Now Hiring Veterans for our 2016 Season!

This year Lighting By Veterans is on our 5th Christmas Light Installation season and they need your assistance to have another successful movement.  As always, they attempt to hire as many Veterans as they possibly can during the holidays but this effort is only possible with your support.  If you are a Veteran, or know a Veteran that is looking to work from now until the end of January, help spread the word.  There is currently 38 positions that still need to be filled ranging from outside sales managers, installation techs and office managers.  This is one of the most rewarding and well compensated career fields that will make sure that you have the best Christmas ever.  Don't wait until this opportunity has past to take advantage of it, call them today and get your interview scheduled.

Lighting By Veterans is located in McKinney Texas and their service area covers Fort Worth, Arlington, Dallas, Rockwall, Denton and obviously the McKinney area.  If your a Veteran living in or near the LBV service area and have dependable transportation to and from work than you're eligible for employment.  Please have your DD214 and resume ready to present to their recruiters for immediate acceptance or you can simply email these documents to  Lighting By Veterans was founded by local Veterans and makes sure that our local Veterans have a great Christmas every season.

Opportunities at Lighting By Veterans

1. Outside Sales Professional

An outside sales professional gets to see the smiling faces of the clients and represents the LBV brand to their local communities.  This position offers flexible hours and is geared towards evenings and weekend service.  The earning potential is excellent however it requires team members to have a great personality which is the key to success.

2. Field Sales Manager

The Field Sales Manager is the eyes and ears of the office in the field and is rewarded with a generous compensation agreement.  You must have proven leadership qualities and work well with others.  Team building and teamwork are vital in this position in addition to being a "natural born closer".  Great organizational skills are a must as your responsibilities will include inventory management and sales reports of all team members.  During the short lighting season, field sales managers will be required to be available an extended set our hours.

3. Installation Technician

The Installation Tech position is the heart of the Lighting By Veterans workforce and also has the potential to be the best paid.  Having a truck and a ladder is mandatory for this position and the work is very rewarding.  Being comfortable on a roof is important however LBV also offers paid roof safety and minor electrical courses.  Our installation tech will be required to wear Santa Claus hats and play Christmas music during installations and must be willing to work at night.  To keep the required communication with the office, Techs will need to have a smart phone that is capable of downloading apps and taking clear pictures.

4. Office Manager

Being an Office Manager for Lighting By Veterans carriers the most responsibility and the toughest schedule.  You will be required to handle phone calls with grace, type estimates / invoices and coordinate projects for installation.  The office manager can be accountable for as many as 60 staff members schedules while multitasking through stress filled time sensitive situations.  Data entry, SEO / marketing and company inventory are also among the office responsibilities.  To summarize, you'll need to know where everyone is at all times and what's going on with every customer.  There are few people that can mentally handle this position but the person who can will be surrounded by brilliant entrepreneurs that play Christian music throughout the work day.

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It's been 15 years already!  Remember 9/11

On September 11th, 2001, everybody remembers exactly where they were when the second plane hit the world trade center.  Many musical artists came out with a 9/11 song but few did it as fast or as fitting than country music superstar Alan Jackson with his hit "Where were you when the world stop turning."  It was the day that redefined our opinion or the word terrorism and single handedly refocused the country on patriotism and unity.  Now 15 years later, we can be celebrated for not standing during the National Anthem as social issues, cell service and wifi coverage dominates our focus.  Our first African American President seems to be only a stepping stone to the birth of our first woman Presidential nominee and an increased awareness of the LGBT community with unisex bathrooms.  We only seem to be two generations away from completely removing God from our lives if we don't wake up soon.

 September 11th, 2001 started like many days before it in Fairfax, Va where I was making my normal milk deliveries.  My first memory of the 9/11 is when I went into a gas station and observed the men behind the counter cracking jokes about a pilot that crashed into the world trade center.  At this moment, it appeared to be a lapse in judgement and an unforgivable mistake that was almost laughable.  Two stops later on my milk route, a crowd gathered around a CVS Pharmacy TV as the cashier reported another plane flew into the other world trade center tower.  This was a shock to everyone and the busy bodies of the big city seemed to have nowhere to go as the reality hit everyone like a ton of bricks.  Continuing on my day, I received the news at my Walmart stop that another plane had hit the Pentagon (which was pretty close to my location).  At this point there was a helpless look on the faces of the workers as we didn't know what was going to happen next.  I could remember thinking that my milk route wasn't that important and maybe I should check on my family and go home.

Battling through adversity, I stopped into a another CVS and purchased 2 American Flags that got duct taped to my side mirrors.  This became a trend in the Northern Virginia area in the weeks to follow as you couldn't find an American flag in stock anywhere.   It was awesome driving to work up and down interstate 95 watching an epic patriotic display of a county unified.  American Flags hung in or flew proudly on every vehicle traveling as our hearts bled Red White and Blue.  Never in my years of military service or life as a civilian have I ever witnessed a more unified body of people that believed in their country.  Unfortunately this position came from a tragedy but it makes you wish that we could have the good ol' days back and Make America Great Again!


Lighting By Veterans 2016

As you may already know, Lighting By Veterans has been serving the North Texas area since 2011 and had expanded to Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC in 2013.  Due to the high volume of new and repeat customers here in our own backyard, (Texas) LBV decided in 2014 that we would focus on our Texas clients to make sure that they have the best experience possible every season.  This year we anticipate breaking our own personal record of 285 residential and 26 commercial properties.  Thank you for supporting us over the years!

Christmas Light Installation has been made easy as we continue to offer our services by the bulb and by the box.  There's one bulb every foot and each box of mini lights has a price for labor, warranty, materials and removal.  These prices fluctuate during the season depending on how early the services are ordered, what date is scheduled and when the deposit was given.  Obviously the earlier you secure your installation and are willing to have your decorations installed will determine the price of our services. 

The 2016 Christmas Light Installation Season for Lighting By Veterans is looking promising as we have made new contacts in China.  Buying wholesale only means that we can offer the best LED products here in the North Texas area for our valued clients.  We searched far and wide to see if we can buy "American Made" but there doesn't seem to be a manufacture that produces the Christmas Lighting products that are needed to decorate our homes.

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Get Married at The Ranch

Getting married is a decision that is made under the authority of God and this commitment ceremony is to be kept sacred as long as you live.  It's actually two funerals for both people standing there and a resurrection of a couple that are now united together as one.  It doesn't take a pile of money to get married or stay married to the right person, you just need to understand that quitting is not an option.  Come get married here at The Ranch where the scenery is breath taking and there are two licensed Pastors that live on the ranch.  You can have your ceremony on horseback or out in the open field and in the presence of God.

 Here's is a little wedding checklist for you to review:

  1. Flowers (We offer them onsite)
  2. Pastor (We have two of them onsite)
  3. Horses (We have plenty of them here)
  4. Marriage License (You'll have to get that first)
  5. Venue (The Ranch is perfect)
There are a few things that you'll need but we are completely fine if you'd like to get married through elopement or have a  (Shotgun Wedding).  We do have a professional florist on site that is the lead designer for Five and Up Flowers.  You'll find it comforting that we also have two Pastors (Pastor Ron and Pastor Elizabeth) that live on the ranch that are licensed to marry in Texas.  As far as horses are concerned, we have plenty of those to view or ride already here.  Just get your marriage licence from the county and give us a call to schedule your special day!

The Ranch is a local McKinney Texas Ranch that offers a wide variety of services and experiences.  You can go horseback riding by yourself or with loved ones around the ranch or at the Lake Lavon Trinity Trail.  We also offer Bull Riding which is fun for all ages to watch but youth is key for the riders.  :)  We offer Buckin' Bull practices, competitions and monthly Western Rodeo's here on the ranch.  You can get a full list of our "Cowboy Experiences" by calling 469-606-9472 (WHRA) or visiting us online at

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Make It Rain Marketing

For many years the main focus has been on how much money can you make and try to outshine your competition in every task.  Being fearless and willing to do anything to get the winning edge in business has created many monsters in our industry.  The truth of success is obvious when you search for your keywords and scan the first page for your business.  At the end of the day, staying on top equals the phone ringing off the hook and the rest is up to you.  We can make the phone ring with the right potential clients and place your product, event or business people looking for it.  Converting those leads into sales and then converting those sales into an abundance is "Making it Rain!"

Make It Rain Marketing is a local SEO and Internet Marketing firm in the North Texas area.  We specialize in small business start-ups and advanced social media strategies for events, products and companies.  Having an idea that's birthed through a dream can be captured on paper waiting on an investment of your time and treasure.  It's going to take a "Rainmaker" to breath life into that dream and make it a reality for you.  We have been making dreams come true for many clients over the past 7 years here in Texas and Virginia and we have no plans on reaching for the brake pedal.  You can reach Make It Rain Marketing at 903-420-0736 or visit us online at

"You can have everything you want if you help enough people get what they want."  - Zig Ziglar

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This Valentine's Day is going to be the best one ever because something special is going to happen.  God holds everything in the palm of His hand to include but limited to our future and Five and Up Flowers has been called to give this arrangement to someone who really needs it!  Love is in the air and we are in a season of generosity so Five and Up Flowers just needs to choose the person that needs to receive this delivery.  We have decided to host a "Love Letter Contest" that anyone can enter and we will be delivering this Premium Package on Valentine's Day (Sunday February 14th, 2016) to one lucky winner!  Please email your love letter to and then pay attention to the Five and Up Flowers Facebook page for the contest progression.  Thank you very much for entering and may God bless each and every one of you!

This Premium Package is Valentine's Day deal that consists of a three dozen red roses arrangement, premium chocolates and a large plush bear. (actual bear may vary)  This package retails for $350 with delivery and Five and Up Flowers is selling it for only $249 from now until February 13, 2016.  Five and Up Flowers is a local florist in the Frisco, Prosper, Mckinney and Allen Texas area that serves all customers within a 10 mile radius of our shop.  We specialize in fresh flower arrangements and have always made sure that the glory of God pours out of our shop and our partners.  Thanks for supporting our company over the years and we are looking forward to putting another smile on your loved ones face again on Valentine's Day!  

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Lighting By Veterans Customer Agreement


-Our installation appointments are scheduled in weekly windows and we do not guarantee exact days of install.  (ex. 1st week of November or 2nd week of November)

- LBV charges by the bulb for C7 or C9 lighting, by the box (100ct or 75ct LED) for mini lights.

- Additional extension cords, timers and/or electrical circuits may be required to operate your lighting display which may not be included in your estimate.  These items will be added to your final invoice at the completion of your installation

- LBV requires that all customers have a credit card or debit card on file with a minimum of 50% (for existing) or 75% (for new) deposit before scheduling

- Your LBV installation team will set the timers to come on and off at your preferred selection (see warranty)

- Existing lighting customer should expect an additional charge for any replacement bulbs, clips or any other maintenance for decorations.


- LBV will remove all decorations that were installed by us within the first 15 business days of the new year.  (weather permitting)

- LBV is not responsible for broken or damaged clips or bulbs during the removal process.

- Our effort is to place your decorations in a customer provided storage container located in the front of the home.  If no container is available, your decorations will be placed on your front porch.

- Although your requests are taken into consideration, due to the HIGH VOLUME of removals that need to by completed in a short amount of time, LBV has to stick to a company provided schedule.  If you would like to wait to have your decorations removed when we're ready, LBV can no longer guarantee the 15 business day window.


- LBV offers a 24 hour response to trouble calls (weather permitting) for all new lighting displays purchased through us.

- For trouble calls that are found to be unrelated to the newly purchased lighting equipment or our installation service, there will be a $50 service call added to your account.

- Warranty may be voided on lighting if it's connected to a customer provided extension cord, timer or additional lighting not purchased through LBV.  (example indoor timer or extension cords on the outside of the home or additional lighting installed after our crews have left that overloads circuit breakers)

- LBV offers a complete (Stay Lit Warranty) on all decorations that were purchased and installed new until the next January 1st.

Credit Card Authorization

- This agreement authorizes LBV to charge your provided debit or credit card for the initial deposit for your decorations.

- Understanding that the estimate that you received is only an estimate, the final total will be calculated and due at the completion of your install.  Unless other payment options or methods are preferred, LBV will charge the final balance to the card that's on file.

- There will be a 3% processing fee for all credit or debit card transactions.

- LBV does not keep or save any personal payment information after the holiday season is over.

- Customer are to make checks payable to Lighting By Veterans or will need to set up payment terms directly through our office.

Mckinney Roofing Contractors

If you're looking to have your roof replaced or repaired and you live within a one hour drive from Mckinney Texas, you need to read this.  Mckinney Contractors is actually a Roofing Contractor and specializes in Roof Repair and Roof Replacement.  Make sure you're calling the best company this storm season.  You can reach us at 972-674-9627 or by visiting us online at  #bestmckinney

Mckinney Contractors is your one stop shop for all professional contractors servicing the surrounding Mckinney Texas area.  We offer a solution for services including but not limited to, Roofing Contractors, Flooring Contractors, Fence Contractors, Tree Service, Plumbers, Electricians, Christmas Light Installation and many more.  Please feel free to contact us at 972-674-9627 or visit us online at  #bestmckinney
The Real Santa Claus with Lighting By Veterans

I was strolling through the internet yesterday when I stumbled upon the real Santa Claus.  I didn't know that he actually lives in Texas and has a side business installing Christmas Lights for LBV.  As the questions to Santa rolled off of my tongue, he began to tell me about all of the kids that need to "Believe to Receive."  Our conversation then turned to the parents that give up on Santa because they can buy their kids presents.  Both He and I shook our heads and we know the truth and will never stop believing in the Spirit of Christmas.

Santa began working with Lighting By Veterans in 2011 making Texas twinkle with beauty. This effort was aligned with Him taking pride in the amazement and smiles of the Children who lived in their clients homes.  Christmas preparation begins the day after Christmas when you're handling as many clients as LBV does.  If you're looking for the BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHT INSTALLATION COMPANY in the marketplace than give us a call at 469-269-2838 (AVET) or check us out online at

This year with the help of the Real Santa Clause, LBV would like to introduce an authentic channel to the Spirit of Christmas himself, Santa Claus.  We would like to encourage children to have their parents email a story of a gift that their kids really would like to have or need this Christmas.  You can reach him by posting on Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Twitter or just simply emailing him at  You have to "Believe to Receive" and I would imagine there may be a few people reading these emails that would like to be Santa's helpers.  ;)

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Ron Robey, Brittany Robey, Josie Robey, Keith Craft and Sheila Craft and Elevate Life Church

Today Ron Robey thanked Tony Delsol on Easter Sunday for originally inviting him and his family to Elevate Life Church five years ago.  The "Super Bowl" of religion (Jesus Christ's Resurrection) changed the world forever 2,014 years ago.  One simple invite card to the "Worlds Best Kept Secret" can change your life while opening your eyes to the awesome power of God flowing through the imperfect vessels at ELC.  It's amazing how something that takes such little effort as an invitation could be the turning point for a family that can possibly echo through their generations.  Tony is a servant leader at ELC and has always been a man of God in Ron's eyes.

Book Sign
Pastor Keith Craft from Elevate Life Church has constructed the Cathedral of Frisco which God had marked an X on this property long before the fastest growing city in the US sparked its boom.  Pastor Keith may not be a household name but has shared the stage with the likes of Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Tony Romo, Zig Ziglar, Terry Bradshaw and Rudy Giuliani to name a few.  Elevate Life Church with Pastor Keith has joined the "Champions Network" and aligned himself with Joel Osteen from Lakewood Church.  You can't choose the family that your were born into but you can decide who to go through life with later.  Your "Family of Choice" and alignments are the most important thing you will or won't do in your life so choose wisely and put God first!

Ron traveled back to his home state of Virginia to surround himself with the family and friends that have always been there through thick and thin.  Leaving behind two daughters and his Church home, Ron thought he was making the right decision.  Obviously a man can go crazy without his school aged children and his place of worship.  Thank God that Elevate Life Church offers alternative ways to attend from another state by clicking and then clicking the Watch Now button.  As all relationships have the potential of disappointment, the real relationship that Ron was seeking was a relationship with the person who has never turned his back on him, God.  Pastor Sheila prayed for Mr. Robey and his family in Feburary and after 7 short weeks has was restored to his family and life in Texas just in time to celebrate the good news of Christ's Resurrection
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Robey's at Elevate Life Church

RON ROBEY was born: 

On August 12th 1977 Ronald Edward Robey Jr. (Ron Robey) was born in Manassas, Va at Prince William Hospital.  His mother Sharon Robey and father Ron Robey Sr. raised him in Manassas until the middle of the 6th and 7th grade.  The family had settled down in Stafford County where Ron graduated High School in 1995 to then immediately enlist into the Air Forces most prestigious unit.  The shotgun marriage between Mr. Robey and Malisa Danyell Stinnett was soon after the news of a baby on the way.


Most young men who are turning 21 can be found drinking the night away at a local bar.  Ron was at the hospital with Malisa watching their first born child.  August 13th, 1998 Brittany Jewel Robey was born in Washington, DC at Mary Washington's Children Hospital.  What a coincidence to have a child born the day after your birthday naturally.  God had blessed this young family with a daughter and a great responsibility for two young people.  The marriage was put on pause as this couple experienced living separately in February 2001.  Ron found Jesus in October 2001 and started seeing Malisa again.


After a Christmas season of reconnecting a family that was once dissolving in different directions, a fire for the Lord was sparked in their hearts. Josephine Texanna Robey was born August 14th, 2002 in Alexandria, VA at Alexandria Hospital.  Josie was named after Texanna Johnson (Malisa's grandmother) which who raised Malisa while her mother was battling addictions.  This couldn't be a more beautiful family that is currently looking for another miracle.  God has revealed himself through this family and will continue these efforts.

Christmas time with the Robey's

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Freddie Roach and Ron Rainmaker in Dallas, TX

Father's Day Eve 2013, Dick's Last Resort in Dallas provided a live band, great food, cold refreshments and an opportunity to coincidentally met the greatest fighting trainer on this planet. Freddie Roach is not only a retired professional boxer with a 40 wins, 15 losses and 0 draws record but also was inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006. He was named "Trainer of the Year" by the BWAA in 2003, 2006, 2008 and again in 2009. Roach is currently the boxing coach for 8 Division World Champ +Manny Pacquiao  and a fighting coach for UFC's Welterweight Champion +Georges St. Pierre. Being known as the "BEST IN THE BUSINESS" has allowed Roach to train boxings' WBC Champion +Julio Cesar Chavez Jr . and Oscar De La Hoya in a 2007 "Supermatch" on Cinco De Mayo with +Floyd Mayweather . He has also trained some of the greatest UFC fighters to include +Dan Hardy , +Tito Ortiz , +Anderson Silva , +BJ Penn and Andrei Arlovski when he won the UFC Heavyweight Championship over Ben Rothwell on July 19th's Affliction inaugural show. In 2008 Freddie received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the WBC followed up with being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013.

4/23/13 Mckinney Contractors partners up with IESI / Progressive Waste Solutions to put 23 Veterans to work.

On 4/5/13 Mckinney Contractors partnered with IESI (Progressive Waste Systems) in McKinney, TX to set up a new shipping and receiving facility in Murphy, TX. For the past 5 Days IESI has put 23 Military Veterans to work dropping off cans, loading and unloading trucks. We couldn't be happier with their crew and encourage anyone and everyone to wave at your IESI (Progressive) driver when you see him passing by. It's no secret that Mckinney Contractors is the new preferred McKinney Roofing Contractor but we're also considered to be the fastest growing McKinney company in 2013. Keep supporting our Veterans by calling 972-674-9627 (XMAS) or 972-674-9627 for your next project.

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