Brunel’s Oil and Gas team is always working to better fit our clients’ needs and our latest team addition is no exception. We are happy to announce the addition of Austin Schmidt to our Houston office as a Business Development Manager. Austin will focus primarily on building relationships with Downstream and Chemicals clients.
Meet Austin Schmidt
Austin comes to Brunel after 5 years of Recruiting and Business Development experience in a variety of industries. Austin was born and raised in the Houston-area (Spring) and graduated from University of Houston-Downtown with a degree in Business Management and a Human Resources minor. Austin’s leadership ability has always stood out. He grew up playing soccer and was voted a Team Captain throughout high school and into college when he played briefly at Concordia University Texas. He saw an opportunity to continue refining his leadership skills, use his competitive drive and serve people in the recruiting industry and that’s what attracted him to the field.
Austin quickly proved himself the cream of the crop as a recruiter and within a year of starting his first role was promoted to Business Development Manager. Austin would eventually go on to become a Territory Sales Manager for several years, continuing to distinguish himself as a talented leader.
Becoming Part of Brunel
Austin joined Brunel’s Oil and Gas team this summer as Business Development Manager for Downstream and Chemicals. Austin’s primary focus will be building relationships with Natural Gas companies, but he will also be working with potential clients that work with any specialty chemical whether it be for food additives, agriculture, or oil and gas. Part of the reason Austin was so excited about this opportunity is that the world is moving towards green/natural chemicals and having an impact on that process is special. Brunel has a commitment to that green future that was apparent throughout Austin’s interview process. Brunel’s passion for people was quickly evident as well. Austin said of joining Brunel, “I truly enjoy helping others. Helping someone find their dream job. I could tell Brunel had an amazing culture where everyone was working to help others. It was a no brainer for me.”
Leading Towards a Better Future
Austin’s goal in his work is to be considered a leader, mentor, and coach by his peers. He has always been someone his teammates have looked to for leadership. He was annually voted a captain of his soccer team in High School and even as a freshman in college. His role as Business Development Manager has been a perfect way to continue showing those skills. As his career at Brunel begins to take off Austin wants to turn Downstream/Chemicals into an extremely profitable line of business for Brunel where he can eventually lead a team of recruiters and account managers that help to change lives and guide the industry toward a green future.
Fun Facts about Austin
Favorite Soccer Clubs: Manchester United, Bayern, Real Madrid
Favorite Artist: Drake
Favorite Food: Pizza (with pineapple on it)
Favorite Activities: Family time with his 3 older sisters, mountain biking, and golf
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