From the Desk of
Spectacular Holiday Party
On Saturday evening January 12 at
Timpano Italian Grill in
Rockville, Alban celebrated its thirtieth annual holiday party. This was
an especially joyous affair. Not only was it the culmination of all of
our holiday celebrations, but it marked the anniversary dates of many of
our colleagues. Several other special awards were received and Bill
Carey, director of Membership and Community Relations for Strathmore
Music Center in Rockville, and his wife Kathleen, were guests of honor.
Quintin Satterfield, Alban’s chief lead-based paint inspector for the
past 12 years, was commended for his continuing fine work in
representing Alban Home Inspection Service to our clients with exemplary
skill and enthusiasm. A donation was made to the Martin Luther King
Memorial Fund in Quintin’s name and honor. Tina Yarborough, our home
inspection scheduling secretary, also received an honorable mention for
her dedicated work these past 3 1/2 years.
Dempsey received his Alban briefcase. This is a rite of passage for
Alban employees and marks Joe’s early involvement with the company as an
ASHI home inspector. Joe has performed over 70 home inspections already
and has qualified to be an ASHI Associate with Logo Privilege, which is
the last step before becoming a fully certified ASHI inspector, awaiting
only completion of his 250 inspections.
Thirty years employment in any organization is a note-worthy
achievement. Sandy Watkins represents the absolutely top level of
performance and commitment to service to all of the Alban business
interests, but also to all who come in contact with Alban, whether
Realtors, lead-paint clients, homebuyers, tenants or the general public.
No company has been better served than the manner in which Sandy has
served and represented us.
same can be said for Terry Toms, who is in charge of all aspects of
financial management at Alban. Whether bookkeeping, financial analysis
or making sound business decisions, Terry has been counted on for
twenty-five years; an astounding record of quality service by a truly
Likewise for Marty Blackwood and Rodney Shull, who marked their fifth
year of service to clients of Alban Home Inspection Service, Inc. Both
are currently in leadership positions at Alban, with Marty our chief
home inspector and Rodney as director of client relations. The future of
Alban will be in their hands in the years to come and we are honored by
their record of achievement.
David Henry has been head maintenance man at Alban Place rental
townhomes for the past five years. He is a skilled mechanic in almost
every area of construction and he is equally adept at dealing the
people, in his quiet and proficient manner. David has graduated from
home inspection school and his future, once we no longer manage Alban
Place, will be as our primary home inspector in the Frederick and
Hagerstown areas, since he lives in Martinsburg West Virginia.
evening came to a climax with Bill Carey speaking about the importance
not only of day-to-day work but also of participation in the cultural
life of the community. He commended Alban for being a corporate sponsor
of the Strathmore Music Center and understanding the importance of small
business support of the arts. Bill represents the best of Strathmore and
Strathmore Music Center represents the finest cultural opportunities
available for our community.
participation made the evening even more special. The irony of the
relationship between Alban and Strathmore is that Bill’s wife Kathleen
taught all of Quintin and Marie Satterfield’s children over the years.
The warm and personal relationship between Kathleen and the Satterfields
was obvious throughout the evening.
the first time in the thirty year history of our company, we invited the
families of the award recipients. I felt it important that the children
bask in their parents’ achievements and understand that there is more
than the drudgery of getting up every morning and driving off to places
unseen by the kids to do they know not what.
atmosphere was electric in Timpano’s private party room. It was not just
the drink and delicious food. It was the recognition of the achievement
of the parents and the smiles of the children, some youngsters, some
teenagers and some young adults, watching their parents being recognized
for outstanding performance and for outstanding character. The evening
was exciting and very gratifying for me. A company is only as competent
as the people involved. The evening was reassuring, demonstrating
vividly that our people are first class.
may never again have an experience like this particular anniversary
affair . But the recognition of the fine quality of the people involved
with Alban will be remembered.
Green Light Bulbs
A recent letter to the editor of
the Frederick News Post was eye opening. Take care with handling those
“green” fluorescent light bulbs. Mr. Frank Damanti wrote about disposing
of broken energy saving light bulbs.
“What you failed to mention were the
potential hazards of their use. The following is taken directly from the
brochure that accompanied the bulbs:
How should I clean up a broken fluorescent
(1) Open a window and leave the room for at
least 15 minutes.
(2) Remove all materials you can without
using a vacuum cleaner. Wear disposable rubber gloves, do not use bare
hands, carefully scoop up the fragments and powder with stiff paper or
cardboard, wipe areas clean with a damp paper towel or disposable wet
wipe, use sticky tape to pick up small pieces.
(3) Place all cleanup materials in a plastic
bag and seal it. If your state permits you to put used or broken CFL’s
in the garbage, seal the CFL in two plastic bags and put into the
outside trash. Wash your hands after disposing of the bag.”
The manufacturer of the bulbs goes on to
recommend treating the vacuum cleaner bag as hazardous waste.
Apparently, these bulbs contain enough mercury to be classified as
hazardous if the mercury is released into the environment when broken.
Being forewarned is important. Doesn’t this seem like the law of
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