Take a ride with Carey Limo!

Minneapolis Breakfast Club Newsletter June 15, 2022

Early Birds: Early birds today were Dwain Coleman and Bob Alexander.

Call to Order: Jon Peterson called the meeting to order.

Honorary Members: Dick Nelson, Bob Alexander, Mark Simon, and Karen Holtmeier were in attendance today.

Guests: None today

Announcements

  1. We need a President, Vice President, and Board members for the club starting in the July thru December 2022 term. Interested? Contact Past President Jon Peterson.
  2. 2022 Craft Talk dates are available. Sign up with Craig Blixrud.
  3. 2022 Rosters are available to be picked up.
  4. Please bring a friend to a craft talk.
  5. There will be a brief board meeting next week. 

Business Networking: Randy Korn is still looking for a sales/project lead and a lead carpenter. Chuck Shreffler talked about how great it was to receive registrations for his craft talk last week and that it re-energized him for connecting with club members. Please take the time to register each and every week.

Business Exchange:  Mark Ahmann, Julius Webster, and Annie Deutscher all had something to share.

Pot of Gold: Todd Anderson drew 5 cards and the first-time winner was Annie Deutscher.

Craft Talk: 

Dwain Coleman introduced today’s craft speaker, Todd Anderson.

Todd is a St. Paul area kid who went to Alexander Ramsey HS and Augsburg College. He now lives in Roseville with his wife Heidi. They have 3 children, Marit, Robert, and William. Todd loves Montana, his cabin near Crane Lake, and all sports in Minnesota.

Todd walked us through the journey his company has been on since before the pandemic. Staring with 2016 as a baseline, his company, Carey Limo, had been growing stronger. When the pandemic hit, his corporate work for companies such as Medtronic and Thrivent fell to 5% of their previous volume. He took a number of cost cutting moves by shrinking his fleet and not replacing employees that left. His funeral car business made up for some of the reductions in corporate travel.

Today his corporate business is 65% of its previous level and growing slowly. His competitors for occasional rides, Uber and Lyft, have been raising prices and making his rates very competitive. The funeral car business continues to be strong. Nowadays he worries about adding to his fleet and staff.

Todd also talked about how Breakfast Club members have helped home over the last few years as needed their services and gave out some nice kudo’s.

Call Todd for an airport ride on your next getaway trip or just register with him at 612-597-9465 or tanderson@careympls.com.

Up Next: June 22 Dwain Coleman with Zip Printing @ ECC

Next week we will hear from member Dwain Coleman of Zip Printing, a printing and copy shop located in St. Louis Park, MN. Serving local residents and businesses since 1966, this family-owned company delivers on their mission: “fast, friendly service at affordable prices.” We are looking forward to a great discussion on the history of Zip Printing and how it has evolved to what it stands as today.

 

RSVP here to let us know you can make it. We hope to see you there!

Looking ahead

June 29 No meeting (5th Wednesday)

July 6 No meeting (Holiday)

July 13 TBD@ECC

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