Friday, June 21, 2013

Week in Review: June 16th - 22nd

Jarrad Nickolite: Facility Service Manager

Finally… Summer is here! So far this month, I've been busy working, fishing and enjoying the cabin.

There have been a lot of exciting things going on here in the west metro this week.

I am working on rolling out a maintenance schedule for a few of my customers. This is a yearly schedule for monthly, quarterly and yearly items such as carpet cleaning, window cleaning and hard surface floor work.  I like this a lot because it’s simple, tangible, and breaks out the yearly budget.  At all times my customers will  know what services are being done in what month and what the monthly cost is. The maintenance schedule can be customized to tailor any of my customers facility needs. For any of my customers that may be interested in this service, let me know when I’m in for my normal visits and we can discuss!

I would like to welcome Steve McCombs to the City Wide team. Steve is our new Night Manager for my territory in the west metro and I am looking forward to getting him introduced into my facilities. He has been working hard on the night manager training and is doing well so far. Becoming a Night Manager and going through the training can be very challenging task. I am excited to work closely with Steve over the next 3-6 months so his transition seems seamless.

I also would like to welcome Kirsten Engels to the team. She is our newest Facility Service Manager in the south metro and has done a phenomenal job in her new position so far. A few of you may have already met her as she has transitioned into a few of my facilities and will be overseeing them moving forward. You will be in good hands with her (like the Allstate commercials J)

Other than that, the fishing circuit has been fun and we are catching a lot of fish, just not the right ones. The last two tournaments that Greg and I have fished have been average and we've finished in the middle of the field. We have two more to go plus the championship so there is still time to turn the season around!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Week in Review: June 9th - 15th

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

May and June have been very busy months here for me as I enter into my new role here as Director of Operations!

We have also been very excited and appreciative of the efforts and hard work of our two newest team members, Matt VanVoltenberg and Kirsten Engels!  Matt came on board in early April and dove quickly into his job responsibilities as a Night Manager. He has quickly earned trust and respect from those out doing the cleaning and supervision on a nightly basis at our facilities!

Kirsten came in to fill my role as the Facility Service Manager for the majority of my accounts in the Southeast Metro. She has done a great job of understanding the flow of things, following a good route, and getting out in front of clients to inspect their buildings and handle issues for them. There are a lot of projects going on in that territory between Kirsten and Matt and they continue to do well at getting them executed.

As I get more comfortable in the schedule and process of my new role here, I enjoy more and more getting in front of clients that I haven’t met before and seeing how we have represented them over the last few years.  It has given me an opportunity to see how each of our FSM’s interact directly with their clients, how they have helped them, and how we can help them with future projects. Once a week, I particularly like driving along with one of my FSMs on their entire route. This allows them to catch up on administrative work and enter all of their building inspection notes/project details so they can get ahead throughout the day, lightening up the afternoon a bit!

Getting around the entire territory has come with its fair share of driving but it is well worth it to get out and have a second set of eyes on our clients' buildings. It is nice to assist with inspections and planning and executing projects with our customers. We hope to have our clients see their secondary point of contact as an added value-- I am someone that they can reach out to and have a connection with if for example, their FSM is on vacation or needs a hand on a busy day!

Outside of the office I sound like a broken record but I am so appreciative of the sun and summer finally arriving! Greg and I fished Minnetonka last weekend and the weather was good for fishing but not hot and sunny. This weekend, I plan to hit the driving range, get a little patio organizing and cleaning done, and put a pork shoulder on the smoker for a good 12 hours to enjoy on Sunday afternoon. I'm looking forward to getting out on the boat with Tyler Olson up at the cabin for some fishing and wakeboarding as well. Next week I am heading to my wife's family farm for my father-in-law's retirement party. There are several hundred people scheduled to attend from his years of dedication to the lending portion of the Southern Minnesota farming community. I look forward to celebrating as he retires from his position as a banker, and continues to farm which is his true passion and joy in life!

Enjoy the weekend and summer everyone!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tips & Tricks: Pressure Washing and Building Maintenance

Summer is the season of swimming pools, sprinklers and power washing! In this month’s Tips and Tricks, host Abby Nichols will show you how adding professional pressure washing service to your monthly maintenance program can help keep your building looking beautiful all year long!

It's safe to assume that most know how efficient pressure washing can be in removing grimy build up from the exterior surfaces of your building. And maybe it’s a service you’ve used before but after several years, accumulation has left black and red streaks below your gutters and in the splash zone around your foundation.
But have you considered that pressure washing can be an important part of regular building maintenance?
Here are three reasons why you should schedule pressure washing services every year, instead of every now and then.
  • Pressure washing can extend the life of your surfaces. Pressure washing every spring can stop incursions of mold and mineral buildup before they become established.

  • Pressure washing is safe and cost-effective. Professional pressure-washers using high-temperature and eco-friendly cleaning methods make annual cleaning a breeze!

  • Your building’s exterior makes first impressions. Don’t discount the impact a of first impression on a potential customer.

Periodic pressure washing can extend the life of exterior walls, roofs, and outdoor finishes by removing environmental build-up and potentially damaging accumulations of dirt, mold and mildew. Power washing removes all of these hazards and more!
  • Mold and Mildew
  • Mineral stains and efflorescence
  • Pollution stains
  • Grease and grime
  • Graffiti
It’s not just for concrete–some of the surfaces that can be cleaned with pressure washing might surprise you!
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Siding
  • Stucco
  • Driveways
  • Vinyl
  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Vehicles
  • Industrial Equipment
Ask City Wide how you can incorporate pressure washing into your annual maintenance schedule to extend the life of and beautify your building’s exterior!