A Tribute to Our Fathers

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and father figures out there. We hope you enjoy your special day!

“I was born in South America. When I was 4 years old, my father brought our family here to the United States. He wanted a better life for his family.  As an adult, I can only imagine how scary that must have been to start over in a new country, language and culture unknown. But his bravery gave my sister and I opportunities that were limitless and I’ll always be grateful to him for taking that huge step. This Father’s Day, we will be celebrating my dad by having a BBQ and hopefully a sail in the evening!” – Mariela Blanco, Director of Sales

“My dad taught me to never hold a grudge as you never know what tomorrow will bring. We’re going to have dinner at Seasons 52 to celebrate Father’s Day this year.” – Melissa Dill, Catering Sales Manager

“My dad taught me that Frank Sinatra was the best singer who ever lived! I’m spending the day with my daughter and her dad! It’s his first Father’s Day!!”
– Antoinette Mastropieri, Conference Services Manager

“One life lesson (wow there’s so many though) I would say to reach for the stars and any goals that you set for yourself you can achieve them as long as you put your mind to it and try your hardest you will succeed, and I remember my dad was always so proud of me no matter what. Plans for father’s day is spending it with all the dads I know at my mom’s house with a BBQ, smoked ribs, pool, sun, and great company.” – Cindy McClenahan, Assistant Catering Manager

“My father taught me to be independent. He was a hard worker an also taught me many thing in the construction field. My father passed away 14 years ago.” – Jennifer Dockery, Housekeeping Assistant Manager

“All through my life, my dad always worked hard. He would go into work early in the morning before anyone else was awake and he’d come home in the evening. Then we’d have dinner, which was usually something simple except on the weekends, when he didn’t have to work. My dad taught us (my brother, sister, and me) to work hard, be humble, and always say “Thank you” to people. People appreciate it when you thank someone for their time or for a favor. I find myself doing that to this day. He wasn’t really one that bragged about their accomplishments. He thanked everyone that helped him along the way. That is one of the main lessons that my dad would drill into our heads when we were kids and young adults. – Karine McShulkis, Purchasing Manager

“My father has taught me that every time one door closes another one opens, and no matter what you do for work, do it to your fullest ability. I have used both of these lessons in my daily life. My father used to have a company that installed plumbing in new houses, he lost it when the housing market crashed but he never gave up. He had many jobs and he always excelled at what he did. I admire him for that and that has been an example for me to strive towards. For Father’s Day, we are going to Art All Night in Trenton. It has been something that we have done before and it is always a great night to spend with my dad.” – Zachary Marcus, Front Desk Agent

Special thanks to our staff for taking part in our tribute to Father’s Day. If you’re looking for plans for this weekend, you can always visit us for a delicious meal at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room!

Call for reservations at 609-688-2600. YankeeDoodleTapRoom.com

Meeting Planning 101

In-person meetings provide an invaluable opportunity for colleagues to collaborate and build relationships. Let us help you create a meaningful experience in one of Nassau Inn’s thirteen versatile meeting rooms!

New to meeting planning? Nassau Inn’s Conference Service Manager, Kyle Pitts, has been with us for 5 years and shares his top 5 meeting planning tips to get you started. Follow his advice and you will look like you have been meeting planning for years!

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  1. One of the first people you will be in touch with when you call to plan your meeting is your Conference Service or Catering Sales Manager. This person is your lifeline. They will guide you through the planning process from start to finish. Make sure to share all the details and concerns you have up-front, and ask lots of questions.
  2. Determining your headcount can be tricky when you first begin to plan, however, a good estimate is essential to ensure you have the proper room size. If you have a few people you are unsure of, it is best to include them in the count so that the room selected is the right size for your maximum number of guests. Keep in mind, your final guarantee is not due until closer to the event and you will be able to adjust your numbers by up to 30%.
  3. Don’t let hunger interrupt your team’s focus. Our EMP package provides meals as well as a morning and afternoon break with snacks. People are more productive and energetic when fueled with healthy meals and snacks! Be sure to ask your guests if they have any dietary restrictions before you provide your final head count. We can always accommodate allergies and special requests.
  4. Do you have a presentation? Will you be bringing a Mac or PC laptop? Let us know these details so we can ensure you a successful audio visual presentation. It’s always a good idea to do a practice test before the meeting should your schedule allow.
  5. Room set up can be one of the most confusing aspects of planning! This should be determined based on what style meeting you are conducting and is one of the first questions you will need to answer when booking a room. The U-shaped set up is great for small-medium size meetings with projector presentations, and allows for interaction amongst colleagues.
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    Classroom style works well for larger team meetings and lecture presentations. A pod set up is also great for larger group meetings that will eventually break down into smaller team huddles. If you are unsure what setup to go with, your sales manager can offer advice based on your meeting needs.Nassau Inn ConferencesNassau Inn Conferences

If you plan on hosting your guests overnight, stay tuned for our group room block 101 blog post coming soon!


About the Author: Lily Lee is the Marketing Assistant at the historical Nassau Inn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Communications, minor in Digital Information & Media, and a passion for English and creative writing.