Newsletter Leasing, Development, & Property Management Experts of the Fox Valley Since 1959
SUMMER 2012 Inside this issue... 5 Questions: DeLuxe HVACR, Anthony Passaglia
Hike for Hospice Recipe: Summer Fruit Tart Seasons of BEI Featured Building: 980 Hawthorne Industrial Community Corner New Geneva Building Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Happy 10th Anniversary! BEI Halloween Costume Matchup
Upcoming Events September 22nd—Autumn Fair. Peck Farm Park, Geneva. (630) 232-4542. FREE. 11 am to 3 pm. 30th—Batavia House Walk. $18 presale. (630) 761-3528 11 am to 4 pm
October 5th—27th Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Festival. Downtown St. Charles. FREE. Fri to Sun starting at 9 am
The President’s Corner…by Dan Stellato
It’s Time To Give Back One of the most rewarding aspects of my career at Batavia Enterprises has been participating in the firm’s commitment to “Giving Back” to our communities. I was extremely fortunate and honored to begin my career with both Larry and Gerry Dempsey back in 1988 (yes, I am that old). As my mentors, they instilled in me the importance of giving back to the communities we live in and/or work 1993 BEI Family Day: Helping build the new Batavia Riverwalk. Can you recognize any of us? in. This tradition has been an integral part of Batavia Enterprises’ history since 1959. It continues today with Gerry, myself, and Austin Dempsey. The tradition has expanded into other areas where “giving” is critical, like non-forprofit organizations that work tirelessly to help those less fortunate than we are. You will note that many of the articles contained in this edition highlight our efforts, and the efforts of our customers, in helping those organizations by donating time or financial support. This article was not penned for the sake of a “pat on the back,” but rather as a way to reach out to those who have resisted the concept of “giving back.” I can attest that the reward of helping others far outweighs the inconvenience of a small donation of time or money. We will remain committed to helping our communities and the groups of selfless volunteers who make this world a little more manageable for those in need. Feel free to contact us for further information on how you can help out any of the groups you see highlighted in any of our Newsletters. Just call and say, “I’m ready to Give Back!”
20th—Batavia BatFest & Zombie Walk: Downtown Batavia & Peg Bond Center. FREE. 10 am start
November 23rd—Lighting of the Lights & Annual Electric Parade. Downtown St. Charles. FREE
2012 BEI Helping raise funds for Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice
Join us in making our communities and our world a better place to live. You might enjoy it more than you think.
Leasing and Property Management Experts of the Fox Valley
5 Questions Anthony Passaglia—DeLuxe HVACR How has Deluxe transformed over the years? Deluxe HVACR is the continuation of a family tradition. In 1914 my great grandfather drew the DeLuxe ribbon for the first time and called his company DeLuxe Candy Company. That was the first in a century long family tradition that included DeLuxe Ice Cream and many other successful businesses. His example taught me that it is better to complement the competition than to compete with them. To that end, Deluxe HVACR, Inc has remained focused on the maintenance and repair of existing refrigeration, heating and air conditioning equipment. We also engineer, design and install all types of refrigeration as well as comfort heating and cooling. Batavia Enterprises has been a huge part of our success. We have had 5 different spaces within the Cedar Avenue Business Center due to our business growth. At one point Kristen found us a space to refurbish freezers for the Carvel Ice Cream Desert account. We were able to take units from the Jewel, Cub, Meijer, Dominicks...stores, bring them to Cedar Avenue, clean them up, repaint them, return them to new running condition and get them back on the street. Without the flexibility and understanding that Batavia Enterprises practices, we would have had to pass on that opportunity. What brought on the name change? For the first 11 years we were know as DeLuxe Refrigeration Inc. What we realized was that many of our refrigeration customers didn't know that we were also good with AC issues. I had a long term customer ask me, "I know that you do our refrigeration, but can I call you when I can't get hold of our AC guys?" We split many customers with other AC companies. We don't believe in competition. There are enough customers out there for the good HVAC companies to cooperate with each other. How did this summer’s crazy heat wave treat your business? This summer was an incredible season!! We worked a ton of hours, but it was a ton of fun too. A HUGE feather in our cap is that ALL of the coolers/freezers we have built over the last 12 years ran through this intense heat without malfunction. What do you love most and least about your industry? I love the fact that my industry is concentrating more on efficiency and utilizing new technologies. Until recently, the industry had been using the same technologies for the last several decades without much improvement. However, it now seems much more intent on forcing new equipment on consumers where it isn’t necessary. We have taken many "second opinion calls" and uncovered easy and inexpensive repairs that were missed in a rush to sell new replacement equipment. Sometimes, new equipment is the right option, but the industry has become more predatory, sending out salesmen in a tool belt disguise instructed to give homeowners few options other than spending $5,000-$8,000. As a contrast, our customers know that properly maintained equipment should last 20-30 years easily. Where do you see yourself in the future? Ensuring proper service training and high standards for quality control. DeLuxe HVACR has proven that a service-first orientation is possible and even successful. I would hope that our attitude becomes the norm for HVAC companies in our area. I would welcome that change in the competition!
6th Annual Hike For Hospice—A Walk to Remember The annual Hike for Hospice is a 5K walk that raises funds to help the Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice (FVVH) continue to provide support to individuals with life threatening illnesses and grieving people and their families. Kristen Johnson, Property Manager at BEI and President-Elect of the Board of Directors for FVVH will be walking with her family for the fourth year in a row. “Supporting such an important organization doesn’t get much easier than this. This is a great opportunity to pull family and friends together to remember loved ones while taking in the scenery that the Depot Pond provides in early fall,” states Johnson. Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is the largest volunteer hospice in the States. For more information visit www.fvvh.org.
Your BEI Building is hosting Coffee & Bagels In an effort to help our customers increase their networking efforts, BEI, at its various buildings, has been hosting morning gatherings. These “Coffee & Bagels” events are scheduled throughout the remainder of 2012. Be on the lookout for an invitation to a “Coffee & Bagels” event in your building. The coffee’s hot, the bagels are fresh...and best of all… BEI is buying! Come join us and meet your neighbors.
A little property management humor….
Recipe — Summer Fruit Tart What you need 1 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar, divided 1/3 cup cold butter, cut up 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. toasted PLANTERS Slivered Almonds, divided 2 tablespoon ice water 1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 1 egg 1 cup each fresh peach slices and blackberries 1 tablespoon apricot jam
Make It HEAT oven to 350°F. MIX flour and 1/4 cup sugar in medium bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. BLEND 1/2 cup nuts in blender until finely ground. Add to flour mixture with water; stir until mixture forms ball. Press onto bottom and up side of 9-inch tart pan. Bake 12 to 15 min. or until golden brown. Cool. BEAT cream cheese, remaining sugar and egg with mixer until blended. Pour into crust. Top with fruit and remaining nuts. BAKE 25 to 30 min. Microwave jelly in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 15 sec. or until melted; stir. Brush over tart. Cool. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.
BEI Reviews 4.4 Stars
“Wonderful treat for anytime of the day” “Unique” “Great combination of sweetness and tartness” “The savory cream cheese mixes well with the tart yet decadent fruit combo” “Awesome mix of fruit & almonds & cream cheese”
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... Fighting breast cancer, sampling delicious food and wine, taking in the beauty of Water Street Studios’ art displays, and spending time with your loved ones...what better way to spend a Friday night?
Recognize this group? This is our maintenance staff at the start of a hot summer work day...you probably see each staff member at our various properties, but it’s not often that you see the whole group together
How much wood did this adorable woodchuck chuck before our own animal expert Ted Campbell rescued it from a rental home’s basement?
Congratulations Molly, Mike, and Stephanie of the American Cancer Society for putting together such a fantastic Kickoff event!
Hottest. Summer. Ever. BEI Under Construction...or at least the street is. The city of Batavia installing fiber optic lines for BEI and it looks an awful lot like the guys on the job are pulling a Tebow...
Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper of the 501st Legion also made an appearance at the Making Strides Kickoff...and those who weren’t terrified took advantage of the picture perfect opportunity!
Featured Building: Hawthorne Industrial 980 Hawthorne Lane, West Chicago 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. Contact Scott Prudden for information: (630) 879-3680 Scott@bataviaenterprises.com
Paradise Sales & Marketing Raises Over $6000 For Charities St. Charles based Paradise Sales & Marketing donated the proceeds from their “Garage Tool Sample Sale” of new miscellaneous tools to four area charities. Joining Paradise Sales & Marketing to support this event were OnPath Financial Services and Batavia Enterprises, Inc. The “Garage Tool Sample Sale” held at the Cedar Avenue Business Center (CABC), South Dock on June 9 - 10 raised over $6,000 for Special Olympics Illinois, the United Way of Central Kane County, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center and Children’s Oncology Services. Proceeds were shared among the four charities. According to Bill Ness, owner of Paradise Sales & Marketing, “We were running out of storage space, and decided to host the Garage Tool Sample Sale to benefit these charities that help people in our community. We appreciate the support we received from our community.” Paradise Sales is a manufacturer’s rep firm and their product lines can be found in national retailers throughout the Fox Valley. “It was unbelievable! Paradise Sales hosted one of the best garage sales in the area. All the tools were samples – brand new. Batavia Enterprises and OnPath Financial were proud to support their efforts,” said BEI Property Manager Kristen Johnson.
Batavia Enterprises, Inc. Continues Expansion with Purchase of Historic Downtown Geneva Building Batavia Enterprises, Inc. is pleased to announce its purchase of 28 N. First Street in Geneva. Known locally as the Wrate House, BEI has added this beautiful historic building to its Fox Valley portfolio of residential, retail, office, warehouse and manufacturing properties. On Thursday, June 28th, BEI closed on the purchase of this pre-Civil War mansion that has been expanded and converted into office space over the last several decades. “Batavia Enterprises is always on the lookout for quality properties to add to our portfolio, especially in Geneva and St. Charles. With 28 North, we’re happy to increase our presence in downtown Geneva, especially with our Stevens Street Industrial properties located just 3 blocks away. Stevens Street also has indoor storage available,” shared Gerry Dempsey, BEI Chairman & CEO. 28 North will provide office space in a range of sizes to meet the needs of various businesses from a one person office to businesses requiring substantial square footage. BEI is also able to customize space to meet specific needs. The amenities in the building will include a common kitchen area and a state-of-the-art conference room available to customers leasing space. Included in the purchase was the parking lot that accommodates almost 60 cars for customers and visitors to 28 North. The Wrate House was originally built in 1852 by Allen P. Hubbard, Kane County’s first Circuit Clerk. It is believed that the stone for the foundation walls was quarried in Batavia and hauled by wagons over dirt roads to the building site. The building was added onto in 1975 and again in 1989. This 19,000 square foot building will undergo renovations to meet the needs of today’s businesses.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. President Calvin Coolidge
Going Back to Its Roots The Shelby Office Center in St. Charles, formerly known as the Shelby Elementary School, is going back to its educational roots with the newly opened Mid Valley Special Education Cooperative’s (MVSEC) teaching facility in Suite 100. Teachers will be working with special needs young adults in their ToTAL (Transition to Adult Living) Program, showing them how to live on their own, care for themselves, and various vocational skills. The students love their new location with an entirely new teaching kitchen fit for their needs and BEI is proud to welcome them into our family of customers.
BERE, LLC is Proud to Support Mooseheart Charities Every dollar raised for Mooseheart Charities goes towards healthcare, housing, clothing, back to school supplies and more for children at Mooseheart Child City.
BEI Gets Educated Congratulations to our Project Manager, Julie Kotalik, for getting her MBA from Northern Illinois University!
Cancer doesn’t ask. Cancer just takes. It’s our turn to fight back against breast cancer. BEI is teaming up with the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer in the Fox Valley. This noncompetitive 5K walk on October 14th is all about our local community coming together to end breast cancer. The BEI Family team started off strong in the fight when they co-sponsored the kickoff event with ACS and Gibby’s Wine Den at Water Street Studios on August 24th, raising over $7,000 to help ACS fight breast cancer. The money raised for the American Cancer Society goes toward funding research to find a cure, transportation to patients in need, support programs for patients and families, and wigs and other materials to make patients’ lives easier. We are opening our team to our customers and friends. If you are interested in joining our team or supporting our walk, please visit our team website: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/beifamily or contact team captain, Julie, at email@example.com. Help us make a difference!
Happy 10th Anniversary! TEQWORKS, located at 117 Flinn Street in Batavia, is the technology moniker of Argus Business Consulting Services, Inc. and is celebrating their 10th Anniversary of providing comprehensive IT support to businesses of all sizes and industries. Jerry and Matt Sidman started the firm in 2002 to provide professional IT assistance to small and medium sized business that has progressed to a full support Managed Services Provider that enables businesses of all sizes to experience the services only large firms were able to realize. Batavia Enterprises is thankful to have been a part of their history for eight of those years and wishes them 10 more years of growth and success. Congrats guys!
Batavia Enterprises, Inc. Leasing Industrial, Commercial & Residential Properties Since 1959 140 First Street Batavia, IL 60510 630-879-3680 www.bataviaenterprises.com
The BATAVIA ENTERPRISES team is always on the look out for customer news. If you know any “scoops” please call (630) 879-3680, fax (630) 879-3684 or email Julie@bataviaenterprises.com.
Patriotic Pop Quiz Answers http://www.usflag.org/colors.html "The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valor, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice."
Trick or Treat! Be the first to match the BEI staff member with their favorite Halloween costume and win a prize! Email your response by October 22, 2012 to Julie@bataviaenterprises.com. Dan
“Superfan by Chris Farley” “Cowgirl” “Hobo” “The Mask” “Glinda the Good Witch” Julie
“Blackhawks Ice Crew” Kay
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