Friday, June 27, 2014

Week in Review: June 23rd - June 27th

Jarrad Nickolite: Facility Services Manager
Hello from the West Metro:

Things have been really busy this summer so far!

Lots, and lots of projects going on.  We have been busy with the traditional routine work like; strip and wax jobs, window cleaning, carpet cleaning etc.

I have been able to do some of the not so traditional projects as well.  So far this year we have done parking lot striping, interior painting, power washing exterior sides of buildings, handyman work and we are in the middle of a large scale construction remodel.  It's been a really exciting ride so far and it's nice to step outside the box once and a while.

Last week, I had the privilege to have a newer FSM from Nashville ride along with me for the day.  I enjoy doing this whenever I can.  I like the teaching and coaching aspect of this and hopefully when they leave Minnesota they have some information to take home with them.

On a personal note:
I continue to fish the B.A.S.S. Open Tournaments and have done pretty well so far.  My next tournament is in Plattsburgh NY, fishing on Lake Champlain.  Should be a good event and fish a lot like Minnesota. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Week in Review: June 16th - 20th

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

It has been a crazy start to spring/summer here in the metro!  We’ve been managing an incredible amount of carpet cleaning, tile acid cleaning, floor waxing, window washing and pressure washing projects in the last 60 days!

We always have these projects ready to go in the spring time and crews lined up ready to accomplish the body of work. However, the weather has really thrown off any plans we have made in advance! We have a large group project that traditionally is done early in the year that got pushed off due to the weather. So, we quickly tried to change gears with other clients to see if they’d prefer to move up in the schedule to help balance that time.  Before we knew it, April and May had evaporated and we had accomplished a large body of work in a short period of time. 

With rainfall continuing to come in daily groups, we have continued to make adjustments and reschedule for exterior window cleaning.  We’ve found ourselves ahead of schedule on interiors, and catching up on exteriors on warm, sunny days to accomplish every job as close to their original scheduled time as possible.  Although the weather really plays a factor, we have to be cautious not to rush as a result of expected rain, so that we can ensure quality work is being completed.

Our FSM’s have been staying incredibly organized here, making sure that all labor is lined up in advance, job notes are detailed and organized prior to the work being done, and checking with their team-mates to avoid double booking any work. 

In addition to all of that, we’ve been BETA Testing a new app based software for tracking all of our building inspection data and invoice entry system for in the field usage.  It has shown the ability to save an incredible amount of time and make organization even easier for our FSM’s in the field.  It has come with some challenges as any new software will, but it is well worth it.  The end result will mean more time in the field for our managers to meet with clients and check on projects, and less time in front of a computer. 

Summer is a bit up and down for me outside of City Wide, as far as planning goes.  My wife and I  snuck up north wit some friends the weekend of Memorial day for a camping, which was a lot of fun! We made it back in town early to reset and relax before the upcoming short, 4 day work week!   Aside from that we have some lakeside plans on Minnetonka for the 4th of July and a couple weddings later in the year to look forward to!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Week in Review: June 9th - 13th

 Tyler Olson: Sales Executive

It has been a very busy couple of months in the sales department.  We have started relationships with many new clients and are busy working to make sure their buildings are taken care of.  We are also getting ready for a hand full of Golf Events that we sponsor for different local organizations including IREM, IFMA, and NAIOP. 

Personally I have been busy as well.  With the nice weather finally here I have been spending a lot of time on my bike, and have gotten a few bike races in as well.  I am looking forward to one of my favorite race series coming up here in June called the State Fair Affair.  There are races every Tuesday night at the fairgrounds for 4 weeks straight.  There are nightly winners, and also overall series points that continue on each week.  Last year I ended the series in second place overall and looking for a similar or better outcome this year.

My wife and I are also very busy getting our house ready for the little bundle of joy that we are expecting.  We have been getting the nursery ready to go, and have also had a couple of baby showers.  Our little Girl is expected to join our family on September 6th, and we can’t wait!

Whenever we are not working or biking, I have been spending some time fishing at either my cabin or one of my friends cabins.  I recently made the trip up to Lake Kabetogama for a few days of walleye fishing with a Buddy who was in town from Alaska.  I am definitely looking to a nice long summer of fun and activities.