September Employees of the Month

Congratulations to SVP of Finance and Administration Diana Scott and Senior Partner Angie Truitt, Joseph Chris Partners’ Employees of the Month for September.

HOME BUILDING’S YEAR IN REVIEW: 2017

What a year it has been for Home Building!  With the market really starting to bounce back, we have been very busy this, Joseph Chris Partners’ 40th year in business.

It has been the year of mergers and acquisitions.  We saw Lennar, America’s #2 ranked home builder, put up $5.7MM to acquire CalAtlantic, the nation’s fifth largest home builder; which very recently was the product of a Standard Pacific Homes and Ryland Homes merger itself.  Lennar is now the largest home builder by revenue and is in 24 of the top 30 housing markets across the U.S.

We saw Century Communities grow by leaps and bounds with multiple acquisitions across the country including UPC and Sundquist Homes, and they also went through an IPO.

We also saw Starwood Capital compete with DR Horton to acquire Forestar, a mixed-use, residential builder based in Austin, Texas.  Ultimately, DR Horton won the game.

And just last month, we saw Invitation Homes merge with Starwood Waypoint; the combined public company will continue operations under the Invitation Homes name.  And, Mattamy Homes announced their acquisition of Royal Oaks Building Group in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, market.   Royal Oaks is the largest privately-owned builder in the Raleigh-Durham area and the fifth-largest builder overall in the market; the operations are expected to be completely combined by Mid-2018.

But 2017 was not without its challenges in home building; specifically, builders everywhere struggled with labor shortages.  According to The Brookings Institution:

“More than 32 million workers are employed in highly digital jobs, while nearly 66 million work in medium-       digital positions, and 41 million work in low-digital ones. Indeed, there has been a massive increase in the share of highly digital jobs between 2002 and 2016, when these jobs jumped from less than five percent to nearly a quarter of all U.S. jobs. Over the same period, the share of medium-digital jobs increased from roughly 40 to 48 percent, while the share of low-digital roles declined significantly, from 56 percent to 30 percent. Roughly two-thirds of new jobs created since 2010 required either high- or medium-level digital skills, and some 4 million, or 30 percent, required highly digital skills.”

Builder Online.Com stated: “Anyone still wondering why young people are not breaking down the doors to sign up to be construction laborers, who rank among the “low-digital” competence occupations?”

We at Joseph Chris have seen this struggle with our clients across the country daily throughout the past several years.  Not enough people entered the industry during the long, drawn-out downturn, and home builders are having to get creative to find the talent they need.

All in all, though, 2017 has been a great year!  Joseph Chris Partners celebrated its 40th Birthday and the year kept us all very busy.  So far, things are looking even better for 2018!

Turn Kings Harbor Blue: A Vision in Blue

CEO Veronica Ramirez has a giving heart, and she has always wanted Joseph Chris Partners to be a company that gives back to the community.  I still remember the meeting where Turn Kings Harbor Blue was born several years ago.  After the team decided we wanted to show appreciation for the local enforcement officers that keep our families safe every day, the real work of organizing the event began.  And Senior Recruiter Dawn Bahan was exactly what we needed to drive Turn Kings Harbor Blue to be the success it is today.

 

Dawn, whose father Dennis Dunn was a Captain in the Gretna, Louisiana, Police Department until his passing almost 4 years ago, poured her passion and love for the bravery and sacrifices of our law enforcement officers and their families into the event, working almost a second full-time job leading up to the event’s first launch in November of 2015.  Dawn coordinated with the local law enforcement offices, local business owners and community leaders to organize a free concert for our community, packed with free gifts and food for our local law enforcement officers and their families.  Kings Harbor literally turned blue, thanks to strands of blue lights decorating all the trees and participants in the event cracking hundreds of blue glow sticks at sundown.  The first year was a huge success, and something JCP vowed to support for years to come.

 

This year is a special year for our community, with so many of our neighbors suffering the effects of Hurricane Harvey.  Our office and other Kings Harbor businesses and residences were badly flooded, and we weren’t sure if we’d be able to host our event as we have the past two years.  But Veronica and Dawn and Tiffany Kenton, JCP Project Assistant, didn’t give up, and worked tirelessly with the property management team and leaders in the community to make Turn Kings Harbor Blue a celebration of the strength and resilience of our community, and an opportunity to thank law enforcement and first responders who gave so much during Harvey and afterwards.

 

Turn Kings Harbor Blue promises to be an amazing event, with vendors, food trucks, live music and special guests, and all are welcome to come celebrate with us.  More information about the event can be found here:  https://www.facebook.com/TurnKingsHarborBlue/TKHB

We are World Champions, and we are #HoustonStrong

I have tried to like baseball several times in my adult life. People have tried to make me like baseball several times in my adult life. I got quizzed on baseball trivia and forced to play in a fantasy league to make me pay attention to games.

 
(NOTE: I saw Keuchel pitch his first game ever with the Astros and added him to my roster, and I picked up Correa later in the season when he got called up).

 
But nothing ever made me care about the game.

 
Nothing until I watched this team.

 
As everyone in Houston and, by now, the country, knows, there’s something special about this team. They play the way I imagine the greats once played: with heart, and not for a big, fat paycheck.

 
Not that they don’t deserve the big paychecks.

 
But they play because they truly love it. They never give up because they can’t. From the first post-season game I saw to Game 7 last night, I always felt that they were doing it for us. For Houston.

 

And everyone felt the same way.  Friends and family, our own JCP Team, everyone was texting, calling, sharing pictures and excitement on social media!  Even friends outside of the city and state, our own midwestern office was up late right alongside us, cheering on this team!!

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When a team is able to mobilize an entire city and beyond, bring the never-before-cared-about-baseball people, like me, out in droves to buy orange and blue and to schedule their lives around games, that team is once-in-a-lifetime special.

 
So even though I’m a new fan, I’m celebrating this win today alongside everyone else in my great city.
My first act is finally throwing my lucky shirt in the washing machine. And I’m headed out at lunch to see if the lines at Academy have gone down yet. I need one of those hats to wear to the parade Friday. And then I have to track down the lady at my nail salon who told me yesterday she was the reason they lost on Tuesday. She had been eating pizza the last two wins, and Tuesday, she had a Caesar salad. So she was getting pizza last night to make sure we won. I’m guessing she got her pizza, and I want to give her a hug for helping us bring that trophy home.

 
To the most amazing team in the world…y’all stole our hearts, you captured our imagination, you allowed us to dream and hope, you reaffirmed our faith in the goodness and purity of the game, you inspired countless kids and kids at heart, you never stopped trying, you made us so proud, and you will be a long-standing symbol of what makes us #HoustonStrong.

 
We love you guys!!

Please Welcome Christina Lugo to JCP!

Christina Lugo joined Joseph Chris Partners as a Recruiter in 2015. She brings over 10 years of experience in a wide variety of industries.

Christina started her career as a restaurant manager at 21 years old. Advanced through promotions, culminating in former oversight of F&B operations (fine dining restaurant, wine bar, catering/banquet operations) and a 65-member team. Soon after, she joined the healthcare sector as a Clinical Research Coordinator. In this role, Christina was responsible for monitoring sponsor initiated and federally funded clinical research studies for normal volunteers and subjects in the oncology field. After 4 years in healthcare, Christina joined Houston Can Academy as a Development Director for a non-profit high school serving an at-risk population. In this role, she was accountable for planning and executing all media, fundraising and advertising events along with securing funding for all major capital improvement projects and programs for 2 Houston campuses. She excelled in developing community relationships with local banks, universities, corporations and other partner organizations. Christina would soon follow in her late father’s footsteps and Oil & Gas industry as an Office Administrator.

All of this varied experience has made Christina very adaptable. Because her experience spans many roles and industries, she capably and critically examines issues and finds creative solutions to problems. She is an “outside the box” thinker who can offer clients and candidates alike thoughtful perspectives and interesting ideas, and her persistence and drive throughout her career have prepared her for her role here at Joseph Chris Partners.

Christina has brought her passion for helping others and serving her community not only through her former roles but also in a variety or volunteer based activities and events. Distinguished customer and associate relations compliment her enthusiastic and optimistic character.

Christina is adoring of her family and close friends and enjoys spending time with all.

Veronica Ramirez, CEO

VP Operations – Home Builder – DFW market

I have been retained by one of the most well thought of builders in the state who is looking for a VP of Operations in their DFW division.

They are looking for someone who has strong leadership capabilities, someone that can connect with their team, someone that can create and build an accountable team and someone that can instill consistent processes.

This person will oversee Construction, Customer Service, Warranty, Safety as well as Purchasing and Estimating. A very strong appreciation of product and the customer experience is a well-known core trait for this builder and hires those with like feelings.

Reports directly to a very hands-off unless needed experienced Division President with a personality that is easy to establish an excellent respectful relationship.

Please contact Cecile Sutton for a confidential discussion regarding our client and the opportunity at cecilesutton@josephchris.net or 281-359-2110.

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