Friday, May 14, 2010

Week In Review: May 10th - 14th

Greg - President:
Here comes the sun!! Man, was it nice to see the sun shining brightly this morning! After four straight days of rain, the sun is much-appreciated. The weather accompanying our past two weeks has really hindered our ability to get a handful of special service projects finished for a few of our customers. Now that the sun is back and bringing warmer weather with as well, we're ready to get out and finish what we started!

This week I also attended a charity luncheon for Hope For The City. We met with a really nice bunch of people, learned about their foundation, enjoyed some tasty food, and also made a donation towards their efforts.

This past weekend, my dad, Kelly, and I were able to catch a Twin's baseball game on Sunday. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, could not have been better! I don't think I'll ever get tired catching games at that stadium, it's such a nice addition to our Twin Cities!
This weekend I have plans to catch some serious fish... hopefully a lot of them will be the ellusive Walleye! Kelly and I are going fishing with one of City Wide's contractors, so it should be a fun time spent with him. I have a golf outting planned for Sunday morning, and then we may take the boat out again that afternoon.

Early next week I will be gearing up for the annual City Wide conference down in Kansas City, starting on Wednesday. It's always a great conference-- full of catching up with colleagues from different states, learning affective techniques and business tips, and getting inspired and energized for the next successful year with City Wide!

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Mitch - Quality Control Manager:
Another busy week, this weekend we officially get to play catch up on projects that have been rained out or colded out. I just made up the word “colded”  It’s been too wet to wash windows, too wet to paint parking lot lines, and even the temperature has prevented us from painting parking lot lines because the machine can’t disperse the paint correctly unless its above 50 degrees! We are excited to get all caught up this weekend and go into next week with a fresh open schedule and hopefully great weather to approach and begin new projects indoors and out.

This week we knocked out our first HVAC routine maintenance check and filter change in the south metro-- Went off without a hitch. And it seems like we showed up on the right day-- the customer randomly had an annoying squeaky sound coming from their ducts, and with a few seconds of work I was able to adjust a damper, tighten a wing nut, and away it went! I didn’t charge the customer for the 2 minutes of my time, we tossed that in for free ;-) Looks like a great extension to our list of services to this customer, and hopefully will help strengthen our relationship moving forward!

The house saga continues without complete closure (Pun INtended). This week we received another “positive update” saying that the checklist is 99% complete, the 1% missing is the person of authority at the bank to put their “Herby Hancock” (a little humor from the movie Tommy Boy :-)) on the bottom of the page approving us to pick a close date… That’s supposed to take no more than 7 days for the signature, this Friday or Saturday marks 7 days, let’s hope they are right, I need to know where I’m heading-- and fast!

We are an American Idol addicted office and I was blown away this week, absolutely loved the “Falling Slowly” duet by Bowersox and Dewyze (in that order)… I think his voice was tailor-made for that type of song, and she had to make it her own as she doesn’t exactly match the original. Funny part is I’d never heard the original, then my fiancĂ© played it and I couldn’t believe the level of quality that song is melodically, lyrically, and vocally. I’m no music expert but it really caught my attention. Itunes-- here I come!

I have a friend that I’m starting to consider a bit of a mentor that I am playing golf with this week on Friday afternoon. He’s a young business owner doing very well since taking over his father’s business and has managed to grow it even in this down economy. I am playing golf again on Saturday morning to kick off a non-typical bachelor party before our wedding-- Golf in the morning, some paintball in the afternoon, lunch in-between, and a good dinner and drinks to follow. Low key, but sure to be memorable! They know I don’t like getting shot with things so this was their only real chance to get me to play paintball. My best man managed to rally up over 20 people that will be attending some or all of the day’s events but a good majority at each. It is much appreciated, and I was surprised when I found out I had over 20 friends-- and that is just the guys…

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Tyler - Quality Control Manager:
I cannot believe how fast the weeks fly by here at City Wide!!! Time truly does fly when you’re extremely busy. Spring always lends more work for customers: from floor work to window cleaning to parking lot maintenance, etc. I can say that I thoroughly enjoy working with City Wide and all of our customers that we serve. It’s amazing to find out how many things I have in common with people I work with on a weekly basis. For example, I share fun fishing stories with a certain customer in Brooklyn Park and talking baseball with a customer in Brooklyn Park is always fun ;-)

Twins are still rockin’ and rollin’!!! If anyone has an extra ticket and wants to bring me to a game, I’m extremely interested!!! ;-) They have a series coming up here with the Yankees that they better win! I heard today on the radio that the Twins haven’t beaten the Yankees since the 2008 season!! That is just unreal. Remember the playoff sweep last year? I suppose the only reason we we’re in the playoffs to begin with was by beating the Tigers in game 163, ehh?

This weekend, I’m headed up to Lake Vermillion this weekend for the fishing opener!! It should be a blast. We’re staying at Fortune Bay Casino and renting a pontoon for the weekend. We’re also playing 2 rounds of golf at “The Wilderness” which is right on the casino property. From what I can tell it looks like a great course!! We’ll see. Update coming next week.

That’s all for now, have a great weekend everyone!

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Shalee - Administration Manager:
This week has been a bit rough for me.  I, the only person in our family who does not suffer from allergies, have had a headcold from Hades!  Lots of Airborne and decongestants don't necessary add up to a fun mix in the brain.  But being a mom, I just bully through because things have to get done, right?  Fortunately, I wasn't contagious at all.

I literally can count on two hands how many times I can remember being sick.  I'm sure I'm not a good patient...  I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend to help get completely on the mend!

Greg and I attended a wonderful luncheon about Hope for the City.  Thanks to our good friend Allen, we were able to take two spots at his tablet to learn more about this awesome charity.  I have to admit that I'm searching for ways to help others.  That's something that my family loves to do together!  It's nice to have a plethora of community services from which to choose!

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Kelly - Business Development:
And just like that, we're half way through the month of May! We at City Wide have kind of been taking shelter from the yucky, rainy weather that has "graced" us here in Minnesota this week. Temperatures barely reaching 50* and rain that just won't go away sure doesn't feel like May weather! However, it was a huge glorious vision to see the sun rising this morning! :-)

This week I was busy with the normal day-to-day responsibilities, setting up a prospective independent contractor meeting, and partaking in our monthly office Score Card meeting. At these meetings we discuss our monthly goals, talk about any other issues, and enjoy each other's company. We enjoyed some good ol' roast beef and turkey sandwiches from Wally's and a chocolate spice cake baked by me! :-)

This past Sunday, Greg surprised me with tickets to my first Twin's baseball game at the new stadium. We had an absolute blast-- the weather was perfect and the Twin's won!
This weekend we have plans to go fishing for the fishing opener. Greg and I have invited one of our contractors to fish with us on our boat and I'm looking forward to spending some time with him! On Sunday you may find us back out on the boat again-- it's just supposed to be too nice not to be out on the water, enjoying the much-appreciated sunshine!! :-)

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~Your City Wide Team