The Continental Quarterly – Volume 4


Biggest Loser WINNER!

On March 31st, CRES finished its third installment of The Biggest Loser Weight Loss Competition.  19 motivated employees took part, with the winner, Avianne Clay, taking home the grand prize of $300.  Avianne dropped an incredible 31 pounds over the course of twelve weeks.  We were so inspired by everyone’s efforts earlier this year that we’re going to have a second competition starting in June!  We’re excited to welcome summer with group walks, recipes to share, and pounds to lose!  Stay tuned for more results!   


Choose Fresh: Beware of the working person’s snack trap. It is often easier and cheaper to grab a bag of chips or a candy bar when you’re famished. Instead, try to bring fresh vegetables and/or fruit with you to work. Buy groceries at the beginning of the week and package single servings of your favorite healthy snacks to stash in your desk.  Planning ahead is key! Add Greek yogurt and almonds for a boost of iron, calcium and omega-3’s!

Read Labels: We all know many processed foods are not generally good for our health. At times, we can be fooled by packaging that claims, “All natural” or “Low in sugar.” The key to seeing through the packaging comes in the ingredient list – read it. The ingredients are listed in order of quantity, so the greatest quantities come first and the lowest come at the end. If dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, enriched flour or any unknown ingredients are listed near the top, chose something else!  If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.  If it’s “low sugar” but contains artificial sweetener such as aspartame, skip it.  Got a mean sweet tooth?  Try honey!


Spring Training!

Last month we celebrated the arrival of spring (and baseball) with an office BBQ!  The staff took turns flipping burgers while sporting our fancy new CRES aprons.  We lucked out with mild temperatures and sunny skies!
View more of our BBQ photos on our Facebook!


CRES CARES – Walk to End Lupus

CRES team member Mary Kay Rapa and her daughter Jessica Rapa (both suffer from Lupus) participated in the Walk to End Lupus Now on May 2nd. Together they raised $300 in donations. 

The Lupus Foundation of America is the only national force devoted to solving the mystery of lupus, one of the world’s cruelest, most unpredictable, and devastating diseases, while giving caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. We envision a life free of lupus. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support and advocacy.

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Always Improving

CRES is traveling to Dallas, Texas next week to help REOMAC celebrate it’s 30th anniversary. We will be attending the 2015 Education Summit and Expo from April 12-14. These informative seminars and intensive training sessions feature industry experts discussing current challenges and trends. The Expo should give us a fresh perspective and a look at the latest technology for better serving clients.

CRES Attending NRMLA Conference

On March 25th, the CRES travel team will head to the Big Apple to attend our third consecutive Eastern Regional Meeting in New York City with the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association.  As experts in reverse mortgage default services, CRES considers this conference one of the most valuable sources of timely information on HECM products and policy updates.  We strongly recommend checking out NRMLA and their events.  If you are attending and would like to meet with anyone from CRES to find out more about our business, please reach out to us at

CRES Supports National Kidney Foundation

Jennifer Swenson, a valued employee, has inspired CRES to take an interest in the National Kidney Foundation.  Jennifer not only devotes her time, but she remarkably donated her kidney to her brother when he was diagnosed with kidney disease.

Jennifer and her father were both tested and both matched, but she bravely decided she would be the one to give her kidney.  She was 21 years old when they had the transplant surgery.  Jennifer was by her brother’s side through is recovery, taking him to his appointments and quitting her job to be full-time support for him.  Her brother can now live a full life because of her sacrifice.  CRES is proud to stand behind Jenn and her family in raising funds for this important cause.