6 posts categorized "Super Bowl 2011"


Local charities win with North Texas Super Bowl's projected surplus

The North Texas Super Bowl Committee projects a $7.15 million surplus and agreed to set $2 milliion in reserve against a bid for another Super Bowl and give the rest to four charities.

The charities: Arlington's YET Center, North Texas Food Bank, Tarrant Area Food Bank, and Slant 45.

The Super Bowl Committee says the money could come as early as December, but most likely next year.

- Scott Nishimura


Super Bowl pep talk for small businesses

The National Football League and partner SMU gave small businesses a pep talk this morning.

Even though the recession has passed, economist Bernard Weinstein of the SMU Cox School of Business noted that, still,  "we're certainly in a jobs recession," with economic growth having gone sideways for several months.

But "things are so much better here than they are in other parts of the country," Weinstein said in remarks at the Cox School during a pre-Super Bowl workshop the NFL hosted for small businesses. "Barring some external shot, I think 2011 will be better than 2010 and a lot better than 2009."

Worrisome, he said, is that median household income in most North Texas counties fell between 2000 and the latter half of the decade. In Tarrant County, for example, it fell to $54,467 from $59,446. Income rose only in Parker and Wise counties.

Weinstein attributed that to lower-income migrants moving into the state, as well as to the downturn.

He also said Texas' economy is more closely tied to the fortunes of the national economy these days, comapred to years past.

"We march to the same drumbeat as the national economy, so it's important we have a strong national economy," he said.

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


Omni Fort Worth looks to fill 26 fulltime jobs

The Omni Fort Worth Hotel is trying to fill 26 fulltime-equivalent jobs as it looks ahead to the next 15 months. The hotel expects to finish this year at 65 percent occupancy, better than last year’s 55 percent, and projects an even better third year of operations in 2011, says Dan Piotrowski, the general manager.

SUPER BOWL HOTELS 4 Openings range from food service to housekeeping. “The labor pool is pretty good, except for culinary,” Piotrowski said. “That’s been the one area where we struggle.” Click here to visit the hotel's jobs site and view openings.

Of the hotel’s 349 FTEs, 194 are Fort Worth residents, and 106 are from the central city, Piotrowski said. The hotel recently hired a group of housekeepers through Catholic Charities, with Catholic Charities doing the initial screening, Piotrowski said.

With Super Bowl XLV coming up in February, and the Omni hosting the AFC team as well as major sponsors BNSF and Campbell’s Soup, Piotrowski doesn’t expect to have to hire any temporary help. “Really, none,” he says.

The game’s big volunteer push will, for example, place volunteers in the Omni 16 hours a day during game week, to answer questions about gameday policies, transportation, and maps, and taking that pressure off of the hotel’s concierge staff, Piotrowski said.

Additionally, he expects to bring in eight or 10 people from other Omni properties to help out, primarily managers and including building engineering, sous chef, a couple of security directors, housekeeping, and two food and beverage managers.

Piotrowski expects to give extra hours to existing employees.

Super Bowl week will bring about the same demands on the hotel's food and beverage staff as "any other citywide convention," he says, and possibly fewer obligations as far as the AFC's teams needs go.

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


On the troll for a holiday job? Time to get it in gear

Toysrus Here's today's print Star-Telegram story on the outlook for holiday hiring this fall.

The Challenger, Gray & Christmas outplacement consulting firm noted today that recent major announcements totalled 200,000 seasonal workers who will be hired this fall. Challenger also pointed out that UPS' announcement that it plans to hire 50,000 seasonal workers means retailers aren't the only potential sources of holiday jobs.

"Opportunities also exist in areas such as food service, hospitality and leisure," Challenger said.

"Jobseekers also should not limit their searches to the biggest employers. Toys 'R Us will undoubtedly be swamped with applicants, making it extremly competitive. Meanwhile, small mom-and-pop toy stores may be overlooked."

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

(Photo: Toys 'R Us)


Security firm hiring guards, gameday personnel for Super Bowl XLV

SPORTS SUPERBOWL 10 KRT S.A.F.E. Management, the Super Bowl's primary security contractor, is hiring a lot of security and game-day event staff for Super Bowl XLV Feb. 6 in Arlington.

Interviews are underway. To schedule yours, call 817-649-1500, or email Safe Management, or fax your resume to 817-633-8311. You can also visit the company's web site to download an application.

Security staff jobs pay $10 per hour and require a Texas non-commission Level 2 Guard Card, which S.A.F.E. will help you get. Jobs include pat down, access control, field security, round-the-clock security in January and February, and potential assignments at the NFL Tailgate, NFL Media Center, and Halftime Show Rehearsal. $10 per hour pay.

Game-day event staff pays $9 per hour, and includes jobs for ushers, ticket takers, greeters, and other functions.

Check out Sunday's Work & Money section in the Star-Telegram for a full story on holiday temporary hiring, with the Super Bowl laid on top of it. You can also check back at star-telegram.com, and in this blog for it. And sign on to our Twitter feed (JScottNishimura) for bulletins on it and other stories.

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


Super Bowl committee sets contracting workshop for Fort Worth

FORT WORTH -- A workshop to help businesses owned by women or minorities get involved in the 2011 Super Bowl is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Round Up Inn in the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibit Hall, 3401 Lancaster Ave.

The workshop, sponsored by the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, is designed to provide information to business owners who plan to bid on contracts related to the Super Bowl, which will be at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington in February 2011.

The National Football League says that 130 minority- and women-owned businesses were awarded roughly $4 million in contracts related to last year’s Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla.

"This is a great opportunity for those minority- and women-owned businesses interested in bidding on Super Bowl-related contracts to learn about the process," Robbie Douglas, the Host Committee’s director of business development, said in a news release.

"As we've said before, the Host Committee's number one goal is to ensure that everyone in the North Texas business community knows about the Emerging Business Program. "We can’t promise anyone a contract, but we can work to ensure that information saturates North Texas and every North Texas business understands how to participate.

"This is a great way to open that dialogue.”

The Fort Worth workshop, titled “The Game Plan,” will focus on:

  • Background information and an NFL overview of the Emerging Business Program.
  • Presentations by co-chairs of the Emerging Business Program.
  • An overview of Super Bowl XLV.
  • An overview of the process for North Texas.
  • A presentation from certification agencies.

Workshops will also be held in Arlington and Dallas at later dates. To register, or for more information about the program, go to northtexassuperbowl.com/emergingbusiness.


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