A Summer On Nantucket Island

As spring winds down and the days get warmer, VPA prepares for the beginning of another great season on Nantucket Island, “The Faraway Island”. Between the long history, beautiful beaches, luxurious dining, and the quaint streets, this New England treasure is the place to be in the summer. We will be setting up our valet station downtown starting on June-September. To maintain the charming and picturesque feel that makes Nantucket so special, there aren’t many parking lots and there are no garages on the island. With thousands of visitors in the summer, parking becomes an issue. VPA’s valet service, conveniently located on Broad Street across from the Whaling Museum, provides an easy solution for visitors to enjoy their evening without the hassle of looking for parking.

Dan Caron, President Ted Changon, Jeff Belanger, and VP of Operations, Tim Graney at our downtown valet station

Rich Caron, President Ted Changon, Jeff Belanger, and VP of Operations, Tim Graney at our downtown valet station

Last year was our first year operating the town’s valet service. We sent over some of our senior employees to work this new account. Employees enjoyed the change of pace and scenery. Beach, sun, and waves; can’t beat a work location like that! Our employees came from all over our regions for the opportunity to stay in company-provided housing and work at Nantucket for summer.

Jeff Belanger and Henry Putnam at Galley Beach

Jeff Belanger and Henry Putnam at Galley Beach

We also provided valet service at one of the top restaurants on the island, Galley Beach. Restaurant guests enjoy the warm evenings overlooking the ocean while having their dinner. Providing valet service made it an even more pleasurable experience for the restaurant’s high-end clientele. Nantucket also makes for a luxurious wedding destination. Our private party valet service adds that extra measure of elegance for a Nantucket wedding.

We asked one of our employees, Henry Putnam, about his experience living on the island for a summer.

“Working on the island of Nantucket is a great summer experience, the work day starts at 5 and is usually done by midnight. The shifts are consistently busy so it goes by quickly.  In daytime there is plenty to do! Lots of nice beaches to visit and the days are beautiful, rarely humid or hotter than 85 degrees, most days are sunny and high 70s. The island has a vibrant young crowd with lots of fun people to meet, be it vacationers or other people working the summer on island. There is a live music venue, disc golf, bike trails and lots more. Absolutely take a bike, it’s a small island and a bike ride downtown is only 10 minutes, that said there are so many places to go! Lots of amazing scenery and best of all, no mosquitos!”

Some of our crew last year enjoying some downtime at the beach with President Ted Chagnon

Some of our crew last year enjoying some downtime at the beach with President Ted Chagnon

Johnny Inthaphiou, our Hartford Training Manager, spent some time last year working on the Island.  He shared with us his experience.

“My time in Nantucket was memorable to say the least. Being afforded the opportunity to work abroad as an ambassador for the company I wasn’t really sure what to expect. After a very short scenic ferry ride we arrived to the hustle and bustle of mid day activity in down town Nantucket. The atmosphere was filled with laughter and excitement while the air held scents of the surrounding saltwater and freshly prepared food.

The duration of my trip was filled with pleasant surprises. I was completely unaware of Nantucket’s rich history being at one point the whaling capital of the world. The cobblestone streets and the uniform construction of the houses with the cedar shingles almost takes you back to that point in time. The beaches were like that out of a pamphlet for an exclusive island getaway thousands of miles away. Sunsets had to be the island’s bread and butter, I’ve traveled to many corners of the world and would rate Nantucket high up on my list of beautifully preserved natural experiences.

The people are friendly, inviting strangers to sit and drink or play a game of sand bag toss or Frisbee. The food although has its pricey spots can be budgeted out to be fairly close to what you would expect to pay in a downtown area of any bigger city on the mainland.”

Whether you are visiting, living on the island, or working on Nantucket, it makes for a great and memorable summer. We are all excited for the 2013 season and can’t wait to see what is in store!

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We are currently hiring for our Nantucket account. If working at the beach for the summer, meeting new people, enjoying the outdoors, and earning some great extra cash interests you, apply at the following link. www.ValetParkofAmerica.com/employment.

VPA Attends Connecticut Job Fairs

VPA would like to extend our thanks to Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut for inviting us to their Job Fair today! The event had a great turnout. Located right in-between our Springfield and Hartford locations, ACC is a great location for us to recruit potential candidates for both areas. Job seekers in the Enfield and Windsor area have the option of working in Springfield, MA or Hartford, CT – or both! The ability to work in multiple locations can add a nice change of pace to a person’s work week. Our HR team looks forward to reviewing the qualifications of the individuals we met at today’s job fair!

Job seekers in Southern Connecticut can catch VPA at Norwalk Community College today as well, until 3:30 PM!

Looking for a job? If you are interested in working in any of our locations, mentioned in this post and beyond, contact jobs@valetparkofamerica.com for an opportunity!

Year End Review

This past year brought on a lot of positive changes and growth for VPA! Join us as we reflect on some of our top 2012 moments!

VPA Implements Employee of the Month Program

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2012 Winners:

February: Ryan Weser, Rochester NY, March: Matt Dell’Olio, UMass Medical Center, April: John Delago, Capital Region, May: Ricky Knorring, UMass Medical Center ER, June: Jon Clark, Lowell General Hospital, July: Mike Klinger, Albany Medical Center, September: Dustin Hildebrant, Vernon Downs, October: Yuriy Syromyatnk, Hartford Hospital and CCMC, November: Steve McGuinness, UMass Medical Center

To read their full stories check out our Facebook page!

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     VPA Featured in Business West

business westVPA was featured on the cover of Business West,  a premier business publication that discusses business trends, news and information in the Western MA region.  The issue that came out on Monday July 16th premieres a 4 page story on VPA.  The story gives a great insight into Valet Park of America’s past, present, and future.  It discusses the expansion our company has had in the past 20 plus years and what to expect from VPA in the future.

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Mike Arsenault Wins 2012 Howdy Award

Mike A-Mike Arsenault won the Howdy Award in the transportation category on May 15th at the Log Cabin.  The Howdy Award is presented by the Chamber of Commerce to a person who exemplifies excellence in hospitality.

Check out more of Mike’s story on our Moments That Matter page.

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Moments That Matter Award

Above L to R: Ricky Knorring and Micky Dumais tied  to win the Moments That Matter Award. Right: Our crew at the 2012 Six Flags trip.

Above L to R: Ricky Knorring and Micky Dumais tied to win the Moments That Matter Award.

To reward our top employees, we implemented a Moments That Matter Award.   All employees who attended our Labor Day picnic at Six Flags New Engalnd voted for their top pick.  Five nominees were in the running,  Mike Klinger, AMC Manager, Micky Dumais, UMMC Manager, Jon Clark, LGH Manager, Ricky Knorring, UMMC ER Captain, and Mike Arsenault, BMC Cancer Center Manager.  After tallying all the votes, we had two employees tie for first: Micky Dumais, UMMC Manager, and Ricky Knorring, UMMC ER Captain. The runners up won gift cards and both winners won iPads.

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Employees Buzz Off Their Hair To Raise Money For Pediatric Cancer

459842_477380678944630_232214616_o[1]On June 3rd Tim Duval, Nolan Skowera, Nick Schloesser, Kevin Black, Micky Dumais, and Mike Klinger buzzed off their hair for The One Mission Kid’s Cancer Buzz-Off.  The event  took place at Gillette Stadium and had over 450 people signed up to help this great cause.  Proceeds go to pediatric cancer patients and their families at Boston Children’s Hospital. Our team of managers were able to raise $2,552.25!

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Gabe along side our Albany Medical Center Team

Gabe along side our Albany Medical Center Team

Albany Medical Center Valet Team Suprises Young Patient

Our AMC team heard that one of the young patients was having his last chemo treatment. Our valet team made t-shirts to congratulate Gabe. He arrived with tears streaming down his face when he saw all the guys wearing shirts for him that said “Our Hero” and “Gabe’s Last Day of Treatment.” This truly was a heartwarming moment.

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VPA Launches New Brand

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To bring us into a new era of growth, VPA partnered with a branding company to update our look.  In 2012 we launched a new logo, website and slogan, “Driving You Forward”. We also have been actively using our Facebook page, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Blog as a communication tool for our employees, customers and clients.

Check out our original brand launch blog post and website blog post.

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We are excited for another great year in 2013!

VPA Implements New Hire Orientation

VPA’s Human Resources team recently revamped the way we train new employees. With the high volume of hiring we do in the Springfield and Hartford areas, we began inviting new hires to our Corporate Office in Springfield for a first day orientation. The main difference between the new orientation-style training and our old method is that it is done in a group setting, rather than one-on-one with a VPA Trainer. This helps to build camaraderie among our newest employees, and allows them to establish a relationship with their new coworkers right from the start. Coming to the Corporate Office also gives the new hires a chance to interact with our Administrative Staff, whom they typically would not meet in person while working out in the field, but will correspond with them over the phone throughout their employment.

All new hires are also administered a Welcome Packet, which contains company information and history, a copy of our Newsletter, and our Policy Manual. We are very excited to have successfully implemented this new form of training, and the initiates enjoy the opportunity to share their Day One learning experience with other newcomers.

Welcome, VPA New Hires!

Springfield and Hartford Area New Hires with HR Director Tim Duval at an orientation session:
(L to R) Tim, Musa, Addison, James, and Sergio.

**We are still hiring in both Springfield, MA and Hartford, CT! If you are interested in joining our team, apply for a position online at http://www.valetparkofamerica.com. We hope to see you at our next Orientation!**

VPA to Attend Job Fairs at Several Area Colleges

Valet Park of America jobs info table, with Now Hiring signs, company newsletters, application cards,
job descriptions, business cards, and free pens!

Valet Park of America is a great job for college students! We offer flexible hours and a willingness to work students’ job schedules around their class schedules. September is a busy time for us as many of our current employees who begin classes relinquish some of their work hours, while students coming into the area begin to search for employment opportunities while attending schools in our area. With these transitions happening, our HR team is especially busy. One of the ways we try to fill in the gaps left by employees who enroll in classes is by attending Fall Job Fairs. Many College Career Centers host job fairs where local employers can set up an information booth and interact with potential candidates. VPA will be traveling to several New England area colleges and Universities in the upcoming months in an effort to recruit students – and any other interested persons – to work as valet attendants at many of our busy locations.

Stop by our info table and ask how you can become part of our team
and receive one of these limited edition VPA Frisbees!

We have already had the pleasure of attending one such event on August 28th, at the Western New England University of Springfield, Mass – right near our corporate headquarters! Several of our current employees attend WNEU and we had the opportunity to meet some of their friends at the college, who expressed interest in working with their friends at a job they enjoyed. Members of our Human Resources team, HR Manager Mark Macero and HR Generalist Kelly Broderick, set up an info booth in the Rivers Memorial building on campus and handed out business cards, company newsletters, and online application cards, as well as VPA pens and Frisbees!

VPA Human Resources Manager, Mark Macero, ready to recruit some new candidates
at our jobs info table at WNEU – his Alma Mater!

It was a great opportunity to interact with motivated individuals who are looking to make a little extra money while attending school by working flexible hours in a fast-paced, teamwork-oriented environment. VPA would like to thank the staff at WNEU Career Services for allowing us to participate in the Job Fair, as well as the students for expressing interest in becoming an addition to our growing team!

Be on the lookout for a VPA table at your University’s next job fair!