Archive for May, 2014

Whether you’ll be enjoying Loessfest, shopping the sales or cooking a barbecue this weekend, take some time to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Memorial Day at 3 p.m. is the National Moment of Remembrance when all Americans should pause for a moment of silence.

Although Memorial Day didn’t become a national holiday until 1971, its roots trace back to the Civil War. To learn more about Memorial Day, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website.


Charlie Elmore rings the bell.Every time our bell rings, someone in the BAT office has accomplished a goal. It’s one way we get to showcase our work.

“It’s like the stock market floor in here sometimes,” General Manager Ashley Jankowski said.

In fact, just in the first hours of work this morning, Charlie Elmore got to ring the bell for reaching a sales goal.


For our spring family outing, BAT visited Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo on Saturday. Katie Forney, Shawn Rorie, Steve Barnes, Phillip¬†Kimsey, Stephen Sinclair, Krysten Parrish, Ashley Jankowski, Eric Damon, Anthony Harder, Benjamin Caldwell and their families enjoyed seeing the fish, gorillas and even real bats.

We hosted our Christmas party at the zoo’s Scott Aquarium two years ago. We love going back to the zoo because there is always so much to see there and everyone, both young and old, always has a great time.

The zoo spans 130 acres and includes thousands of animals from all over the globe.

The best part of the visit for Anthony was the Cat Complex. While in this section, he got to see and hear a lion roar for the first time!


Real bats!


In the Lied Jungle, Eden (Shawn’s daughter) and Franco (Ashley’s son) show they can hang like bats and orangutans.

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While riding on the Skyfari, Steve Barnes and his kids, Vinny and Abby, look for giraffes.