Friday, December 22, 2017

Company Holiday Party

Alex Underwood: Facility Services Manager

Happy Holidays from the Northwest Metro,

Hope everyone is having a great winter.  Can you believe it is already time for Christmas?!  The holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends, especially the ones we don't see very often so it is always a fun time of year.  Along with family and friends, Holiday parties are a great time to get together outside the office with co workers and meet their families and significant others.  We had our company party on Friday, 12/15 at the Westin Galleria in Edina, which is always a great place to gather. This is the second year in a row we have had our company party at this location and once again it did not disappoint.

We had a great sit down dinner and had the opportunity to see many husbands and wives of coworkers that we don't get a chance to see very often.  City Wide Maintenance of Minnesota President, Greg Mansfield, gave a nice speech highlighting some of our accomplishments from 2017 and talked about some new company goals of 2018.

We also do a small awards ceremony unlike any other. Typically most award ceremonies highlight people or teams that do an outstanding job throughout the year, but ours is a little different.  We highlight and give awards to those who do something funny or unique throughout the year, so we can all get a good laugh reminiscing about the different events from the year.  I myself, won one of the prestigious awards this year, for the amount of pine tree air fresheners I have in my car. As they run out and need to be replaced, instead of removing the old one, I just hang a new one over the old ones. As you could imagine, there ends up being quite a few before I reset and throw them all away.

As you can tell, we have a pretty good time at City Wide and we really capitalize on the opportunity to get together outside the office and really get to know each other on a more personal level.

I hope you all have a great holiday season!

Cheers to a great 2018 for everyone!!!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Curacao Vacation

Michelle Jackson: Sales Associate

Last week, my family and I were able to take a break away from everyday life and go on an amazing vacation to Curacao Island together!  We stayed at Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino. Sunscape is located along the largest resort beach on the island and directly in front of the National Underwater park, a top ranked dive site. This resort was simply amazing and very kid-friendly. Baby James even had an great time and the staff just loved him!  The food was really good, I think my husband probably ate red snapper every day. I enjoyed eating at the Japanese Hibachi restaurant.

During our stay, we spent a great deal of time at the beach. James and I had the opportunity to take turns doing some snorkeling, water aerobics, and much more. We took the local bus over to Willemstad City for some shopping and ate at one of the local restaurants. Downtown Willemstad was gorgeous. We walked on the floating bridge, which was pretty cool. We also visited the Shete Boka National Park, which was breathtaking. We drove and walked to each location. There was a total of four parks. The Boka Wandomi, Boka Tabla, Boka Kalki and Noka Pistol. My husband had the opportunity to walk down into a cave and see some sea turtles as well.

This was by far one of our best family vacations we’ve ever taken. We met so many great people, shared laughs, bonded over family values and developed friendships that will last a lifetime.

We can’t wait until our next adventure!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


Michelle Jackson: Sales Associate

Thanksgiving is time when my family enjoys gathering together.  We laugh, talk, play games, and remember those that matter most to us.

Throughout the years, we've given back to our community by packing Thanksgiving dinners and passing them out with our church and with the Mozel Sanders Foundation in Indianapolis, IN. Since my move to Minnesota, my husband, family, and friends have volunteered our time at Feed My Starving Children.

Our typical Thanksgiving dinner consists of turkey, ham, three-cheese macaroni, fresh green beans, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, apple pie, cranberry sauce, stuffing, potato salad, deviled eggs and much more.

Some years on Thanksgiving, we even allow the children in the family to open their Christmas presents early. It’s not often you get all of your family together in the same room, so we make the most of our time together and enjoy each other's company. 

I would like to personally wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Welcome, Noah!

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

I am very excited to welcome our newest FSM to the team, Noah Her! We have enjoyed getting to know Noah from the beginning of our interview process. He has rapidly demonstrated that he’d be a great fit for our team and a great FSM for our customers to interact with.

Noah has spent his first week in a mix of meetings with me at the office, going through the fundamentals of our business, industry and processes.  We spent a lot of time digging into why we do things the way that we do and Noah has been very diligent in understanding and asking great questions to be sure he’s in the best position possible when he gets out on his own in a few weeks.

The last two weeks he has spent time with Maghan Aschoff, watching her run her route and take care of business.  Now he’s been out for the week with Alex, picking up his tips, tricks, and ways of handling things.

I’m looking forward to getting to know Noah and his growing family as he gets going in the coming weeks.  We’re happy to have him here.

Welcome aboard Noah, thanks for joining our team!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Happy 1-Year Anniversary, Vang Khang!

Joel Willert: Facility Services Manager

Wow, does time fly!  It's hard to believe that it has been one year already that my Night Manger,  Vang Khang, has been at City Wide.  It has been a pleasure watching him grow and develop in the Building Maintenance Industry and become a great help to the City Wide team. 

Vang was able to transition into the Night Manager position quickly upon being hired and has not looked back.  He carries great relationships with the City Wide cleaning and maintenance crews and has done his part in making sure that all facilities are looking top notch.

I look forward to a long lasting working relationship and maybe even doing some Pigeon racing, which is one of Vang’s go-to hobbies outside of the working environment.    
Vang Khang: Night Manager

Wow! One year already and a part of me feels like I’m still very new. A BIG Thank You to Mitch Burnette for bringing me on board. Over the past year, I’ve seen myself grow in so many ways coming into this industry.  I have learned so much and gained so much knowledge about cleaning, building relationships with my contractors and being professional with my colleagues. I have a great group of Night Managers who are willing to help and give advice when needed. Also want to give a BIG Thanks to my FSM, Joel Willert, and Operation Manager, Steve Reid, for being the BEST!

Happy 1-Year Anniversary with City Wide, Vang!


Friday, October 27, 2017

Sales Golf Outing

Adam Bartusek: Business Development Specialist

Hello everyone! I hope the recent snowfall hasn’t shocked too many of us, but winter is on its way. However, I’m hoping fall can hold on a little longer so we can enjoy the outdoor activities it brings. Thought I'd share what some of our Sales Team likes to do when the weather is nice.
Over the past few months myself and Senior Sales Executive, Tyler Olson, have been hitting the golf links after a successful sales week. We have been able to golf together a few times now on Friday afternoons, and each time is a treat! A few weeks ago, Tyler and I got out to enjoy a round at Inver Wood Golf Course. I always look forward to these outings because we are both competitive people, and being able to get out to golf feeds our competitive nature, amongst work discussions.
Inver Wood is a beautiful course, for being located within the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Often during our round, we talked about how we felt like we were in Northern Minnesota because of all the Pine Trees and elevation changes.
The front-9 started off slowly for both of us, with some tricky tee shots to maneuver. However, by hole 7 we had both hit our stride and were able to have multiple scoring opportunities on the back-9. When all was said and done, Tyler was able to shoot an 85 and I shot a 79. It’s always nice to get a quick W before the weekend!
If the snow can hold off around the metro area, this is the best time of year to golf. The fees are cheap, the courses are empty, and normally the weather isn’t too bad. I highly recommend pulling the sticks out a couple more times before the year is over! Have a good one!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Nashville Visit

Alex Underwood: Facility Services Manager

Hello to everyone, from the Northwest Metro!  Hope everyone is having a great fall and is able to get out to enjoy the changing leave and the cool weather.  Just wanted to give everyone a little update on what's been happening in my territory and what I have been up to.

Recently, I was able to travel down to Nashville with the president of our company to visit their office and complete some sales and operations training.  We had a great time!  The Nashville office was very welcoming.  Greg and I were able to have some good discussion with their team and bring back some items that will help us continue to grow.

Outside of normal business hours they took us to a little Nashville gem in the Green Hills neighborhood, called the CrowsNest.  We all split some appetizers and sampled some of the beer brewed by a local brewery.  Just like Minneapolis, the brewery-scene is growing rapidly down there, so it was interesting to sample some of their product.

I was able to get out in the field with their Facility Service Managers, to see some of their buildings and learn how they manage their business, which was very interesting.  They also took me to another Nashville staple, called Emma B's, for their famous Hot Chicken.  I was only daring enough to order the mild but they have quite the range from no seasoning to their hottest, called "So Cluck'in Hot!' I certainly did not have the guts to try that one! Overall, we really enjoyed our time with the folks from Nashville!

Things are also busy in my personal life, as my fiancĂ© and I continue to get ready for our wedding. We are in the final 12 months of planning, so we are making sure we have everything in line.  It is surprising how far in advance vendors get booked up!  We have all our pillar items booked and now it is just the little odds and ends that come up along the way.

Hope everyone has a great Halloween and holiday season!!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Happy 1-Year Anniversary, Maghan Aschoff!

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

A little over a year ago, I met Maghan Aschoff in the interview process for the FSM role. She hung in there as we worked out the details, logistics, and timeline for her start here at City Wide.  I can’t believe it’s already been a year since she joined our office, got to work on behalf of her clients, and began taking on the full responsibility of her territory!

It’s been a lot of fun seeing Maghan transition from her financial industry background into the facilities world. Getting to know Maghan's skill set and strengths has helped each of us become better at how we operate, interact, and function with our clients and cleaners, as well as individually in our office.  I’ve appreciated every step of ownership, process management, and effort Maghan has put into this year to begin mastering her role and continue to grow.  Thanks Maghan, for your help. I am glad you are on board!

Maghan Aschoff: Facility Services Manager

I can't believe it's been a year since I started here at City Wide, it has certainly flown! Leaving a career of over 15 years in the finance world for facilities was scary!  I was starting over and nervous to do so.  I’ve had such a great group of people helping me along the way. Each one of them bring something valuable to our City Wide team, and they're always willing to share their knowledge with me when I need it.  I’ve never worked with a group of people who are so willing to stop what they’re doing and help.  I’ve gotten to know everyone on a personal and professional level, and I’m proud to say it’s pretty great to have a group like this surrounding me!

Thank you to the whole City Wide team for making it a great year. I look forward to the future!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Phoenix Trip: Mitch Brunette

Earlier this summer our former Night Manager, Aaron Bowen, moved his family from MN back to his home state of Arizona.  I happened to be on vacation visiting my sisters last week, and of course found myself catching up with Aaron and the Phoenix City Wide office for an afternoon.  We shared some best practices, I saw where Aaron’s new office is, and caught up with the owner, Mike O'Donnel, whom has visited our office in the past.

They were gracious enough to let me join in their Friday afternoon meeting sessions and provide some feedback on what I saw as a DOO, as we grew from being comparable to their size to where we are now, at the 11 years in business mark.  There is a good group of guys down there, working as the FSM and DOO team. They are doing a lot of things right and servicing some challenging account types.  There were a few things that they were able to remind me of and it drove me to revisit with my team for best practices. 

It was good to get out of town and spend time with those guys, grab dinner, and talk about business but I certainly enjoyed my time with my sisters and nephews too.  They all thanked me for “bringing the cool weather” (It was 95 degrees, we don’t consider that cool weather!)  I visited all over the East & West Valley for good dinners, golf, Vikings game viewing and more.  Glad to be back home, but as always it was nice to get away for a bit!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Volunteer Day | Burnsville Park Clean-Up

Jenny Schmidt: Contractor Coordinator

Our annual volunteer day was a success, as we were able to help out the City of Burnsville with some trail and park clean up! We started off our morning at Cliff Fen Park and helped trim trees along the nature trail. We were able to make the trail more open and accessible for everyone that plans to visit.

After a few hours of cleaning up the trail, we headed over to North River Hills Park for lunch and a few friendly games of Kubb. Once we filled our stomachs and had a little competitive fun together, we walked through the park to clean up trash. We also went to Alimagnet Park and the Rudy Kraemer Nature Preserve in Burnsville to clean those areas up as well. It was a lot of fun to walk around the parks together, plus the weather was perfect! 

It was a satisfying day to be able to give back to the community, while working together as a company; plus, everyone enjoyed getting out of the office setting and soaking up the sunshine too!



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Welcome, Michelle Jackson!

Tyler Olson: Senior Sales Executive

I’m very excited to introduce and welcome Michelle Jackson to our Sales Team!  Michelle has been with us for a little over a month now and she brings an amazing amount of energy to the sales team.

Leading up to her position at City Wide, Michelle has had a successful career in sales.  We are sure that she will continue that trend with our team and are thrilled for her to be a part of it.  Michelle will be handling the East Metro territory and she has been working hard in her first few weeks to grow our relationships on that side of town.

We recently had a chance to meet Michelle’s husband and son at the City Wide BBQ and look forward to getting to know her more.  Welcome to the team, Michelle!

Monday, August 14, 2017

City Wide 4th Annual BBQ

Maghan Aschoff: Facility Services Manager

Our 4th annual City Wide BBQ was a hit!  Mitch hosted the event at his house, which was filled with family, food and fun. The BBQ was top notch!  -Apparently while we were all sleeping at 4am, Mitch was preparing the meat to be smoked all day long, it was delicious!  Mitch's wife, Liz, prepared homemade mac n' cheese, smoked deviled eggs, coleslaw, several amazing desserts, and much more!

One of the many things I love about City Wide is how family-oriented the company is.  The event had our Admin team, Night Managers, Sales team, and FSM's attend, in addition to their growing families - lots of kids!

After we all stuffed ourselves with the amazing food, the evening moved to the adults playing some basketball and Kubb.  Once all the kids warmed up, we all played a few games of PIG and ended our night with a game of Four Square.  Our City Wide family is pretty competitive and so were all of our kids, it was a blast! My kids had so much fun and wished we lived closer to everyone, so we could do this every weekend. :)  What a fun night!



Friday, July 28, 2017

Tampa Bay Visitor

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

This week we had the pleasure of hosting Eric Pinkerton from the City Wide of Tampa Bay office, whom came to visit us.  We get a couple visitors a year, but I was really looking forward to Eric’s visit as he and I competed head to head in nationwide contests, metrics and overall customer service scores and metrics over the years.  We’ve spoken on the phone and through conference calls and have seen each other briefly at conventions or chairman’s club trips, but this was the first time we spent any extended time one on one, diving into the business together.

We had a really good 2 days together, comparing job notes, best practices, operational processes that work and don’t work, and refining things to ensure we are doing the right things to best serve our clients and help support our team of managers that work in our offices.  Eric has a great mindset toward having a winning team that serves his clients at a very high level, so we click very easily and see things similarly, while finding small differences that allow us each to get a little bit better.  I was very pleased to hear that he spent some time with my managers, asking them some questions while I was out on an appointment.  His feedback was much appreciated, as he was quite impressed by our team’s unity, understanding of the business, and our overall mission to serve clients at a high level.

I’m appreciative of his visit to our market to see how we handle things and I hope to make a visit to his market to do the same in the future. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Welcome, Daniel Wallace!

Mitch Brunette: Director Of Operations

I’d like to Welcome Daniel Wallace to our team, as our newest Night Manager!   Daniel has been onboard for about a month now and has been working closely with Steve Reid to learn the position, his buildings, and the people handling the work at his sites.  He will soon be covering the South West Metro with Jarrad. 

Daniel came to us with a background working for Target and was looking for a different opportunity to grow his skill set, expand on a developing and growing role, and find a place where he could make an impact.

Daniel moved here from Kansas, and we are excited to get to know him more as he continues to make Minnesota home.  In his free time, he enjoys working out and spending time with friends, family, and his dog.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Welcome, Sean Little!

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

I’m very excited to introduce and welcome Sean Little to our Night Management Team!  Sean has been with us for about a month now and he brings an incredibly upbeat, positive, and excited energy to his work each day.

Sean’s positivity came through very strongly from his first phone call to our office and throughout our entire interview process.  We're thrilled to bring him in on our team and glad he chose us!  He comes to us with a few years of retail experience in everything from planograms, truck unloads, customer service, and other front and back end support.  Sean's first few weeks were spent working very closely with Steve, getting the basics of his job understood and well-trained on.  Now he’s working hand in hand with Maghan Aschoff, helping cover the North East Metro.

We can't wait to learn more about Sean and his family, outside of the office.  Welcome aboard Sean! We look forward to having you here for years to come and appreciate the contributions you’ve already made to our team and office!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Father's Day

Ryan Sauser: Facility Services Manager

This weekend marks the 3rd Sunday in June and that means Father’s Day is here!

As some of you may know, I am the proud father of a 7 year old daughter. This Father’s Day will most definitely be spent with my family.   We will probably take out the boat or head over to Valley Fair for the day.   We will be looking forward to spending most of our summer weekend this way, as my daughter is just now tall enough to get on all the rides.

This Father’s Day I urge you to not take family for granted.  We all need to remember that life truly is too short.  Spend time with your loved ones and have a great weekend! 


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tyler Olson | 5 Year Anniversary

Tyler Olson: Senior Sales Executive

I joined the City Wide team 5 years ago, this month.  My journey began as a Sales Associate.  At the time, I worked directly with Greg Mansfield, whom was executing most of the sales.  There were three FSM's, an office manager (Greg's wife, Kelly), a CFO (Greg's dad, Dick), and a Controller (Greg's brother, Brian).  City Wide Maintenance of Minnesota has grown and changed a lot in the past 5 years of my employment.  During this time, I have had some success in competing locally in Minnesota to help grow the company, as well as competing with my peers in City Wide across the nation.  City Wide Maintenance of Minnesota now has 22 employees and I am leading the Sales Department, which is also growing and turning into a much larger team.  Things have also changed for me on a personal note.  My wife, Jennae, and I now have two gorgeous little girls, which has sure changed the dynamic of work life balance.

I am looking forward to what life with the City Wide family will bring in the coming years!

Greg Mansfield: President

It has been an awesome journey, having Tyler be a part of the City Wide of Minnesota work family!   As Tyler mentioned above, things have change over the past 5 years.  We have more than doubled the size of our business during his tenure and are now in the process of building a world class sales organization together.  I love having someone on the team who is competitive and driven to be the best at what they are doing.  I am consistently impressed that Tyler strives to be great with his family at home, at work, and his endurance athlete career.  Sales is one of the best professions in the world when it is done right, and having someone to pursue that with, like Tyler, has been appreciated.  Here’s to five more years!

Happy 5 Year Anniversary with
City Wide Maintenance of Minnesota, Tyler Olson!



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Welcome, Adam Bartusek!

Tyler Olson: Senior Sales Executive

I am very excited to introduce and welcome to our Sales team, Adam Bartusek!  Adam joined us about  two months ago and has been actively learning a new industry, as well as helping the sales team develop CRM and marketing initiatives.  He comes to us after a short stint at Polaris as a contracted employee. Prior to that, Adam was fresh out of college.
I've been able to spend quite a bit of time with Adam, while onboarding him at City Wide.  During this process, I have gotten to know a bit about him personally.  In his free time, Adam loves the outdoors, specifically fishing.  He competes as a bass fisherman in the local MN tournament scene.  He is also part of the Vexilar and Clam pro teams.

We are very excited to have Adam on the team and look forward to getting to know him more as time goes on! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

St Jude's Bass Classic

Joel Willert: Facility Services Manager

With the warmer weather upon us and fishing season officially open, it's that time of year where the weekends consist of tournament bass fishing and spending time on the water. 

I started out my first tournament of the year fishing on the Mississippi River on Pools 4 and 5, for the St Jude's Bass Classic out of Wabasha, MN. This is the third year in a row competing in this tournament and not only do the teams get to spend 2 days on the water competing to catch the largest weight, but they also get to do fundraising to help out the kids and families of the St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Over the last three years that I have been part of this tournament, each year has been a new record setting year for the amount of funds raised for St. Jude's. This year the anglers, which included 72- 2 man teams, raised over $370,000 for St. Jude's.

Back during my first year fishing this tournament, my fishing partner Scott Pellegrin, and I were able to take first place out of approximately 80 teams. Last year was another success, coming in second place, only ounces behind the leaders. This year we got some redemption and once again took first place out of the 72 teams competing in the tournament.  We managed to catch 6 smallmouth bass on day 1 for 24.38lbs, which set the record for the heaviest 1 day bag ever weighed in 19 years.  We also followed that up on day 2 with a limit of fish weighing 20.78lbs.  

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mother's Day

Shelly Grohovsky: Bookkeeper

This Sunday is a day that is dedicated to all the moms out there.  It’s Mother’s Day!  As both a daughter and a mom, Mother’s Day not only gives me the opportunity to show my mom how much I love and appreciate her, it also is a day that I feel blessed to have two beautiful little girls of my own.  I like to take this time to remind myself to strive to be the best mom that I can be for my daughters, just like my mom has always been for me.   
Being a mom is a big job.  You’re faced with many challenges, big and small. But, there’s nothing better than hearing your child tell you they love you or seeing them blossom through all the adventures in their lives, right before your eyes.  This Sunday, I hope you can find a way to celebrate your mom or another great mom in your life.
Happy Mother’s Day!


Friday, April 21, 2017

Communication Training

Jenny Ewert: Contractor Coordinator

A few weeks ago, Mitch and I attended a seminar focused on communication within a team. The main speaker was Laura Boyd, the founder and CEO of Leadership Delta. To begin, Laura had all of us participate in an exercise that tested our individual perceptions of a story she told. Then, with the people next to us, she had us go through statements about the story and see if our answers changed. From a short exercise, we found that everyone perceives information differently, making it challenging to work as a group at times. 

The next portion of her presentation focused on the definition of perception and the key learnings for understanding perception when working as a team. The main takeaways to remember when working with others is that people don’t see things the same way, different conclusions are drawn, and perceptions other than your own can still be right.

Laura also discussed the importance of face-to-face discussions vs. phone/email/text and the differences between one-way and two-way communication, which involves one of the hardest skills; to be actively listening. Listening is defined as the ability to accurately perceive a message conveyed by another person. To show the group or individual that you are listening, you should become actively involved in the conversation, avoid the temptation to evaluate, search for meaning in their message, and confirm your understandings with them. Those steps allow you to create a safe place for someone to feel comfortable when approaching you about any situation.

Here at City Wide, we utilize every form of communication every day. From internal communication within our own departments, ownership, department to department, and to the people doing the work out in the field.

Overall, being an effective communicator and active listener is crucial when working as a team or group.  Although a lot of the information presented was familiar, these info sessions can provide a great opportunity to look in the mirror and make a focused effort to improve on some key items.

Friday, April 14, 2017

New Jersey Market Visit

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

Last week, City Wide of MN welcomed our Business Performance Coach, Meredith Cimeno and City Wide of Northern New Jersey into our office. They came to spend some time with us, comparing best practices and reviewing our operations! It was a great opportunity getting to know Pat and Kara Hunt, as they learned more about our operation, and asked questions that lead to out of the box thinking!

We tend to visit other markets or have other markets visit us a few times a year, allowing us a chance to think differently about how we handle situations and improve our processes for our employees and clients.  One of the foundations of our culture is maintaining Positive Discontent, meaning we are always seeking a better way, always hungry to get better, while improving ourselves individually and professionally.  When we have visitors in town, this is the perfect opportunity!

The other main take-away I find from having visitors or us visiting others’ offices, is that we find ourselves teaching a process or program and realize that maybe we could be doing one piece or part of it more consistently. I’ve always known that when you are teaching something, you’re often reminding yourself of the core of “why” we do something this way or that way.  Best of luck to the Hunts in their business adventures! Now I have one more resource to reach out to for advice or help in the future as well!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Arcade Night

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

Who knew how much fun a bunch of grown adults would have playing ski ball, pop a shot, pac man, and motorcycle racing video games!  I suppose deep down I knew it would go well, but this turned out to be quite the hit of an event!  Our FSMs and Night Managers work as closely together as anyone that works such opposite schedules, but once in a while we just have to get together and have some fun!

The Mall of America has a couple of pretty awesome arcades up on the 4th floor, and as much as we would have enjoyed some indoor go carting, time just wasn’t on our side.  We gave the classic arcade a pretty good run for its money, won over 600 tickets, and had some solid competition amongst our teams as we often do.

There were some head to head billiards shooters in Ryan, Tyler, Jarrad, and Steve.  Speaking of Steve, he was the pac man king, not only within our group, but he also got the high score for the machine.  Vang finished strong in a stressful moment of deal or no deal, which came down to accepting 80 tickets and walking away, or hitting “no deal” where we had a 50/50 shot at either 1 ticket or 200 tickets.  Naturally, we all yelled “NO DEAL” and Vang smashed the button...200 tickets later, we were out of credits and went to cash them in for a Magic 8 Ball, a unanimous team decision. 
I appreciate this team and their hard work and contributions toward our success.  An evening out celebrating with a light dinner and some old time gaming, was well worth it and a lot of fun!