Business Spotlight – Ace Handyman Services


* What is the name of your business?

Ace Handyman Services

* Who is the business owner?

Todd & Joni Concienne

* What year was your business established?

February 2021

* Give a brief history of your business?

We were introduced to Ace Handyman Services in 202 while still living in North Carolina. We wanted to get back home to Southeast Texas where we were born and raised and were our families resided. Ace Handyman Services was a way for us to do that and reconnect with the communities that we grew up, raised our family in, and love.

* What type of merchandise/service is sold here?

We provide professional handyman services to residential and commercial clients.

* How did you get your idea or concept for the business?

We have always loved “fixing” things around our homes and we have a passion for helping people. When we learned that the Ace Hardware Corporation had a professional handyman service, we were all in. We love the opportunity to be a nationally recognized brand but at the same time being able to be locally owned and operated in our own community.

* What is unique about your business?

As part of the Ace Hardware brand, we are a legitimate business, our team members work directly for us, and that allows us to bring the helpful nature of Ace to our customer’s homes and businesses. Our secret is service. From our office staff to our technicians in the field we serve with a helpful heart.

* What keeps your customers coming back?

It is the character of our team members and the values we work and live by. We built relationships. That is important to our customers. We answered the phone when you call, we provide quality craftsman ship and quality services, we warranty our work, and where there when you need us.

* What is your personal secret to success?

I would say it is being professional and really caring enough to find solutions to people’s problems. That is really what we do, we solve problems and we enjoy doing it. Our greatest satisfaction comes from seeing the smile on the faces of those we help.

* If you could give your customers a message, what would you say?

Your home or business is often your greatest asset. Do business with people you know, like, and trust. Your home or business is a sacred space and it should not be trusted with just anyone. Always ensure that you work with individuals that are insured and bonded. That are professional, clean, competent, and caring. Someone that you feel comfortable and safe with in your home.

Lamar University – Job Posting

Position Information

Posting Number               20112286

Position Title      Manufacturing Specialist, SETMAC #443370


Position Type     Staff

Department       Sponsored Program Administration

Position Summary Information

Job Summary/Basic Function      About This Role:


Lamar University is inviting applications for the position of Manufacturing Specialist, SETMAC #443370.


This position provides Management Consulting, Operational Excellence & Product/Process Engineering solutions to accelerate the profitable growth and competitiveness of Texas manufacturing. Seeks, Identifies, Assesses, Sells, Proposes, Delivers, Coordinates, Manages, applied research projects to create significant financial return on customer investment, and ensure superior customer and investor satisfaction.


Position Duties:

  • Assists others in conducting assessments, preparing proposals, and deploying implementation projects.
  • Sells follow-on scopes of work.
  • Improves processes within a functional department at customer organizations. Follows PDCA or DMAIC methodology for operation level projects and improvements. Demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities to deliver basic workshops and implement projects in industrial environments.
  • Presents technical sessions and promotional events.
  • Earns certifications to perform Process Specialist responsibilities.
  • Demonstrates effective project execution, project results, and customer follow up.
  • Performs other duties assigned.


Who We Are:


Lamar University is a diverse and accessible global university for life-long learners with a passion for broad-based community engagement. As a vital contributor to the socioeconomic wellbeing and resilience of the Gulf Coast region, our expertise is recognized locally and beyond. Lamar University is home to more than 17,000 students and is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities. LU is a member of The Texas State University System, which is the first higher education system of Texas and maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With more than 100 degree options and a community that cares, Lamar students are always proud to be Cardinals.


Lamar University is committed to fostering a culture of diversity where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can learn, work, and serve.




A comprehensive benefits package is offered that includes:


  • Health, dental & vision insurance


  • Life insurance


  • State of Texas Retirement plans


  • Tuition reimbursement for employees, spouses and/or eligible dependent


  • Paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.

Minimum Qualifications What You’ll Need to Succeed:


Minimum Qualifications:

Work character & ethic, grit; ability to overcome obstacles; resourcefulness and perseverance.


2-4 years related industry experience; bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field. Specific related experience can substitute degree type.


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

Technology and best practices, technical writing, sales, customer service, detailed analysis, customer relations, research protocols, communication.


Working Conditions:


EEO Statement Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Veteran’s Preference Statement Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas 805 Government Code, Section 657.003.

Preferred Qualifications Preferred Qualifications:


Customer service, entrepreneurial coaching, industrial technology, robotic and/or product engineering, project management. Masters or PhD in engineering.

Security Sensitive Statement      This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Salary    $61,285 – $72,100

Work Hours

Application Information

Posting Date       12/15/2021

Close Date

Open Until Filled               Yes

Special Instructions

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you claiming Veteran’s Preference in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 805, Section 657.003? PLEASE READ IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS: To be considered for Veteran’s Preference, applicants must complete and email to a Standard Form 15 located at to include the required documents per the instructions on the form. Emails MUST also include position titles and posting numbers for each and every position applied for. APPLICANTS WHO FAIL TO EMAIL ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS BEFORE A POSTING CLOSES WILL NOT BE AWARDED VETERAN’S PREFERENCE.

o             Yes

o             No

  1. What is the highest level of education you have achieved?

o             I do NOT have a high school diploma or GED

o             High School Diploma or GED

o             Associate’s Degree

o             60 hours or more of college credit

o             Bachelor’s Degree

o             Master’s Degree

o             All but Dissertation

o             Earned Doctorate

o             Professional degree (MD, JD, etc)

  1. * In what area(s) did you receive your degree(s).

(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Resume

Optional Documents

  1. Unofficial Transcript 1
  2. Miscellaneous

Thank You Nederland ISD

Hot coffee on a cold morning makes for a nice gathering of good folks. Thank you Nederland ISD for hosting our November Networking Coffee at Central Middle School this morning. Thank you, too, the wonderful cafeteria staff for providing those scrumptious cinnamon rolls and kolaches!

Congrats to the door prize winners: Sandra Borne with CASA of Southeast Texas, Heather Burton with MCT, Rodney Balsamo with Advantage Real Estate, Brenda Horton with McNeill Insurance, Dee Lane with Triangle Solutions, Jimmy Harrison with Higginbotham Insurance, Sandra Abbage with Mary Kay and Luke Hebert with Juxtapose!

Thank You City of Nederland

We were so honored to be included in this special dedication to Billy Neal this morning at our October Networking Coffee. The dispatch center at the Homer Nagel Safety Complex is now named after our very own Billy Neal. Thank you, Chief, for 60 years of service to Nederland and thank you to the City of Nederland for hosting our coffee.
Congratulations to the door prize winners: Kristi Hood with NISD and Erisa Boneau with MCT Credit Union.

Thank You First United Methodist Church

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