Friday, February 12, 2016

Week In Review: Feb 8th-12th

Alex Underwood: Facility Services Manager

Greetings, from the Northwest Metro! I hope that winter is treating everyone great and that all are managing the cold weather and snow. Overall, I think that it has been a fairly mild winter, with only a couple large snow storms and minimal days of below zero temps.

Clients that we provide snow removal and parking lot salting for, are able to stick to business as usual, knowing that their lots and sidewalks will be well taken care of if it snows. Providing these types of services to our clients, also gives them an opportunity to review other maintenance items within their building.  It's great having the peace of mind, knowing the exterior of their building is being taken care of.

This time of year also brings us great opportunity to sit down with clients and review the yearly maintenance plans for their buildings.  We focus on putting together a structured plan for the upcoming year, which ensures that all items are taken care of when needed.  Additionally, maintenance plans are an excellent way to budget costs for the year.

I have been actively sitting down with my clients to diagnose the needs of their buildings and determine the services that are most valuable to keeping the facility looking great. This takes a lot of the building maintenance burden off of their shoulders, as I manage the process from beginning to end.

On a personal note, I have had a few opportunities to get out on the ice and catch some fish. Although, I have not been as successful at bringing home dinner as I had hoped, it is still fun to get out and enjoy the Minnesota winter. Also, my girlfriend and I just got a very energetic golden retriever puppy, which gives us more of a reason to get outside on walks. We spent a sunny afternoon down at Minnehaha Falls, just walking around. It is amazing how the falls freeze! We were able to crawl up inside them and get some great pictures.

I hope that everyone is having a good winter and as always, if there is anything that we can help you with, please let us know.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Week In Review: Feb 1st - Feb 5th

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

Well, the new year has been off to a busy and exciting start!  We welcomed Vince Rosetta, our newest FSM, to the team.  He is running our Southeast Metro accounts.   Vince comes to us with a background in Business to Business Sales and relationships.  He was very excited to jump into our industry and get going, learning his territory.  Vince and I spent a lot of time together, getting him in tune with the basics of our system and the buildings that he is overseeing. Now, he’s out experiencing the day to day responsibilities, learning more as the days go on.

We are very excited about the opportunities in 2016!  New business, new opportunities and the ability to retool, while helping out our existing clients.  Our FSM team continues to look for ways to add value to your facilities during their regular visits, by identifying opportunities to improve and minimizing your overall vendor pool. 

This coming year, I’m looking forward to the organized management of Yearly Maintenance Plans for our clients. Included are: basic floor care, carpet cleaning, rest room deep cleaning, lighting services, and more.  These programs allow us to streamline processes for our clients and generate predictable budget items, that improve the look and feel of your facility for your employees and visitors.

Outside of the office, I saw that Jarrad mentioned a quick fishing trip a couple weeks back.  Like he said, we found a mess of perch!  It was a great trip, despite the 2 below temps we walked out onto the ice in.  Last weekend, we made another run down on Cedar and weren’t so lucky.  Fortunately, it was nearly 35 degrees, so it was just great to be outside in the middle of January and not be freezing!  Aside from that, I continue to chase Tyler Olson on the Cross Country Ski’s.  I’ve been training much more regularly than I did last year.  I've actively been getting ready for our big race up in Hayward and I'm incredibly confident that I should beat last year's time!  Enjoy the rest of winter all!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Week In Review: Jan 25th - 29th

Tyler DuBord: Facility Services Manager

Hola! from the northeast metro! I feel like I am fluent in Spanish, having just returned from vacation down in Cozumel, Mexico. Great times were had by all and the weather was gorgeous every day. As imagined, it was difficult to come back with the cold temps and snow in the forecast, but that's why we Minnesotans migrate south during the winter, right?

On the topic of snow, it appears we have potential for a large snow storm early next week. We have snow crews preparing to help service our customers' lots throughout the Metro area. Snow removal is a service we offer at competitive pricing and with excellent crews ready to provide excellent service. Often, I hear from clients that their existing snow vendors have trouble with either arriving on time, they have higher pricing, they do sloppy plowing (missing areas), and/or have a lack of salt application when needed. We pride ourselves on effective planning, by monitoring weather conditions in specific areas, in preparation for ice/snow totals, etc. Please consult one of your Facility Service Managers for a competitive and accurate bid for your lot.

Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable winter!