We Are All Family

April 5, 2010

For a minute there, I thought I was in dreamland!

 The sun was shining, the food and beer were flowing, and our house was absolutely rocking last Friday evening.  But it was supposed to be a somber occasion…NUMMI had just closed a significant part of their operation, and about 500 of their employees honored us with their presence (The fact that they all chose City Beach as their landing spot after the last day on their job is testament to the strong bonds we have built with so many NUMMI team members…thanks, guys!) 

 As we mingled with them, talked about their past, present and future, and just generally extended ourselves to make sure that they felt welcomed, the dialogue was surprisingly upbeat.  The feedback was almost uniformly positive, upbeat, and celebratory.  As I have said, we feel the circumstances of our guests through good and bad…when they hurt, we hurt with them, but when they are ready to kick back and party, that is right in our wheelhouse.  

That was the case with NUMMI.  While this day may have marked the end of an era, it is the closing of a chapter, not the end of the line.  The human casualties of a recessed economy are where the real stories are told.  If we can help people through good times, we should be equally up to the task of helping them manage tough times as well.  This was the confluence of both – a day that pulled a group of 500 former co-workers together to remember the past, and an opportunity to toast what we all hope is a bright future.  City Beach will ALWAYS be here for them, no matter where they land.  



We Understand Event Planning

March 29, 2010

City Beach understands event planning. We realize it has to be the best for you and your guests. Our social events are designed with your objectives in mind. We recognize that behind every social gathering, from weddings to Bar and Bat Mitzvahs to Birthdays and Anniversary Parties, there is a unique and special gathering of people. Whether they are old friends or have never met, City Beach provides a dynamic, comfortable, and fun place to gather for all types of social events.

City Beach’s experienced and well-trained staff will coordinate all aspects of your event to ensure satisfaction without the stress. Our extensive catering menu provides a variety of selections to fit every taste and budget, and once your selections are made, we do the rest. We manage the setup, catering, serving, bartending, and cleanup so you and your guests can enjoy the warm and welcoming atmosphere at City Beach.

Come on down…it will make you feel great!

Bringing the “Family” Together

March 15, 2010

I spend as much time with my colleagues at work as I do with my wife and kids.  Quite simply, my co-workers are my extended family.  At City Beach, we believe that in order to build a happy, productive, and collaborative team, it is critically important that people have a chance to connect with each other outside the confines of the office. 

In my 20 years working experience in many different office environments, I have observed that when one is personally connected to a co-worker’s “outside family,” it humanizes them and ultimately bonds you closer together.  In essence, we all spend enough time together at work that inevitably home life is a frequent topic of conversation.  When I kibbutz with my “extended family” about their personal lives, it helps me empathize and to have met their spouses, children, and parents. 

City Beach brings everyone together in the name of food and fun at our corporate Company Picnics.  For almost 10 years in our Fremont location, we have provided companies big and small an opportunity to gather together and re-connect.  Whether on a billiards table, rock wall, Robosurfer, or over a cold beer, we are passionate about opening our home to our corporate friends.  In a way, they are a part of our extended family, too.  Let us know what we can do for you, and we’ll greet you with a warm smile, an open heart, and a day full of fun!

What’s New on the Horizon

March 8, 2010

What time is it?  Blogging time!

We had a modified Open House last night…”modified” in that it was supposed to be a low-key opportunity to meet with some clients past and present.  Chef Abe and his little helper Kirby (a sock puppet name) busted out some awesome apps.  Hoyt Ryan rocked the Robosurfer, and I served drinks and more drinks…and then some drinks.  The mini Beef Wellington goodies were the hit of the night.  We also connected with some cool cats from diverse businesses such as Broadcom, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Walters & Wolf.  There is something about talking business with a glass of Chardonnay in one hand and Crustini in the other that is just so California.

As I was walking folks through the facility, I realized again how much we have to offer, and how much I love my job.  We have some new program offerings for team building that are as cool as can be, and we now have flyers to match the quality of the programs!  In describing these experiences to people last night (in front of our 25×25 foot game show board), it was easy to get jazzed about what we have to offer.  Our guests seemed to feel my enthusiasm, and we had some great dialogue.  The Extreme Chef program seemed to be a particularly hot topic of conversation.

 We are filming the first video for our team offerings tomorrow with 60 sorority girls.  It is a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.  It will appear on our new web site in t-minus 30 days, or a quickly as I can finish the copy for the 98 new pages of content.  No problem, should be done in a week or two, if I don’t eat, sleep, or breathe.

Group Services OUT!

Corporate America Steadily Waking Back Up

March 1, 2010

Corporate America seems to be waking up, and we’re so glad to see it.  The volume of inquiries is clearly increasing from our old friends across the Bay, and we are only too happy to help them kick back, “hang loose,” and have some food and fun.  We have built so many deep and lasting relationships over the years that have made City Beach what it is today.  When they hurt, we hurt with them…  But things are turning around, and we are thrilled to still be here for them…new and improved, but with the same spirit and optimism as always.

In addition, we are starting to hear from some new folks as well.   Last night, I had an old friend from a vendor we work with and a new friend from a major sports organization in the Bay come in to the Fremont location for the first time.  All the New Gal could say is “Wow, I can’t believe I have never been here before.”  We spent some time walking around, talking about what we can do to make her organization happy, and then we broke off into the restaurant for some hot food and cold Stella.  Tough job, I know, but someone has to do it…and I am only too happy to oblige!

While some want team-building activities customized to the dynamics of their group, many just want to come in and celebrate the “revival.”  All of our offerings are about bringing people together.  We see that video games and laser tag can be fun…no doubt we have all geeked out on Pacman or Halo a time or two.   But that is not City Beach’s forte…we want people to play together, not side by side and in their own world.  Simple games like billiards and ping pong open discussion, and complex offering like our new Extreme Chef or Show of Shows bring that connection to the next level.  In point of fact, shared experiences last the longest, and City Beach feels that we can facilitate that with an expert touch.

 That’s all for now…keep those calls and emails coming, and Welcome Back! 


Have you met our new team member?

February 22, 2010

Greetings from the newest resident of City Beach’s “Group Services Secret Lair.”   By way of introduction, my name is Ryan, and I’m a workaholic.  I joined the sales and marketing team at the beginning of February, and of course, it has been trial by fire.  There is always a learning curve in any new endeavor, but fortunately, I was previously employed in a capacity where I was dealing with the CB staff frequently.  That familiarity has made my transition relatively smooth.  The friendly folks at CB have all been amazingly helpful and accommodating, and I am thankful for that!  Most of us have been in the “other” type of new job situation, and that certainly gives one an appreciation for the companies that do it the right way.

 To business!  Deep in the bowels of 4020 Technology Place in Fremont, we are frantically trying to keep pace with the volume of incoming business while ensuring that our current clients all receive what El Jefe calls “The Impeccable Experience.”  That philosophy encapsulates our emphasis on delivering superior customer service from the time an inquiry comes in all the way to the follow-up on surveys that are sent out, post-event.  The Impeccable Experience is our only goal here…but you need to live it to understand all that it entails.  We aren’t a corporate, stuffy event facility.  We aren’t a place that you come because you have to do some team-building.  Google “O’hana” and you will get a bit more insight as to what we strive for every day.  We are a shelter from the storm, a beacon in the night, a cold beer on the beach, etc…you get the idea.

 I look forward to updating this every week and keeping you apprised of the latest and greatest here at City Beach.  We have an open house on March 4 from 5pm-7pm at the Fremont Facility, so if you want to come check out some new menu items (delicious) and team games (fun), then feel free to holler at me at 510-824-0311 or ryan.r@citybeach.com.  Have a fabulous week!

Don’t Be Held Captive

February 8, 2010

Is your company still being held captive by the same old retreats, tired business meetings, and company pep talks.  Listen, we have all been there, sitting in the back of the room wishing the “motivational speaker” would lose their voice while we count the hours until we get to go home.  Then the next day we recap how much “fun” we had at the last event.  We understand all that, we have watched people suffer through horrible events.  Please don’t be held hostage by horrible events, with a floundering motivational speaker.  We believe in an environment that stimulates, excites, and reenergizes staff and our events all them to enjoy that environment and return not only refreshed but more informed about those who work around. Don’t be held hostage ever again…otherwise the ransom you pay may never bring back the excitement you were looking for.

Start the New Year Out Right

January 19, 2010

2009 is behind us!  Start 2010 out right, bring your team together and begin the year with a resolution for your company.  At City Beach we all got together and made a resolution as a company to evolve and create new and exciting events for our clients.  Sounds simple, maybe even ambiguous at best, but it helped each of our departments create a mission plan and fire our employees up to begin a joint venture together.  What will your companies resolution be?  How can you grow together?  If you are unable to answer these questions or maybe just need someone to help get you going in the right direction give us a call and we will help you plan a powerful and entertaining relaunch!!!

Another Great Holiday Party at our Santa Clara Facility

December 14, 2009

This week we are in full swing with festive holiday parties being held at both of our locations.  Our most recent party occured at our Santa Clara location as we hosted Jones Lang La Salle.  This group was really into the holiday spirit and you could tell they enjoyed some time away from the office to migle with their fellow employees.  The night started out light with some great cocktails and appetizers, and then the group got to compete in one of our favorite pieces, “The Gameshow”. Think Family Feud, Jeapordy, and then toss in one of the most entergetic hosts you’ve ever met along with some “retro flavor” and you can begin to picture why this companies event was a hit!  We have more gems to unveil so please drop into City Beach during this holiday season to celebrate with your co-workers.

Zoll Cirulation at City Beach for the Holidays

December 7, 2009

Zoll Circulation was able to join us last weekend and we had a great party in store for them.  The night started with some cocktails as the group enjoyed our festive Palm seating area.  Presents sat on top of every table surronded by beautifully flocked trees that were accented with holiday lighting , and to top it off we even lit a virtual fire (wood free, of course).  After some introductions the Zoll group was able to participate in one of our festive holiday games, only this one left everyone guessing as to who said what. Many of the  answers even left their desk-mates confused, but it was all in good fun. Our guests stayed late, enjoyed the holiday celebration, and left with some great prizes.