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New arena at Will Rogers takes shape


The proposed Will Rogers Memorial Center arena continues to take shape as voters head for a Nov. 4 election to decide whether to approve new taxes to help pay for the $450 million facility.

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Ex Rangers manager Washington apologizes for 'breaking wife's trust'

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington says he is embarrassed for 'breaking his wife's trust.'

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Cooking Class: Fort Worth chef brings home the gold

Toques off to Timothy Prefontaine. The executive chef at the iconic Fort Worth Club is currently the best in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation. Prefontaine earned the title of 2014 U.S.A.’s Chef of the

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Fort Worth firm 'simplifies' advertising

Reaching customers requires more than price slashing and flashy ads. In today’s competitive marketplace, machines – not men and women – are essential to tapping new markets and

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Trinity Valley School leader to leave in May 2015

Gary Krahn, head of school for the past eight years at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, will leave his position in May 2015 when he and his wife Paula will move

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New call center brings 200 jobs to Dallas-Fort Worth area

 

Portfolio Recovery Associates Inc., a publicly traded financial and business services company, has opened a new call center in North Richland Hills that will bring 200 new jobs to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
PRA plans to immediately hire 150 operations managers, account representatives and other professional positions, with an additional 50 employees by the end of 2014.


The company’s new 45,000-square-foot call center at 6341 Grapevine Highway in North Richland Hills will have capacity for more than 550 employees, and will play a key role in managing PRA’s continued growth.
“This year alone, PRA acquired nearly 3 million new accounts direct from major bank sellers of defaulted debt,” said Neal Stern, executive vice president of operations for PRA.
The company now manages more than 34 million accounts, largely defaulted credit card debt.


According to Stern, major banks are moving toward prohibiting “offshore collections” as a condition of selling their accounts to PRA.
“Major banks are seeing growing value in companies that will manage these accounts with U.S.-based talent,” Stern said. “With the opening of the new call center, PRA is bringing all of its U.S. collections jobs back to the U.S.,” he said.
The company closed its small offshore offices earlier this year.
Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., PRA has more than 3,300 employees in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Portfolio Recovery Associates Inc. trades on the Nasdaq under the symbol PRAA.
 

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