20 Under 30” honorees were saluted at the recognition dinner in front of their peers and current community leaders. “The committee reviewing the nominations was impressed by how much these recipients have already accomplished,” says Roger Breisch, Executive Director of Batavia Chamber of Commerce. “It is particularly heartwarming to see how much they have contributed to the communities they work and live in through their volunteering.”
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Caption contest! Got something to say? Say it! Email your funniest caption idea to Julie@bataviaenterprises.com by December 15 2010 and the person who makes BEI laugh the loudest wins a prize!
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