Friday, May 24, 2019

Welcome, Beth Aarness!

Brian Mansfield: Vice President - Director of Administration

I’m thrilled to introduce and welcome to City Wide Maintenance of Minnesota our new Human Resources Manager, Beth Aarness!  As we’ve continued to achieve steady growth, it became apparent that we needed to add a resource to help support our existing team and also help the team grow.  We’re excited to have found Beth to fill that role. 

Beth has extensive HR experience with two larger companies, including overseeing HR functions for a region of the country.  She also has entrepreneurial experience, which I think helps her have a well rounded view of business needs and how she is able to support those in this role.

Beth hit the ground running when she came on board a few weeks ago and has been busy working alongside our team learning all of their roles, while also diving into interviews as we look to hire some new positions.  I look forward to seeing the positive impact that I’m confident she will have. 

Welcome to the team Beth!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Shelly Grohovsky | 5-Year Anniversary

Brian Mansfield: Vice President - Director of Administration

This week marks Shelly Grohovsky’s five year work anniversary with City Wide Maintenance of Minnesota.  It’s hard to believe how quickly the time has gone.

As our Bookkeeper, Shelly works diligently on things you might expect, like ensuring that we’re accurately invoicing our clients and paying our vendors.  But over the years Shelly has also helped us out with a lot  additional things that you may not expect from a Bookkeeper, such as managing our blog, sending out snow forecast emails to our clients in the winter and being the unofficial photographer for our office just to name a few.  I appreciate the wide variety of tasks that Shelly has helped us with as we’ve grown.   

In her time with us Shelly has demonstrated a strong sense of duty.  She makes sure that whatever responsibilities have been assigned to her are completed, and more importantly, completed correctly which has made her an asset to our team. 

When I first met Shelly I was a little concerned that she was somewhat quiet.   What I learned though is as soon as she gets to know you she opens up and you get to see the real Shelly, someone who is creative, kind and has a sneaky good sense of humor.   One of my favorite stories involving Shelly and those traits happened last year.  Our team frequently picks up Chipotle for lunch, and one of our employees almost always asks whoever is going to pick up an order of chips and guac for him.  One day, on her way out to Chipotle, Shelly noticed that employee was in the middle of a long phone call in their car in the parking lot.  Determined to want to help him out, and undeterred by the inability to talk to him while he was on that phone call, Shelly drew a picture of a corn chip and an avocado with a question mark and held it up to the car window so that he could give her a thumbs up.  They both shared a good laugh, and fortunately for us a picture was captured so that the rest of our team could share a laugh over the story as well. 

I’m thankful for Shelly’s many contributions to our team as well as the opportunity to get to know her over the past five years and look forward to more in the future.    Thanks Shelly!

Shelly Grohovsky: Bookkeeper

I have been part of the City Wide team for 5 years now, and I can’t believe how quickly the time has passed!  Prior to being hired as the Bookkeeper, I was a stay-at-home mom.  With my older daughter getting ready to start preschool, I myself was ready to switch gears and excited to start my journey with City Wide.  The transition from stay-at-home mom to working mom presented seamless.  From day one, I have been surrounded by an amazing group of peers, whom I feel very fortunate to work with and also call my friends.  Throughout my 5 years my role has continued to evolve, especially as our company has grown, and I enjoy the variety of things that I do to support our team.  Many thanks to my boss, Brian Mansfield, for his support and guidance throughout the way.  He has played a key role in my professional growth and development and I am perpetually grateful for the positive impact he’s had on me.  I look forward to many more years of working with this incredible team and can’t wait to see what the future holds! 




Friday, May 10, 2019

Chairman's Club Trip 2018 - Aruba

Adam Bartusek: Sales Associate

Last month multiple members of our staff attended the City Wide Chairman’s Club trip to Aruba. The crew included Ryan Sauser (FSM), Tyler DeVries (CCM), and myself. It was a welcomed trip to venture away from Minnesota, enjoy some warm sun, and relax after a very successful 2018 year.

We flew out of Minneapolis on Wednesday, April 24th early in the morning, had a 2-hour layover in Atlanta, then arrived in Aruba at about 3:00pm local time. After checking into the resort, we were able to relax by the pool and converse with people from other markets. The whole trip was beneficial for networking and hearing how others succeeded in different areas of the country.

Throughout our time in Aruba we relaxed by the beach and enjoyed some excursions that were planned out. We were able to go out on a catamaran ride one night to see the sunset from the water. Another day we rode around the island in a jeep to see the Natural Pool, Baby Natural Bridge, the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Alto Vista chapel, and the California Lighthouse. It was a unique way to see the island and all of it’s beauty.

Overall, the trip was very memorable. I became much closer with two of my colleagues that work in operations as well as learn from some award-winning members from other franchise locations. I have to give a huge thank you to our whole team at City Wide Maintenance of Minnesota for making this possible. It’s always a team effort and none of this would have been possible without all of my colleagues.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Welcome, Paul!

Clare Ten Pas: Facility Services Manager

We want to extend a warm welcome to the newest member of our Contract Compliance Management team, Paul Huck.  Paul will be joining our night time managers in the Northwest Metro, working directly with me.
Paul has extensive experience in the customer service industry and is an extremely motivated team player. We’re excited to have him join us and look forward to getting to know him better.

Welcome, Paul!