Monday, April 23, 2018

Tournament Fishing

Adam Bartusek: Business Development Specialist

Wow! It has been a full year since I started at City Wide. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun and working with an awesome crew. It’s been a privilege to be on this team and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. We have been killing it this year and it’s been a blast to be a part of.

As everyone in the office knows, I’m obsessed with fishing. Luckily, I’m not the only one in the office who fishes a lot: Greg, Jarrad, and Joel also fish an abundant number of tournaments. Being in sales, I feel it’s important to stay involved in competition outside of work. Tyler and I are competitive with each other golfing, and I know he also skis in the winter. My outlet is tournament fishing, and it’s the best adrenaline rush there is.
 Last summer I had a good year and qualified for the Fishers of Men National Championship in Guntersville, Alabama. I was lucky enough to celebrate my one-year anniversary at City Wide by fishing this national tournament down south, and it was AWESOME to get away from winter for a bit. I traveled down to Alabama on April 6th and it was a LONG 15-hour drive, but I couldn’t complain about spending a week in much warmer weather.

Practice was tough for us. Guntersville was a new lake for my partner Aaron and me; but it fished similar to Minnesota waters because of the time of year. We spent a lot of our practice looking for shell beds on inside weed edges, eel grass presence was key. The fish were ready to spawn because of the sudden warm weather. We caught a few good fish in practice but weren’t really sure how it would shake out.

Day 1 we were pleasantly surprised by a 5-fish limit that was almost 15 pounds. Normally, this would be a bad bag on Guntersville but because of how tough it was fishing we were sitting in 42nd out of 162. Day 2 was much more difficult for us, I’m not entirely sure why, but there was not nearly as many fish in our areas and the wind picked up. We were only able to bring in 4 fish for around 8.5 pounds. This slid us down to the middle of the pack and we didn’t make the final day.

It was an awesome time down in Alabama and I feel lucky to work in an office that allows me to pursue these ventures. It certainly felt like a “once in a lifetime” experience, although I hope I qualify for many more. Summer looks as if it is coming soon and I can’t wait to get on the fantastic bodies of water we have around home, and enjoy another fabulous Minnesota summer at City Wide!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Office Construction

Mitch Brunette: Director of Operations

In my nearly ten years of working at City Wide, we’ve experienced tremendous growth and with growth comes change!  When I started in 2008, our office left a lot to be desired but I won’t focus on that, I’ll focus on the one 60” round conference room table and 7 total desks that we had in total (which weren’t all filled).  That space served its purpose and after 5 years or so of being there, Greg and I were on our way home from a fishing trip, when Dick Mansfield sent us a web link to an office that eventually became our current home.  It fit all of our space needs, it was an upgrade in size and quality, and it allowed us to expand into over 20 work spaces as we’ve grown.

The time has come and we’ve once again outgrown our space, so we have purchased the downstairs suite attached to our entryway vestibule. We are well under way with construction! The planning phases were fun, as we explored what we could do with this new space to maximize what we get out of the investment and what best sets us up for the future and long term growth.  We were able to add 4 new work spaces for future hires, we moved the sales team and their 4 desks into a new space downstairs which will now allow them 6 work spaces, and we were able to add 4 private meeting spaces which were desperately needed since we have very little private space in our current setup and layout.

We are very excited for construction to come to an end in the next few weeks.  It has been very noisy and messy, and we’ve lost some parking spaces along the way, but we trust it will all be worth it.  Thanks to everyone on the City Wide team for contributing to our growth and allowing us to expand and plan for the next several years!