Andrea Freeman Promoted to Regional VP Operations

SUN is pleased to announce the promotion of Andrea Freeman to Regional Vice President Operations. In her new role she will manage the housekeeping operations of the Carolina’s Region and area Directors.

Andrea has grown into an outstanding leader at SUN who is passionate about people, service and building key relationships. Andrea started her career at SUN in 2003 as the Assistant Director at Ellington at Wachesaw East in Murrells Inlet, SC. As she steadily honed leadership skills, she was promoted to Director in 2015. During her tenure, Andrea managed several resort properties simultaneously along the Grand Strand, including Ellington, Sandpebble Beach Resort, Blue Water Resort, Sea Mystique Resort, and Travel Advantage Network. She is a key contributor to the success and growth of SUN leadership, often traveling and mentoring new Directors. In late 2020 Andrea was promoted again to Area Manager where she helped launch the new Sun Services division for the commercial and residential market.

“Andrea has been a responsible, highly regarded leader in our organization for quite some time. This promotion is well-deserved and we look forward to her heightened contributions,” stated David Fries, President & COO.

2020 Employee Shout Out Winners

The 2020 Employee Shout Outs from guest comments are in! Each year we track when a guest mentions SUN employees in their feedback, indicating great service received. In the pandemic era of social distancing and contactless service, much of the customer interaction gave way to safety protocols and guest expectations of enhanced cleanliness. Even so, our passionate staff were able to find moments of care and connection that impacted the guest experience.

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SUN Launches ‘Sun Services’ Cleaning Division, Promotes Andrea Freeman and Andrew Fries

Last year created many challenges for the hospitality industry but also presented great opportunities. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to announce our entry into the commercial and residential cleaning space with our new division, Sun Services, and the promotion of Andrea Freeman and Andrew Fries to lead this new expansion.

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Benefits of Recurring Cleaning

 

Did you know?

  • People consider cleanliness as a top priority when deciding whether they want to return to a business or visit a home.
  • A reduction in the number of germs, bacteria, and dust floating around means a healthier environment for everyone.
  • Cleanliness can help prevent or reduce the occurrence of slips, trips, and falls.
  • Cluttered spaces, dirty bathrooms, and unkempt areas can increase stress and anxiety levels.

Clearly, cleanliness is key. Here are 8 benefits of a recurring cleaning service for your home or commercial space:

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A Message from our President: SUN’s Commitment to Cleanliness and Safety

To Our Customers and Partners:

As a trusted partner in the hospitality industry and cleaning professionals for over 15 years, SUN is committed to the health and safety of our teams, guests, and communities. Although, we take great pride in our already high standards of cleanliness, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has presented a shift in focus to address new changes in behavior and along with enhanced cleaning expectations as the ‘New Normal’. SUN is ready and capable to adapt in this new environment.

In the time of crisis, information and communication are critical. We continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation daily for up-to-date and accurate information by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and localities where we work. As the coronavirus situation evolved quickly back in March, SUN was proactive in distributing information and taking steps to protect our staff and partners. We will continue to evolve and update our communications with relevant guidance from the CDC and WHO.

Taking Care of Our SUN Family

While our offices remained open to support our clients and staff, we were deeply saddened when some resorts were forced to close their doors, even if only temporarily. The impact to the hospitality industry and its employees is felt far and wide. At SUN, we consider ourselves family and we try to take care of our family. Several of our teams and partners have been working side by side to successfully organize and manage Food Pantries and mobile food distribution sites for employees needing some extra support. This has been a huge success in helping our most vulnerable through this difficult time. We Are SUN, We Are One.

With resorts closed and much of our workforce furloughed, SUN established a two-way mobile text platform for employees to contact with questions or concerns. Weekly digital ‘check-ins’ with staff helped keep them informed, engaged and supported. We have remained in daily contact with site Directors and I couldn’t be prouder of their efforts to support our clients’ and staff’s needs.

What You Can Expect from SUN Moving Forward

As we move toward this New Normal phase, our focus is on safeguarding the health of staff and guests. We are implementing workplace safety protocols for employees returning to work through additional communications, training and signage. Some additional measures include monitoring employee health through daily temperature checks, staggered shift times, providing Personal protection equipment (PPE), adhering to social distancing guidelines, and as always encouraging employees to practice good personal hygiene and stay home if they are sick.

As reassurance and peace of mind, SUN is assessing and building upon our already stringent cleaning and laundry protocols so guests and employees feel safe while on the property. We’ve been working closely with our suppliers to procure additional supplies and equipment to support our enhanced cleaning processes.

We remain committed to helping our partners and communities to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all.

We are all in this together.

Sincerely,

David Fries

President & COO

DOING GOOD – Orange Beach, Alabama Team Gives To Homeless

The team at Orange Beach, Alabama partnered with CRM and Festiva to collect and donate to a local homeless shelter this holiday season. Christy Tucker, Director of Housekeeping, organized the month long donation drive for the Alfred-Washburn Center, in Pensacola, Florida.

The AWC is a ministry of the society of St. Vincent de Paul providing food, showers, laundry facilities, clothing and ID cards to those in need within the community. Services are free of charge and available to all who seek help at the AWC.

Thank you to all who participated in the donation drive!

SUN Clients Earn 2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

SUN is thrilled to announce that three of our Festiva clients The Cabins at Green Mountain in Branson, Missouri, Church Street Inn in Charleston, South Carolina, and Palm Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama have received the 2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

The Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service across the world. This designation is presented to approximately 10% of total businesses on TripAdvisor that have consistently achieved great reviews over the past year.

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