Friday, July 1, 2011

Week in Review: June 27th - July 1st

Greg Mansfield - President:
This week started off with the news that two accounts need us to start their facilities this evening. Obviously we’re excited about the new contracts, but I know that we all really enjoy being there for our clients—old and new. Our management team and crew met us this morning to walk-through the new facility and they are ready to get to know the facility and crew it from top to bottom this weekend.

Earlier this week, I participated in a conference call for our Advisory Counsil. I am presiding as president and am getting excited for our meeting scheduled for this September. We’re majoring thinking about holding it in Boston, so I’m pretty excited to not only meet up with my colleagues but to enjoy a change of scenery!

I’d like to take time to thank Diane, our Business Development Specialist for a whole year of determination and hard work. Her one year anniversary is around the corner and it’s hard to believe that she has been with our team for so long! She has made unbelievable strides in the past 12 months and has contributed so much to our success. I’m excited to see what she can do in year two as she is starting to get to know our prospective clients for the second time around.

On the sales front, we’re trying out a new sales process with the hopes of landing business right next to our current clients. This approach makes sense for us all, and hopefully we can aquire some new clients from it!

Next week Stuart, our sales support from corporate in Kansas City will be visiting. I’m excited for him to brainstorm with the whole team and “rub off” a bit of his sales intelligence on our team! At one of the past association golf tournaments from this summer, I won tickets to a Twins game, so Stuart and I are going to enjoy the game on Tuesday.

As far as the 4th of July weekend goes, we’re headed up to Brainerd this afternoon to visit my aunt and uncle. Kelly and I always enjoy staying at their cabin—lots of fishing, relaxing, sun, and good company! Of course, the whole reason for the 4th of July is to remember all that has been sacrificed for our freedom. Independence Day truly is a wonderful day!

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Tyler DuBord - Facility Service Manager:
Whew, we have had a HOT week here in the Twin Cities! I’m just glad that the long holiday weekend is almost here. It's been a crazy week so far at City Wide and I still have 3 new accounts to start by weekend!! We were caught by surprise by a couple medical accounts that wanted us to start a month early. With the help of some talented crews and night managers we're up for the challenge.

I just wrapped up a detailed inspection of our largest account up in Anoka and I have to hand it to the crews and management team for the consistency they've shown over the course of a few months since we've started. Keep up the great work!

I'm headed to the Twins game tonight where they play the Brewers for the second series in a week. We're facing a pretty tough pitcher who we had trouble against just last week. Fortunately we're at home this time around. Fireworks follow the game which should be a cool sight from Target Field. I'm also having some family and friends up to the cabin this weekend for some good ol' fun playing golf, fishing, fireworks, etc.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!

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Mitch Brunette - Facility Service Manager:
A fun week here in the south as we are getting a few window cleaning projects done in the metro area. One project was out in Newport at a newer client of ours helping then get ready for a VIP visit. They did several other projects and we’re happy to be a part of helping them look great!

The other project in Eagan started earlier this week with a water fed pole, and then it is on hold for completion until next Saturday due to their unique schedule. We will be completing some powerwashing and other cleaning as well on that same day.

Another one of my drop clean window projects in downtown St Paul is on hold due to the heavy construction turning up debris as they knock down nearby buildings for the new light rail. That project is on hold until they are caught up in that area. No need to start until we can get their windows clean-- so that they will stay clean!

We wrapped up a large amount of strip and wax work in the south last week getting our clinics up to par and looking great. Sometime in the next 3 months, we’ll do another burnishing job for them to maintain the great appearance.

It is a busy week in the Brunette household-- my sister-in-law is in town and staying with us for about three weeks as she uses my wife as her personal wedding planner. This ultimately means I am going to need to get out of the house as much as possible to avoid learning too much about how these things are put together ;-)

We are still working on the home renovation projects, regarding doors and interior trim. This has been going on FOREVER and we are getting a little tired of it The doors should be painted and returned to us today, and the installation will begin shortly thereafter—Hopefully!

On the 4th my wife and I are running a half marathon in NE Minneapolis with several family members including my brother-in-law John who turns 30 on the 4th. I hope I finish in reasonable time. I have not ran further than 10 miles so hopefully my mild training will be enough to get me across the finish line in one piece. Happy 4th to all, I know I am thankful for Independence!

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Jarrad Nickolite - Facility Service Manager:
I can't believe the work week is already over, and the 4th of July is this weekend. Where does the time go?! Every day at City Wide seems busy and things just keep rollin’!

Earlier this week we finished up some in contract window washing and tomorrow I have a relatively large carpet cleaning job going on. What an improvement this will be for their office environment!

We have also been really busy doing apartments turn cleans. I really have to thank our crew for working hard and being so willing to take on the work in such short notice. This really say's a lot about the crews that we work with. I would also like to thank our Hillyard representative for the help of installing 21 new paper towel dispensers and his quick turn around on consumable supplies!!

On a personal note: Lana and I will be joining her parents at the cabin in Wisconsin for some fun under the sun. If anyone knows me, that means some serious fishing... 3 full days, can't wait! I have one specific summer goal and that is to catch a 6 pound bass. I have to put an end to my father in law's trash talking ;-)

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Mark Josephsen - Night Manager:
We had a great week in the north. We had a couple of new starts which we were able to make a substantial amount of improvement the first night. It is amazing how easy it is to get into a groove and start to let the little things slide. City Wide on the other hand, strives to never become complacent. I think that is what makes us so successful. We have several levels of management to combat the urge to settle for less.

On the personal front, my wife Jenn and our three kids will be celebrating America/s birth on Prior lake and doing some fishing and tubing. I’m looking forward to a fantastic weekend. Hope everyone has a safe and happy fourth of July.

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~Your City Wide Team