Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Adventures of Steve & Tena on the Verde Canyon Railroad

You should know, T and I travel around a bit after Road Show Season's. So here's another adventure to tell you about. The Verde Canyon Railroad train ride through the awesome Verde Valley.
The Verde Canyon Railroad folks are the best. They welcome you aboard and you know they are happy that you're there. We took the 1st class car and let me tell you it's luxury baby! Big, bold, suck- you-in-to-your-seat couches invite you to enjoy the beautiful view thru their picture windows. There is a complete bar with top shelf liquors and an expert Bar Tender to make whatever your heart desires. The bar tender was quick to get everyone involved in looking out the windows as she pointed out wild life and rock formations. Just as a side note, many of you reading this have met Teresa from the Verde Canyon Railroad at our Employee Network Road Shows. Don't be bashful about dropping her name, not sure it will really get you anything more than a smile but ya never know. Go take this trip, you'll be happy you did!

Cudo's to Big Daddy's Smokehouse

Official Employee Network Merchant Partner supports Phoenix Children's Hospital

Press Release 6/30/09

June 20th, 2009 Big Daddy's Smokehouse Sports Grill had its inaugural Big Daddy's Burger Eating Contest. Co-sponsored with LA Boxing of Ahwatukee, the event was well received by the Ahwatukee and West Chandler community. With 6 contestants all vying for the Grand Prize and the wish to be crowned "King Big Daddy" it was a close race amongst the top three.

The first place winner and Inaugural King Big Daddy is Mike Sullivan from Ahwatukee. He consumed 4 Big Daddy Burgers and 1 Pound of french fries in 43 minutes and 29 seconds. This equals about 5 pounds of food. "It was an incredible event, everyone had a great time and the top three finishers were very close to each other" said, Al Ames the Vice President of Happiness. "I Love the food here and when I heard that the Burger Eating Contest was to help out the Phoenix Children's Hospital, I knew I had to join. I hope this contest gets as big as the Nathan's Hot Dog Contest. It was a lot of fun and most of all a great cause", said Mike Sullivan Winner and King Big Daddy of the Burger Eating Contest.

1st Place and crowned "King Big Daddy" is Mike Sullivan an 09 grad from Desert Vista High School.
2nd Place was Vince Lucero from Casa Grande and a Mixed Martial Arts fighter.
3rd Place was Charles Parker of Ahwatukee

All net proceeds went to the Phoenix Children's Hospital. "Being able to donate to such a great hospital that is designed to help children from all walks of life is very rewarding", said Dustin Hayden, General Manager of LA Boxing of Ahwatukee.

"I couldn't agree more with Dustin", said Ames, "I remember how great the Phoenix Children's Hospital was when my daughter had to have surgery there". "It was a very trying time and the Hospital did a great job making my family and I as comfortable and informed as possible".

Big Daddy's Smokehouse Sports Grill is hopeful that we can do more of these charitable events. For more information on how we can help your organization please contact the President of Happiness, Staci Ames at staci@bigdaddyssmokehouse.com

Al Ames
Vice President of Happiness
Big Daddy's Smokehouse Sports Grill

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Employee Network completes the Spring Road Shows!

Another season down and what a season it was! The Employee Network and their awesome Merchant Partners shine in the glory of what might be the best Road Show Season ever. "We finished up in our 1st event ever at Lockheed Martin yesterday" said Steve Kogan President/Founder of The Employee Network. It was a great day as they were welcomed with open arms by the employees of this great company. "I don't know how many of them we saw but it was a lot" said Steve. They even parked The little Red Car in front of the guard shack with the lights and music blaring.

The events went off without a hitch this season. No catastrophes, injuries or equipment damage and the Merchant Partners were quite pleased with the new procedure changes. Steve says there are more changes coming before the next season as well. Its time to get back to the basics with a good old fashioned keep it simple routine.

Nevada Road Shows went well too. First was City of Henderson and then 2 at Southwest Gas with our finish at US Airways. Steve said "It was a tough week but we all had a great time with great showings of employees at all". All three are already requesting to schedule a fall date. Hard Rock Hotel is tentatively set for September 24th. The fall Nevada Road Shows will be huge as will be Arizona's already huge upcoming schedule.

The Employee Network has made some great additions as well this season. Like the brand new VIP Membership Card that was introduced at the Nevada Road Shows. This will give new members a sense of belonging while they share the Employee Network brand with Nevada. The Employee Network's 1st order of 18,000 high quality plastic, all black, VIP cards will be distributed freely at all Road Show Events from here on.

The web pages have been re-designed with the nav bar broken out. This will keep the clicks down while cumbersome category searching will be no more. "Its a lot more to look at but ultimately I believe our Merchant Partners will benefit", said Steve. They are still working on some of the category names as a work in progress. The colors of the pages will change over the next couple of weeks as well to give a more updated look.

This new blog has been installed on the site. The Employee Network will use the Blog to talk about events, share ideas, and brag about their Merchant Partners. This will add to the already high Google Rating making The Employee Network even more relevant to the World Wide Web communities.

If you have not visited their web sites in the last couple of weeks, make a point to do so now. If you see something they did not, drop a line to Andrea or Steve, they'll appreciate it. Also, check out the Past Events Category, you'll find all the event pictures are posted up to date including the Lockheed Martin event. Enjoy the summer!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Road Show to Lockheed Martin

Wow, our last Road Show for the season! I love the way it will end at Lockheed Martin too. This will be our first event ever at Lockheed and we are all really excited about it. I visited there today to tour our space. I met Cindy and Cookie and feel already like they are going to be good buds of mine. I was pleased to find a color flier about our event right on the security desk. We will have about 40 of our Merchant Partners there with us so that means we will have a lot of door prizes. That always makes it fun. The space is big so we will blow up lots of balloons to make it a party. If you are a Lockheed employee reading this, make sure you come by and visit us on June 11 10am - 2pm in the All Hands Room. Look for the Employee Network's little red roadster out front, you can't miss it.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Staying at The Sedona Real Resort

Just wanted to tell you all what a great time we had last weekend. We stayed at The Sedona Real Resort. Among other stuff we also road the rails on The Verde Canyon Railroad.

The room at Sedona Real was beautiful. We opted for one of the suites although we saw some of the other rooms that would have been awesome too. They even have a giant room with a full kitchen that would be perfect for the fam. Comfy bed, soft linens, cold air conditioning, fireplace and a Jacuzzi tub right in the living room!

The staff was really friendly and the concierge knowledgeable about their Sedona community. The grounds were manicured with lots of green plantings. There were so many things to do right down the street like hiking, Jeep tours (Pink Jeep next time), food, wine tasting and nightlife. We were tremendously happy and look forward to our next visit. Go visit, you won't be disappointed and The Employee Network discount of 25% wont hurt your feelings either. Next week I'll tell you about our trip on the Verde Canyon Railroad.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

City of Surprise a success!

The Employee Network did City of Surprise today. It was awesome with not even a hick up in our setup. The HR people there are a great team and super easy to work with. Andrea has been just awesome at making change to the process and setup of our events. You can already tell how much the Merchant Partners are responding to the change. The Employee Members at The City are really cool to work with. All of us enjoy this event every time we do it.

We had this one employee tell Andrea and I that she never wins anything. I told her that every time someone says that they win. End of the day came and we pulled the winner for the grand prize, she won! Just makes me smile!