Friday, May 4, 2018

Welcome Andrew/Congratulations Alex!

Alex Underwood: Senior Facility Services Manager

Happy Spring Everybody!

There are some positive changes happening here at City Wide Maintenance of Minnesota, thanks to a great couple of years of growth in our market.

I would like to welcome Andrew Mikkola to the Account Management team, as the newest Facility Services Manager, taking over in the Northwest Metro.

This is particularly exciting for me after spending 3 years building my territory, as Andrew is now taking over and I’m confident he’ll continue to deliver great service and results to our clients!  When Mitch and I met Andrew in the interview process, we quickly realized he’d be a great fit and well represent our office and care for clients.

Andrew comes to City Wide with strong business experience from 6 years of store ownership in the Food Industry. He also has account management and client relationship experience working in the Technology Industry as an Account Manager. 

It has been great getting to know Andrew over the past month. We have spent most our time together, getting him introduced to his clients and their buildings, to ensure the transition is seamless and the only change for our customers is the person managing their account.

Welcome to the team Andrew, thanks for coming on board!

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

I’m also very excited to be welcoming Andrew to the team, as we’ve grown to the point where we need additional leadership amongst our Account Management Team.  With that said, we are excited to announce that Alex Underwood has been promoted to Senior FSM!  Alex’s role will be getting Andrew up and running and after that is complete, he'll be helping perform additional support for other FSMs territories, meeting with clients, and helping to ensure we are servicing those territories at a high level.  Alex, thank you for your dedication, efforts and hard work these last few years.  It has really paid off and I’m excited to watch you develop and grow as a leader in our office!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Welcome, Josh Holdahl!

Tyler Olson: Senior Sales Executive

I would like to take the time to welcome our newest member of the Sales Team, Josh Holdahl!  Josh has been on board for a little over a month and has been working hard to learn all he can about our industry and get to know his territory.  He will focus his efforts in the Western Suburbs of the Twin Cities.

Josh comes to us with a background in sales within the food industry.  He is originally from the North West suburbs and went to school at UND (BOOOOOO), but now is back in the Cities with his girlfriend, Jenna.

The entire Sales Team is very excited to have you here, Josh!  Thanks for joining our team!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Tournament Fishing

Adam Bartusek: Business Development Specialist

Wow! It has been a full year since I started at City Wide. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun and working with an awesome crew. It’s been a privilege to be on this team and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. We have been killing it this year and it’s been a blast to be a part of.

As everyone in the office knows, I’m obsessed with fishing. Luckily, I’m not the only one in the office who fishes a lot: Greg, Jarrad, and Joel also fish an abundant number of tournaments. Being in sales, I feel it’s important to stay involved in competition outside of work. Tyler and I are competitive with each other golfing, and I know he also skis in the winter. My outlet is tournament fishing, and it’s the best adrenaline rush there is.
 Last summer I had a good year and qualified for the Fishers of Men National Championship in Guntersville, Alabama. I was lucky enough to celebrate my one-year anniversary at City Wide by fishing this national tournament down south, and it was AWESOME to get away from winter for a bit. I traveled down to Alabama on April 6th and it was a LONG 15-hour drive, but I couldn’t complain about spending a week in much warmer weather.

Practice was tough for us. Guntersville was a new lake for my partner Aaron and me; but it fished similar to Minnesota waters because of the time of year. We spent a lot of our practice looking for shell beds on inside weed edges, eel grass presence was key. The fish were ready to spawn because of the sudden warm weather. We caught a few good fish in practice but weren’t really sure how it would shake out.

Day 1 we were pleasantly surprised by a 5-fish limit that was almost 15 pounds. Normally, this would be a bad bag on Guntersville but because of how tough it was fishing we were sitting in 42nd out of 162. Day 2 was much more difficult for us, I’m not entirely sure why, but there was not nearly as many fish in our areas and the wind picked up. We were only able to bring in 4 fish for around 8.5 pounds. This slid us down to the middle of the pack and we didn’t make the final day.

It was an awesome time down in Alabama and I feel lucky to work in an office that allows me to pursue these ventures. It certainly felt like a “once in a lifetime” experience, although I hope I qualify for many more. Summer looks as if it is coming soon and I can’t wait to get on the fantastic bodies of water we have around home, and enjoy another fabulous Minnesota summer at City Wide!