Friday, January 27, 2012

Week In Review: January 22nd - 27th

Greg Mansfield - President:
This has been on crazy week for us all here at City Wide! It seems like after all of the holiday “hubbub” everyone is getting settled back into work. Our Business Development Specialist, Diane, has had a fantastic month and has sure kept me busy with meetings with potential clients! I am very excited about the opportunities on our horizon. January has been a great start to the year!

Earlier this week I got back from Kansas City where I was taking part in our regional meetings. They went very well and I am always impressed with the level of talent that resides in the City Wide family.

I’ve also been filling my extra time with listening to some really interesting Podcasts on iTunes. If you go onto iTunes and search for “manager tools” in the iTunes Store, literarily hundreds of informative podcasts are available, and they’re free too! You can also download an App for these podcasts as well.

Onto everyone’s favorite topic… Weather. After Monday’s snow accumulation, it seems like winter has returned to us. Though some days it does seem very spring-like with hardly any snow on the ground. I heard on the news that Minnesotans are referring to this season as “Marchuary” ;-)

I’m looking forward to next week—Stuart, our corporate sales support from Kansas City will be in town. Amid a lot of work, brainstorming, and building survey appointments, we will be sneaking in a bit of fun. We’re going to the Timberwolves/Lakers game this Sunday. Can’t wait!

Have a great weekend, all!

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Mitch Brunette - Facility Service Manager:
Things sped up here in the last week and are beginning to taper off here as the month comes closer to a close!  This week we came up with a big game plan to make a big impact on a difficult building that needed some extra TLC from the crew and our management.  Its been fun to think through different ways we can make a positive change in the way we do things at the property and look forward to seeing those plans pan out in the future.  Some more detail is being done, extra management visits during the day, and more evening oversight as well to help make a long lasting impact.

Extra projects were light again this week but we did do a strip and wax at an electronics assembly factory that we clean.  They have several equipment changes with a new expansion that they took on for a large project and we were able to clean up the areas and blend wax where machines previously were, and strip and wax a new tile area that was installed last week.  It looks great, he customer is happy, and their operation is up and running on time.

This month was a big win for the “Viper Tool” category of our sales, we were able to lock in a group location that we oversee to get all 4 of their sites done in February along with cleaning approximately 175 of their chairs throughout the facilities.  Fortunately this will be an annual project to keep their site looking nice, and something we can count on for February when the dead of winter is typically a little slower aside from snow removal.  We also look forward to locking in 11 medical clinics we oversee for one client with Viper tool as well.  Each April and October we do their wax work and carpet cleaning and now we can add Viper tooling of all of their rest rooms and entryway tiles to the program in April.  In clinics its very important to have this done for the tile to not only appear uniform in the grout but to be sanitized as well.

Looking forward to the weekend, the wife and I are going to catch a movie on Friday night and have some friends coming over Saturday night that we haven’t seen in a few months.  Saturday morning I’m trying to talk my old roommate into coming out onto the ice and seeing what ice fishing is all about, you’d never know he’s a born and raised Minnesotan who spent his summers in Detroit Lakes with his lack of love for fishing!  I look forward to converting him over.

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~Your City Wide Team