Friday, November 12, 2010

Week in Review: November 8th - 12th

Mitch - Quality Control Manager:

Last weekend was the Minnesota Rifle Hunting opener for Whitetail deer, and it was a pretty good opener. I was able to get the wife to come out and sit in our cozy warm stands and she was dead asleep at 8:20 am when an average-sized buck came out of the woods. I woke her up and showed her the deer, she wanted me to take it. I was going to let him go until I realized he was an 8 point buck and this could be the only deer she sees this season, so we got him!

This week has been busy with figuring out the right machine for the job at a kitchen and cafeteria we have been working on. The customer and I have been finding inconsistencies in the current machine and we have been working hard to correct the issues. It turns out it just isn’t the right machine for the job and after some hunting, we found the right one and as soon as it comes in we should be in great shape. The diagnosis greatly goes to that of our night manager Eric Bretl who has been on site nightly doing everything in his power to make sure the floors are presentable and in good shape for the next day despite the challenge of the machine.

I have one last window cleaning project to complete this month for exterior windows in an Apple Valley office building. This weekend we will be doing a full scrubbing of their warehouse floor where they have minor forklifts and a lot of hydraulic pallet jacks running around. The floor scrubbing is in advance for a Thanksgiving holiday party that will be taking place in the warehouse. Lastly later this month we will be doing their 2nd scheduled carpet cleaning. In the fall we do traffic areas only, and in the spring we clean everything. When we do all of their carpet it totals over an acre of carpet throughout their two buildings, the traffic areas is just a shade under that amount. It has always gone well so we will work hard to keep it that way.

This weekend I am heading up north a day early to get some extra hunting in. Liz is staying home and spending time with friends. I have two tags to fill with Rifle permit’s so I’m hoping to get that done early so I can sit out in the woods with my Bow to see if anything comes along. I have been bow hunting here in Stillwater all year but the amount of deer and size of woods just don’t compare to what we have up north. Wish me luck, and go Vikes this weekend-- it would be great to see them take down the Bears at home! When you’re a Minnesota fan… “bear down” has a whole different meaning.


Tyler - Quality Control Manager:

It has been yet another crazy couple weeks kicking off a new medical customer of ours here in the north. I have been fortunate to have such a great team assembled to handle these large cleans. We have all High Performance Cleaning set in place at these accounts including wall dispensers in the closets to ensure proper chemical dilution. It has been quite the experience thus far as we are responsible for cleaning an operating room at one of the clinics. We are required to be gowned up before entering these areas and follow a stringent list during our work performed in these areas. We are also very fortunate to have a great contact person at these accounts who really understands that cleaning industry and what it takes to be successful at these buildings. Without his help, the transition into these new accounts would have been very difficult. A special thanks to our team for all the hard work in these accounts so far.

It’s that season again where bow hunting consumes most of my time. I find myself up north at my folk’s cabin doing a lot of hunting. I was out hunting last weekend and saw a couple does and a buck right when the sun was setting. The buck was a little far out for my range and stepped behind a large grouping of trees. 20 minutes went by before it was completely dark so I didn’t get a good look at him. It was still great to see some movement while sitting in my stand! I’m ready to hunt again this upcoming weekend but in a different spot.

Looks like the Vikings pulled off a pretty lucky win against Arizona last week. I truly don’t know what to think after that performance. The first 3 quarters we looked pretty bad; though I can say we caught a couple unfortunate breaks including the fumble by Percy Harvin on that kick return which the Cardinals returned for a TD. We’ll see what the Bears bring to the table this weekend at Soldier Field in Chicago. I’m hoping to experience another Vikings game at the metrodome sometime this season. I was at the Detroit Lions game earlier this year which we won! Perhaps I need to appear at EVERY home game to shed a little luck for our Vikes! :-)


Shalee - Administration Manager:
What a week! I can't believe that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away. The old addage is true: Time does fly when you're having fun. :)

Can I tell you again how much I really enjoy working here? I have the best coworkers!
  • Kelly is such a blessing with her positive attitude, can-do spirit and determination to make City Wide the best building services company in the world.
  • Diane is thoughtful and helpful, not only in the office, but with recipes and parental advice.
  • Engelo is forward-thinking and cooperative with our CRM process, offering innoventive processes to help us all.
  • Dick is quick to respond and to assist with Accounting needs.
  • Mitch and Tyler are both active and detailed in their requests, making the tasks so much easier to accomplish.
  • Greg is generous with thanks when our team merits the praise and kind with his critiquing when we need improvement.
I love the full team effort to make City Wide a company of integrity, honesty and respect. That makes me really want to get up and come to work in the morning!

On that note, yesterday was spent in a conference room, hashing out what our core values, strategic objectives, individual tasks and our noble cause in what we do. Kelly and I, being on the Admin team, really delved into what we want to accomplish in our roles in City Wide. After much discussion, we determined the following for us:

We will treat each person with such respect that they, in turn, will treat others that they meet in the same way. In other words, we want to start a Pay-It-Forward avalanche of respect.
It's a lofty, intangible, non-trackable aim, but Kelly and I really feel that this is a perfect noble cause for us to pursue. We know that we will not achieve it every day, but our hope is that over time, we will live and behave in such a way that we fulfill it more often than not - inside the office and out.

On a personal front, Paul and I have an instant date night since both kids have been invited to sleep over at friends' houses. Woo hoo! We're going to see if we can head to the St. Paul Orchestra tonight if there are tickets still available. We love taking in the arts when we can.

Tomorrow, we'll spend time finding a coat for our son. The little stinker lost his winter coat within the last 2 weeks. We have been praying that we could find it, but I think I need to bite the bullet and buy a new one for him. Too bad. It was a fantastic coat that served him well for a few months. I just dislike spending good money on something that we already had covered. Sigh. Oh the joy of parenting. :)


~Your City Wide Team