I wish to nominate our fabulous community manager NathalieF for a Spirit to Serve award.
For the last several months she has worked (virtually in secret) to secure an Insider rate for the get together most on this site are calling TIPPLE. I suspect it took her a bit longer than she anticipated, but she came up with a fantastic rate at a superb hotel, the JW Houston Downtown, as well as access to the CL for all attendees all weekend. That's all I asked for. However, she exceeded my expectations. Nathalie arranged for Marriott to host a cocktail reception for us.
I'm not sure how many emails and phone calls it took to make all this happen. I do know, she and I corresponded for about 5 months as she worked out the details for what will undoubtedly be a fantastic event.
Nathalie F. deserves a Spirit to Serve award more than any Marriott associate I have encountered during my travels. The customer service she demonstrated over almost half a year is exemplary. Many of have noted the great job the moderation team does on this site. For just this one event, almost no one knew how much work happened behind the scenes.
Thank you Nathalie. I hope you get chosen to receive this award. You truly have earned it by showing the amazing Spirit to Serve.
It's been a tougher task than we thought, but then we were very wrong on the small numbers (ie single figures) we expected, which as they increased added to Nathalie's headaches and the need to be a little more organised than just a quick TIPPLE - gotta love that name, which genius coined it? Now he does deserve a "Spirit to Serve"... (Mines a double, and don't forget that paper umbrella thingy)
I have been liaising with bejacob during these winding discussions and the outcome has I think been well worth both Bejacob and Nathalie's sterling efforts...
bejacob, you really know how to make a community manager smile! Thank you so much for the nomination, and all others that have chimed in! You've really made my day heck, year! It's been my absolute pleasure to help you plan the meetup, and I know anyone how attends will have a fantastic time. I think it's so amazing that many of you have been friends via this website for years, and are now finally meeting face-to-face this September! Our team is honored and excited to host the cocktail reception for you.
Greetings, bejacob and fellow Insiders! Thank you again for helping to acknowledge Nathalie and her outstanding service. As a result of your nominations, Nathalie will be receiving Marriott's Spirit to Serve award. We're really appreciative that you took the time to recognize Nathalie, and we hope you enjoy the upcoming gathering and reception!
When bejacob gives you these kind of accolades you have to be deserving of this award. He certainly recognizes excellence when he sees it. I add my congratulations to you along with the many other esteemed members of this board. Best wishes and success for the upcoming TIPPLE event.