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November 11th is known as Veterans’ Day in the US. This is a day to honor persons who have served in the United State Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries to mark the end of World War I.
In honor of Veterans’ Day here are a few members of the Synergy family that have previously served their country:
Sheila Jessup-Schwarz, US Air Force
Sheila served 12 years in the Air Force (six years of active service and another six in the reserves). During her service time in the early 1990s, she was stationed in Kuwait during Operation Desert Shield. In addition to her combat duty, she spent time in Japan and Alaska during her service.
Andre Blakely, US Air Force
Andre served almost nine years in the Air Force. He enlisted with the ambition of becoming a pilot, before eventually becoming an Aerospace Control and Warning Systems Operator while stationed at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, WA.
Tano Washington, US Marine Corps
Tano joined the Marine Corps in 1998 and served for five years. During his time with the Marines, Tano became an Assault Amphibious Vehicle Mechanic, performing automotive duties to the AAV family of vehicles. He was primarily stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC.
For much of this year, economic forecasts for Europe have been incomplete due to the uncertainty of the impending European Union referendum in the United Kingdom. While there was an expectation that a decision would bring more clarity, that belief has been obliterated with the Thursday’s decision to leave the EU.
UK’s political leaders must now focus their attention on the legal process for leaving the political and economic bloc of nations. The UK is now expected to invoke Article 50 of the Libson Treaty, which will start negotiations between the European and British leaders to decide the best way to untangle Britain’s role as both an EU member and free trade partner. These negotiations could take two years or more to complete.
Without a definitive plan or timeline for exit, economic uncertainty in Europe, and especially the UK, is likely to grow. Even after an exit strategy is formalized, the impact of new trade agreements on the global market isn’t likely to be identified until years later.
Synergy Global Housing serves global business travelers. We pride ourselves on helping erase the challenges that come from global mobility. The UK’s decision to leave the EU will likely make business travel across what had been a borderless region more difficult.
Today’s news, and the lack of clarity it provides, makes it even more important to rely on the knowledge of a trusted expert with experience dealing with global business travel. Synergy has an office in Dublin and boots on the ground in London, constantly reading the pulse of Europe’s housing market and global mobility needs.
We are committed to helping our guests and clients find simple solutions to complex challenges. The outcome of this week’s referendum only strengthens this commitment and we are excited about the future – as uncertain as it appears today.
Synergy Global Housing has created a dedicated group of corporate housing specialists steeped in relocation experience to serve the needs of relocation companies and their transferees. Known as SYNC, the new group is staffed by some of Synergy’s most seasoned people, whose sole focus is to delight guests by providing a world class mobility-centric experience.
Synergy understands how stressful it can be to relocate. That’s why a dedicated relocation group makes sense, because we give relocation counselors and transferees one-on-one attention coupled with speed and accuracy. We get it right the first time. SYNC is a true partner in a smooth transition and a guest experience that is unique in the corporate housing industry.
Synergy officially unveiled SYNC as part of Worldwide ERC’s America’s Mobility Conference 2016 in Houston, May 18-20. SYNC, short for SYNergy Connection, is led by Susan Becker, a 25-year veteran of the corporate housing industry. Becker assumes the title of Managing Director, Relocation Alliances.
SYNC has been designed as a result of detailed feedback from relocation management companies (RMCs) to best serve mobility clients and guests through enhanced focus, transparency and responsiveness.
“Everything we do has a sense of purpose,” Becker said. “Every idea, every innovation comes from listening to our customers. Our relocation management partners represent a vital part of our business, and as a corporate housing supplier, we are a vital part of theirs.”
The hand-picked team of professionals has more than 200 years of collective experience working with the relocation industry. The understanding, knowledge and compassion that comes with this level of industry experience means SYNC will find customized solutions for each individual guest. We never use a cookie-cutter approach.
“We are an extension of our RMC partners, and we have one chance to make a complex, confusing and stressful situation better,” Becker said. “If the temporary housing experience goes smoothly it sets the stage for the rest of the relocation. This is another way of treating each guest as if they are our only guest. At its core, SYNC empowers us to serve the customer at the highest level.”
Synergy Global Housing sent a few company representatives to this week’s Worldwide ERC America’s Mobility Conference in Houston, but almost everyone had a hand in a community outreach event associated with the conference.
Led by our friends at Plus Relocation, Synergy engaged in a project to put together toiletry/hygiene packs at Houston’s Star of Hope Homeless Shelter. The packs will be distributed to homeless men, women and children in the area who are without basic necessities such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and deodorant. Synergy also made a financial donation to Star of Hope, ensuring that the 5,000 care packs are delivered to those most in need of these basic survival items.
Also included in the packs were notes of encouragement hand-written by many members of the Synergy family. Most of the guests at Star of Hope don’t receive positive and uplifting mail. The notes and well wishes Synergy wrote will be placed in Star of Hope’s guest’s mailboxes or bunk beds to raise the self-esteem of those struggling with adversity.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on the San Diego Tourism Authority’s website.
With a variety of dining options, landmarks and beaches, San Diego has become one of the nation’s top tourism destinations. But new regulations have been imposed or are being discussed for San Diego County that could reshape the region’s tourism industry.
Since April 2015, the San Diego City Council has discussed tightening restrictions on private homeowners renting out their residences as vacation lodgings. Credit the “shared economy effect,” there has been a proliferation of people renting out entire homes or single bedrooms for short-term stays.
The council has debated preventing homeowners from renting out their property to guests staying fewer than 21 days. The issue isn’t confined to the city of San Diego either, as Solana Beach just enacted regulations on short-term rentals fewer than 7 days in length and Coronado bans home rental stays of fewer than 26 days.
The concern behind these new laws is that the online sites don’t properly screen property owners for guest safety and that these properties have an unfair advantage against licensed establishments (like hotels or bed and breakfasts). Several permanent residents are also worried about a growing chasm between themselves and the vacationers in their communities.
Many cities in California have already enacted laws affecting the short-term rental industry. San Francisco became one of the first when it prohibited some types of rentals that lasted fewer than 30 days. But San Francisco’s response was based on rising rent costs and the area’s housing shortage crisis.
San Diego is in a completely different situation due to the impact these restrictions may have on the tourism industry. By eliminating short-term housing, these areas have reduced the number of lodging options for tourists, which can raise the average price for a room. More choices for vacationers can often lead to a cheaper stay.
Carlsbad had tourism in mind last year when it limited short-term rentals to only the areas within the city’s coastal zone.
The local cities looking to regulate this industry have applied varying rules and restrictions depending on each area’s needs and worries. In the case of Carlsbad, these laws change from block-to-block.
Because there isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, staying up-to-date on the constantly-evolving laws in every city can take all the fun out of a San Diego vacation. That’s why it’s important to rely on a respected voice within the hospitality industry.
Instead of having to trust some guy online with a spare room for rent, add confidence to your next vacation by booking through one of the premier leaders in short-term furnished apartments – Synergy Global Housing.
Synergy has the tools and resources needed to stay current on the laws and rules – not just in San Diego, but globally. We’ve built our reputation as an industry leader by making our guests’ needs our top priority. Whether it’s interior design, green living or politics, Synergy is committed to staying informed about any issue that may affect our clients’ travels.
Synergy will also know how many days a stay needs to last in each neighborhood to avoid these restrictions. Working with a knowledgeable sales representative will help ensure your next trip to San Diego is the right amount of time, with just the right amount of fun.
Make your plans early, and make them with a respected industry professional to ensure what you want from your next visit to San Diego is exactly what you get. Contact Synergy at (858) 242-5900 or SDReservations@SynergyHousing.com to schedule an appointment with one of our market experts.
SAINT JULIANS, Malta – Synergy Global Housing has been awarded the Circle of Excellence Award as part of the European Relocation Association’s 2016 conference held in Malta on April 19-22.
The award was given to Synergy by its partner, AIReS, during the AIReS Partner Summit at the EuRA convention. The Circle of Excellence is given to companies that consistently receive high ratings from AIReS’ customer service surveys. Synergy was noted for routinely earning scores of 90 percent or better on the AIReS-organized surveys.
The award recognized Synergy’s commitment to exceeding guest expectations through its responsiveness and customer-centric business model. AIReS Vice President of Operations Joleen Lauffer and AIReS Director, Global Supply Chain, Brad Stevenson presented the award to Synergy Director of Global Solutions Denise D’Mello and Managing Director, EMEA Global Solutions Center, Suzanne Smith during the AIReS portion of the conference.
“Synergy Global Housing strives to ensure that the transition from country of origin to the new destination is as smooth as possible for every guest,” Smith said. “Exemplary customer service is at the core of our organizational values and we are always appreciative when our clients and partners recognize this.”
This is the second time this year Synergy Global Housing has been recognized for its customer service by one of its partners. Synergy received the 2015 Service Award for SIRVA Suppliers at the 4th Annual SIRVA University and Suppliers Summit in March.
Please visit SynergyHousing.com for more information.
The corporate traveler is typically surrounded in a concrete jungle made of high-rise buildings and concrete. Simply walking from an office building to your curbside UBER driver isn’t enough to clear your mind or burn excessive calories.
Take a Walk in the Park Day (yes, it’s a real thing) was created especially for those too busy to enjoy the physical and mental benefits from a nature walk. And with properties around the globe, Synergy has a ton of housing options to meet any need – even those looking for an outdoor escape.
In honor of today’s “holiday,” here are 9 Synergy Global Housing properties with access to amazing parks:
NEMA / Patricia’s Green (San Francisco, California)
Already known as one of the premier residential properties in San Francisco, NEMA is only minutes away from a small, but uniquely-San Francisco, public park named Patricia’s Green.
Golden Gate and Dolores Park usually grab all of the headlines for San Francisco’s green spaces, but this area is the perfect outdoor getaway from the non-stop construction and development defining The City today.
Patricia’s Green has a grass field, a jungle gym, picnic tables and two dog-friendly lawns. San Francisco’s personality is also on display in the area, with public art installations in and around the park. This space, founded in 1999, can become busy during weekday lunches with several dining options in the neighborhood giving workers an outdoor escape during their lunch hour.
Fraser Suites Sydney – Hyde Park (Sydney, Australia)
Fraser Suites Sydney is located adjacent to the Darling Harbour precinct, meaning it’s only a 5-minute walk to the city’s oldest public park, Hyde Park.
Park Street divides the area, with the two sections known as Hyde Park north and Hyde Park south. The northern half is famous for its monuments, including the park’s centerpiece, Archibald Fountain. The ANZAC Memorial and the Pool of Reflection headline Hyde Park south’s offerings.
Well-known for its fig tree lines avenues, Hyde Park takes its name from London’s famous park.
Crescent Village / River Oaks Park (San Jose, California)
This apartment community was purposely built around River Oaks Park, a five-acre park with tennis courts, playground and running trails.
Crescent Village is actually six different apartment buildings forming one complete residential community. Each of the buildings is a tennis ball’s throw from the park. The open fields around the park are perfect for dogs, while the playground provides the perfect spot for children to burn off some energy.
The park’s clean public restrooms are also a hit with reviewers on Yelp.
Treetops Executive Residences / The Singapore Botanic Gardens (Singapore)
Treetops Executive Residences already take advantage of the outdoors with is tropical enclave surrounding the property, but only a 10-minute drive is the world-famous Singapore Botanic Gardens.
The 156-year old tropical garden has been names Asia’s top park attraction by TripAdvisor, and was declared the inaugural Garden of the Year by the International Garden Tourism Awards in 2012.
The 202-acre garden contains the world’s largest collection of orchids, was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site by the United Nations and receives about 4.5 million visitors every year.
The Huxley / Plummer Park (West Hollywood, California)
Five blocks from The Huxley rests a massive outdoor recreational area named Plummer Park.
Almost every kind of outdoor activity can occur at Plummer Park with its open grass fields, tables and benches, children’s playground, basketball and tennis courts, community center and dog park.
The key to healthy living is diet and exercise, and Plummer Park also has your dietary needs covered. The Helen Albert Certified Farmers’ Market occurs every Monday, 9am-2pm, in the parking lot for Plummer Park.
Leeson Street Apartments / St. Stephen’s Green (Dublin, Ireland)
The Leeson Street Apartments are located right in the heart of Dublin’s City Centre district. This setting means you are only a 3-minute walk to St. Stephen’s Green, the largest park among the various garden squares in Dublin.
Originally, Stephen’s Green was used mainly as a public punishment center for criminals after it was enclosed in 1664. The area was a private park from 1814 to 1880, but underwent a massive renovation in 1880, as part of Sir Arthur Guinness’ plan to make the park public.
The historical evolution of Ireland is on display throughout the park, with many statues and monuments created centuries ago.
Ariva / Centrum Park (San Diego, California)
Located next to Synergy’s featured property, Ariva, is Centrum Park, a park with both a playground and a spacious grass field.
The white sand playground has slides, swings and picnic tables for the little ones. The grass field is popular with the dog community, as its large size gives owners enough room to bond with their pooch.
Feel free to bring your tablet if you want to sit at a table and read in the sunshine. Centrum Park has Wi-Fi for all visitors.
Hertford Street Apartments – Hyde Park (London)
Sitting on the doorstep to London’s Hyde Park are the Hertford Street Apartments. The complex has many modern amenities, such as The Met Bar and Nobu, but its location to the park can take you back in time to multiple eras of Great Britain’s capital.
Covering 350 acres, Hyde Park is arguably London’s most famous park and contains many of the city’s most famous landmarks. Hyde stretches from Kensington Palace, past the main entrance to Buckingham Palace, to Whitehall, a road which leads to Parliament Square.
North Park / Moitozo Park (San Jose, California)
There are six buildings that make up the North Park community, with each building surrounding Moitozo Park, a five-acre grassy area lined with palm trees.
Moitozo Park may not have many amenities, but makes up for it with its size. The grass field accounts for almost all of the park’s real estate. The flat and open layout makes it the ideal space for pick-up soccer and ultimate Frisbee matches.
A tree-lined sidewalk border runs along the outside of the field, offering joggers a path to work on their cardio. Each lap of the path is about half a mile.
Synergy’s global presence gives you, the traveler, the ability to customize your living space based on needs – even if that need is a great park.
Happy Take a Walk in the Park Day!
Worldwide ERC’s Shanghai Summit is one of the premier relocation mobility events in Asia Pacific. It gives the Synergy APAC Global Solutions Center team the opportunity to meet with our clients and partners that they don’t regularly meet with in person, as well as attend the breakout sessions to further educate and collaborate on current industry issues.
When Synergy made its first-ever appearance at last year’s Shanghai Summit, the primary goal was to promote Synergy’s global rebranding. This year, the focus was on client outreach.
“The face-to-face meetings help establish a more personal touch, which is a fundamental aspect of our brand,” Executive Vice President, Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, Peter Meyers said.
Meyers, based out of Synergy’sAmericas Global Solutions Center in San Ramon, CA, wasn’t the only person that had to travel to make the conference. Because the APAC team is based in Singapore, Managing Director Diana Ong, Director of Global Solutions Katie Lim and Account Executive Sheena Chan also flew to China to be a part of the event.
With Meyers surrounding himself with the three women, the group began to brand themselves, “Charlie’s Angels.”
While the focus of the trip was building connections with clients, suppliers and other partners, the team still managed to find some time to enjoy Shanghai. Meyers took a walk along the Huangpu River, visited the Shanghai Museum and dined in his favorite local neighborhood, the French Concession.
Lim said the highlight of her trip was getting the chance to walk through the city and enjoy the local restaurants.
“When in Asia, it’s all about eating,” Lim said.
Additional travel tips to China:
Katie Lim: Keep an open mind when traveling in Asia. Be aware of the Chinese culture and perhaps read up a little on some of the etiquettes, mannerism that are typical in the Chinese culture. It’s always good to get the name and address of the Hotel written in Chinese for safe keeping. It can come in handy when you get lost or you’re taking public transport back to your hotel.
Peter Meyers: Shanghai is a world city and offers something for everyone. Enjoy the usual visitor activities – shopping on Nanijing Rd, walking around The Bund, taking a night river cruise on the Huangpu. And then, more importantly, get off the beaten path and enjoy the less touristy sections of town, eat locally and get lost. Life is meant to be experienced and nothing quite beats getting out of one’s comfort zone.
To contact Synergy’s APAC Global Solutions Center about your next business trip to the Asia-Pacific region, email APAC@SynergyHousing.com or call +65 6692 9105.
Ask anyone for travel advice and the recommendations you receive might not ever end. That’s the first lesson I learned on a recent visit to San Diego.
I had never been to San Diego before, but as a Business Development Associate at Synergy Global Housing I had the opportunity to visit Southern California on a business trip last week. I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss any great experiences during my first visit to the area, so I asked anyone I knew for San Diego’s “must-see destinations.”
I received so much travel advice that once I arrived at the San Diego International Airport, I knew I would never be able to fit it all into my schedule. Instead of trying to fit all that advice into one trip, I focused on using my adventure-seeking skills and became a tourist on my own discovery terms.
I think I made the right decision because the main thing I learned on my trip to San Diego is that it’s the kind of place that you can’t overwhelm yourself with everything. You have to learn to enjoy the experiences of San Diego as they come.
Here are my top five favorite memories from my first time in San Diego.
Porkyland – Carmel Valley
I wanted some fresh seafood and a business associate recommended Porkyland for a quick lunch. I ordered some fried fish tacos and I think my taste buds are still in recovery. They were so good!
I ate these life-changing tacos outside next to a beautiful art sculpture to better enjoy San Diego’s weather. Porkyland was the perfect spot for an on-the-go weekday lunch.
The Air Conditioned Lounge – San Diego
At a business lunch I had casually mentioned my love of house music. One of the San Diego locals recommended I check out this nightclub, which offers an amazing showcase of dance music on Friday evenings. I really enjoyed this spot because of the music and because it was located away from the overcrowded tourist-heavy downtown scene.
A $4 ferry ride took me across the San Diego Bay to this resort island city, and I immediately fell for the beautiful views and amazing beach.
I rented a beach cruiser bike and began my own tour of the area. I had a map to guide me, but chose to follow other bike riders down multiple paths along the shoreline, eventually circumnavigating the entire island. I saw kids playing on the beach, rollerbladers, speed boats passing by in the water and a painting class being conducted outside the historic Hotel del Coronado.
The leisurely atmosphere provided by the bike ride allowed me to explore the Island on my time and on my terms, and was the ideal way to see this beautiful area.
George’s at the Cove – La Jolla
All I really wanted was a nice place to grab a drink and watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean as I left Coronado Island. I struck up a conversation with a local couple on the ferry, who recommended George’s at the Cove.
The combination of a scenic Pacific view, strong mixed drinks, tasty food and amazing service made this the perfect place to sit and watch the sunset for an isolated tourist. I had never tried tombo before, but being so close to the Pacific made me crave seafood. The Hawaiian-inspired albacore tuna was the perfect complement to my cocktail and ocean terrace view.
Ocean Beach – San Diego
All the recommendations I received advised me to check out Pacific Beach, locally referred to as ‘PB,’ but I ended up in the Ocean Beach neighborhood instead and still had a blast.
I was amazed at how similar Ocean Beach’s atmosphere was to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco. The area is heavily influenced by the local surfing community, with its chill attitude and graffiti street art.
I had also intended to go shopping at the small boutiques in the area, but the vibes I got from the beach kept my toes in the sand for most of the day.
This list is definitely incomplete, but that’s part of the joy of traveling.
I may have gone on this trip by myself, but with Synergy’s help, I certainly wasn’t alone. With options from Carlsbad to Coronado, and a region that can service any lifestyle and need, Synergy has an expert team in San Diego that can find the right accommodations for you. Call (858) 242-5900 to get in contact with a Synergy representative.