From our CEO: Thank you for 38 years

It is hard to believe that it has been 38 years. Who would have predicted that a three-person consulting firm in Las Vegas with an idea to try something different would survive to celebrate its 38th year in business with 150+ employees?

To mark the occasion in style, we are revealing our revamped brand with the launch of a new and improved website! The new website showcases a fresh new look for JNR, and offers a more comprehensive understanding of JNR’s products and services with plenty of user-friendly features. Check it out here.

Technological advancements, design trends, an evolving industry landscape… We have seen a lot of changes over the years, but more importantly, a lot has stayed the same.

We are proud that regardless of what marketplace challenges we’ve faced, we have remained true to our core beliefs that there are no substitutes for quality product and exceptional service. Whether creating a program for a few people or a few thousand, we take the trust that our clients have placed in us very seriously. We don’t cut corners, we don’t settle for second best, and we don’t lower the high standards that our clients expect and deserve.

We know that the strength of our organization lies in people – our friends, clients and employees – and we want you to know how important you are to us.

To our clients: We recognize that you have many choices today, and we thank you for your confidence in us and our abilities to help you achieve your goals. We hope you’ll continue challenging us to be better during the next successful chapter together.

To our employees: We absolutely couldn’t have done it without you, nor can we take the next steps without your support. We are so grateful for the opportunity to work every day with a group of talented, passionate and caring people.

To everyone who has helped us reach this milestone, thank you. Here’s to sharing the journey ahead!

Sincerely,

Jim & LuAnn Jalet
CEO & COO

2017 Global Meetings Industry Day

Today at JNR we celebrate the second annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID). Celebrations are happening around the world as we take a look once again at the influence of business meetings on our economy. Click on the infographic below detailing just a few of the impressive stats surrounding the true impact meetings have on making business happen.

At JNR we have been executing effective Meetings for our clients for more than 37 years. From a National Sales Meeting for 300 people to an International Conference for 3,000, our Meetings expertise comes together to create an engaging and impactful attendee experience that not only meets your strategic objectives but also achieves a measurable ROI.

Creating meaningful meetings where employees, clients, executives and thought leaders can come together to discuss and collaborate is an essential part of growing your business.

Let us know how JNR can help you with your next Meeting or Event.  #JNRMeansBusiness

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JNR is a full service, globally recognized leader in the incentive industry offering solutions for Meetings and Conferences, Incentive Travel, Special Events and Entertainment, Prepaid Card Services and AXS Contact Center Solutions. We have over 37 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies across many industries. Our clients trust our comprehensive suite of solutions that offer a better way to reach performance, productivity and loyalty objectives. JNR tends to every detail of your program to ensure an extraordinary experience for your customers, employees and participants and a favorable return on your investment. We allow you to step away from the logistical details and let you focus on what you do best.

JNR Spotlight: Veteran’s Day

I would not describe myself as someone that comes from a “military family.” My grandfathers on both my maternal and paternal side served in WWII and the Korean War but that is to be expected with that generation of men. I did not have parents in the military and I really was not in contact with anyone that was deployed overseas growing up.

A few months ago a family member started really digging in to our ancestry and in celebration of Veteran’s Day began posting family members and their service records on social media. At first it was what I expected, a great, great uncle, some cousins three times removed, great grandparents etc. But as the commemorative day of Veteran’s Day neared, the relatives being honored were not so distant. In fact, several people popped up that I actually see quite often and somehow forgot that they had dedicated years of their lives to our Armed Services. Several of my uncles are decorated Officers. A beloved aunt served in the US Women’s Army Corp- the branch of the Army arguably instrumental in opening the door to females serving alongside their male counterparts. My brother for goodness sake served in the Navy while I was out of the country studying at university! The list continued to grow longer and longer and I began to second guess my direct disconnection to Veterans.

Why does it take a bank holiday to remind us that so many people in our lives have devoted their time serving our country? We should celebrate these individuals all year long and not because it sounds good, but let’s really give them the reverie they deserve. Let’s not dismiss the fact that family members endured intense training in Basic or were placed on the front lines to protect our freedoms just because they are now living a civilian life. Undoubtedly these years are times that they will never forget, we certainly should not either.

This Veteran’s Day I will take a moment to celebrate and honor all Veterans that so bravely trained, fought, left their families, suffered unbearable losses and celebrated victories with brothers and sisters, not through blood, but through a bond that most of us will never truly understand. Let’s honor our Veterans not just today but on all days. Let’s not disrespect the time they committed selflessly to our country just because they do not talk about it.   Pay attention to those around you and the honor the sacrifices they have made that benefit our lifestyle everyday. Look around your workplace; notice those that frequent your favorite coffeehouse or restaurant. Talk to your children about what it means to be a Veteran and introduce them to all of the people around you that have been a part of our Armed Services. We are all from a “military family.” Our country is a “military family” and I ask that we all stop taking that for granted.

 

Connect with one of these organizations and see how you can help, not just today but throughout the year.

American Legion
Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Veterans of Foreign Wars
USO

  1. Say “Thank You”.
  2. Visit a wounded Veteran at the hospital.
  3. Offer your skills to a Veteran or military family.
  4. Volunteer your financial, legal or career expertise via MilServe
  5. Deliver a meal or care package to Veterans or homes with family members deployed overseas.
  6. Help a Veteran family member tell their story through a project such as the Veteran’s History
    You can download a VHP field kit from the Library of Congress website.
  7. Volunteer with an organization such as K9s For Warriors or Canine Companions for Independence, that provides therapy dogs to Veterans with PTSD.
  8. Offer a Vet a ride by volunteering with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization, which provides free transportation to men and women unable to travel to VA medical facilities on their own.
  9. Visit serve.gov and use keyword “Veterans” to find more opportunities to serve our nation’s Veterans.
  10. Check these sites for many other simple ways to help our Veterans and show them you care and are thankful for their service.
    http://www.operationwearehere.com/IdeasforSoldiersCardsLetters.html
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/05/us/iyw-simple-ways-to-honor-veterans/

 

 

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Barbara Williamson

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

JNR Spotlight: Incentive Wellness Programs

When implemented correctly, a Wellness Program can be a huge asset to a company with benefits spanning from a great Human Resources tool to happy, more productive employees.  These programs are designed to promote a healthy lifestyle while in the workplace and beyond the office doors.

A properly designed wellness program can build a sense of companionship between co-workers fostering social support, a significant component to weight loss and fitness. Healthy employees tend to be happier and more productive meaning that executing a wellness program not only will increases employees’ health, but also the company’s success. Invest in the health of your employees and the return is exponential. Here are some activities that you can put into practice in the workplace to help improve health and overall productivity in the company:

  • “Walk and Talk” meetings
  • Inter-department competitions
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Onsite fitness classes
  • Company picnic with a “field day” component
  • Daily or weekly wellness tips
  • Offering healthy food options in vending machines
  • Allowing employees time to exercise
  • Free meals awarded to workers who make healthy food choices
  • Walking clubs

A new study led by an associate professor at the University of Rochester found that conducting healthy programs in the workplace managed to reduce employees considered “overweight” by 9%. In addition, a meta-review of 42 published studies of worksite health promotions shows:

  • 28% reduction in sick leave absences
  • 26% reduction in health costs
  • 30% reduction in workers’ compensation and disability management claims costs
  • Average $5.93 to $1 savings-to-cost ratio

So now you are convinced that you need to offer a wellness program, but how do you get your people to participate?  JNR can create a custom Incentive Program for your employees encouraging them to stay well while you are retaining valuable staff and minimizing the cost of paying for sick days, higher insurance premiums and disability leaves.

Start today and create an active workforce that benefits everyone. For more statistics and details regarding an incentive wellness program, reference the following blog. http://blog.jnrcorp.com/wellness-incentive-programs/

Be sure to sign up for updates on future JNR Spotlight blogs.  We are happy to set up a time to talk about creating an Incentive Program that fits your organization’s needs and desires while encouraging fitness and health in your workplace.


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By JNR Incorporated

Written by Tatum Dumont

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

 

Bahamas Travel Spotlight: Island Banana Bread Recipe

After a vibrant month in Mexico, JNR now heads to the tropical paradise of The Bahamas, where the mouth-watering cuisine includes fresh seafood, tropical fruits and local spices.

The Bahamas are comprised of over 700 islands giving the cuisine notable variations. Due to ample availability, seafood is a staple and features prominently on menus throughout the region. Conch, crab, lobster, shellfish and an array of fish are caught daily off the coasts. The climate allows for a range of delicious fruits to grow plentiful. Coconut, guava and bananas are never hard to find.

Bananas grow year round in the Bahamas and are used for medicinal reasons as well as in a variety of popular dishes.

Today, we share with you a recipe for Island Banana Bread.

 

Island Banana Bread Recipe

 

Total Time:     1 hr

Prep:     15 min

Cook:    45 min

Level:    Easy

 

Ingredients

1 ¼ cups flour

1 cup sugar

½ tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp milk

½ cup butter

3 ripe bananas, mashed (can be previously frozen)

2 eggs

¾ cup pecans

 

Directions

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the sugar and butter in a bowl using an electric beater. Add the eggs and the mashed bananas.

Mix the baking soda into the milk in a small dish.

Alternate between adding the milk mixture and whisking in the flour into the sugar mixture until combined. Add the pecans and mix through with a spoon.

Grease a 9” x 5” bread pan and pour mixture in.

Bake for 45 minutes or until mixture has browned and the top springs back when lightly touched.

Island Banana Bread is best served immediately warm.

 

If you would like to learn about the beautiful culture and delicious food of the Bahamas, please email jnrinfo@jnrcorp.com.

 

Other recipes to check out:

Indian Spotlight: Indian Vegetable Biryani Recipe

German Spotlight: German Honey Cookies

South African Spotlight: Bobotie Recipe

United Kingdom Spotlight: Yorkshire Parkin Recipe

 

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By JNR Incorporated

Written by Stephanie Thomas

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies of many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

Photo: “Flowering bananas!” by Connie Ma is licensed under CC By 2.0