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WINTER 2011 Inside this issue... Welcome Mike Rooney Extreme Makeover: Office Edition - Lighthouse Marketing Moves In Seasons of BEI Community Corner Featured Building Going the Distance— Tenant Relationships
The Presidents Corner… by Dan Stellato DO YOU KNOW YOUR LANDLORD? As I pen this article it is 8:00 am on a bitter cold Monday morning. Those who rent from Batavia Enterprises know where I am and how to reach me at anytime. You also know that our full-time maintenance staff has already been ―on the job‖ for an hour, and in fact today they are shoveling away as the nagging winter continues. Your property manager’s office is right next to mine. They are already on the phone organizing and structuring their day.
Our Chairman and Vice President along with our Controller are busy in their offices. We are all in, and we are all available to serve the needs of our customers. It may sound boring or even monotonous but it is the only way to really take care of our customers when you are in the Property Management business; and we have been doing so for over fifty years.
Jim Saloga Joins Board of Directors
We can visit any of our buildings within 15 minutes, many of them in a matter of seconds; true hands-on property management.
Those who do not rent from BEI should ask themselves a very important question: How well do I know my Landlord?
Slow Cooker BBQ Pork— A warm meal on a cold day
Winner of “Make BEI Laugh” Contest
Upcoming Events February: 19th - West Chicago Chili Fest. 123 Main. Call Park District 630-231-9474. 19th - Fabyan Japanese Garden Winter Walk. Fabyan West Forest Preserve, 1pm. 26th - Batavia Parks Foundation Benefit. Eastside Community Center, 6:30pm.
March: All Month - “All Aboard” Exhibit at West Chicago City Museum. 5th - Batavia MainStreet Gala on the Fox. Lincoln Inn Banquets, 5:30pm.
Is your landlord accessible? Do you know the maintenance professional for your building? How long has your landlord been in business? Does your landlord have any plans to sell your building? If you had an emergency in your leased space, how long would it take for your landlord to respond? How long have the employees of your landlord (if they have any at all) been with the company? These are just a few questions you should be able to answer, and to your satisfaction, about your landlord or it is time to look around for someone who cares as much about you as they do about their own business. At Batavia Enterprises we are proud that we are a local community based property management firm with over fifty years of experience. There is a reason that many of our customers have chosen to rent from us for more than 10 years and some as long as fifty years. We have coached some of our customer’s children on local sports teams, we have attended some of our customer’s weddings, and sadly even some funerals. We take pride in knowing our customer’s business as well as we know ours so that we can help them network amongst our other customers and other businesses in the area with whom we have solid, long lasting relationships.
There are many reasons we have been in this business for over fifty years. We don’t sell 13th - Sunday Afternoon Concert Series at our properties, we really enjoy this area, and most importantly, we really enjoy helping our STC Public Library, 2pm. customers’ businesses grow.
Leasing and Property Management Experts of the Fox Valley
Extreme Makeover: Office Edition Two Week Build out Lighthouse Marketing Services, Inc. is the newest tenant on Flinn Street Two weeks…that’s how long Batavia Enterprises had to turn raw industrial space into the corporate headquarters of Lighthouse Marketing Services, Inc. By working closely with Lighthouse founders Scott and Kim Salvati, Steve Vasilion of Vasilion Architects, plus the well organized construction crews of Shales McNutt and the City of Batavia Building Department, Suite A, of 115 Flinn Street welcomed its newest tenant on January 1, 2011 — exactly fourteen days since the first construction worker entered the space to begin the building process. Lighthouse Marketing Services, Inc, founded by the Salvati’s in 2000 is a marketing services company that helps a variety of companies articulate and communicate their message through any medium of graphic communications. With 10 years of proven success, the Salvati’s knew it was time to create an office environment that would spark their creativity while meeting their technological needs. They designed their work environment to showcase the exposed limestone walls, the original, hand restored wooden timbers, high ceilings, and large windows bringing in natural light. ―We had a blast designing our space. We were able to combine function and form to create our work stations,‖ according to Scott Salvati. And it was all accomplished on a very tight deadline, and within budget.
Moving Up in the World! Congratulations to Mike Miller, Maintenance Professional at BEI, for his promotion by the City of St. Charles to Senior Emergency Preparedness Technician within the Emergency Management Agency, under the supervision of the St. Charles Fire Department. Miller will assist the city and its citizens in a variety of situations, including natural or man-made disasters. Miller will be one of the top officials assisting with the city’s response in a disaster/crisis situation. Miller will also continue working towards his Illinois Professional Emergency Manager designation.
Megan Kelly Photography of Geneva: Documenting Life...One Photo at a Time ―I love to tell a story with my portraits. Instead of stiff, 'say cheese’ poses, I use lifestyle photography to capture the true essence of a person in the click of a shutter,‖ shares Megan Kelly, owner of the Geneva photography studio bearing her name. In business since 2007, Megan’s studio is located in the historic area of downtown Geneva. As a lifestyle portrait photographer, Megan loves to document all the different phases in an individual or family’s life. Megan combines her BFA in Photography with her experience as a wife and mother of young children to create enduring photographs. To learn more about Megan Kelly Photography of Geneva, please call 630-363-5279 or visit www.megankellyphotography.com.
Slow-Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches What You Need! 1 boneless pork shoulder (2 lbs.) 3 onions, sliced, separated into rings 1/2 cup Kraft Original Barbeque Sauce 8 Kaiser rolls 8 Kraft singles
Make It! Place meat in slow cooker; top with onions and barbeque sauce. Cover with lid. Cook on LOW 8-10 hours (or HIGH 4-5 hours).
BEI Reviews 4 Stars!
“Very moist, less gristly than other pulled pork” “Good flavor, but had to add more BBQ sauce.”
Remove meat from slow cooker; cut off and discard excess fat. Chop meat into small pieces or shred with fork. Return to slow cooker; stir to coat with sauce.
“Meat was so tender & juicy.”
Fill rolls with meat mixture and Singles just before serving.
“Pretty good...added more BBQ sauce for more flavor.”
Tip: Serve with a mixed green salad tossed with your favorite Kraft Light Dressing.
“No extra anything needed!”
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... Megan Kelly of Megan Kelly Photography of Geneva presents a gift certificate to Michele Barker of Drendel & Jansons Law Group, winner of the Caption Contest.
Batavia Cares, a local community organization supports the troops. Kristen Johnson collects toys from BEI staff for Toys for Tots. Kristen Johnson, Karen Hollis and Jan Gibson of Batavia Women in Business help out Santa.
Recognize the BEI maintenance staff? Taking a quick break behind the snow mountain is Ted Campbell, Dave Perr and Kevin Boedewig.
Batavia Plaza Day
BEI Chairman/CEO Gerry Dempsey presented gift certificates to two of the three lucky winners, while Property Manager Marcy Berry presented the other certificate. The Panera gift card went to Amy Dillenberg of Molly Bolz Realty; the East China Inn certificate went to Sarah Theros of Batavia Animal Clinic; and the Daddio’s Diner gift card was presented to Andrea Goudy of Andrea Goudy MSW. Congratulations to all — and thanks to the Plaza’s restaurants for their support.
Featured Building: Batavia Business Center
The Batavia Business Center, formerly the Batavia Post Office, boasts a superb downtown location and a stately appearance. Located on Wilson Street, just one block west of the Fox River, over 26,000 cars pass by the Business Center daily. This historic landmarked building with marble floors and walls also boasts a renovated lobby and attractive office space. Antique stained glass windows add to the overall charm of the building. Office suites are available in a variety of sizes, and ample parking is available at the rear of the building. Available Office Space: from 150 sq. ft. to 2,000 sq. ft. Contact: Marcy Berry at 630.879.3680 Marcy@bataviaenterprises.com
Community Corner Four years ago, long time civic volunteer Don Haines established the Fox Valley division of the Toys for Tots program. He quickly realized a large storage facility was needed to safely store the donated gifts. For the fourth straight year, Batavia Enterprises has donated the needed warehouse space. The 5,000 sq. ft. facility allowed Haines and the team of ―Santa’s Helpers‖ to have a central location to properly organize the toys. This year, the Fox Valley Toys for Tots program provided nearly 5,000 families with toys for children of all ages, from infant to mid-teen. In 2009, there were 100 drop off locations in the Fox Valley. This year there were over 250 drop off locations to make it easier for citizens to drop off new, unwrapped toys. According to Haines, the economic downturn has prompted more families to turn to Toys for Tots and the program was able to meet the increased need.
Going the Distance... Making Tenant Relationships Work for Decades For over 50 years, Batavia Enterprises, Inc. has been a locally owned and operated property management company. We’ve been fortunate to work with a variety of companies — from a small, one person business requiring 150 sq. ft. office space to a nationally known corporation requiring 45,000 sq. ft. — and each of these businesses is important to us. At BEI we don’t see ourselves as just a landlord. We view ourselves as a supporting partner in our customers’ businesses. We enjoy our supporting role…quietly encouraging local business owners, acting as a sounding board for their various business ideas or advocating on behalf of our community. Most of our tenants have been with us for years, and in many cases decades. And in one very special case, a tenant has been with us for half a century. (That’s longer than most marriages!) One of our very first tenants was Batavia Plaza Liquors, owned by Dick LaVoy. According to BEI Chairman/CEO Gerry Dempsey, as the Batavia Plaza was being built, Dick would call BEI founder Larry Dempsey monthly to check on the shopping center’s construction, and let it be known he wanted to be a tenant. As luck would have it, Batavia Plaza Liquors was the second tenant when the Batavia Plaza opened in 1962, and continued as a strong presence in the Plaza until the early 1980’s when Dick sold his business. But it didn’t take long for Dick to find his way back to Batavia Enterprises. In 1984 Dick wanted to get back into retail and he became a BEI tenant at Riverside Commons with his new business, Reel Pro Video. Flash forward to 2011, and Dick LaVoy has enjoyed five decades of success with BEI. Often times a tenant will start out with a small amount of space, but as their business grows – we are able to support their growth by providing them with space that meets the demands of their business. One of our long term tenants started with 250 sq. ft. in the mid 1980’s, and today they are occupying over 35,000 sq. ft. of specially designed space to meet their needs. BEI has been there supporting and encouraging their growth square foot by square foot. Even with difficult economic conditions, we have still seen new businesses opening or even expanding in our community. Lighthouse Marketing Services, Inc. (profiled on page 2) is one of our newest customers. They have joined the other businesses on Flinn Street in bringing a new vitality to downtown Batavia. From Batavia Plaza Liquors and Reel Pro Video to Lighthouse Marketing Services, Batavia Enterprises has a variety of buildings and office configurations to meet the needs of almost any company. Property management is more than just being a landlord – it’s an opportunity to play a supporting role in the success of another business. And judging by the low customer turnover – we’ve all worked well together for years, and even decades.
New face ON STAFF Batavia Enterprises, Inc. welcomes Mike Rooney to the BEI Family as a new member of the Maintenance Department. He will continue the tradition of providing quality service to tenants while maintaining various commercial, industrial and historic properties in the Tri City area. Mike joins Batavia Enterprises with a background in construction and grounds management, and is excited to use his knowledge and expertise maintaining the numerous BEI industrial properties – including the Stevens Industrial Center in Geneva and the Howard Industrial Center in West Chicago. He previously worked for Landmark Station, an 80 unit senior living residence in Elk Grove Village. Mike worked closely with the residents, and he was well known for his outstanding customer service. Mike enjoys sports, especially hockey. He lives in Carol Stream with his wife, Mary, and has four children.
Making It All Worthwhile…. Everyone at BEI takes their responsibilities very seriously, and when one of our tenants takes the time to compliment us...well, it just makes our day…Thank you! Dear Batavia Enterprises, ...The people at your company are outstanding. From Mr. Dempsey asking me how business is, Mr. Stellato asking me if I need anything, to Marcy power washing spiders, and keeping the rock salt away from the front door. The employees at your company truly are great. Every morning Ted says hello to me, he’s never missed one. Thank you for everything you do all year long. Russ Giaimo and the Walgreens Staff
Good News for All Tenants! Batavia Enterprises is now accepting rent payments online! If you are interested in this time saving benefit, just complete the four following steps: 1. 2. 3. 4.
Contact your property manager and tell them you’re interested. The Property Manager will fill out the Electronic Accounts Payable form and give it to you. You bring the completed paperwork to your bank so they can finish the authorization process. Bring your Property Manager a copy of the bank authorization and you’re ready to go!
Save time, energy, and paperwork. Contact your property manager today!
New Member Joins Board of Directors Batavia Enterprises, Inc. welcomes James E. Saloga to the Board of Directors. ―We are honored to welcome Jim to our Board of Directors. Jim has a wealth of knowledge in real estate development that will serve the Board well as we move forward.‖ said Chairman/CEO Gerry Dempsey. As a Senior Partner with Kuhn, Mitchell, Moss and Saloga in Naperville, Jim was instrumental in handling a landmark textbook case in front of the Illinois Supreme Court. He later focused his expertise in zoning, land development and commercial real estate. He was instrumental in the comprehensive zoning of The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL; Clow International Airport in Bolingbrook, IL; and Naperville Crossing, a $500 Million Town Center Development in Naperville, IL. Jim retired from Kuhn, Mitchell, Moss and Saloga in 2000. In 2001 he co-founded Home Closing Services, Inc. in Naperville and is the company’s chief legal counsel. Home Closing Services processes as much as $250 million annually in residential real estate closings. Jim and his wife Bobbi reside in Bradenton, Florida; and together they have 4 children and 10 grandchildren.
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 us at email@example.com.
Caption Contest Winner
MOVIE contest! Calling all movie fans! Be the first to match the BEI staff member with their favorite movie line and win a prize. Email your response by March 15, 2011 to Sara@bataviaenterprises.com.
“Just when I thought I was out……they pull me back in.” The Godfather 3 “Mr. Lumbergh told me to talk to payroll and then payroll told me to talk to Mr. Lumbergh and I still haven't received my paycheck and he took my stapler and he never brought it back and then they moved my desk to storage room B and there was garbage on it…” Office Space “Leave the gun … take the cannolis” The Godfather “Oh Ron, there are literally thousands of other men that I should be with instead, but I am 72 percent sure that I love you.” Anchorman “Go ahead, make my day.” Dirty Harry
“Nobody puts “Baby” in a corner” Dirty Dancing
Is rescuing Santa really part of my job description?
Congratulations to Michele Barker of Drendel & Jansons Law Group. Michele won a complimentary photos session for two with Megan Kelly Photography of Geneva
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