Colonnade employees congregated in Birmingham from far and wide this past June for a time of team building, fun, and fellowship at the annual Colonnade Group Summer Retreat. Elev8 Director Bethany Hawkins described the three-day retreat, saying,

“It’s Robbie’s favorite time of year because he gets to spend quality time with all the staff in one location—growing, learning, building new and strengthening old friendships, and celebrating a job well done.”

One of the ways President & CEO Robbie Robertson shows his appreciation to staff for their hard work is through three awards, chosen by Robertson and awarded at the closing dinner to those embodying the spirit of Colonnade in different facets. This year’s award winners were Claudia Garcia, Lindsey Lightsey, and Asyia Mitchell.

Claudia Garcia was awarded “The Betsy” Award, named after long-time Colonnade team member, Betsy Simmons. This award was given to Garcia due to her grit, determination, calm-under-pressure, and ability to overcome obstacles. After only a year at Colonnade, Garcia has moved mountains. She eagerly moved to Orlando to open the brand-new hospitality program at UCF, which required quickly building relationships, hiring staff, and training everyone under the Colonnade PEAK standard.

The President’s Award is given to the individual who exhibits overall extraordinary performance. Lindsey Lightsey was this year’s winner, and according to her team at the University of Alabama, she exhibits extraordinary strength of character and excellence in all she does. She always goes the extra mile, including using her own money to replace a stolen item from a skybox holder, doing so without hesitation or telling anyone. Lightsey is described as embodying humble leadership and striving for excellence with grace.

This year’s Rookie of the year has been described by her peers as the embodiment of Colonnade’s mantra, “The answer is yes. Now what’s the question?” Asyia Mitchell took home this award for outstanding leadership in the first year of a new role. Mitchell is described as having an incredible ability for building relationships while adapting to others’ personalities. She tackles the hardest situations gracefully, while also making every situation more fun. With only two years under her belt, one as an intern and one as the Director of Blue Devil Premium Services at Duke University, Mitchell has gained respect and earned favor from all those around her, thanks to her can-do attitude.

Congratulations to the Colonnade Group Award winners for embracing Colonnade’s commitment to serve clients and each other well!

Claudia Garcia

“The Betsy” Award

Lindsey Lightsey

The President’s Award

Asyia Mitchell

Rookie of the Year