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Employee Appreciation Day at ALICE 2021

Throughout the year, our team dedicates so much of their time to their work and making ALICE great.

To celebrate the efforts of our staff as a part of Employee Appreciation Day, we gave team members a chance to recognize their co-workers by opening up a submission form to share their praises. The company-wide initiative  celebrates our supportive and passionate team. 

Thank you for all that you do and happy reading!

I would like to recognize Aileen and Suzanne because they have put so much aside to help me with potential customers, from qualifying calls, to demo prep. THANK YOU! - Darien

I would like to recognize Abigail Lyss because she is helping Suzanne out. I haven't had a chance to meet you, Abigail, but welcome aboard! - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Aileen because she is very talented and brings an energy and positive perspective in her work. - Nupur 

I would like to recognize Aileen because she is my mentee! You're learning stuff so fast and I'm so proud of you! - Shelley

I would like to recognize Alan because he has to juggle a bunch of balls. I didn't realize how much was going on in Solutions Engineering. Great job, man. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Aleksei because he is one of the developers who I know will always do a great job. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Alex Ellis because he launches customers and we don't usually find issues afterwards. - Shelley

I would like to recognize Alex Ellis because he wears so many hats, both literally and figuratively. He is my go to person whenever I need to brainstorm something - Val

I would like to recognize Alex Ellis because he is amazing at motivating the team, and always being there for them.- Val

I would like to recognize Alexander Robertson because he is helping Lee out with UAR. You asked good questions. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Alexandre Savonin for keeping our mobile apps up and running. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Alex Shashou because he has kept us running over a very tough year. Thank you for that. Also love your accent. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize  Alissa because she wrangles our enterprise deals. The meetings where she explains what's going on with Enterprise are always interesting and I always learn something. - Shelley

I would like to recognize Anna because she is part of our kick-*ss sales team! - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Anna because she is such a gracious, kind-hearted person! Anna is respectful, hard working, and gets @#$! Done! - Madelyn

I would like to recognize Andy because he works so damn hard. Give yourself a pat on the back, Andy, you're doing such a fantastic job. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Andres because he is a great developer. Thank you for everything you've done to make Housekeeping successful. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Anton Kosyakin because he has such a dry sense of humor. I love the car stories and you know so much about stuff I know nothing about and you never make me feel stupid. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Anton Kosyakin because he set a great direction for our platform architecture and created a very clear Arch Vision for 2021 and beyond - Anonymous

I would like to recognize Anton Pozhidaev because he doesn't hesitate to go the extra mile! He brings his best self every single day, shows up for his team, and keeps us all on track! - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Anton Pozhidaev because he is a development wizard. You do things so fast when you're PSE. - Shelley

I would like to recognize Bernard because he is professional and pleasant. They get their job done. Continuously improves and gets better every week. - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Bernard because he has the most amazing beard... No seriously, I love the beard. In addition, you've learned so much since I've been here. I look forward to what you can do in the future. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Camila because she is working so diligently to learn all of the necessary procedures to become the best Customer Support Representative she can be. - Anonymous

I would like to recognize Camila because she is helping to free Kenya up so I can steal her for L2. Welcome aboard, Camila. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Cat Montesdeoca because she is willing to try new tools in an attempt to do a better job of creating customer facing docs. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Carlo because he is part of our kick-*ss sales team! - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Catie Pepe because she reminds me to fill out my Divvy charges. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Chase because is part of our kick-*ss sales team. Looking forward to working with you more. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Clarissa because she is showing a jaw-dropping development of her illustration skills as well as all the necessary organization skills to handle huge projects in tight timelines. - Bucker 

I would like to recognize Clarissa because is an incredible designer, illustrator, and team player! Clarissa’s work on the latest eBook is a fantastic portfolio of her work and is a testament to her creativity and tenacity. - Merril

I would like to recognize Clarissa to thank her for the clear lyricism and strength of her illustration and design work on the 99 eBook. It was a months-long project that is filled with a buzzing vitality and exuberance that Clarissa added with care and patience - line by curvaceous line, page by well-composed page, section after jazzy section. It is fun. It is weird. It is honest, authentic and a work of feeling and I am proud to have partnered with Clarissa on it. Thank you, Clarissa, for making us all a little better. And yes, I want to thank her for the robot unicorn on page 8. - Sean 

I would like to recognize Clarissa because she is part of the best design team on the planet. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Cory because he always gives us the best cooking inspiration! - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Cory because he posts such delicious food porn in #fun-eats. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Colin because he is part of our kick-*ss sales team. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Darien because she truly has the company's best interest at heart in all that she does. She fights for our customers and is always willing to hop on a call or visit a customer if it will help out another team member. She is the best example of true leadership. She does not blink at challenges, but pivots to find a way to overcome. Darian is an impressive human. - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Darien because she is part of Team Texas and is a sales superhero! - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Diana because she is very brilliant, always ready to help, and has the best knowledge about our customers. - Nupur 

I would like to recognize Diana because I am consistently impressed with her determination and grit to get the job done. She approaches challenges from many angles and anticipates issues before they arise. She is a great leader and project manager. She puts the Success in CS .Thank you, Diana ! - Julius

I would like to recognize Dima Sarykin because he is just so damn smart. You know so much about ALICE and you figure things out so quickly. I wish I had half your brain. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Dmitry Koltunov because he keeps challenging me. I think I've grown more here than anywhere because you don't let me just settle. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Eleni because she hustles, stays organized and can juggle a million projects at once, all seamlessly. She keeps our People team on track and is a flawless executor. - Lisa 

I would like to recognize Eleni because she is the most amazing HR person to work with. Great recruiter. Found me and brought me into ALICE which was the best thing that's ever happened to me career-wise. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Eli because he is very intelligent, dedicated and always ready to help. - Nupur 

I would like to recognize Eli because he always has a smile and is thoughtful about the softer side of ALICE - diversity, teamwork, etc. while still keeping an eye on the ball with just getting our work done. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Elizabeth who reminded me to do these shout-outs! - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Eugene because he cannot stop improving our tools, our platform and our stack - Roberto 

I would like to recognize Eugene because he is an amazing DevOps person. So glad to have you on the team. - Shelley

I would like to recognize Felipe because he is part of the best design team on the planet. Such a joy to work with. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Fernando Chaves because he has played a significant role in revamping the whole ALICE website! Fernando has impressively tackled the design, technical, and project management aspects of this entire project. Every few weeks he rolls something new out. Some are big changes, others are behind the scenes, but each one is incredibly impactful for the ALICE website and its visibility. Thanks for all the work you have done, and all the work you continue to do! So lucky to get to work on a team with you. - Merril

I would like to recognize Fernando Chaves because he is a part of the best design team on the planet. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Fernando Silva because he is an amazing developer. Looking forward to what you do on SDEL. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Franz Allan See because he keeps the integrations up and running. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Gabriel because he has single-handedly managed in-bound marketing pipeline for almost a full year.  - Sean 

I would like to recognize Gabriel because he is part of our kick-*ss sales team! - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Gabriel because he has a tremendous work ethic and a drive to succeed. - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Gabriel because WOW he gets a lot done everyday! From answering every phone call with a smile (you can hear it in his voice!), to following-up every lead that comes in, Gabriel never quits and is consistently serving up opportunities for the sales team. So glad to work on a team with you! - Merril

I would like to recognize Gabriella because she is part of our amazing Design team. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Gabriella because they are able to bring ideas to life through video! Gabriella played an instrumental role in getting all of the new explainer videos done.  - Merril

I would like to recognize George because he is so awesome! George is dedicated to our vision and acts like an owner in our development lifecycle. As soon as he notices that something isn't right, he is quick to question it and clarifies what the next steps should be. He is always happy and has a contagious spirit, making it really fun to work with him! He also defines what hospitality is all about by putting the needs of our users first! - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize George because he is very polite and dedicated and always eager to help. - Nupur 

I would like to recognize George because he went above and beyond with our customer’s pilot. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Gillian because she is one of my favorite sales folks. I really enjoyed our time at HITEC and am looking forward to doing it again sometime. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Halley because she is running our Marketing function. Looking forward to getting to know her better. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Henrique! Because he is so much fun to work with! He collaborates with 2 pods and is so well rounded in our product knowledge and usage. He's an excellent listener and observer, is quick to notice opportunities, and believes in delivering excellence. Don't even get me started with his "have grit and get sh*t done” approach to everything! You are a sunshine in my workdays, keep up the extraordinary contributions. I appreciate you every single day! - Anonymous

I would like to recognize Henrique because he is part of the best design team on the planet. Love your work. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Hrishikesh because they are learning more and more every day and are taking work off my plate with L2. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Jamie Gelberg because she is the best. Do I need to explain this? - Anonymous

I would like to recognize Jamie Gelberg because she is calm regardless of what craziness is happening. Unflappable. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Jami Poe because she is an amazing salesperson. Love working with you. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Jennifer because Jen is so creative and always takes care of the customers she interacts with. - Anonymous

I would like to recognize Jennifer because she always puts our users first. Jen is on the constant hunt for taking the ALICE experience to the next level and does it with such care. Also, she is hospitable all day every day, with a BIG smile and such positive vibes. Thanks for all you do, Jen! - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Jennifer because she keeps me company in Austin and brings hotelier knowledge into the team. Plus I just love her comments in #team-texas. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Jennifer because she has an incredible eye for attention to detail, ensuring our group set ups are completely standardized - Val

I would like to recognize Jennifer because she makes our implementation team decks and documentation that we work on internally look WAY more professional - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Jesse Atwater because he is always bringing great insights and DevOps best practices to our engineering calls. I wish more people in the company had the opportunity to learn from him! - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Jesse Atwater because he gets sh*t done in DevOps and has raised the bar there enormously since joining us. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Jessica Holt because she is always willing to lend a helping hand! Jessica is passionate, gracious, and dedicated to the success of ALICE. We are so lucky to have her! She works hard, welcomes new challenges, and brings great enthusiasm to ALICE. - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Jessica because she has to work with all the crazy groups, but somehow still manages to make our work calls incredibly entertaining.- Val

I would like to recognize Jessica because she is part of Team Texas and is just a great person to be around and work with! - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Jesus because he is a great partner. Jesus is always willing to help me with whatever I need help with. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Jesus because he always brings the best energy to any meeting. - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Josh because just started and has already hit the ground running! - Val

I would like to recognize Josh because his excitement for joining the ALICE team is infectious and reminds me what a great team we have - Val

I would like to recognize Josh for his bad*ss preparation during his 2 minute intro - Anonymous

I would like to recognize Josh for launching our hotels and helping us get revenue. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Julius because he is my ROCK with our customers. The past couple of weeks have been demanding, but working with Julius has made all of the hard work enjoyable. - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Julius because he always has the best playlist for our PM work sessions. - Val

I would like to recognize Justin Call because he tries to make legal interesting to the rest of us and doesn’t get upset when we find it boring. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Justin Call because he takes the time to walk through contracts with me and explains things I don’t understand fully. - Eleni

I would like to recognize Justin Effron because he is the CEO of this fantastic company. It's a tough job but somebody has to do it. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Justine because she herds the cats. Man, that's not easy anywhere and I think it may be harder at ALICE. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Kenya because she is a huge force behind the success of ALICE both in Product and Customer Success! Kenya is brilliant and results driven, which makes us all better. I could not do my job without her and I learn from her grit to get sh*t done every single day. There is nobody like Kenya to have as a co-worker who shows endless support! It’s an honor to work with her and she deserves all the appreciation in the world, way to go Kenya! She's my go-to for everything and I'm really lucky to be surrounded by her jokes (most of her jokes) and positive attitude! - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Kenya because She is a true rock star! I love seeing her grow and become more and more knowledgeable and challenged every day! Love working with you girl! - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Kenya because she is a positive person who is great to work with. - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Kenya because When I need help from the support I contact Kenya, she is outstanding and very polite and helpful. - Nupur 

I would like to recognize Kenya because she is doing at least 4 different jobs right now and is somehow pulling that off. Looking forward to when you can have fewer :) - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Konstantin because he embodies what it means to "Be Hospitable", one of our ALICE Values, in the way that he collaborates on ideas and shares his perspective with the teams. Kudos to you, Konstantin! - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Konstantin because he can be relied on while serving as PSE. I know things will get done well. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Laura DeAngelis because part of our kick-*ss sales team - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Lee O’Donnell because his ability to align and collaborate with different stakeholders in order to push our security strategy forward is really impressive. - Anonymous

I would like to recognize Lee O’Donnell because he brings his whole self to ALICE everyday. Also you try to keep us from screwing ourselves over by doing something stupid. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Lisa because she always thinks about how ALICE can better support our team members. During COVID and a very tough year for our industry and team, she was constantly thinking of ways to help and provide additional support. - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Lisa because she is everyone’s therapist. Thanks for being there when I need to vent. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Luisa Primo because she increased the fun quotient via her clever and creative design of the money gun and sound board! The entire company will benefit from the uplifting of fun in all hands! - Wendy 

I would like to recognize Luisa Primo because she makes the most fantastic art. So beautiful what you do. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Madelyn DePrey because she is an amazing leader and example for the CS team, and ALICE alike. She sets reasonable expectations and holds her team accountable. She is the first to want to celebrate or congratulate you in any success no matter if it is personal or professional. We all can learn something from Madelyn. - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Madelyn DePrey because is a complete BOSS when handling pilots! - Val

I would like to recognize Mad-Money! Because I'm so thankful to have such a strong leader, friend and supporter in Madelyn (DePrey). Not only is she a full time leader at ALICE she also personally manages some of our biggest accounts and because of her hard work and attention to our customers we are able to have real conversations with them about our full platform. - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Madelyn DePrey because she consistently comes through for clients despite the many requests and crazy schedule! - Anna 

I would like to recognize Madelyn Deprey because she is a fantastic partner to me. Always willing to help me out with CS things. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Madelyn Rowland because she always goes above and beyond with any task assigned. - Val

I would like to recognize Madelyn Rowland because she is an expert at creating poems for the Implementation Team Honey Roast. - Val

I would like to recognize Madelyn Rowland because she launches hotels without problems coming over to tech. Thank you. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Madelyn Rowland because she is always smiling and spreading positive vibes out into the world! - Anonymous

I would like to recognize Maria Paula because she is crazy smart and understands complex ramifications instantly. She is also an amazing leader, she is thoughtful and generous. She is an inspiration! - Anonymous

I would like to recognize Maria Paula Saba because she is just all around great to work with. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Maria because she built the Design team on ALICE from scratch, and now we have an effective design team that profoundly impacts the operation daily. - Anonymous

I would like to recognize Margaret Crowell because she is part of our kick-*ss sales team. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Matt because he is an unsung hero! Matt dives into details with a smile. He never says NO and gets the job done with little fanfare or recognition. Matt is a great co-worker! - Wendy 

I would like to recognize Matt because he is a part of our kick *ss sales team! -Shelley 

I would like to recognize Maxine because she is always there to support the team in whatever way possible.- Val

I would like to recognize Maxine because she is a great partner. Always willing to help me out or to work on things together. I also appreciate your deep knowledge of hotels. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Megan because she is always willing to help, very passionate and enthusiastic about ALICE, and fun to work with!- Mad

I would like to recognize Merrill because she gets all those blogs out. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Natalia de Luna because she is part of the best design team on the planet. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Neha because She can handle complex cases and gives perfect solutions. - Nupur 

I would like to recognize Neha because she runs QA for me. I remember when I had to do it myself - so much better now. I just trust you to do it all.  - Shelley

I would like to recognize Nupur because of she is hard-working, detailed oriented, and ready to take up challenges - Neha 

I would like to recognize Nupur because she is learning more and more about QA and our products. Thank you for being the queen of smoke tests. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Oleg because he asks amazing TKR questions and took the time to participate in my book club. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Patricia (Patou) because she writes the best Servdesks. Always thorough. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Patou because she is soooo detailed and thoughtful about her work. She has a can do attitude, and brings curiosity and passion to our team. - Madelyn

I would like to recognize Patricia because she was promoted to a new role this quarter and really has hit the ground running. I am always looking forward to working more closely with her. - Val

I would like to recognize Paolo because he is a rock star DevOps team member. Glad to have you on the team. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Rafael Bucker because he hit the BIG 5 at ALICE! Not only that, but he continues to innovate our Product with so much creativity. He is a great coach who empowers those around him. S/O to our newest Director of Product Design. - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Rafael Bucker because he leads the most amazing design team I've ever had the pleasure of working with. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Rafael Neves because he always treats me as an equal. I feel like we're a team and I haven't had that at other companies. Thank you! - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Rafael Neves because he is always there when I need him and he always tries his best to solve all the problems - Roberto

I would like to recognize Richard because he has a tremendous passion and work ethic in order to take ALICE to the next level. He seeks excellence is everything he does and always pushes the team for incremental improvements. He is a thought leader internally and externally, creating some of the newest architecture at ALICE for other teams to experiment or at industry workgroups like HTNG to champion the evolution of API standards in the industry. Kudos Rich! You are a critical part of the team and you've inspired everyone around you. - Andy 

I would like to recognize Richard because he is so thorough in everything he does. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Ron because  he is part of our kick-*ss CS team! - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Ron because he is such a team player, he really is great at motivating his peers and assisting when needed. - Val

I would like to recognize Ron because he is a configuration magician! - Val

I would like to recognize Ron because he has the calmest demeanor but always hits hard with his low key jokes. - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Sabrina because she says she is "the queen of questions" but I would say she is the queen of answers. She solves EVERYTHING. - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Sabrina because she is always taking care of our customers and their fellow team members no matter the size of the task. - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Sabrina because she works with our customers on the front lines and keeps them from going completely postal. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Sam because he is always challenging ideas and showing different ways to view things, and embodies “Hard on the problem, soft on the people”  - Anonymouse

I would like to recognize Sarah Price because she has gone above and beyond in the last four months, tackling everything  including: wrangling blog writers, writing jingles, writing blog posts,  and everything else in between. Sarah is an essential part of the marketing team and her efforts and creativity do not go unnoticed!!  - Merril

I would like to recognize Sarah Price because she is part of our marketing wizards.... looking forward to getting to know you better. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Sean Cohen because he can motivate you, inspire you, elevate your work, collaborate with others, complicate things, exercise extreme patience, induce cringing, remove roadblocks, empathize with everyone, and make you laugh all in one breath. It’s truly impressive. Thank you for all you do for our team and for ALICE. - Merril

I would like to recognize Sean Cohen because he posts the most interesting and ridiculous stuff in Slack. I think I could take a cl*ss that Sean taught regardless of what the subject was. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Scott Bieker because he makes me think about the business in ways I wouldn't normally do. Scott asks probing questions that always help me get the crux of something faster. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Shelley because she is the best VP and always has solutions to every question. She is very kind hearted and is always joyful - Nupur 

I would like to recognize Shelley because she continues to motivate people not just on her own team but across the entire company! - Eleni

I would like to recognize Stas Kvitash because they are an amazing developer. Your stuff just works and you figure things out so fast. Love working with you. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Suzanne Frush because she knows so much about housekeeping. The font of all knowledge. Remember when you didn't know it all? you learned so fast. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Talita Garcia because she volunteered herself to set up all the logistics of printing and shipping the hackathon t-shirts to the Brazilian team. I just received mine and it's looking great! - Bucker

I would like to recognize The People Team!  Because they really have gone above and beyond on finding ways to avoid fatigue and burnout. I appreciate all the team events especially during such an unprecedented time!  - Val

I would like to recognize The Diversity & Inclusion Committee because they are bringing a unified commitment to make lasting impacts! This small, yet mighty group is not shying down when it comes to celebrating our differences. Congratulations on taking on topics that need to be addressed in a way that promotes positivity and allows us to learn in fun and engaging ways! - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Talita because she has fun, edgy, and outside the box designs which instantly elevate the quality of any marketing project! From complicated story boards to professional decks, Talita does it all! - Merril

I would like to recognize Talita because she is a part of the best design team on the planet.- Shelley 

I would like to recognize Valerie because she has the most contagious energy and always knows exactly how to brighten up someone's day. Quite possibly the most caring human being I have ever met. - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Valerie because she has grown so much over the year. She fully understands the role she is in, and is always willing to assist other teams or customers. She is through in her processes and detailed in her deliverables. She is a great leader and friend in ALICE. - Anonymous

I would like to recognize Valerie because she is one of my mentees! Val is fantastic to talk with. I'm learning as much from her as I think she is from me. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Vitalii because he can solve any problem you ask him with impressive quality - Roberto 

I would like to recognize Vitalii Kozelko because they are a DevOps rock star. Thank you for all that you do to keep us up and running. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Vadim Dubatouka because he is a solid developer and is always helpful when they work as the PSE. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Vladimir Makarenko because he holds down the fort when they are PSE. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Wendy Zapach because she is a great partner. I love the sales team you've built. Best I've ever worked with. - Shelley 

I would like to recognize Wendy because as a leader you don't often get recognized for your contribution but honestly, the workload and support that Wendy carries across teams is admirable. She is the backbone of ALICE and I want to take a moment to recognize and thank her for all she has done to support each of us, not only in our jobs but in life. - Anonymous

I would like to recognize Wendy because she is a powerhouse! She is able to step into any situation and tackle it head-on. She is motivating and empathic - she has a great way of finding a way to connect with anyone on a personal level. She truly amazes me with all of her skills and abilities. Wendy, we are lucky to have you as a leader at ALICE! - Anonymous 

I would like to recognize Wendy because she motivates and cheerleads for us tirelessly everyday! - Anna 

I would like to recognize Wendy because she is an enthusiastic sales leader, great mentor, and provider of comic relief!  - Madelyn

I would like to recognize Wendy because she is a sales dynamo. - Justin