Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to all, if you are traveling to see your friends and family!   This Thanksgiving, I’ll be traveling out of town to see family.  Traditionally, I associate this holiday with football games (yes, I'll be watching the Vikings) and crazy shopping deals, however, I would like to take a more serious look at the holiday and the history of the celebration and appreciation for a successful harvest! 

My wife grew up on a family farm in Wells, MN, which is a little west of Albert Lea.  The farm began as a humble 100 acre family farm, in which my father-in-law purchased from his father, and has since grown to nearly 500 acres of rich soil, large storage bins, and several buildings to store equipment.  In the grand scheme of farming, 500 acres is still considered small and humble, but it’s a great family farm and tradition to carry on. 

Just a few weeks ago, I was down on the farm, driving a tractor and listening to some audiobooks, and I really found a great appreciation in the simplicity of farming as we know it today vs. our history.  If you take a trip through Eagan, MN, for example, you’ll find farms being worked, planted, and harvested by incredibly primitive or small equipment.  As I watch that, I can’t imagine what America’s original settlers had to work with, using horses and small equipment!  Don’t get me wrong, it takes a lot of hours behind the wheel, not to mention some hard equipment maintenance and work, but it’s become much more of a business process than you may realize, if you haven’t spent time on a farm recently.  

My wife and I have been married for 6 ½ years, and dated for a few years prior.  During this time, I've come to notice that there’s always been a couple constant themes in her family.  -Be thankful for a successful crop and celebrate anything worth celebrating.  This year, we had a record crop on corn and a near all-time record on beans, so we definitely have something to celebrate!   I’ve learned a lot in 8 years of being on the farm! 
 
Happy Thanksgiving and stay safe everyone! 

 


 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Welcoming Tony Filippi

Tyler Olson: Senior Sales Executive

I am very excited to introduce and welcome to our Sales team, Tony Filippi!  Tony joined us about one month ago, and has been actively learning a new industry, as well as building his network of contacts in his territory.  He comes to us with a background in sales and sales management, over the past 7 years.

I've been able to spend quite a bit of time with Tony, while onboarding him to City Wide.  During this process, I have gotten to know more about him personally.  When he is not at City Wide, Tony loves music and plays drums in a funk band, Sonically Speaking.  You can catch him at shows around town, throughout the year.  Tony was also recently married to his wife, Kady, and they have a springer spaniel.

We are very excited to have Tony on the team, and look forward to getting to know him and his family more as time goes on!  Hopefully, we can catch one of his shows some time too!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Iceland

Alex Underwood: Facility Services Manager

Hello all, from the Northwest Metro!

Hope everyone's fall is treating them well and you're enjoying the nice weather we are having before the snow starts to fly.

Things are very busy, here at City Wide. This week in particular has consisted of my playing catch up after an amazing vacation to Iceland with my girlfriend, Rachel.  We decided last winter, that we wanted to take a fall vacation to a place with adventure and beautiful views, thus we landed on a trip to Iceland.  This turned out to be a great trip and we took full advantage of the opportunity to see some very undisturbed nature, that is found throughout the island.

We thought it was especially interesting that the whole island is made up of mainly lava rock and moss. There isn't any agriculture or farming on the island, due to the ground being so dense and not consisting much soil.  Much of everything needed to be imported, so as you can imagine, items were expensive, but well worth it.

We stayed in the capital city, Reykjavik, in a small condo.  We also had a rental car, which enabled us to make day trips around the island to see some amazing waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, and many mountain ranges and glaciers. 

We also had the opportunity to go horseback riding through the lava fields and snorkel between the North American and European/Asian tectonic plates, which was my favorite thing we did!  The water clarity was amazing and you could see the bottom of where the plates cracked, which was roughly 130ft deep and clear as day. With the water being so clear, the light was able to penetrate really deep, making it possible to see the crazy colors of the minerals in the rock face. 

I have included a few of our favorite pictures of us, in front of a some of the many waterfalls and on top of a mountain, after hiking up it. 

If you ever have the opportunity to experience Iceland, I would highly recommend it, as it blew our expectations away. 

Hope everyone has a great rest of fall and stays warm through the weather changes!

Cheers!