Edna A. Rice, Executive Recruiters, Inc. is the world’s most accomplished executive search firm specializing in the rail and transportation industries. From our office in Houston, Texas, our recruiters possess the industry-specific knowledge and expertise needed to consistently deliver the exceptional results one would expect for both our clients and our candidates.
As active and long-term members of many rail and transit associations, we are considered and respected as an integral part of our industries. Committed to excellence in recruiting, we adhere to the highest ethical standards both in relating to our searches and professional treatment of each of our candidates.
Professionalism: we execute all of our activities in a confidential and professional manner.
Integrity: All business relationships and activities are conducted with integrity to avoid deception or misleading behavior.
Competence: All recruiters at Edna A. Rice travel to the various industry meetings and trade shows - attending the technical presentations at these meetings to further their knowledge – in addition to reading industry news and periodicals.
We will perform the work on each of our assignments competently with an appropriate degree of urgency, thoroughness and knowledge of the assignment.
Accuracy: We strive to be accurate in all of our communications with both the client and our candidate while exchanging relevant information.
Confidentiality: We respect all confidential information entrusted to us.
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Edna A. Rice
Edna began her recruiting career in 1985, when she opened up a franchise operation of Management Recruiters in Ventura, California. After hiring six recruiters as part of the initial startup of the company, Edna began recruiting herself, placing chemists in the paint and coatings industry.
In 1986, Edna jumped on the opportunity to move back to her home state and manage a Management Recruiters office in Texas. What she didn't realize was that Houston was devastated by the drop in the oil industry, where most of the existing recruiters were trying to make a living. She led her recruiters to National Markets in all of their fields, and the company started making placements again under Edna’s direction.
New to Houston, Edna ran across Trinity Industries, who was seeking a Coatings Chemist to keep paint on their railcars. She received four job openings, filled all of them, and has never lacked work in the rail and transportation industry since 1986.
Edna’s experience grew alongside her company, which now fills positions in all sectors of the industry. She and her recruiters make placements in Canada, the United States, and Mexico at all levels.
Edna Rice, Executive Recruiters, Inc. is a name synonymous with the personal attention given to employers and candidates alike. We work carefully with employers seeking to upgrade their staff or fill an existing opening in order to find the most qualified candidate available. Similarly, we work with each candidate individually, considering personal and family needs as we seek the ideal work environment.
A native Texan, Anabelle was born in Brownsville. Raised by her grandparents, she learned the value of hard work and determination.
Working dual jobs while attending her hometown campus at the University of Texas, Anabelle earned an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts Deciding she needed to further her education, she enrolled at Texas A&M (Corpus Christi). There, she was an active member of the co-ed professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Business Management. Post-graduation, she moved to Houston, joining Ford Motor Credit where she excelled in automotive finance.
Married and the proud mother of two beautiful children, Anabelle enjoys spending time with her family that includes Jack, the family's Terrier.
Anabelle joined Edna A. Rice Executive Recruiters, Inc. in 2011. Fluent in both English and Spanish, Anabelle's customer service background and corporate experience serve her well in constructing strong relationships with both clients and candidates.
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Lisa moved to Houston in 2005 and joined Edna Rice shortly thereafter. She had been recruiting with a national search firm, but decided she wanted to be able to put a more personal touch on her recruiting, and has been with Edna Rice since then.
Lisa has worked on and placed a variety of transit and freight railroad management positions including several CEO's and General Managers, VP of Commuter Rail, Program and Project Managers (Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical), Assistant Director-Maintenance of Equipment, Manager of Contracts & Procurement, Manager of Operating Practices, Project Control Manager, Sales Managers, National Rail Director, Rail Engineer, Transportation Planner, Traffic Engineer and Director of Mainline Business Segment. She has also worked on several logistics positions in the Chemicals and Oil & Gas industry including a Distribution Manager, Fueling Manager, General Manager-Locomotive Fuels, Transportation Analyst and Customer Service Manager.
Lisa's father was in the military, so she has lived in all parts of the country and in Germany, but she is happy to call Houston, Texas her home now. Lisa and her family built their home right along the Union Pacific mainline at the Mulberry Switching Station! She has a husband, a daughter age 18 who is a freshman in college, and a son age 17 who is a junior in high school. No word on hers and her husband's ages! Lisa received her B.S. from LSU and her MBA from Loyola University. Lisa had the pleasure of having the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad as a client when she lived in New Orleans, so she already knew how great railroad employees were to work with. She loves specializing in the railroad/transportation niche!
Lisa thrives on helping her clients and candidates find the best fit! She looks forward to meeting you at industry events such as NRC, ASLRRA, and AREMA this year. If you need help filling a position, or finding your next opportunity, call or email her. (If it’s more convenient for you to call her after working hours, feel free to call her on her cell.)
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Richard began as a recruiter with Edna A. Rice in 2010.
Although new to executive recruiting, he brings significant transportation industry experience, having spent 27 years within the logistics field as both vendor and shipper.
His familiarity spans all transportation modes: rail, truck, ocean and air, ranging across several industries – forest products, chemicals, publishing, minerals and oilfield services. Inclusive with this were inbound/outbound and import/export shipments, dry and liquid bulk as well as packaged materials. He has managed installation of transportation management systems (TMS) and freight payment applications.
In addition to his recruiting duties, he is the current President of RDC Logistics, a logistics consulting and contract services firm based in Desert Hot Springs, California.
Prior, Richard was the Manager of Logistics Worldwide for M-I SWACO, an oilfield services firm. Earlier, he was Director of Carrier Relations for Advo, Inc., responsible for developing core shipper and freight payment programs for the firm.
Richard currently serves on the boards of the Southwest Association of Rail Shippers, North American Rail Shippers, as well as the National Industrial Transportation League.
Richard holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin.
Corey was born and raised in Philadelphia. Attending college at Temple University, he received a B.A. in Criminal Justice and later a M. Ed. in Adult and Organizational Development. Corey has spent the majority of his professional career as a recruiter, including a tenure at Amtrak, where he focused on recruitment for their Northeast Corridor operations.
Corey and his family (wife and 6 year-old son) relocated to Houston, Texas in 2008. Since his arrival in Texas, he has been involved in the recruitment planning, strategizing, and implementation arenas for several hospitals within the Houston area from the ground floor of construction to project completion.
Having a desire to return to the rail and transportation industry, Corey joined Edna A. Rice, Executive Recruiters in 2011.
Corey brings with him a high level of personal integrity and a wealth of recruitment knowledge, accompanied by a deep desire to meet the needs of both client and candidate.
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Andrew grew up on a small farm outside Springfield, Oregon. After starting college with a violin scholarship, Andrew gravitated to economics, earning a B.S. with Honors and later a Master's Degree from the University of Oregon. As a graduate student, he studied rail industry issues concerning market power effects, merger synergies, captured shipper rates, and marginal cost estimations of individual rail movements. Andrew's Master’s paper was comprised of an operational, funding and demand analysis of Amtrak.
Following graduate school, Andrew moved to California, where he was charged with overseeing the structuring and listing of derivative instruments for a start-up financial exchange. His work later called for a move to Chicago, hub of the futures and options business.
Having also worked for a time within the auto industry, Andrew continues his attraction to all things automotive, with particular passions for racing, restoration and road trips. Other interests include personal fitness, music, film, military history and motorcycles.
Andrew brings great focus into his recruiting endeavors and, with honesty and integrity, ties together the aspirations of both client and candidate.
Caron was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She has a great deal of customer service experience as a result of working for Halliburton for 22 years both in the Travel and Human Resources departments.
Caron is recently widowed with 2 children and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys the outdoors, and is an avid Texans fan and loves spending time with her family.
Susan was born, raised and educated in Wisconsin, moving to Texas in the early 1980’s where she met and married her husband, Jim. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren all living in Texas. Jim’s career took them to California for 10 years, but they returned to Texas in 1997 to be closer to family. Although initially educated as an elementary school teacher at the University of Wisconsin, Susan later obtained her Paralegal Certificate (with honors) at the University of California, Irvine. She has over 17 years legal experience, primarily in various aspects of the real estate industry, but recently decided to make a life-style change and accepted a part-time administrative position with Edna A. Rice, Executive Recruiters.
She has numerous outside interests, among them: remodeling their home and running a part-time photography business with her husband, working with a youth theater group, singing in her church choir and designing and hand-making quilts.
Jennifer joined Edna Rice, Executive Recruiters, Inc. in July 2010. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and in July 2008 decided to move to Houston, Texas.
Jennifer is the mother of a 3-year-old boy who loves sports! She enjoys doing family activities and spending time with her family.
Perla joined Edna Rice Executive Recruiters, Inc. in April of 2011. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is currently attending the University of Houston, majoring in Civil Engineering.
She loves sports and spending time with her family and friends. Perla enjoys helping others; she is currently volunteering at her church and the Ronald McDonald House Charity.