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FW's Worthington Renaissance names general manager

FORT WORTH — John Klukan, general manager of the Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Solana, today was named general manager of the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel in downtown.

He replaces Bob Jameson, who left in January to become president and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau.

"The Worthington Renaissance is an iconic hotel in north Texas and a gem in the Renaissance Hotels global portfolio," Klukan said. "I look forward to this wonderful opportunity."

Klukhan has held general manager positions at the Dallas/Richardson Hilton & Towers, Renaissance Dallas/Richardson Hotel, the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center and was market sales leader for Marriott International.

During his leadership, the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center was recognized with five national Renaissance Hotel awards. In addition, Klukan was awarded the general manager sales leadership honor during his tenure at the Renaissance Dallas/Richardson Renaissance. In 2010, he was named General Manager of the Year, Luxury Tier, by the Hotel Association North Texas.

Klukan is president of the North Texas Hotel Association and chairman of the Marriott International Business Council for Dallas/Fort Worth.

A native of western Pennsylvania, Klukan graduated from the Conrad N. Hilton School of Hotel & Restaurant management at the University of Houston. He and his wife, Linda, live in Plano.

Renaissance Hotels has 155 hotels in 35 countries worldwide.

_ Sandra Baker


Job fair in Arlington on Sept. 27

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Texas unemployment dips to 7.3 percent

Texas employers added 67,200 nonfarm payroll jobs in January and the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in January, down from 7.4 percent in December and down from 8.1 percent a year earlier. It's the state's lowest jobless rate since April 2009 and compares to the U.S. jobless rate of 8.3 percent. The Texas Workforce Commission said the state has added jobs 21 straight months when compared to the same month the previous year, and payroll jobs are up 258,200 in the past year. Private employers added 73,800 jobs in January, or 332,600 in the past year. TWC Chairman Tom Pauken noted that mining and logging, the category that includes oil and gas, added more than 38,000 jobs in the past year, including 5,700 in January, as crude oil prices have surged.

Nine of the 11 major industry groups added jobs in January, led by professional and business services, which added 18,100 jobs over the month and is up 69,500 jobs in the past year, or 5.3 percent, TWC said today. The report was released later than normal and coincided with the release of the U.S. jobless date for February, which showed the national unemployment rate unchanged at 8.3 percent.

-- Jim Fuquay


Jobs on display at Fort Worth Chamber's Job Links

Dropped in today at the Fort Worth Chamber’s Job Links Excelerator, a private monthly meetup between employers that have openings and organizations like schools and nonprofits that have large candidate pools.

The big applause came during the presentation from Pearl Hospitality, a Fort Worth hotelier that owns the Embassy Suites downtown and Holiday Inn Express at Henderson and Lancaster. Aside from having openings – chief building engineer, assistant engineer, and valet supervisor in Fort Worth – an HR development strategist from Pearl broke the room at the Worthington hotel up when she laid out some of Pearl’s employee-friendly workplace practices, including two-week, all-expenses-paid sabbaticals for salaried workers who reach five years of employment. The sabbaticals don’t have to have anything to do with the hospitality industry, but they must nurture “mind, body and spirit.”

Some of the other jobs on display at this morning’s Job Links:

Worthington: front desk, engineer III, loss prevention officer, banquet captain.

BNSF: Sales and marketing managers, Fort Worth and Houston, transportation and logistics background necessary; interns in technology services, audit, finance, sales and marketing, transportation; and management trainees. Apply at bnsf.com/careers

Mouser Electronics: Mouser, the Mansfield electronics component distributor owned by Berkshire Hathaway unit TTI, had 50 openings at last month’s Job Links. “We had a huge response,” Mouser exec Paula Holcomb told the Job Links crowd. At this morning’s Job Links, she was down to 30 openings. The big need: bilingual customer service agents. “It really is a service center,” she said. “There’s no selling, no upselling.” Apply at mouser.com/careers.

HoltCat: Heavy equipment technician in Fort Worth, engine technician, parts warehouse clerk in Irving, sales pre, in Irving, packaging tech in Irving, and parts counter rep in Fort Worth.  Minimum requirement: age 18, with drug gtest and background chekc. Apply at holtcat.com.

Pacesetter Personnel Services: event services, certified forklift, packing and shipping. Apply at 5612 E. Belknap, Fort Worth.

Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel & Spa: front desk agent, night auditor, room service, restaurant, and bartender, management, sales and catering consultant. Apply in person 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the hotel, 1701 Commerce St.

Northwest Independent School District Education Foundation: Interns. www.nisdtx.org./nef

Lucky Strike Fort Worth, servers, bartenders, food service.

MedStar: Paramedics, EMTs, finance clerk, administrative assistant. Apply: http://medstar.knowbase.com/OnBoard/jobboard/

Bethel University: Tennessee school preparing to open campus next year in area, seeking recruiters, advisers, counselors, customer service. Apply at www.bethelsuccess.net

- Scott Nishimura


Mouser Electronics, Gaylord Texan, others, put jobs on display at Chamber's Job Links

Mouser Electronics has been hiring a lot lately. The Mansfield company, owned by Berkshire Hathaway unit TTI, has 980 employees in Mansfield and hired 300 there last year.

The company has 60 openings currently, including 47 in Mansfield. The openings are in distribution, call center, IT, finance and accounting, and marketing, Paula Holcomb, Mouser vice president of human resources, told members of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce's Job Links Excelerator, a private monthly meetup of employers who have open jobs and organizations like universities and nonprofits that have candidate pools.

"We literally have positions across the board," Holcomb told the Job Links crowd, which met today at the Dee Kelly Alumni Center at TCU. To apply: www.mouser.com/careers

Other openings on display at at Wednesday's meeting:

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine. Hiring for 300 seasonal and 200 other positions. The Gaylord last month began hiring for its big annual Ice holiday show. Openings include everything from Ice characters - Shrek is available - to accounting, human resources, and cooks. To apply: Gaylord's careers page.

Northwestern Mutual Financial Corp., Fort Worth. Wants to bring 26 financial advisers and a large number of interns on. Bachelor's degree required. To apply: deanna.stuart@nmfn.com

Edward Jones Investments. Bringing on more than 15 financial advisers in the Fort Worth area, and "several more" in the surrounding areas. Paid training for industry-required licenses. No degree required, "but preferred." To apply: Jake Richter, 817-870-1528

Pappagallo, fulltime assistant manager, Hulen Mall. To apply: Lisa Dickinson, sundance@pappagallo-classiques.com

ImageNet Consulting, two consultants. To apply: Craig Hill, chill@imagenetos.com

Whitley Penn, certified payroll processor. Associates degree required. To apply: send resume to opportunities@wpcpa.com

Larry Dennis Co., furniture wholesaler, Fort Worth. Sales and marketing position. How to apply: Larry Dennis, ldctx@att.net

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, unpaid interns in development, design, human resources, accounting, membership, science, and history. To apply: fwmuseum.org

LKCM Radio Group, Fort Worth, account executive. To apply: Gina Dobbs, 817-332-0959

Imagetek Office Systems, Fort Worth. Two sales directors. Bachelors required. To apply: Chris Golla, cgolla@imagetekos.com

SafeHaven of Tarrant County. Cook, parttime client advocate, parttime bilingual client advocate, crisis interventionist, parttime sales associate, bilingual children case manager. To apply: SafeHaventc.org

Firestone Complete Auto Care, Roanoke. Fort Worth district manager. Salary $40,000-$100,000. To apply: firestonecompleteautocare.com

State Farm Insurance, Fort Worth. Agents. Paid training. To apply: Sarah Peck, 972-983-8475 or sarah.peck.luoj@statefarm.com

Barney Holland Oil Co., Fort Worth. Executive assistant, $35,000 salary. To apply: send resume to Fina Cardwell, fcardwell@fuelmandfw.com. Real estate experience and bilingual "a plus." Must have expert Microsoft Office skills, excellent verbal and written communications skills, "be able to think outside of the box."

Triumph Aerostructures-Vought Aircraft Division, Dallas. Hiring recruiters. To apply: www.triumphgroup.com/careers/overview

Tom Thumb, Grapevine. Meat cutter, cake decorator, food service. To apply: www.careersatsafeway.com and click on retail.

Robert Half International-OfficeTeam, administrative, human resource, executive assistants. To apply: OfficeTeam.

Pearl Hospitality, Fort Worth. Hiring several human development strategists. To apply, Camille Zihlman, camille@pearlhospitality.com

- Scott Nishimura 


Businesses start hiring for the holidays

It’s still hitting triple digits outside, but it’s time to think about Christmas.

The Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine is already accepting applications online for its annual ICE show. Posted openings on its web site include box office agent and attendants for the attraction and retail operations. Besides seasonal, the site also lists numerous other jobs in Grapevine, ranging from culinary to management and bellmen.

Tax services typically start hiring around this type of year for the peak season. Liberty Tax Service is having an open house and job fair, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 22 at 2325 S. Stemmons Freeway, # 303, in Lewisville. The company said it expects to hire seasonal 40,000 tax preparers and other positions for its 3,500 U.S. offices.

GameStop expects to hire 19,000 people for the holidays – about equal to last year’s hiring, says Mike Buskey, senior vice president-human resources for the Grapevine retailer. That’s 3-5 people per store.

“There are a number of key releases that are coming out this fall,” Buskey says. “They could be some of the biggest title releases we’ve ever had.”

Interested? Drop by a store to inquire early to mid-September, Buskey says. Hiring starts in early October for the retail stores.

GameStop also expects to hire 100 people each in its Grapevine distribution and refurbishment centers, and corporate office.

Applicants can go online or apply in person at those locations, Buskey said.

GameStop expects to post the seasonal jobs in late August on its site.

Buskey notes GameStop is always looking for employees.

“If there’s somebody looking for an opportunity, we’d love to see them tomorrow,” he said.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


Firm gets set to hire 400 to run hotel at Westlake's soon-to-open Deloitte University

Benchmark Hospitality, the 30-year-old Houston firm that will run the private hotel at the gigantic, soon-to-open Deloitte University training center in Westlake, is gearing up to hire the hotel’s cooks, front desk agents, bellmen, housekeepers, and building engineers.

Benchmark, which is hiring 400 people for the hotel, already has much of the property’s managers and senior leaders on board. Now it’s turning to the hourly staff.

The firm is running a job fair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, at Texas Motor Speedway’s Speedway Club, focusing on finding hourly employees, said Mike Reisinger, Benchmark’s HR director for the property.

Reisinger says the hotel will be unusual in that much of the hourly staff will work Monday-Friday and have the weekends off. That’s because Deloitte, the major business services firm, will run most of its training during the week, Reisinger said.

Reisinger says he’s focusing on finding employees in the Fort Worth, Keller, and Denton County areas. The jobs would start around the beginning of June, he said. Benchmark will ask job candidates during the fair whether commuting distance might be a problem, Reisinger said.

The firm is having conversations with The T, Fort Worth’s transit authority, about vanpools to the hotel from bus stops, he said.

More info on the jobs: www.benchmarkinwestlake.com.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


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