Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I got a job!!!

Dan here...Stacey's finally letting me have a say in what goes on here!

I just wanted to let everyone know that just about an hour ago I was offered (and I accepted) a job at McLeod Creative  a PR and visual design firm in Corpus Christi! ( Usually I would have taken more time to make a decision, but this was the only job that I really got excited about in all of the interviews I've had.  Starting next Wednesday, I will be the assistant manager for the company.  

Just to tell you a little bit more about the company...the owner/manager (Monica) is the person I will be working most closely with has worked for larger firms and had a very impressive client list including Coca-Cola, IBM, and the Atlanta Braves (she was even involved in designing the Braves logo).  She and her husband wanted to start a business somewhere that was on the verge of exploding.  A few years later (2001) McLeod Creative was started in downtown Corpus Christi.  They've had a lot of growing business in the area that has elevated them to one of the top 3 PR firms in the area.  Just recently (in August) they were named the Best Business in Corpus Christi.  Monica has been named a "Top 40 Under 40" in Corpus Christi the last two years.  So it's been receiving some high accolades of late.  And the people there are awesome!

From the business has also spawned a non-profit called PATCH, the mission of which is to preserve and restore the arts in Corpus Christi.  Their first endeavor was the restoration of an 80-year old historical theatre downtown, which they just completed.  They have also started a bridal magazine called "The One," which just hit shelves recently.  They are also expecting to have another big business opportunity come along soon, but I've been asked to keep that on the hush, hush (I know you guys aren't going to hear about it up there, but I told her I wouldn't say anything to anyone!).

My job as Assistant Manager will essentially be managing the office and controlling the work flow and relationships with vendors and some of the larger corporate clients.  The job also has a commission element working with some of the bigger businesses in the area.  And because of my non-profit experience, I will probably be involved in some event planning and management of PATCH.  

This is all a God thing for a number of reasons.  For one I found out about the company from a member of our Bible Study group.  I had just met the guy and he mentioned that the company was hiring.  He passed my info along - I get a phone call - then two interviews - and bam, a job!  For the past 3 months+ I have been grinding things out with nothing to show.  Then all of this happens in the span of a few weeks!  If I had not met this guy (Eric), and God had not put it on his heart to share this opportunity with me, then I'd still be searching.  We've also been praying for God to provide financially with me not having a job and he has in big ways each time.  Things were getting pretty tight for us.  Not only has God provided, but he has done so amazingly.  He's not only given me a job, but one that I can really grow into and enjoy.  It's the perfect fit, and why should I expect anything different with God orchestrating things!  Glory be to God!

Thank you guys for your thoughts, prayers, and encouragement.  And thanks be to God!

Stacey now...Thank you all so much for your prayers and support!  We are in awe at how God continues to provide for and support us.  This little drop of Heaven couldn't have come at a more perfect time for me to be reminded that He has us here for a purpose.  There have been a number of things shifting at TAMUK this week - and most of it has not been good.  My department chair, who is a big reason I was drawn to this job, is relinquishing his position in August, 2009.  I'll reserve full details and comments on here since we're in public - but those of you who know me, know I have an opinion about it and I'd be happy to share more details in a less public forum! :-)  Please be in prayer for me - that I can be a light shining in the midst of this "crisis" for our department.  And for our department - I'll just leave it at that.  Dan's news couldn't have come at a better time to remind me that we are right where God wants us!!