Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Mitch Brunette: Director Of Operations
This hit or miss weather has winter off to a very unique start, typical for Minnesota! Our snow removal began quickly and then came to an abrupt halt with the recent warmer temps. There have been a handful of evenings that melted snow has frozen overnight and required some attention, but for the most part, the truck/salt/shovel crews have had a light start to the season.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Outside of our constant fight with Minnesota winters, we have a record amount of new accounts starting on January 1st. This is exciting for everyone involved, but also demands a lot of additional attention, to guarantee all of our new customers have a seamless transition. Customers from a variety of industries have decided to choose City Wide going into 2015, from Banks to Medical Clinics to Retail Centers.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Hi from South Metro,
Friday, December 5, 2014
Brrrrr!! It’s been a cold start to winter in Minnesota! Unfortunately, I’ve already come down with a cold and have been under the weather for a few weeks, yuck! Hopefully this is it and I will be immune the rest of the season. I won’t get my hopes up though.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Hello from the West Metro:
Winter is here! I hope everyone has partnered with a reliable snow vendor for the remainder of the year. If you happen to need help with your property, feel free to reach out to your FSM.
Things are still running steady on this side of the city. We continue to bring on new business and new customers. Our office is continuing to grow as well.....which is great for the operations side of things!
I would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to all and safe travels.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Hi from the office!
Well, I have been quite busy in the office. -I haven't had much time to share what's been happening! We recently took on a handful of new accounts. They certainly have been keeping everyone on their toes. Our admin team has done a great job of keeping all the paperwork straight, our Operations Team keeps active by inspecting the accounts and relaying all requests, as the Night Managers perfect them at night, and of course our Sales Team has been a huge help filling in whenever possible. When we start a new account we schedule an "Ops Walk." With that, I have the opportunity to get out of the office and meet our contacts, while taking helpful notes to relay back to the crew. Without a doubt, this is my favorite part...getting out and shaking hands with the people that we will be making a difference with.
The Sales Team has been very active lately. With Tyler taking time off to tend to his new addition, Andrew Chapman (Sales Associate) has done an excellent job to make sure his absence has been seamless. Tyler and Andrew came up with a spooky marketing drop for Halloween. It is always fun to put together these special drops that make a big impact. Luckily, I will have Shelly in the office to help!
On the home front, my two little ones don't seem to be so little anymore. Ken (5) and Liz (4) are both getting excited for Halloween. They had a costume contest at Ken's Cub Scout pack meeting earlier this week. Ken didn't take home a prize, but Liz won best girl costume! She was beyond thrilled! On top of Halloween, Ken's birthday is approaching faster than I can keep up. Shortly after that we will be moving on to the craziness of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Where has this year gone? Hope you all enjoy the weekend, and are able to keep the cold weather germs away!
Friday, October 10, 2014
On a personal note, I’ve been able to get out in the deer stand a few times the past few weeks. Each time I have seen deer, but no luck to close the deal yet. Our Sales Executive, Tyler Olson ,was nice enough to meet me out at a ski shop and help me get setup with a set of cross country ski’s. Soon, I can add yet another hobby to my busy schedule! My wife and I continue to cheer on the Vikings on the weekends, and hope to see Teddy back soon!
Friday, October 3, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
August has been a humid month so far but it has also been very eventful! We have been doing a lot of window washing jobs and maintenance program work being done at our facilities. The maintenance programs have been very helpful with the planning and scheduling of projects for my customers and myself. Having a plan of when the work is being done has been very helpful for budgeting and preparation.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
Monday, the Vice President of the company called me and interviewed me for a live podcast he sent out to the entire company. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous but glad to be a part of it. Hopefully others can take the message and apply it to there daily routines to learn and get better.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
For my personal life I've been just trying to soak up as much sun as possible. I was just at Country Fest last weekend and got to see my favorite country artist Carrie Underwood. She was amazing and I plan on going back next year.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
It seems that the City Wide team has been very focused on the weather which comes of no surprise. As I write this, we are being blanketed by another snow storm that could reach up to a foot in depth. I thought it being Spring time and seeing grass meant we were heading out of winter. Looks like we’ll be plowing and shoveling for at least another week.
But not all is bad for Minnesota this time of the year. The Minnesota Gophers won the Basketball Championship in the NIT. Not the true March Madness but nevertheless, enjoyable to watch. Our City Wide team also had a big victory recently. At our Annual Convention that was in Florida this year, City Wide of Minnesota was announced as the top franchise of the year. This was a huge honor for us as we’ve been aware of our great success but there were a lot of great markets across the country that we had to beat out to earn this award. The sales team has been in overdrive throughout the winter and a lot of our success has come from that consistency. I have to give props to our entire operations team, though. They have kept all of our clients happy with continual communication, proactive attention to details, and overwhelming hard work. Great job team we all deserve this!
For me, I’ve been living a more quiet life. I think most of us are still in hibernation until Spring comes. I mean actual Spring; with birds singing, doing yard work, and being able to ENJOY grilling. Last weekend was a lot of family time. Jessica’s brother and grandpa had their birthdays last week so we celebrated with them most of the weekend. My grandpa, Dick Chapman, turned 84 last weekend, as well. We threw him a big party with a lot of friends and family that came. My dad also surprised him with some of his old buddies from WCCO. Some of the friends were Steve Murphy, Erik Escola, Rob Brown, and Bruce Hagevik. A little difficult getting a word in with any of them because the stories didn’t stop until they walked out the door. I could tell my grandpa enjoyed it and that’s what it was all about!
Friday, March 21, 2014
March has had some strange weather this year. I never know whether or not to bring a coat to work.
This winter has been pretty busy in the south metro. I have a couple of accounts where I handle the snow removal for them. Trust me, it has been a pretty busy year for this. Hopefully with it finally being Spring, it will start to get warmer in the next couple weeks and we don't have to plow snow anymore!
Coming up next month we have a lot of spring projects going on at our facilities. As soon as the snow melts, our floor crews become the busiest getting the building ready for spring. Spring cleaning is just around the corner. Carpet cleaning and wax work is a big priority to many of my customers because it helps to remove all the remaining salt from the floors.
I know I have been talking about how I want the snow to be gone, but this week I am actually heading out to Colorado to go snowboarding at Vail and Keystone. I haven’t been to the mountains since high school and I am very excited to get back there. Unfortunately we will be driving there which is roughly a 15 hour drive. I am hoping this will go by fast and that we have a fun time!
Friday, March 14, 2014
February marked a record year for coldest temps and snowfall. We’ve stayed busy helping customers manage their snow removal as well as preventative maintenance measures such as carpet cleaning and floor waxing. Spring is typically our busiest season for this work. Customers consider these projects as “Spring cleaning” projects and they help to remove salt build up from the winter months. We use truck mounted carpet extractors for our cleaning and we find this process produces the best results. Floor waxing is also considered a Spring project. VCT tile floors have wax covering the tile surface to protect the tile and to provide a long lasting shine. Throughout winter, this wax is eaten away by the breakdown of salt. Regular floor maintenance is key in providing a long lasting protection and shine for your tile.