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Kimer finally lands

I am excited to announce that after almost a year of being a transition I started a new job today.  I have joined Aricent, a global design and engineering company, as an HR Director serving as the Sr. HRBP for Enterprise Software and Consumer Business.  In addition, I will act as the lead for Total Rewards Lead and will have responsibility for building out all local HR policies and processes in the US.

Thank you to everyone who has helped me in my search and during my transition.  I am very grateful to have such an amazing network of stellar HR professionals.  If there is ever anything I can do to pay it forward please do not hesitate to ask!!

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GOD has blessed my brother Steve Melson once again !!!


A word of special thanks to you, along with praise to our amazing God.  I so appreciate your faithful prayers and support during my season of transition.

I’ve been hired as Director of Organizational Advancement (aka, Executive Director) for Open Arms International.  My official first day is Monday, September 25.  I’ll announce this tomorrow at Southlake Focus Group, but first wanted to give you a personal update.

To acquaint you with this Christian nonprofit ministry, here’s a link to their web site:  Open Arms works primarily in Eldoret, Kenya, using an innovative village model that serves orphaned and abandoned children and also acts as a base for outreach to the surrounding community.  The founders and Board of Directors wanted someone to effectively pastor the staff, provide organizational leadership, and advance donor and volunteer relations. 

Open Arms is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.  Some time ago, the Board had decided to expand the ministry to Dallas-Fort Worth and desired someone to be the point person.  So, I’ll be working out of an office in Hurst.  Plans are to transition operations and staff to Texas, where there is also a significant donor base.  For the near term, I’ll build a team here and oversee staff in both locations.

I’m very excited to embark on this new God-adventure!  Please continue to pray that he will provide grace, wisdom and strength for the journey.  Since the start of my job search four months ago, I’ve been praying a scripture from Psalm 143: 8–10.  I’ll continue to express every petition because I’ll need every provision.  Thanks again for standing with me!

Yours in Jesus,


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Jon Giles is back at work


I have received more blessings than I desire and the latest was landing the IT Manager role with Allied Stone, Inc. in Dallas.  Donuts will be delivered but I was interview last Wednesday, offered the position on Thursday, Friday with HR started work Yesterday.  That's a dream.  Allied Stone has been in business since 1999 with offices in Durant, Dallas, Austin, Houston and Lubbock.  Having been out of work for since February of 2016 I found strength in meeting with the group, even on a limited basis.  The emails help.  Taking online technical classes (cheap @ Udemy) helped me maintain confidence as I continued to applied for jobs.  This job was listed on Indeed, the best of the services outside of the Southlake community.



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Leon Nesbitt landed at Vizient

Hey Judge and Foster,

It looks like I can't make the Frisco Connect meeting today.  I wanted to announce that I landed at a company called Vizient, doing marketing Communications.

I landed the position straight from a job posting (an anomialy, but I'll take it).  They seem like a good company from their reviews and interview process.  So I'm looking forward to starting on Monday.

It took nine months of searching and the process was tough but a good life lesson that I will continue as I work.  I'd like to thank the church and leadership of Frisco connect for the fellowship, networking and support.


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Barbara Townsend is consulting at Sabre

Foster, Mike, Alvin, Tom, Charlie, and Jane,

I wanted to let you know that I started working last week. I am working as a consultant at Sabre. The consulting company is Experis and I met them in person a few months ago when I attended the Ft. Worth PMI Chapter's Career Development Day. Experis was one of the vendor booths that I visited. They called me about the Project Manager position at Sabre a few weeks ago and I got the job based on one phone interview with the hiring manager.

It feels great to be back working at a large global company in a headquarters setting, which is what I am used to, up until my last job working for a small private company. I am very excited and hopeful that this position at Sabre will convert into a permanent position. Initially it is a 1 year contract.

I want to thank each of you for your leadership and guidance. I was very impressed with the entire organization and pleased that it was faith based. Please know that you truly do inspire us to be hopeful of a great future, along with equipping us with the tools we need to fulfill that goal--weekly meetings, great presentations, resume help, LinkedIn help, interviewing help, networking, etc. Job searching can be very lonely when at home on the computer. 

I was very thankful to have such a positive place to go each week, to be connected with others in similar situations. I no longer felt alone and always was energized when I left!! When I hear of someone who is unemployed, I immediately tell them about the Southlake Group and that they need to attend.

Thank you!! May you be blessed for all you do to help others.

Take Care,


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