Ensuring safety is one of Synergy’s biggest responsibilities. This goes for not just our guests, but our employees as well.
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.”
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.
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.
BAY BRIDGE NOW CLOSED!
The Bay Bridge — western and eastern spans — is scheduled to close tonight at 8pm Wednesday, August 28th, and reopen to traffic at 5am, Tuesday, September 3rd.
Bay Area Bridges
The San Mateo-Hayward, Richmond-San Rafael, Golden Gate, and Dumbarton Bridges will all be open. Motorists should allow extra time for travel when using other bridges. You wont be the only one with this alternative idea!
BART Open 24 Hours a Day
BART will be open while the Bay Bridge is closed over Labor Day weekend. BART will run trains on a 24 hour basis beginning the night of Wednesday, August 28th until the night of Monday, September 2nd. BART resumes normal weekday service at about 4 am on Tuesday, September 3rd.
Bike to BART
Ride your bike to your local BART station and bring your bike with you on the train any time. From July 1, 2013 to December 1, 2013 commute period restrictions will be modified and bikes will be allowed on all trains and in all stations at all times. During commute hours, bikes are not allowed in the first three cars of any train.
Bike Shuttle Service
During the 2013 Bay Bridge closure, a special Bike Shuttle service will be offered from Thursday, August 29th through Monday, September 2nd. Click here for more details.
Share your commute details and help create a new vanpool or join an existing vanpool to work with vRide. 511 Rideshare can also help commuters find or start a carpool or vanpool. Upon receiving your commute matches, simply contact the people on the list to make your arrangements. You can also call 511 and say “Rideshare” to get set up.
Need additional help planning your commute or arrival? Be sure to visit 511.org or call 511 for real time traffic conditions, detour routes and public transportation alternatives.
Or give Synergy a call at (800) 600-1115 and we will be happy to assist you!
Each year since the 1990’s over 65,000 H-1B visas are granted by the US government to highly skilled and specialty trade professionals to come work in the US. These individuals are highly sought after and come from countries all over the world. In recent years the imposed 65,000 visa cap has been exhausted within the first few days that applications were accepted. Clearly the need for these specialists as well as the applicant pool is in high demand, therefore increasing the competition in the market place among companies vying for these specialists.
Synergy understands the investment that companies are making in each of their employees including their foreign workers and the value that they give to your organization. Synergy feels the same about each guest we serve and the desire to provide, not just a place to sleep, but a place to live. Our goal is to become an extension of your organization, a part of your team, and to provide comfortable, convenient and welcoming accommodations for your most valuable assets – your people.
As all H-1B visa holders will begin work in the US in the beginning of October, reach out to Synergy now to secure housing for your incoming associates. Our premier locations throughout the US are close to your offices and public transit. We offer flexible lease terms and an unmatched level of service. Have the peace of mind to entrust your extended stay or temporary housing program to a partner dedicated to deliver a quality experience every time.
Synergy has experience serving all types of temporary housing programs such as interns, relocation, travel, and more. Visit our website for more information on our corporate housing solutions.
To better serve the needs of our clients and accommodate the continuing growth of our company, we are pleased to announce that Synergy Corporate Housing has relocated its worldwide headquarters! Our new larger office will provide our talented sales, operations and client services teams with a state-of-the-art facility from which to provide our guests and customers with the highest quality corporate housing experience they’ve come to expect.
Please note our new offices: