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5 Cool Opportunities for Jobs in and around The Colony, TX

  • By Mark Madria
  • 22 Sep, 2016

It’s the last day of summer and the day sizzled outside but inside it was cool with job opportunities at The Colony Chamber’s Job Fair today. Companies looking for people were familiar big names like Nebraska Furniture Mart , Grande Communications , Advance Auto Parts , Comerica Bank and some smaller ones such as Lone Star Temp Services and Armor Safe Tech . Also represented was Williams-Sonoma who also owns the Pottery Barn and Thrivent, a not-for-profit financial planning firm that is set up to serve its members.

If you’re looking for a job or just looking to change jobs, check out these three cool opportunities. Get your application in soon as these positions are needed now.

#1 Warehouse

Warehouse support can be a Forklift Operator, Receiving Specialist or maybe a Delivery Prep Specialist. If any of these sound interesting to you, check them out at Nebraska Furniture Mart’s Careers page for Texas .

#2 Light Industrial

Lone Star Temporary Services is seeking people to fill several positions in the area of light industrial so if you’re handy-dandy with a sautering iron or know your way around a printed circuit board, be sure to check them out. Feel free to call Diana or David at 972-661-8020 and discuss your skills with them.

#3 Automotive

Have you heard of Advance Auto Parts? They are expanding rapidly in our metroplex and foresee about 2,000 new jobs in the 160 stores they’ll be opening up here in the next few years. If you know your way around car parts, this company is looking for people who want to grow their career with them. Contact Boris Flores at 813-298-5207 or visit Advance Auto Parts’ Careers page for an up-to-date list of openings.

#4 Customer Service Reps

Are you great with people? Love to solve problems? Several firms were looking for people with these attributes, most notably Comerica Bank, Williams-Sonoma and Armor Safe Tech.

  • Armor Safe Tech is seeking one bilingual to work in The Colony supporting technical calls for their safes. Armor Safe Tech manufactures cash counting systems and safes at their San Antonio location and has a Customer Care location in The Cascades. Contact Geoff Tidman via email at or check out their website for more information.

  • Comerica Bank is seeking full-time CSRs for retail banking. Contact Eric Butler or Claudia Jimenez via email at

  • NetDebt is seeking CSRs to help people become debt-free; go to for more information

  • Williams-Sonoma has several positions open for full-time seasonal help so if you’d like full-time work to get you through the holidays, contact Ms. Keisha Armstrong via email at .

5. Field Installation Tech

Grande Communications has positions open for people to install, disconnect, reconnect services that Grande provides – video, telephone, internet. If you or someone you know might be interested in these open positions, contact Mark Sandifer via email at .

Other Companies at Job Fair

  • Blaze Pizza – this fast-growing company is seeking people for two locations: The Colony and Frisco.
  • Freebirds – contact Samantha Corley at for jobs in The Colony and other locations in the metroplex
  • Kroger – everyone needs to eat and Kroger is hiring cashiers for their new Marketplace store on SH 121. Email Mary Jane Rodriguez at or go to their jobs page at .
  • Marriott Hotels at The Cascades includes the Fairfield, Residence Inn and the new Courtyard. These hotels are seeking candidates in various areas. Visit their website at
  • Thrivent Financial was present to share their vision of helping people manage their money and learn to save. Thrivent is also seeking candidates who want to help others in their financial goals. Reach out to Dave Chatterton via email at to see if you’re a good fit.
  • Texas Veterans Commission partners with employers to understand their needs and assists veterans in re-entering the workforce. Contact Dennis Aaron via email at with questions of how your business can partner with veterans for a better tomorrow.
  • Workforce Solutions provides resume writing and interviewing training in addition to assisting applicants with finding new opportunities. James Kashka and Eric Shanks bring a truck of resources to hiring events. Go to to find their next one.

For More Information

Call me if you’d like more information about any of these companies or The Colony Chamber of Commerce.


Brenda Patton is a Texas-licensed REALTOR ® with Ebby Halliday REALTORS ® located at 1415 Legacy Dr, Suite 100, Frisco, TX 75034. You can reach Brenda at 972-335-6564 (office) 469-408-3148 (cell/text) or by email at or visit .

By Mark Madria 11 Aug, 2017
Join Brenda Patton this Saturday, August 12th from 12-2 PM and Sunday, August 13th from 2-4 PM for an open house in this traditional home.
By Mark Madria 28 Jul, 2017

One of our newest listings! Come and check out our open house event this weekend.

I'll be hosting Friday July 28th 4pm-6pm, 12pm-2pm on  Saturday July 29th, and my colleage will be there on Sunday the 30th from 12pm-2pm.

By Mark Madria 25 Jul, 2017

Richard Murtaugh, ColdAir A/C and Heating


Richard Murtaugh has owned and operated ColdAir A/C and Heating for as long as I’ve known him, almost 30 years now. Richard could grow ColdAir to a much larger organization but intentionally keeps his business at a level that he can manage with his family and do personal calls himself. He knows every one of his customers by name, where they live, how old their air conditioners are and he knows how expensive it is to replace an HVAC system. So he doesn’t.  Unless he can no longer fix your A/C, or somehow keep it running for you, only then will he suggest replacing the system.

That’s the amazing thing about Richard. He could make more money by changing out your HVAC or air conditioning unit but he will patch it for you instead to save you money, or at least keep you from spending thousands of dollars on a new unit until it’s absolutely necessary. When he can no longer fix it, yes, he will put in a new one.

Give Richard or Jessica a call at 972-972-679-4072 to service your unit before a disaster strikes; you’ll be glad you did.

By Mark Madria 22 Jul, 2017
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By Mark Madria 21 Jul, 2017

It’s time to get back to reviewing new home communities for my readers and this week I had the good fortune of visiting the DR Horton section of Valencia on the Lake in Little Elm. Other builders in this community are Cal-Atlantic , Dunhill and First Texas. It’s great to see Builders move back into the $300’s price range with their new communities and each of these builders have houses in that range.


This desirable community is located in the charming town of Little Elm near the 380 and 423 area. If you are going West on 380, turn left at 423 and then right at the first street. Go past Lakewood Elementary and you will have arrived at Valencia on the Lake. This section of town will soon have a new Kroger, Home Depot and many great places to shop and dine.


Enjoy lakeside resort style living at its best.   Living at Valencia on the Lake allows you to be outside on the walking trails, boating or enjoying the soon-to-be-built pool at the tip on the peninsula. Other amenities include a lakeside community center, tennis courts, sand volleyball and a ballroom. 


Children at Valencia on the Lake have the opportunity of attending Little Elm ISD and some sections have Denton ISD.


Valencia on the Lake has a range of homesites from 50’ wide to the larger 80’ wide sites and many with lake views.


Each builder has homes starting in the mid-low $300’s for 2,200+ sf up to the high $400’s for over 3k sf.

Tax Rate

Tax rate for this community is 3.2%

Public Improvement District

This community is a Public Improvement District (PID)

By Mark Madria 20 Jul, 2017

4 Signs Market is Cooling

Why do I think the market is slowing when the numbers aren’t really showing it yet? There are four sure signals not previously seen in four years.

1.       Agents in my office are asking why their listing hasn’t sold. Last summer this lament was heard only at the higher price points and now it’s being said at the lower price points. Just the other day an agent was asking why her $350,000 listing has been on the market for almost 60 days. And in April an agent with another brokerage lamented about his listing in McKinney, priced under $300,000, had not sold in two months on the market. And, to really cinch my belief this is happening, a well-known coach stated he has heard the same from some of his top clients across the nation.

2.      Builders of new construction are offering more incentives to buyers and dropping prices significantly. My inbox is flooded with messages from builders who have available inventory and discounted prices on existing specs. One builder in Frisco, with home prices in the upper $500’s - $700’s was dropping $60,000 and more off the price of inventory homes.  And, I’m seeing more new construction in the lower $300’s than previously. Two years ago it was nearly impossible to find new construction under $400,000 and builders offered no incentive or very little incentive to buyers. Negotiations at that time consisted of the builder saying this is the price; do you want it?

3.      Fewer multiple offers on houses. While it’s true that some properties are still seeing a large number of offers, that is not as prevalent as it was two years ago. Now it’s likely there isn’t multiple offers on a house, and when there is it may be just two or three offers. That hasn’t always been true but today many houses are sitting longer on the market and may not receive multiple offers.

4.      There is lesser talk about new jobs being created. For several years now if people weren’t talking about how hard it is to get a house, they were talking about the constantly increasing jobs market. And rightfully so. DFW has seen the addition of 100k+ jobs per year from 2012 to 2015 but 2016 didn’t see the same increase in jobs creation. According to an article in D Magazine’s July edition, 2016 new jobs created only equaled about 88,000 for our area.

Very soon we should be seeing data showing houses staying on the market a little longer, even in the lower price points. Does this mean prices will start rolling back? Absolutely not! It means that there’s finally available housing to choose from.

By Mark Madria 13 Jun, 2017
By Mark Madria 05 Jun, 2017
I have a new listing coming up and will be hosting a Broker Open on Wed 6/14.
By Mark Madria 02 Jun, 2017

5573 Squires Dr,The Colony, TX 75056

MLS ID13588485

3 bedrooms

2 bathrooms

Attached garage

Over1,702 sq feet

Conveniently located near in an elementary school and a park


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