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Minuteman Parking Moves To El Segundo

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 by Tom Humbarger

Minuteman Parking moved into our new office in El Segundo this month.  Less than one mile from the ocean, the new offices are close to downtown El Segundo and the 105 and 405 Freeways.

Chris Fox in his New El Segundo Office

Chris Fox in his New El Segundo Office

According to Chris Fox, President of Minuteman Parking:

We had been at our old offices for more than 5 years and with our recent growth, we were nearly busting at the seams.  Our new location in El Segundo projects a more professional image, plus it is centrally located for our employees.  We have the room we need now for offices and storage, plus plenty of room to grow.

Controller Wilson Tang

Controller Wilson Tang

Controller Wilson Tang had this to offer:

I think the new setup is more conducive to working and it has already made the finance team more organized and productive.  Plus, the location is close to El Porto which is one of the best surf spots in the South Bay.

There are some new amenities in the office too.  For example, there is a large lunchroom with a flat screen TV and couch where employees can relax.  The lunchroom will double as a training facility.  In Chris’ office, there is also a large conference room where employees can collaborate on projects.  In addition, there is much more space to prominently display the Boston sports memorabilia that Chris has collected over the years, but the Wheaties boxes have not yet made an appearance.

Combination Lunch Room and Training Facility

Combination Lunch Room and Training Facility

While the physical location for Minuteman Parking has changed, the mailing address and phone number remain the same.  You can continue to reach us at:

Minuteman Parking Company
1601 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Suite 368
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310 390-7458

Wheaties and Minuteman Parking

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 by Tom Humbarger
So what’s with the all of the Wheaties boxes in the Minuteman Parking offices?

Some of Minutemans Extensive Collection of Wheaties Boxes

Some of Minuteman's Extensive Collection of Wheaties Boxes

If you get a chance to visit the offices of Minuteman Parking, you cannot miss the extensive collection of Wheaties boxes.  According to the history of Wheaties on Wikipedia, Wheaties was created in 1922 as a result of an accident by a clinician at the Washburn Crosby Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Washburn Crosby later became the General Mills company.  In 1934, Wheaties began a practice of putting pictures of athletes on their boxes as a way to go along with their “Breakfast of Champions” slogan.  Since then, hundreds of athletes and teams have been featured on Wheaties boxes.

In this short interview, Minuteman Parking President Chris Fox explains why he collects Wheaties boxes.

Q - How many Wheaties boxes are in your collection?

A - Over 300.

Q - Do you have any favorites?

A - I like all of the ones depicting a Boston sports Championship.  The Celtics and Larry Bird boxes were the first ones that I ever bought.

Q - When did you start collecting Wheaties boxes?

A - I got my first Wheaties box in the mid 1980’s and I really started to get a lot of new ones when people began to sell them on EBay.

Q - How does the Wheaties message about the “Breakfast of Champions” resonate with Minuteman Parking?

A - Wheaties is one of those old American brands that are synonymous with success.  The only people or teams that they put on the box are Champions (they also usually only sell them in the geographical area of the winner on the box).  You don’t get on a Wheaties box if you come in second place.  Here at Minuteman Parking we know that there is no room for second place.  The guy who comes in second does not get the contract or keep the customer.

I ask you, how do you get to be a champion?  My answer would be through commitments; commitments to excellence, to others, to self and to your own integrity.  To have a successful career or relationship, one must make and keep commitments.

Would how you live your life qualify you for a Wheaties Box?  If not, now is the time to change.

Thank you Chris for sharing your passion and insights - and if you’re visiting Minuteman Parking anytime soon, don’t forget to bring your bowl, spoon and milk!

And for the more curious, here are some more Wheaties links to check out: