Another busy week here in City Wide of Minnesota! We started off the week coming home from a weekend in Kansas City for the Sprint Cup NASCAR race. City Wide in Kansas City services the track, so it was neat to meet up with a few of our colleagues and see the crew in action. Jarrad and his wife Lana, my brother, a few other friends, as well as my in-laws and sister-in-law joined us for the weekend. The race and tailgates were a lot of fun!
Following the race, Joe Choplin who is our Director of Operations in Kansas City, came to visit for the week. Joe has visited us numerous times to aid in the jumpstart of a few of our larger accounts. I believe that this week's visit was very beneficial in that he was able to visit those large accounts (3 or 6 months since first clean) and point out areas in need of improvement or (in most cases) pat my Facility Service Managers on the back for a job well done :-) We always enjoy his visits-- thanks for your time, Joe!
In the world of sales, we have a large amount of new business coming our way and we are gearing up for it all! October and November are going to be very busy months!! I'd like to offer a Thank You to our new clients for putting their trust in us. We can't wait to show you the difference that City Wide can make!
On the weekends throughout the month I have been doing what I always do-- spending time in the tree stand with my bow and my thoughts! I’ve watched a lot of deer this year but have yet to get my first deer with my bow. I have gotten out a couple Friday evenings and caught up on office work over the weekend, and been out each Saturday morning since the season started. I picked up and assembled a new 2 person stand because my wife Liz "Lemon" has showed enough interest to come sit in the stand and see how it all works out. Perhaps I will be getting a bow in her hands after all… only time will tell!
Jarrad Nickolite - Facility Service Manager:
Things have been pretty crazy busy these last 3 weeks in the West Metro! We recently had a new account start in Brooklyn Park and several others coming up the 1st of November. This has (and will!) keep me VERY busy. I’m excited for the new accounts and to form relationships with my new clients. Admin work has been a bit crazy as well! Thankfully, we have the gals in the office...what would we do without them?!
On a personal note, my wife Lana and I joined Greg and his wife Kelly on a trip to Kansas City last weekend to watch the Sprint Cup NASCAR race. I will have to admit... I was never a race fan, but after seeing such a cool experience in person, I will definitely go back next year! One cool thing about the race is that City Wide in Kansas cleans this track and Joe was the guy behind it all! Oh and I almost forgot...Thanks to Stuart (Sales Support from Kansas City) for getting me up to the box suites for the last 30 laps!
Shalee Shields - Administration Manager:
I cannot get over the fact that it is mid-October already. Almost two more weeks and we'll be seeing all sorts of ghouls, witches and pirates searching the neighborhood for goodies! (I've already warned my boy that should he get any Milk Duds, that's his tribute to me for letting him take candy from strangers.)
We've had an awesome week at work. We're working through the processes of starting with several new clients. We're once again super-excited to show them how we're able to give them hours back each month to work on other items on their plates and still work in a clean, sanitary facility! That last adjective is really important now that autumn truly is upon us (and the first flu report of the season has been confirmed. *shiver*) I'm ready for the colder weather now, but not the lovely little side effects that we get to endure...
On the house front, we finally were able to move one car into the garage last night. My husband and I were doing all sorts of celebration dances about it. No it was not pretty, but it was addictive! Our neighbors came over to celebrate with us. :) Now just one more trip of clearing it out and we'll be able to get both cars into the garage. We may just have to have a party or something...
Our daughter has definitely been bitten with the baking bug now that we have a big enough kitchen in which to cook! This morning, she whipped up these delightful Caramel Apple Sticky Buns.
Yes. My jeans are screaming at me, but my tummy is happy. I call that an even trade. :)
~Your City Wide Team