Friday, July 23, 2010

Week in Review: July 19th - 23rd

Greg - President:
This week was once again a busy, busy week full of very fun and different events!

On Monday, I was able to spend a bit of time with Kelly's parents and sister-- we ate at Bubba Gump Shrimp at the Mall of America before doing some shopping and seeing a movie. Suprisingly, we have actually never eaten there before, and we all loved our lunches!

On Tuesday, Shalee and I attended a Vikings luncheon organized through the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. We got to see the Vikings locker room and other fun things. It was very interesting to hear from a Vikings Representative speak about how the team has impacted the Twin Cities as a whole. I personally am rooting for a new stadium for the 'Vikes-- we all deserve it!
(Brett Favre's rocking chair, hahah! ;-))

On Wednesday, my dad and I took the whole Operations Team to the Twins/Indians game to celebrate our #1 and #2 Quality Control Managers. Even though just Mitch and Tyler won the award, we have to recognize Mark and Eric our Night Managers who are both integral parts of why our system works so flawlessly. Big thanks to Mitch, Eric, Tyler, and Mark-- you guys are fantastic!!

In between those two events, I've been extremely busy with meeting with prospective clients-- I proposed cleaning solutions to two different large industrial plants in St Paul. I also met with a large construction group this morning to introduce myself and City Wide with the hopes of aiding in construction clean-up work. I am also getting geared up to do the summer sales run to property managers in the twin cities.

This weekend I'm hoping for dry, nice weather-- hopefully will be able to take the boat out, fish a bit, and enjoy some golf as well!

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Shalee - Administration Manager:
Another week has zoomed by, whipping past me so fast that I feel as if I could have whiplash!  We've accomplished a lot with the 5 days lotted for work!

The search for a second Business Developer is still in full swing.  You'd think it be easy to fill this role, but we're pretty picky about selecting the right person for the position.  It will help all of us out in the long run.

On Tuesday, Greg and I had the pleasure of attending the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce event, touring the Vikings' facility, Winter Park.  We heard from Vikings representative who outlined the impact the Vikings make on the community, its leadership in the NFL and the reasons why a new stadium is so desperately needed.  Afterwards we heard about how Vikings scout and prepare for their season.  Looks like we have a great team this year... especially if Favre will return!  We'll just have to wait and see...

We toured the facility too, and I was thrilled to visit the locker room! See what I saw!
Standing by Favre's locker (that had Wrangler jeans!)
My favorite thing was this though:
That's my foot next to McKinnie's size 18 shoe!  That's 2 of my feet!!!
Thursday was fun! We were able to man the 4th green at the NAIOP golf tourny. Kelly is a great person with whom to share that kind of work detail!  Though it started off wet, it cleared up and we met some really nice people on the green!  Dinner was fun talking with Kelly and some of our newfound friends.  A big bonus is that I actually won one of the silent auction prizes.  Just in time for our18th Anniversary this weekend!

On the personal front, Paul has been traveling, training in KS for the past two weeks.  Since we're from there, he took the kids to spend time with their best friends.  Me?   I've been waiting impatiently for them to come home!  They'll be here Saturday, just in time for me to plant a kiss on Paul to say "Happy Anniversary and I'm so glad you married me!"  (Personally, I can't believe we're at 18 already... Where does the time go?!)  Then the kids will get their share because I've missed them greatly.

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Kelly - Business Development:
I've been in both hard-work and recovery-mode this week as I adjust back into the swing of things. After having my parents and sister visit for 5 jam-packed days, I was ready for some normalcy! Greg and I really enjoyed them visiting and we had a great time! It was fun to volunteer with Feed My Starving Children, enjoy some shopping and movie watching, and to relax out on the lake.

Once again, we've been working hard on snow/lawn bids for this upcoming season. Like I said last week, it's a little rough to think about snow... yet it really is right around the corner ;-) I've also been focusing on recruiting new hard-working and experienced cleaning crews to join our team.

Yesterday, Shalee and I had a fun time maning Hole 4 Green at The Wilds Golf Club in Prior Lake for the NAIOP golf tournament. The weather ended up being really beautiful and we had a fun time meeting those involved in commercial real estate and development!

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Tyler - Quality Control Manager:
This past week Mitch and I have been soaking up our recent win of #1 and #2 Quality Control Managers in the nation for City Wide. We were rewarded handsomely by a company outing to the Twins game on Wednesday against the Indians-- which we won! It’s always exciting to know that we’re among the nation’s top performers when it comes to our day to day operations. Nice work, Mitch!

I recently completed a large parking lot crack sealing and seal coating project for one of our larger clients that turned out perfect! What a world of difference an excellent job like this makes on the appearance of a driveway or parking lot. If you or anyone you know would like to speak about having this done, please contact my cell to set up a meeting time. 651-335-4866.

We’re getting closer and closer to unrolling our High Performance Cleaning system in our buildings. A number of our crews have already made the transition and are taking notice of the improved levels of cleaning. Not to mention the reduction of cleaning time!! Thanks to the hard work of our corporate partners in Kansas City for putting this whole process together. This type of innovation is needed in all facets of business to stay ahead of the curve and on top of competition. Thanks, boys!

I'm hoping for some warm dry weather this weekend!! Adios!

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Mitch - Quality Control Manager:
This has been a very entertaining week! We kicked off a new start for janitorial at a cardboard packaging company on Monday—the first night went very well! Tonight we will be cleaning their carpets to help the overall presentation in the main entry and hallways into the building as well. We took this building over after they didn’t have a janitor for a few weeks so it was extra dirty For the first three nights with Eric our South Metro Night Manager on site, we made great strides in getting the building up to standard!

We sure are busy here on the South side of the Metro… we have another carpet cleaning tonight at a building in Eagan. We wrapped up four turn cleans at one of our client’s apartment complex in Plymouth and have four more scheduled for next week. We have some viper tool grout cleaning for one of our group customers coming up and possibly one more shortly after that. And we’re submitting a final proposal for snow and lawn care for one of my biggest customers in the South, so I have my fingers crossed on that one. It should be a good quarter again for the South Metro after being ranked number 1 in the QCM contest!!

Wednesday afternoon the Operations Team enjoyed the 91 degree weather at Target Field and watched the Twins dominate 6-0 over the Indians who were on a 6 or 7 game hot streak! That was great, it was the first time for all of us except Greg and Tyler so we had a good time checking out the stadium, trying out the dome dog replacement (which was awesome)and a massive cheeseburger and fries… it was a great time! I was the only one that sat out in the sun the entire game-- my reward was a red nose :-) The rest of the crew filtered in and out of the tavern on 2nd level to stay cool.

Heading into this weekend it’s looking pretty nice, I have been working on refinishing a bar that we bought for the basement at the new house. Its been a few months since I’ve worked on any furniture so it’s nice to have a break from it. I enjoy working on furniture, but it can be such a messy and time consuming project. We bought a new couch for the basement last night and today or tomorrow the most important piece will be installed… the flat panel TV to hang on the wall-- my personal favorite addition to the house!! Sounds like we’re going to play a round of “glow golf” on Saturday evening. I’m predicting a mosquito frenzy but who can say no to hitting a glow in the dark ball with a few friends, and especially when scores don’t count? :-)
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~Your City Wide Team