“I was excited to start this business because I had confidence in our
ability to work hard to build a business that would have an impact on
our clients and employees. We are fortunate to be surrounded by an
amazing team of people and have a wonderful list of clients who value
Karen started City Wide of Boston with Bob Sommers in 2008. Through the State
of Massachusetts’ Supplier Diversity Office (SDO), City Wide of Boston is a
certified Woman Owned Business (WBE). Prior to City Wide, Karen spent 12
years in Sales and Sales Management in Boston and New York Radio, working
for both American Radio Systems and CBS/Infinity Broadcasting. And then
after starting a family, she worked as a consultant to her former Boston
radio stations, as well as, clients in sales & sales leadership. In 2002
along with Bob, she co-founded the grass roots, 100% volunteer based charity
Smiling Kids Inc. (www.smilingkidsinc.org). The 501(c)3 charity provides
birthday presents to children and teens in-need throughout Massachusetts.
The organization has provided over 15,000 birthday presents to date. The
success and enjoyment of launching and growing the charity ignited the
interest to start a business.
“We started City Wide because there was a clear opportunity to
address a significant need in the marketplace. We were excited about
the idea of building a business and differentiating ourselves
through a steadfast formula of great people, professional management
and exceptional customer service.”
Bob started City Wide of Boston with Karen Sommers in 2008. Prior to
City Wide, Bob worked in business development and general management
roles for various start- ups and technology companies in the Boston
area. In 2002, Bob and Karen co-founded the grass roots 100%
volunteer-based charity Smiling Kids Inc. (www.smilingkidsinc.org).
The 501(c)3 charity provides birthday presents to children and teens
in-need throughout Massachusetts. The organization has provided over
15,000 birthday presents to date. The success and enjoyment of
launching and growing the charity ignited the interest to start a
business they could develop and build together. City Wide of Boston
was started with a desire to address the pervasive problem
commercial properties face in finding, sourcing and managing
reliable vendors. Bob graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in
Psychology and earned his MBA in Marketing from the Babson College
Olin School of Management.
“I joined City Wide of Boston because I was motivated by the opportunity
to help build the business from the ground up. I also saw the family
atmosphere mixed with strong core values which made it an attractive
opportunity to start a career.” Sheila came to City Wide from
Kidsborough, the multi-location before/after school educational care
program, where she was the Center Director of the original site in
Hopkinton, MA. Sheila initially joined the team in a hybrid accounting and
support role in 2009 when the company had just Bob and Karen Sommers and a
handful of clients. She is now the Director of the Business Operations
department that includes all Accounting, Human Resources, Client Support,
and Vendor Sourcing and Compliance teams. Sheila is a graduate of Clark
University with a degree in Liberal Arts, Psychology and Spanish.
“I joined City Wide of Boston because of the potential I saw in the
company. I also saw a family type structure that I could envision
excelling in as the business grows. I was excited about being part of a
business that can help so many companies have less to worry about.”
Craig came to CWB from more than 20 years of leadership experience in the
hospitality industry. He held Director positions with Back Bay Restaurant
Group, Chelo’s Management Company and British Beer Company. Craig oversees
all operations management and contract compliance. He leads the growing team
through excellence in customer service, hospitality and creative problem
solving. Craig is a graduate of from Southern New Hampshire University with
a degree in Business.
“I was excited to join City Wide of Boston because I saw the drive
and motivation that everyone had. I knew it would be a great
environment and opportunity to begin a new career where I could have
an impact in helping in CWB’s continued success.”
Cara joined CWB with over 5 years of experience in the retail industry.
Prior to City Wide she worked at Toys R Us and went through their
management training program. From her retail background she brings a
high level of customer service and management skills. Cara graduated
from Johnson and Wales with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Retail
“I joined City Wide of Boston to challenge our expanding team to exceed
our clients’ expectations and offer creative solutions and perspectives.
I was excited to be part of a great company that makes it easy for our
clients’ businesses to flourish and look great.”
Steven joined CWB with over 20 years of management and leadership experience
in the hospitality industry. Prior to City Wide he was a Managing Partner at
UNO Restaurants LLC. Steven uses his prior skills and knowledge help develop
the right operational strategy for our clients and works with the City Wide
team to deliver results. Steven graduated from Johnson and Wales with a
degree in Business Management.
“Working at City Wide, I feel like a member of the family rather than an
employee. The teamwork and camaraderie I witness everyday is amazing. It
continues to be a remarkable experience watching the company grow and I
am excited for what the future holds for CWB”
Adam joined CWB with over 5 years of experience in the real estate industry.
With his prior experience as a Realtor, he brings expertise in establishing
and maintaining relationships. Adam graduated from Roanoke College with a
degree in Business Administration.
"Working at City Wide I get to make an impact every day, not just for my
company and co-workers but also for the clients we work with. I am a
resource and asset to many different clients and industries which is
very rewarding. Each day presents new challenges and opportunities and
that makes for a very fulfilling career.”
Jesse joined CWB with over 6 years of operations and sales experience.
He previously worked for a large Fortune 500 company which
provides him experience that he utilizes daily with his team and clients.
Jesse looks forward to continuing to support the growth of the business
along with his own development. Jesse graduated from Springfield College
with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management.
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