Friday, July 25, 2014

Week In Review: July 21st - July 25th

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

Summer is always an excellent time of year for City Wide!  We begin to shift from Spring/Late Spring cleaning into fall/winter prep.  Just as we start to embrace the warm sun, humidity, and sun tans, we shift our mindset to winter cleaning, snow removal bids, and fall follow up projects in September-November!

As my role as DOO continues to evolve, I’ve been able to shift my responsibility from working directly with several clients, down to just a handful that I can give excellent attention to and work more as a coach/leader for the entire department.  I’ve spent a lot of time riding along with the FSM team seeing facilities that I hadn’t seen in the past. We looked for opportunities to improve our cleaning and processes, and made contact with clients that I hadn’t previously had the opportunity to meet...which I really enjoy!

There are few accomplishments in the past couple months, worth mentioning... We had an excellent contest showing by the Minnesota team in our nation wide FSM contest.  I’ll spare you the details, but it’s a well rounded contest covering multiple aspects of our business operation over the course of 6 months.  Jarrad, Kirsten and Tyler all finished in the top 5 out of everyone, and are on pace to have an excellent second contest in the back half of the year!  Jarrad has been working on a construction project involving moving walls, closing up doors, changing ceiling grid, remodeling 4 bathrooms and much more.  He’s been all over it! Finally, we partnered with a new Consumables Vendor that has expanded our ability to provide more items to our clients, and reach some clients that we couldn’t previously reach.  Tyler has 5 clients that now are using us to manage and order their supply inventory (TP, Towels, soap, etc), and we have several more that are looking to come on board in Kirsten and Jarrad’s territories!

Outside of the office, I’ve been hobby jumping, as I tend to do.  Last year I invested several hours a week into Boxing and Sparring.  This winter, I began working with a golf coach at the indoor range and have continued to sharpen my golf game up.   This spring, my wife and I decided to enter a couple BBQ Contests and our first one is coming up in late August, so we’ve been prepping and practicing for that.  This week, I re-entered the boxing gym world, leaving out competitive fighting and just focusing on the fitness/light sparring aspect to keep in shape, doing something I really enjoy.  Aside from that, we’ve had summer weddings, picnics, family events and a pretty traditional summer all in all.  Enjoy the rest of summer and bring on some Vikings football!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Week In Review: July 14th - 18th

Andrew Chapman: Sales Associate

We have all been very busy this summer.  Our Facility Service Managers have been busy with summer projects such as pressure washing, carpet extracting, and a lot of windows being cleaned! 

In the sales department we’ve been just as busy.  We’ve been working with a good number of schools to submit quotes before the summer comes to an end.  Most of the schools in our area have already decided who they’ll use for the 2014-2015 year but some are still looking.  If you know of any that need to review this before the year gets going, let us know and we’d be happy to help.  It’s great working with schools because the need for quality janitorial work is essential and we’re the company to provide it.  Honestly, it’s our kids were talking about so nobody (at least at City Wide) wants to skip on quality.

I’ve been more than busy in my personal life.  Over the 4th of July weekend I got engaged!  I didn’t want to be too predictable so I avoided popping the question at fireworks or on the 4th in general. I’m also waiting anxiously to close on a house at the end of the month.  We’ve been house hunting for months so we’re more than ready to call this one our home.  It’ll be my first home so it’s definitely keeping my nerves on high alert. 

Right now I’m actually about to pack up my boat and head up north.  I’m going camping on Crescent Lake with my brother and two other friends. It should be a blast if this nice weather holds up.  I always enjoy fishing but when I’m up north with limited or no people around it really is a whole new level of relaxation.  With that being said, I’m hitting the road.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Week in Review: July 7th - 11th

Kirsten Engels: Facility Services Manager

Hi from the south! 

I think we can all agree that this rain can stop anytime now. I don't think I've ever seen this much rain during the summer in a long time.

Over the summer we have been very busy with summer projects. I've been focusing on getting windows washed and carpets cleaned in my facilities. A lot of our work has been pushed back due to the slow start of summer. 

We have also been working on small projects that we can help out with throughout our buildings. Projects ranging from wall patching to repair latches on bathrooms stalls. If there is any small projects that your building needs we are here to help out.

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

Week in Review: June 30th - July 4th

Tyler DuBord: Facility Services Manager

Summer is here and seemed to have leapfrogged Spring! We are finally wrapping up our Spring floor projects. We normally find ourselves flooded with wax and carpet work at the beginning of Spring and work through early summer but Spring didn’t start until mid May and we’re still wrapping up some final projects. Overall we had a very successful start to the year and are excited to move forward throughout the summer. My primary focus over the last few weeks has been window cleaning. From your single story cleaning on up to the 4+ level drop/lift cleaning, we’ve done it all this year. Please contact CityWide for a competitive window cleaning quote.

So far this summer I’ve spent several weekends on my boat. At the end of last Fall I traded my dirtbike for a boat believe it or not! It runs great and best of all, it floats! We plan to bring it down to northern Iowa for the 4th of July weekend to spend with our friends on Lake Okoboji. It should be a great time!!