Friday, January 12, 2018

Ice Fishing

Jarrad Nickolite: Facility Services Manager

Hello from the Southwest Metro:

I hope everyone enjoyed time with family and friends for the new year!

2017 was a good year for Team City Wide and I’m looking forward to the opportunities in 2018!

Most people know that I’m originally from Nebraska.  I moved to Minnesota 8 years ago and became a huge fan of open water bass fishing and NOT much of a fan of “hard water” (ice fishing).

Back in September, a couple of my old high school friends from Nebraska asked me to put together an ice fishing trip to The Lake of the Woods.  My response was "are you serious….."  Honestly, I didn’t think they could hang.  They’re fair weather fisherman that don’t get out much, plus the last time they came up 2 years ago, we got skunked on Red Lake.  Either way, the idea seemed fun.  I was able to recruit Greg Mansfield, the owner of our company, to come along.  He has some pretty good experience with ice fishing and I knew he would help me get these guys set up to catch fish.

We ended up booking a cabin and day house at Arnesen’s Rocky Point Resort.  The folks there were great and really took care of us.  The guides listened to our needs and were open minded when Greg and I asked for things.

Day 1 was a bit slow.  The one week we decide to book our trip, was the first real cold front of the year.  I believe the temperature was -25 degrees. The four of us combined only had about 15 bites and kept 9 fish for dinner. 

Day 2, on the other hand, was awesome!  That morning we asked our guide, Carl, if we could get into a bigger day house and if we could be out in deeper water, that 32 ft range.  Carl told us he had the perfect house in mind and off we went. The minute we dropped our lines, it was on!  We caught a lot of fish that day - both sauger and walleye, plus a bonus Ell Pout caught by Dustin, which he has never seen or heard of.  That was a pretty funny site, watching that fish come through the ice hole.  We ate like kings on night 2. Plus, Dustin and Ryan were able to take home some fish for the freezer.

Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Welcome, Brittney Jackson!

Tyler Olson: Senior Sales Executive

We are very excited to welcome Brittney Jackson to our sales team!  She has not been with us long, but we can already tell that she will be a great fit!
Brittney is originally from Vernon Hills, IL and spent her high school years here in MN.  Her previous job experiences have been as a Sales Manager for a residential real estate company and a Branch Manager for a staffing company prior to that.  She has a husband, Brad, and a baby boy, Brian.
We have enjoyed getting to know Brittney through the interview process and over her first few weeks with us.  She has spent much of her time with the team, learning the unique things about City Wide and our industry.  She has also been very hands-on in getting out into the field to actively connect with her territory and help us to grow going into 2018. I’m looking forward to getting to know Brittney and her family more, as she continues to grow with our team! 

Welcome, Brittney!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Company Holiday Party

Alex Underwood: Facility Services Manager

Happy Holidays from the Northwest Metro,

Hope everyone is having a great winter.  Can you believe it is already time for Christmas?!  The holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends, especially the ones we don't see very often so it is always a fun time of year.  Along with family and friends, Holiday parties are a great time to get together outside the office with co workers and meet their families and significant others.  We had our company party on Friday, 12/15 at the Westin Galleria in Edina, which is always a great place to gather. This is the second year in a row we have had our company party at this location and once again it did not disappoint.

We had a great sit down dinner and had the opportunity to see many husbands and wives of coworkers that we don't get a chance to see very often.  City Wide Maintenance of Minnesota President, Greg Mansfield, gave a nice speech highlighting some of our accomplishments from 2017 and talked about some new company goals of 2018.

We also do a small awards ceremony unlike any other. Typically most award ceremonies highlight people or teams that do an outstanding job throughout the year, but ours is a little different.  We highlight and give awards to those who do something funny or unique throughout the year, so we can all get a good laugh reminiscing about the different events from the year.  I myself, won one of the prestigious awards this year, for the amount of pine tree air fresheners I have in my car. As they run out and need to be replaced, instead of removing the old one, I just hang a new one over the old ones. As you could imagine, there ends up being quite a few before I reset and throw them all away.

As you can tell, we have a pretty good time at City Wide and we really capitalize on the opportunity to get together outside the office and really get to know each other on a more personal level.

I hope you all have a great holiday season!

Cheers to a great 2018 for everyone!!!