Global Edge NextGen

At The Global Edge, we truly value and treat those we work with as if they were a part of our family.  While we frequently highlight the success of those that we work with, we are excited to bring a new group into the spotlight.  The Global Edge NextGen series will allow us the opportunity to feature and celebrate the achievements of our clients’ and contractors’ children!

2017 was a busy year as we welcomed several new Global Edge NextGen babies into our family!

Emma Martin, born in June

Lyla Kennedy, born in August

Robert “Bobby” Harrell, born in November


We are thrilled to watch as our Global Edge family continues to grow. A huge congratulations to the Martin, Kennedy, and Harrell families and a very warm welcome to their new additions. We look forward to seeing the great things these children will accomplish in the years to come!


If you have anyone you would like featured in our Global Edge NextGen campaign, please reach out to

2018 CrawPHish Festival!

Global Edge supports the Pulmonary Hypertension Association with an afternoon full of crawfish and fun!

Giving back is one of the key values practiced and encouraged by The Global Edge. Making a real difference in the places where our firm operates is an important goal of ours. We are constantly seeking opportunities to support organizations, both locally and globally, that need a helping hand.

That was one of the many reasons behind sponsoring the 8th Annual BB&T Woodlands CrawPHish Festival held on March 24th, which is an initiative promoted by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association , Stibbs & Co., P.C., and The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Festival was an excellent occasion to enjoy an afternoon full of food, fun, live music and kids’ activities, featured by hundreds of pounds of exquisite Louisiana crawfish, boiled and seasoned to perfection. Over the past eight years, The Woodlands Crawphish Festival has become one of Montgomery County’s most popular family festivals. Held at Town Green Park, the event provided an enjoyable atmosphere for each family member.

All the proceeds from the Festival were donated to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA), a nationwide non-profit organization. The PHA’s mission is “to extend and improve the lives of those affected by PH”. The association, created in 1991, works in several fields to raise awareness, increase knowledge and find a cure.

This is the eighth year in a row where we have supported PHA through sponsorship at the Festival. The Pulmonary Hypertension disease is a foundation that is near and dear to our CEO, Kathy Eberwein, as she lost her father due to this disease in 2011. Besides the Festival, the firm has also sponsored events in partnership with  Kendra Scott, a world-renowned jeweler and philanthropist, to raise awareness and improve the overall public’s education regarding the disease.

Nevertheless, our company’s social responsibility has expanded beyond this issue, because giving back is simply an integral part of The Global Edge. We are definitely committed to contributing our part to improve the lives of those around us and to impact our community through our continued philanthropic efforts.

Three Time Recruitment Agency of the Year Winner!

Global Edge wins its 3rd Recruitment Agency of the Year Award!

The Global Edge Consultants added another trophy to our award case this year when we won 2018 Recruitment Agency of the Year at the Texas Oil & Gas Awards. The awards gala was held on March 7th in Houston, Texas and gathered some of the most influential players in the industry within the region.

The Global Edge’s philosophy relies on high-quality service and superior commitment to its clients. Strong relationships with top-of-the-line candidates as well as trust and integrity are some of the strongest elements that characterize the services provided by our firm. A vast network of contacts worldwide, an extensive database of talents and a solid experience in the technical recruitment field are key factors behind our success.

The Oil & Gas Awards reward excellence and best practices in 25 categories. It is one of the most recognized awards in both Canada and the United States’ oil and gas industry. The U.S. is divided into three regions, with Texas being one of them. The awards promote advances, excellence, innovation and corporate responsibility in the upstream, midstream and downstream segments of the industry and the Recruitment Agency category recognizes third-party recruitment and manpower services under the assumption that efficient and suitable recruitment helps firms to focus on their core business and strengthens their productivity and performance.

The Global Edge was nominated several times in the past and won the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Oil & Gas Awards. Other recognitions include the Better Business Bureau Award of Excellence in 2016 and 2017 and the BABC Business Award of 2015. Also, in 2015, our company was listed among the 50 fastest-growing female-owned businesses, according to the Women Presidents’ Organization.

Representing The Global Edge at the awards gala were Amber Schmidt and John O’Neill.

Houston Astros World Series Champions 2017

“The Houston Astros started from the bottom, and now they’re World Series champions”

55 years in the making, the Houston Astros finally brought home their first World Series Championship win to the great city of Houston!

2017 has been a grueling year for Houston and this championship could not have come at a better time or to a more deserving team. Houston is home to many of our Global Edge employees and we are incredibly proud of the city of Houston, its’ people, and of course their Championship team- the Houston Astros. We are looking forward many more winning seasons of baseball here in Houston. Until then-GO STROS!

#earnhistory #houstonstrong


Hurricane Harvey: What’s happening now and how we can help

HURRICANE HARVEY: what’s happening now and how can we help

The devastation Hurricane Harvey has left behind is terrible. It is definitely the worst natural disaster in Texas history and people are still suffering from its aftermath.

Hurricane Harvey entered Texas on August 27th and when it finally left, nothing was as before. Officials said that they believe at least 82 people died as a result of the intense flooding, although it could take weeks to determine the exact death toll. Harvey caused many damages in both Texas and Louisiana; Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has estimated that the cost for recovery will exceed $180 billion, which would make Harvey one of the most expensive natural disasters in the history of the United States.

Our offices at Global Edge were closed during the week the hurricane hit, and even though our headquarters were not affected, we shut down our offices while the hurricane ran its course as the safety of our employees was our number one priority. While we were lucky enough to not experience any damages many of our clients and contractors were not as fortunate. Our CEO, Kathy Eberwein, has always supported philanthropic efforts within the local communities as it is a core value at The Global Edge. Staying true to those values, she shut down headquarters for several days post-Harvey so employees could go out and volunteer within their local communities.

At the moment, over 60,000 Texans are still displaced, living in shelters or hotel rooms paid for by FEMA. There are more than 311,000 people affected who have formally requested economic aid from the government. These people need our help. They still don’t know what’s going to happen and how long it will take before their homes are safe again. According to a Washington Post analysis on data released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), only 17 percent of homeowners most directly affected by Harvey had flood insurance policies.

The devastating hurricane has also affected automobiles; as more than half a million cars were damaged by water. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said that the recovery will be a “marathon, not a career” that will last for years and will consume a lot of time and money. Zinke said: “I’d say we’re probably at a 20 percent.”

If you are interested in helping here is a list of ways you can contribute to support people within the community:


The best way to help is to donate money and contribute to organizations and charitable agencies that will ensure that people affected by the storm get the resources they need.

“Right now, the best thing people can do is donate money,” said Katrina Farmer, Director of The American Red Cross offices in San Angelo.

Some of these organizations may include: The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities USA, Global Giving, Save the Children and United Way of Greater Houston, among many other institutions that are offering their support.

Make sure your donation is secure by going through the organization’s official website or sending a check through the mail. Charity Navigator says you should never donate over the phone, email or unknown social media pages, as these are the places scammers usually target.


Most of these organizations and shelters will need a lot of helping hands to distribute goods to people and helping with the recovery. Many volunteers will be needed in coming days, weeks and possibly months, so you can sign up as a volunteer to assist those affected by the hurricane, getting involved to help with the relief efforts. You can sign up on and fill the registration if you are interested in these volunteering opportunities.

Also, the American Red Cross announced that they would be training volunteers at their shelters through a “fast-track” course.

Donate Blood

According to the AABB, Hurricane Harvey and its associated flooding are impacting the nation’s blood supply. The AABB is urging eligible donors across America, especially those with type O-positive blood, to make and attend donation appointments as soon as possible. If you are type O blood, then you are critically important at this moment and you should schedule a blood donation appointment as soon as possible. Type O blood is the only blood type that can be safely transfused to most patients with other blood types and is frequently used in emergency situations.

If you wish to donate blood you can contact your local community’s Red Cross, or check for blood banks within your area.

Keep on Giving 

Recovering from disasters such as hurricane Harvey takes time. It’s essential to realize that disaster relief and recovery efforts aren’t just a thing of the first few days after the storm has hit. Help can be required for months or even years. if you feel compelled to help others in the wake of these natural disasters, do your best to train yourself to help rebuild these affected communities.


Health Awareness Month

6 Reasons why October is Health Awareness Month

Did you know there is a Down Syndrome Awareness Month?  What about Breast Cancer Awareness Month?  How about a Respiratory Care week? Mental Health Awareness Day? Well, there’s one thing they have in common: They all happen in October! 

October is considered the Health Awareness Month due to the variety of weeks and days full of special events to promote healthier lifestyles and information about different health conditions. There are many ways to get involved and support these programs, so through this article, we want to share a list with you containing 6 reasons why October is the Health Awareness Month and how you can be part of it:

1. Cancer Awareness

October is the Worldwide Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign held to inform the public about this disease. You can check the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a U.S. based institution, to get more information about how you can participate in certain events within your community, donate or share educational content on social media. The color pink is used as the official color of the campaign and you can raise awareness by also wearing pink shirts or clothing with messages about the event.

During this month survivors, along with other people, work to increase the reach of educational material, allowing more people to engage in programs that lead to early detection and reduce the risk of advanced breast cancer. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the disease and be conscious and helpful to those who might be affected or exposed.

2. Down Syndrome Awareness

The National Down Syndrome Awareness Month is also held in October. During the month, people with Down syndrome and their families celebrate their abilities and accomplishments and it is also an opportunity to spread awareness through certain events, where you can be informed about ways to promote inclusion and acceptance of people with this condition. You can visit  the National Down Syndrome Society website and read more about it; there are volunteering opportunities, marathons, a shop and much more to get you involved.

3. Liver Awareness

Liver Awareness Month happens in October as well. A complete month dedicated to the importance of liver care and the fundamental role that this organ of the body plays within us. You can also learn about different forms of liver disease and get involved in activities and programs to increase knowledge and consciousness. The campaigns teach the most important things we need to avoid in order to protect our liver, such as reducing alcohol, sugar and pain relievers consumption, along with preventing obesity. If you want to know more about you can take a look at the American Liver Foundation website.

4. Domestic Violence Awareness

Another important occasion in October would be the Domestic Violence Awareness Month which was created as a way to connect and join people and organizations working together to aid victims. Domestic violence happens in most communities and affects many individuals of all genders and ages. These activities have been created to teach people about how they can take action to promote protection, equality, and respect to everybody and to stop domestic violence before it even happens. There are various ways to support, for example, by wearing purple clothing (which is the color assigned to the awareness campaign) or donating to the cause. If you want to get more information about how you can help, you can go to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

5. Dental Hygiene Awareness

National Dental Hygiene Month takes place in October as well, and it celebrates the work dental hygienists do and helps people understand the importance of good oral health. This year, the events are focusing on teaching four main routines: brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft brush, cleaning between your teeth once a day to remove plaque, rinsing to eliminate bacteria and chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals to prevent tooth decay. The campaign should motivate dental specialists to talk to their patients and community about oral health, by hosting special events, webinars or talks. If you want to know more about it, you can go to the American Dental Association page.

6. National Respiratory Week

Last, but not least, the annual event of the National Respiratory Week is held in October as well. It is an event that recognizes respiratory care professionals and raises awareness for lung health around the world. It is a great opportunity for specialists to educate the community about lung health by organizing engaging events or talks. For more information on this event, you go to the website of the American Association for Respiratory Care.

Finally, there are many other health events that will take place this month as the Eye Injury Prevention Month, the Health Literacy Month, the National Physical Therapy Month, the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, along with the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and as you can see there are many ways you can get involved in these activities to learn and promote a better and healthier lifestyle, supporting great causes through your help.

We can definitely say that October is a great month to raise awareness and encourage everybody to enjoy the benefits of staying healthy.

At The Global Edge social responsibility is one of our core values. Corporate social responsibility includes an organizations’ initiatives to assess and take responsibility for the company’s effects on environmental and social well being.  A large part of this is to ensure that all employees have a healthy working environment. To focus on this during Health Awareness Month, our headquarters will have weekly challenges and initiatives to promote Healthy Body, Healthy Mind during October!

These challenges are a part of a voluntary program designed to improve employee health and well-being.  Each employee will be given an activity tracker where you will record the number of minutes you exercise each day.  At the end of each week, the 3 people with the highest times will be given points to be added into the weekly roulette. Stay tuned for our October recap for our weekly winners!

#globaledgehealthawarenessmonth #socialresponsibility #healthybodyhealthymind


Better Business Bureau Recognizes The Global Edge Consultants with Winner of Distinction Award

In recognizing businesses and non-profits for their achievements and commitment to quality in the workplace, The Global Edge was one of 292 companies recognized at the annual Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellence on May 10, 2017.

Recognized as a Winner of Distinction, this was the second year in a row to be recognized by the Better Business Bureau for service excellence.

When asked what it means to The Global Edge to receive this recognition, CEO Kathy Eberwein states “With excellence being at the core of our values, I am thrilled that The Global Edge brought home another award that recognizes our top-notch service to our customers and clients. In recruitment, your people are your best asset, and I am proud to say that I think we have the best group of professionals in the global recruitment arena which is a huge factor into our continued success with these awards.

I am very proud of our team and look forward to continuing to provide our customers and clients with the exceptional Global Edge service!”

The Global Edge Gives Back- 2nd Annual Kendra Scott PHA Benefit

As I was sitting watching the big screen at AT&T Stadium at the Texas High School Football Championships, I was in awe of the festive and prideful colors everyone displayed. One of the most common elements I notice on ladies of both sides was Kendra Scott jewelry – earrings in bright reds and greens, necklaces in blacks and crimsons – but the iconic shapes were noticeable no matter what team the wearer’s were rooting for. Kendra Scott started in Austin, Texas, so it is not a surprise on the huge market permeation it has across Texas but there is more to Kendra Scott than just pretty jewelry.

Kendra Scott, LLC runs with three core values – Family, Fashion and Philanthropy. Kendra Scott herself is a strong female CEO who has giving at the front and center of everything she does. “I was inspired to create a business that did something more, that gave back to the community in real, meaningful ways.” Kendra Scott it seems is very similar to our own Kathy Eberwein. Social Responsibility is one of Global Edge’s five core values and is at the heart of several of the programs we run throughout the year. Global Edge continues to help the local community through YMCA programs and has been a long time supporter of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association through local events and fundraisers. In addition, Global Edge has supported Right 2 Thrive. Down the road, Kathy hopes that through her successes at Global Edge she will be able to build an orphanage and school to help children in Africa.

Global Edge is excited to be partnering with Kendra Scott on Market Street in The Woodlands for the second year. Employees as Global Edge have worked to host an event on Tuesday, March 28th to benefit the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. At this Kendra Gives Back event, Kendra Scott will donate 20% of all proceeds raised to the PHA, with a focus on research, education, and awareness for this disease. We could not be more pleased to support a company with similar values and an association with a cause near and dear to us.

And then as looked back down at the field, it was halftime of The Woodlands High School game against Austin Lake Travis, and another inspiring sight was to be seen. The marching band of Austin Lake Travis had formed a #21 in honor of Grant Milton, the Woodlands Highlander player who had emergency brain surgery following an injury sustained during a game on November 26th. The community has been rallying behind the high school senior and his family, and it was refreshing to see the rivals reach out and support The Woodlands High School community as well. Keeping in the spirit of giving, Global Edge sponsored a bus with SNG transportation to transport local Woodlands residents to the game to raise money for the #MiltonStrong campaign.

In these times where the news seems to be focused on the negative, we are proud to be working to give back to our global communities and to be partnering with some great companies. While the oil and gas industry may ebb and flow, the tide of giving will always be at the center of Global Edge and we look forward to doing more good in 2017.

Julie Kennedy, Controller

Automated Recruitment– Not On Your Nelly Sunshine!

So, my blog is in direct relation to a post I responded to recently on the web. An Online Recruitment Expert claimed in his post that the end of the traditional Recruitment Agency is nigh and rise of the automated Recruiter is upon us.

Of course I felt compelled to reply, instantly!

He (shall remain nameless) states, with a flick of a switch (and the use of complicated algorithms/ logarithms) – machines will replace humans in the search, selection and headhunting arena.

What a load of old tripe! James Cameron could not have written a better storyline – wait, he already did!!!

Over my 19-year Recruitment career, I’ve been involved in every aspect (good, bad & ugly) of the recruitment process. There isn’t a computer in the world that could mop up a tear, jump up in excitement or pull out the last few remaining hairs on my head – all the emotions we Recruiters experience, usually on a daily basis and usually before lunch.

Don’t get me wrong – Technology has made the whole process a billion times easier – well, let me rephrase that – Technology has made communication a billion times easier – Recruitment to me, will always be matching the right person to the right job at the right time.

I still remember sifting through archived files of paper Resumes, manually formatting them using a typewriter and hand delivering profiles to client because the fax machine kept jamming. We met almost every candidate – there was no email or internet, and you were lucky to have any sort of database. Sales involved going through the local telephone directory and chasing hot leads by going through the classifieds in the local newspaper.

Some of you may read this and think recruitment used to be primitive, almost prehistoric – and you’d be correct. It’s these experiences that teach you the principals of Recruitment, those years slogging through your evenings and weekends to fill ‘that’ job.

So, my point is – like so many failed ‘dating websites’ that claim to match the perfect couples, automated systems that match up people simply don’t work. Ask yourself, why do we not have automated Referees, Umpires or Adjudicators in Sport – I am sure it’s possible to program a computer the laws of any game, so why don’t we use them – Simple, People want to, and enjoy interacting with People – we gauge so much in each other’s tone of voice, body language and emotion – we are social creatures, spoilt by technology.

In a world dominated by social media and faceless communication, every once in a while, it’s nice to have that phone conversation or face-to-face meet – it makes us feel alive, and that’s certainly something a computer isn’t.

So Mr. Automation, I am sorry – I don’t agree with your statements forecasting our imminent recruitment doom – when careers, lives and households are at stake, I want to hear a friendly, informed, professional voice – rather like my own !!

Jason Hitchen; Business Development Manager

Global Edge Named Finalist at 4th Annual Oil and Gas Awards

The Global Edge Consultants is proud to announce that for the third consecutive time, our company has been nominated for Recruitment Agency of the Year for the Oil and Gas Awards-Texas Region!

The Recruitment Agency of the Year Award recognizes third party recruitment and manpower service provision to clients in the region. In a hugely competitive marketplace, requiring skilled talent, efficient recruiters enable clients to focus on other business critical matters; safe in the knowledge a suitable pool of talent is coming through this channel.

It is a tremendous honor and we look forward to being recognized for our contributions to the oil and gas industry during the Gulf Coast Awards Gala Dinner on November 3rd, 2016.

Oil & Gas Awards

The Oil & Gas Awards recognize the outstanding achievements made within the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the North American oil and gas industry. The Awards are a platform for the industry to demonstrate and celebrate the advances made in the key areas of environment, efficiency, innovation, corporate social responsibility and health and safety. The Awards show the industry’s motivation to develop by recognizing and rewarding the efforts of corporations and individuals. For more information about the Oil & Gas Awards visit the website:

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