Friday, October 21, 2016

Welcome, Maghan Aschoff!

Mitch Brunette: Director Of Operations

I am very excited to introduce and welcome to our FSM team, Maghan Aschoff!  She came on board almost 4 weeks ago and it’s been a lot of fun helping her to have a good understanding of our business, systems, and practices.  She has a background in the financial industry, people management, and client relationships.  Additionally, she comes from a family with a background in construction and property management.

Maghan was very eager to learn about our company in the interview process.  Likewise, we really enjoy getting to know more about our candidates, to ensure it’s an excellent fit all around.  From her ride along to the first week getting into buildings and meeting clients first hand, it’s been a great experience from both sides.  We’re looking forward to seeing her take the reins and own her territory!

Outside of the workplace, Maghan enjoys spending time with her family.  She has 11 year old twins that keep her active with their love for sports, and they all enjoy a good camping trip or biking on trails. 
We are very excited to have Maghan on the team, and look forward to getting to know her and her family more as time goes on!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Ryder Cup

Tyler Olson: Senior Sales Executive

Last weekend, a number of us from the City Wide Team had the opportunity to go to the Ryder Cup, here in Minnesota.  The event was held at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Chaska, MN.  This was a historic event, as the Ryder cup is only in the United States every 4 years, and has never been held in Minnesota before. It was an amazing experience to have this right in our backyard. 

A brief history on the event, for those who don’t know:  The Ryder cup started in 1927, in Massachusetts.  The event is a golf competition that occurs every two years, between Team USA and Team Europe.  It is named after Samuel Ryder, who donated the trophy in the first competition.  The original competition was between the USA and Great Britain, but was expanded to all of Europe after the second world war, due to the dominance of Team USA.

Back to our experience at the event.  Greg (owner), Brian (controller), Mitch (DOO), myself, and one of my buddies from outside of City Wide, attended the event.  We arrived there well before the gates opened up and were near the front of the line.  When gates opened we hurried to the Tee 1 grandstand and were able to get seats to the early morning festivities, including chants, cheering, and a spontaneous national anthem, as the sun rose, which made its way onto multiple news outlets including CNN.  After the morning groups went off, we followed the groups to different holes and were able to watch a good amount of golf.

For those who don’t follow golf, the USA pulled off the win on Sunday, and ended an 8 year drought.

I don’t think that this event will ever be back in MN in my lifetime, but if so I would suggest checking it out!



Friday, September 30, 2016

Habitat For Humanity

Alex Underwood: Facility Services Manager

Hello, from the Northwest Metro!

I wanted to share a little about a volunteer opportunity that all of us at City Wide Maintenance of MN partook in. On this past Wednesday, our entire office joined together with Habitat for Humanity, to help build a house for a family in need.

The house was located in St Paul, in a old neighborhood, that we believe will benefit from having a new house on the block. It was a very cool experience, as we learned more about Habitat for Humanity, the work they do, the people they help, and the neighborhoods they help. We received a little backstory on the lot where we were building the house, the neighborhood, and the neighbors themselves.  It was interesting to hear all the steps that are involved and the people these project affect.

Upon completing our safety training, we broke into 3 different crews: one crew was siding the house, one crew helped set up scaffolding, and another crew worked on framing and flooring punch-list items inside the house.

We quickly learned who had a knack for construction projects within our office, and it gave us an opportunity for some healthy competition!  Together, we made some great progress on the house and did our part in helping a family get one day closer to having a place to call home.

Overall, this was a great experience, as most volunteer projects are! I thought it was particularly fun because we got to use power tools and build stuff!  I would highly recommend taking part in a Habitat project if you are looking to volunteer, because they do a great job in providing help with one of the biggest financial hardships many people face.

Cheers and have a great fall!