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Seattle YouthCare Holiday Drive

Categories: JayMarc Homes Philanthropy, JayMarc Homes | Things We Love | Posted: November 22, 2017

Join us this season is supporting the Seattle organization, YouthCare! YouthCare builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. This Summer we teamed up with their YouthBuild program at Mercer Island’s Adventure Playground and mentored a few individuals at our own homesites. YouthBuild has trained over 100,000 young people and built over 20,000 units of affordable housing. 30 young people a year bring their newly acquired construction skills to work on low-income housing at one of Habitat for Humanity’s local projects. When they are not on-site, they’re in the classroom working in their GED or high school diploma.

The winter months can be tough and brutal for many of Seattle’s homeless youth. Help support the YouthCare program by purchasing winter necessities these individuals need in order to keep safe and warm. Here is a link to their Amazon Wishlist.

Thank you for supporting YouthCare! 

 

If you are interested in learning more about YouthCare and other ways you can contribute, click here.

Read some of the amazing stories from youth who have been supported by YouthCare.

1st Annual Chili Cook-Off

Categories: Meet The JayMarc Team | Posted: October 12, 2017

JayMarc Homes Chili Cook-Off

JayMarc started a new Fall tradition this year, JayMarc’s Chili Cook-Off! The cook-off consisted of five chili contestants, Aimee Upper (Orchestrator of Awesomeness), Amy Coate (Extraordin-Amy), David Young (Deputy Dave), Heather Caravia (Custom Homie) and Aretha Luong (Crunch Berry). From silky texture to tantalizing spice, each contestant put their heart and soul into their homemade dishes.

Chili Cook-Off Contestants

Aimee Upper, Heather Caravia, David Young, Aretha Luong, Amy Coate

Each chili was rated anonymously on a scale of “ehh” to “awesome”. All chilis provided individuality and were enjoyed immensely, but there could only be one winner…

Chili Cook-Off Score Card JayMarc Homes Chili Cook-Off

 

First place was taken by Aretha Luong and in a close second was Amy Coate! Thank you to all who participated. Our bellies were full of chili goodness. Looking forward to next year!

 

Chili Cook-Off Winners

Now Hiring Custom Homes Project Manager

Categories: JayMarc Custom Homes, JayMarc in the News | Posted: July 11, 2017

We are a fast-growing luxury homebuilder on the Eastside looking for a hard-working Custom Project Manager to add to our team of custom home professionals. At JayMarc we are team oriented and believe in smart work, high integrity and having fun. We are looking for individuals who are positive, hardworking, self-motivated, enthusiastic, detail oriented, organized, efficient, punctual, results driven and loyal.

Our Project Managers handle all aspects of the custom home building process from point of sale through to completion. A high degree of emotional intelligence is required as you will be responsible for guiding our very discerning custom clients through the custom design-build process. The person occupying this position is uniquely qualified in bringing the customer’s vision into reality while achieving the company’s business objectives. Our goal is to provide a homebuilding experience so that our homeowners can truly realize the “Love Where You Live” motto, and equally important is for JayMarc to provide an environment where employees truly “Love Where They Work!”

Areas of responsibility:

  • Project Management
  • 3rd Party Mgmt. (I.e. Architects, designers, engineers etc…)
  • Entitlements
  • Customer Relations
  • Budget / Cost responsibility
  • Materials Management
  • Quality Management
  • Safety Standards

 

Required Skills/Knowledge

  • High degree of experience in developing/building luxury multi-million dollar residential homes
  • Local, applicable development & building codes
  • Site development – (I.e Highest & best use of home and lot)
  • Technical knowledge – (Design / Construction / Land / Utilities)
  • Working understanding of entitlements in the requisite jurisdictions
  • Knowledge of all scopes of work, contracts, blueprints, and insurance requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management preferred, or 5-10 years’ construction field experience in high-end custom home management.

 

This is a full-time position with great benefits (health, dental, vision, 401k, etc.) and salary DOE. The Custom Home Project Manager reports to the VP of Operations.

Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Amy Coate at amy@jaymarchomes.com.

Now Hiring Interior Design Coordinator

Categories: JayMarc Custom Homes, Meet The JayMarc Team | Posted: July 5, 2017

We Are Hiring!

 

Our team is looking for a full-time Interior Design Coordinator to help in our Custom Home Department. We have an incredible team, and a family oriented work environment that values integrity, hard work and creativity. We encourage personal and professional growth and encourage our team to think big. Our company is committed to providing an exceptional customer experience throughout the entire building process.

If you are hardworking, enthusiastic, team-oriented and self-motivated, loyal, positive, fun, organized, efficient, attentive to detail, a quick learner, punctual results driven, humble and overall a good person, we have a place for you. As you can see, we have high expectations of the company we keep.

Acropolis floor plan main living

We are looking for someone with:

  • At least 5 years experience in Interior Design
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience handling multiple clients (at least 4 at once) through entire design process
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator and InDesign as well as SketchUp
  • Experience with new construction or custom homes is a plus
  • Does well in a fast paced environment with varied personality types
  • Great customer service and interaction skills/experience
  • Willingness to pitch in and do what needs to be done, no matter skill level required
  • Strong understanding of construction and construction timing
  • Versatile design aesthetic. Must be able to appreciate many types of design.

If you are interested in joining us on our adventure of continued growth and success, please respond a resume and cover letter sharing your interest, experience and salary history to Amy at amy@jaymarchomes.com.

Adventure Playground 2017

Categories: JayMarc Homes Communities | Posted: June 27, 2017

Adventure Playground Mercer Island 2017

The highly anticipated Mercer Island Summer event is back! Families from Seattle & the Eastside join forces at Deane’s Children’s Park to create one-of-a-kind tree forts to enjoy all summer long. Kids get to dive into the construction world with their own set of tools and safety equipment. From ladders and decks to rope swings and slides, the amount of creativity and imagination is endless.

Adventure Playground Schedule

Days: Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday
Dates: June 27 to September 27*
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm
Location: Deane’s Children’s Park (5500 Island Crest Way)
Fee: By Donation
Closed: July 2, 4 & 9 and September 3
* The park is only open Sundays in September

This year, we are excited to have YouthBuild participating in Adventure Playground! YouthBuild is a program put on by YouthCare, an organization who builds confidence and self-sufficiency for homeless youth by providing a continuum of care that includes outreach, basic services, emergency shelter, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. YouthBuild is an employment training program that teaches youth newly acquired construction skills and building techniques. They often work on low-income housing at one of Habitat for Humanity’s local projects. YouthBuild has trained over 100,000 young people and built over 20,000 units of affordable housing.

YouthBuild will have participants helping out at the park throughout the Summer, so look out for their shirts! Their team will be a great guide to help the kids learn more about construction and assist in building their dream forts.

July 16-23 and August 13-20, all donations will go toward YouthBuild. 

 

Closed toed, hard soled shoes are required. No one will be allowed into Adventure Playground wearing open-toed shoes such as sandals or crocs. A tool box and supplies will be provided, but we encourage participants to bring tools and supplies.

Child Participation Waiver – it will cover your child for the whole Summer
Adventure Playground Rules

 

We want to see your tree fort creations! Share on Instagram by using the hashtag below. Happy Building!
Instagram: #AdvPlaygroundMI

 

Thanks to Mercer Island Parks and Recreation for creating and running this program! We are excited to have YouthBuild on board this year too.

JayMarc Makes PSBJ’s Largest Private Company List

Categories: JayMarc in the News | Posted: June 1, 2017

JayMarc is thrilled to have made Puget Sound Business Journal’s 100 Larget Private Companies list as number 93! Last year we made the list as number 100 so we are excited to be in this higher position. Thank you to all of our vendors, subcontractors, bankers, investors, realtors, and homeowners for supporting our team!

To view the full list, click here. Congratulations to all of the companies who made the list!

*the list is based on revenue from 2016

PSBJ Largest Private Companies JayMarc Homes 93

 

2017 Gold Nugget Award of Merit Winner

Categories: JayMarc in the News | Posted: May 24, 2017

GNA Merit Icon

Judges for the 2017 Gold Nugget Awards have named JayMarc Homes as an Award of Merit winner in its annual competition, which honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. JayMarc Homes earned its Merit honors for The Oslo and Copenhagen home designs, which were honored for Best Single Family Detached Home – 3,500 to 3,999 sq. ft. and 4,000 to 5,000 sq. ft.

Chosen from the elite pool of Merit Award winners, Grand Awards will be announced on June 29 as a feature highlight of PCBC, the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show for the real estate development field.

“Gold Nugget Award winners reflect our industry’s best, brightest and most innovative architects, planners and builder/developers,” said Judging Chairman and Gold Nugget ceremonies administrator Lisa Parrish. “We applaud them all, and we look forward to our June 29 celebration of Merit and Grand Award winners.”

Now in its 54th year, GNA is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation. It honors design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories. Winners this year were chosen from over 600 entries from around the world.

Gold Nugget Awards – recognizing those who improve our communities through exceptional concepts in design, planning, and development.

To view the full list of Award of Merit winners, click here. Congratulations to all who were nominated!

 

The Oslo home design front exterior by JayMarc Homes

The Oslo Home Design – Award of Merit Winner

The Copenhagen Exterior by JayMarc Homes

The Copenhagen Home Design – Award of Merit Winner

 

We Are Hiring! – Purchasing Coordinator

Categories: Meet The JayMarc Team | Posted: May 5, 2017

Purchasing Coordinator

The Purchasing Coordinator reports to the Purchasing Manager and will work very closely with our accounting and design departments to accurately process invoices, collect bids & product information and engage with vendors on pricing.

As the Purchasing Coordinator, you love getting into the details with our trade partners and our internal operating systems. Your work environment would consist of:

  • contacting vendors
  • purchase order issuance & analysis
  • insurance/risk management
  • vendor/supplier negotiations
  • cost comparison & analysis
  • option management

We are looking for an individual who has a passion for luxury residential construction. Residential purchasing experience is preferred. This is a full-time position with great growth potential.

If you are interested in joining us on our adventure, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, salary history, and any expectations to Amy Coate at amy@jaymarchomes.com.

Bellevue & Mercer Island Easter Events 2017

Categories: JayMarc Homes Events, JayMarc Homes in the Community | Posted: April 10, 2017

Easter Events 2017

The Easter Bunny is hopping over to your neighborhood this coming Sunday, April 16th! Celebrate with your kids by stopping by a local Easter event in Bellevue or Mercer Island. There are fun events for all ages!

 

Bellevue

March 31st to April 15th – Bellevue Square Mall

Easter Bunny PhotosMonday – Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Come get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny!

April 15th – Bellevue Community Center

Lunch with the Easter Bunny: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $3 admission for each child includes a small lunch and activities.

 

Mercer Island

April 15th – Mercerdale Park

Lil’ Ones Egg Hunt: Ages 1-3 years at 4 p.m. Ages 4-6 years at 5 p.m. Don’t forget a basket!

Flashlight Egg Hunt: Ages 7-12 at 8:30 p.m. – Don’t forget a flashlight and basket!

The events are free, but a $5 donation would be appreciated!

 

Have a wonderful Easter!

How Nordstrom ‘Delivers the Extraordinary’

Categories: Girl Wonder's Last Word | Posted: March 23, 2017

In a world plagued with “Alternative Facts,” sometimes it’s hard to know what is true and what is fiction. It would be wonderful if we didn’t have to take everything we read with a grain of salt, but a healthy dose of cynicism can be helpful when trying to weed out true stories versus anecdotes made up for PR or branding purposes. Image result for snow tires

One of my favorite customer service stories that may or may not be true, is the old tale of a man who was successful in his attempt to return used snow tires to a Nordstrom retail store in Anchorage, Alaska. There are versions of the story that  have been verified by numerous sources, but the gist of it is that a man came into a Nordstrom store, placed some tires on a counter, and asked the customer service representative to give him cash back for his return. Without hesitation, the Nordstrom representative looked at the price tag on the tire and gave him cash back for an item that was clearly not from the high-end department store. There are many conflicting accounts of this tale, noted in this article on Snopes, though the main fiber of the story seems to hold true.

Image result for happy customer nordstromWhy did the cashier give this man money for something that could not have possibly come from the store? Perhaps that employee, using foresight, thought it would be best to make the short-term investment in order to secure this man’s future patronage of their store. In fact, when Nordstrom hires a new employee, the individual is given a handbook. Rather than going on for pages of rules and best practices, the handbook simply and concisely instructs the employee to “Use good judgment in all situations.”

The Ritz Carlton, one of the world’s most premier luxury hotel chains, empowers every one of their employees to spend what they need in order to please their guests. If something goes wrong with the guest’s stay, or the employee overhears how the guest forgot something at home, any employee (from the doorman to the housekeeper to the concierges) can make purchases in order to turn that guest’s experience around.

What this achieves for the Ritz Carlton (and Nordstrom, and any other customer-centric business) is that every employee feels empowered to solve any issue, and they don’t have to jump through hoops to have requests approved by management.  Effectively, this empowerment allows issues to be resolved much more quickly. Consumers and clients see and appreciate this, increasing the likelihood that they will continue to shop at Nordstrom, or stay at the Ritz. At JayMarc Homes, one of our core values is to always “Deliver the Extraordinary,” so that we can follow in the footsteps of great companies like Nordstrom and one day have a reputation for being the most customer-centric home builder around.

So, whether the story about the man returning snow tires at Nordstrom is true or another Urban Myth, the principle holds true: Nordstrom, The Ritz, and many other great companies are wholly dedicated to pleasing their customers, regardless of the circumstance. And that dedication is what keeps customers coming back for years to come.