Team, I am excited to share with you all the progress we have been making here at Swift.

I started with Swift eleven years ago in the United Kingdom, and I have been managing North America from the Houston office for the past seven. I have seen nothing but tremendous growth and a hard work ethic, and I am proud to be part of the strong Swift network here in the United States. The only constant in 2012 has been change. We have hired 17 additional resources to support our direct hire division and have been hard at work training them to be the best recruiters possible. As you may have read in the Houston Business Journal, we have officially moved our global headquarters to Houston. We are in the process of expanding our physical office to support the additional manpower. Finally, Clay Jessop was hired in March as Swift’s internal HSE Manager. The safety, welfare and well-being of staff, contractors and clients is at the forefront of everything we do, and it will be Clay’s job to take forward the great work we’ve done over the past few years. As our contractors, you all are the most important part of the Swift family. I’m happy to call Swift my home, and I hope you are too. We are so glad to have you! Chris Lynch Managing Director, North America

BP announced today that the Brazilian National Petroleum Agency (ANP) has approved its farm-in to four deepwater exploration and production concessions operated by Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) in the Brazilian equatorial margin. “BP is building on our strengths in exploration and the deepwater and these four new blocks bring exciting new exploration opportunities, adding to the already significant position we hold in Brazil,” said Bob Dudley, BP group chief executive. “I am pleased that this also deepens our strong relationship with Petrobras, one of the world’s leading deepwater operators.” (

“ExxonMobil and its employees and retirees in North Texas raised more than $1.6 million for Dallas/Fort Wortharea charitable organizations during the inaugural Employees' Favorite Charities Campaign. Employees and retirees contributed to 219 charities with more than half qualifying for a matching corporate contribution because of their focus on providing health and human services. As a result, 127 local non-profit organizations received contributions from Exxon Mobil Corporation in addition to the individual contributions made by employees and retirees.”

Chevron Corporation’s executive met March 13th at their annual security analyst meeting in New York. "Financially, 2011 was a record year for Chevron. We generated the strongest earnings and cash flow in our company's history," said John Watson, Chevron's chairman and CEO. "Looking ahead, we are well positioned and committed to delivering consistently strong financial and operating performance. For 2012, we have a sharp focus on executing our major capital projects, which underpin 20 percent volume growth over the next six years."

Beginning April 16th, Swift will take on additional contractors through an INVISTA transfer. Swift business development manager, Natalie Snider, has built a solid relationship with the company in Texas. INVISTA prides itself on transforming daily life through its innovations in the nylon, spandex, polyester and specialty material industries. In February, INVISTA’s nylon intermediates manufacturing facility in Victoria re-earned its STAR status, the highest designation under the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Voluntary Protection Programs.


British firm Swift Worldwide quietly shift HQ to Houston
by Deon Daugherty, Houston Business Journal


Having recently changed its home address from South London to Houston, Swift Worldwide Resources is looking to shoot to the top of the energy recruiting space. Tobias Read, Swift’s CEO, said the 28-year-old company made the overseas move because it was important to be accessible to the people who make the decisions and the deals that drive the energy business. “Houston is the global headquarters of the oil and gas world,” Read said. Swift was founded in the United Kingdom by Pat Swift, a commissioning engineer who worked for London-based BP Plc. During the 1980s, hiring was handled more regionally, and Swift found that the traditional, local staffing businesses weren’t meeting the demands of a global industry, Read said. “Years ago, Chevron and BP had hiring managers in Houston, and it was a selfcontained environment,” Read said. “A whole lot has changed and become more integrated.” Big energy companies still have hiring managers, Read said, but they may coordinate their efforts with staffing agencies to amass a range of skills needed throughout the world. In addition to BP, which intends to hire as many as 1,200 new employees in the Houston region by 2013, Swift lists among its clients Houston-based companies such as ConocoPhillips, Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Apache Corp. To be successful in the oil and gas business, a staffing company must be able to dispatch skilled workers to anywhere in the world from Australia to Angola, Read said. “The formula has to be adaptable,” he said. “Otherwise, (staffing) companies will be squeezed out.” As for his own global adaptation, Read has already moved from his South London home to an apartment in Houston. Transitioning the academic lives of his four children proved to be daunting; his family will follow him within the next 18 months, once the oldest two of his four children are ready for university. Swift’s Houston office placed 89 permanent hires in 2011, and a total of 150 globally. Driving the demand for skilled workers, he said, is largely based on the increase in energy sector capital expenditures in projects in domestic shale formations, North American tar sands, the Gulf of Mexico and international locations such as Australia. (read the full story at

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Swift Worldwide Resources’ staff likes to show it's a good sport in the office and on the field as sponsors of the Houston Athletic Rugby Club (HARC). The manpower provider for the O&G industry recently moved its HQ from London to Houston, so rugby was a natural fit for the company’s origins. In the back row is some of the brain trust: Swift contractor and HARC head coach Chris Bradshaw, Swift contractor and assistant coach John Edwards, and HARC prez Eric Phillips. Backing team in the front row: Swift Chevron account manager Allison Fountain, Swift managing director of North America, Chris Lynch, and Swift Chevron recruiter Sarah Fabian. Chris, John, and Eric stopped by the Galleria office to show appreciation to their sponsor with autographed jerseys and rugby balls.


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Swift Worldwide Resources Angola director Terry Eaves and CEO Tobias Read hand Universida de Metodista de Angola (The Methodist University of Angola) vice chairman Pedro Sebastiao and board member Sabino Paulo Pinheiro a check for $462,936 on the school’s campus in Luanda, Angola. The donation will help replace two generators, cables, and control boxes that were destroyed in a recent fire. Tobias says the generators will make studying possible even during frequent power outages.

I love working for Swift because our recruiting consultants are involved. I enjoy attending breakfast on Tuesdays, lunch, happy hour and party events because this time allows me to communicate with them and get to know them more.

Miguel Garza
Project Services Analyst

What I like about Swift is that they actually take the time to get to know their contractors -whether it’s stopping by on location to deliver breakfast or hosting social gatherings. I feel like Swift goes out of their way to make a personal relationship!

Nathalia Limas
HR Data Assistant

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We are pleased to introduce Clay Jessop, HSE Manager for Swift North America. Clay brings with him six years of health and safety compliance experience. He will focus on safety compliance, develop safety procedures and best practices, and work closely with both the Swift contractors and the company’s Oil & Gas industry clients.

“Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.” - Author Unknown

Do you want to help support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the fight to beat MS? Do you love Swift and BP? Swift is participating in the 2012 BP MS150 as both a cycling team and a break point sponsor. We want your help!! Come help us cheer from the sidelines as we support our friends from both Swift and BP. Already riding for BP? We want to know about it! Be sure to stop by Break Point #1, right before Penrose Park, on Day 2 as part of the Bechtel Challenge Route. To get involved, email Courtney at

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our March Happy Hour! We look forward to hosting additional events in the future.
2012 Swift Points of Contact
Beth Bowen, BP Global Account Director Rachel Twining, Recruitment Manager, 713.579.0325 Kristen Meyer, Business Development Manager, 713.580.0970 Whitney Herring, Recruitment Consultant, 713.580.0992 Courtney Prasatik, Recruitment Consultant, 713.580.0973 Emily Lutz, Recruitment Assistant, 713.579.0327 Kate Corcoran, Account Coordinator, 713.358.3406

In February, Rachel Twining and Emily Lutz made a trip to East Texas to visit Pat Bellard and Wiley Balkum on a well site in Marshall. On the way home they stopped to see the East Texas Oil Museum. Both Emily and Rachel loved learning the history of oil in the region. Thank you Pat and Wiley for being such gracious hosts! We are looking forward to more travels soon.

Swift Worldwide Resources is the premier Oil & Gas manpower provider that will do whatever it takes, wherever it takes us. With over 30 years of exclusive focus in the Oil & Gas sector, we currently employ over 3,000 contract consultants in over 35 countries. We operate as a strategic partner to our clients by delivering recruitment solutions, which provide the best talent for global projects and operations.