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30 years ago Madonna broke through the male-dominated music scene, Oprah Winfrey debuted her TV talk show, and Nancy Hallberg and Kris Sieradzki launched Connections Housing in Atlanta.
Early clients included Joe Corley’s Battle of Atlanta (who remains a client today) and the Atlanta Braves. In 1996, Connections was hired to provide housing for all government agencies at the Summer Olympics, including the Secret Service. On the day everyone arrived, Hallberg learned the hotel wasn’t ready, so she rushed over to make beds, hang shower curtains, get towels, and whatever else it took to get her clients settled. No job is too big or too little for Connections!
Hallberg and Sieradzki credit much of their success to the fact that they are client-focused and make clients feel like family. In return, they have a retention rate of 98 percent.
Connections provides service to over 250 events each year, ranging from 10 to over 100,000 attendees. They are known for their skilled contract negotiations and round-the-clock service. Two clients they’re most proud to serve as official housing partner are IMTS and Varsity Spirit. In September, IMTS hosted over 115,000 attendees in Chicago. Varsity Spirit hosts high-energy events with televised competitions like the NCA Nationals and Cheersport.
Both the office and employee roster have expanded to keep up with client growth. From that original small office of two, they moved to Decatur with a staff of 10 and four call center specialists. Today their office in Suwanee (about an hour north of Atlanta) is one of the operations centers along with our operation in Las Vegas.
Sieradzki credits the company’s longevity to truly caring about clients and taking pride in doing the job right. She said she loves hearing clients say, “I had no idea it could be this good. Thank you.”
- our leaders
Phone: (702) 216-5861
As Chief Operating Officer, Robert Colvin focuses on growth and expansion initiatives, overall executive oversight of operations, customer service enhancements, call center and travel department operations and enterprise-wide increased efficiencies. Previously Executive Vice President for Connections, Colvin joined the company in June of 2010 after numerous years in various housing and hotel executive positions. Colvin has also been an active member of numerous industry trade organizations as well as leadership roles with the Southwest Chapter of IAEE.
Phone: (404) 842-0000 ext. 4006
As Senior Director, Operations, Jena is responsible for constantly fine-tuning our housing operations. Heavily involved in best practice sharing/creation, she also spearheads important research and development initiatives, enhances technology offerings and serves as a top advisor on sales opportunities as they relate to ongoing technology enhancements.
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