Brent Hodgen
Brent HodgenHuman Resources Manager
Role: Human Resources Manager

Call Brent at: 1-402-391-9200 EXT. 1018

Areas of Expertise:

  • Heavy concentration in Application Development resources. Stay current in traditional Mainframe, Client Server, Model-Based and Web-Based Technologies.
  • Knowledgeable on Government Clearances for IT and other applicable positions which we are engaged to recruit for.

I am the person who connects new talent with the company and keeps current talent happy and engaged. My primary focus is making sure we have the right talent on board at all times to meet the needs of our clients in private, federal, and state government sectors. From recruiting and reviews to salary administration and compensation scale increases, I am the go-to person for all things Human Resources at QAT Global.

I spend most of my time sourcing candidates with particular skills and experience for clients. My process starts with creating job postings for our clients to catch the interest of potential candidates. I also search through a number of specialty databases to find a perfect match. Positions typically need to be filled quickly, so I am quick to create rapport with each member of the candidate pool to assess their skills and fit for the client. My 17+ years of experience at QAT Global has armed me with insight into what our clients need beyond the basic skills list. Through communication with candidates, I do my best to determine who the best fit is for our client and persuade that candidate that we are the best fit for them as well.

What excites me most is when I am successful creating client-candidate pairings. It’s a win-win-win situation for all of us involved. The client gets someone with the skills they need who is backed up by our company. The candidate gets to take on a new project and enjoys the reward of our excellent benefits package. Finally, I know making this connection means revenue is hitting the operations books, and that makes everything else we do possible. I like that what I do has that impact.

Being with the company over the last 17 years has allowed me to grow in my profession as it has grown. Together, we’ve met a variety of new challenges as the industry and government regulations have evolved. I have learned a great deal while leading our HR department, balancing recruiting efforts, and keeping us in compliance. It means a great deal to me to be very trusted in my position as the partners focus on their own areas of specialty. I like that I have a hand in helping guide the business.

Q&A with Brent Hodgen

What is the best thing about your job at QAT Global?

The best thing about my job is meeting some interesting IT people in multiple fields within IT. Most of the time IT folks are modest, easy going and willing to hear me out on a particular position. Once hired to QAT Global, I enjoy seeing the staff member’s progression in their particular IT field. We have a lot of Consultants celebrating service awards of 5,7,10 and even some with 15 years of service with QAT Global.

What’s something about you that not many people know? What are you passionate about personally?

I’m an advocate for those with Special Needs. So anything that helps others that have disabilities is a passion of mine.

What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?

I enjoy vacations, especially to tropical climates. Once I return home, everyone at work knows that’s all I’ll be talking about. I’m sure they can’t wait! I also love to exercise and consider myself a pretty active person.

What would be impossible for you to give up?

Spending time with family. Also playing/watching golf. I typically golf at Knolls Golf Course- where I actually used to work, so I have a good history there.

Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?

I would probably be golfing. I could also spend my afternoon relaxing, watching golf, and taking cat naps in between.

Anything else you’d like to tell about yourself?

Early in my Human Resources career I earned my Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and have continued to maintain my designation for the last 15 years.

Volunteerism

With 20 years at QAT Global, Human Resources Manager, Brent Hodgen is a very active member of the Omaha Community. From donating gifts to children, to volunteering at schools, to donating blood in honor of his son, Brent is passionate about being involved in the Omaha community.

To start, every five months, Brent participates in a ‘Power Red’ Blood Donation. A Power Red Donation is a blood donation through a special machine that allows you to safely donate two units of red blood cells while returning your plasma and platelets to you. “I am like a recycling bag for an hour and a half,” Brent said. “My son was born premature, and he was in the NICU. He was the same blood type as me, so it was a pretty helpless feeling when your child is in the NICU, and I was able to give him my blood, but they had to send it to Rochester to get it processed before his transfusion. Because I was able to do that for my son, I wanted to continue to give blood to help others as well.”

Brent was also involved with the Madonna School for special needs students since his son was on the autistic spectrum. He was the Home and School President when his son first started school there for three years. In his role as the Home and School President (Parent-Teacher Association), he worked with the team to get the parents information on support groups or upcoming legislation that was something to advocate for the population that they were serving. “I started a chili feed that would raise over $1,200-$1,300 each year,” Brent said. “It’s kind of my ‘Claim to Fame’.” He also purchased a coffee grinder to support their job training program as well as two mowers so that the students could cut the grass and take care of their grounds. The students earned money for cutting the grass which gave them a sense of pride and helped them develop a strong work ethic.

“They wanted me to serve on the school board. I did that for about six years, starting in 2007.” Brent liked the mission of the school and the passion for it because of having a child on that autistic spectrum. “I gained that knowing the difference you are making actually is doing good in the community and the time that you spent doing it paid off,” he said. “You could see the reward.”

Brent was inspired to initiate the Adopt a Family Program through the Salvation Army at QAT Global due to his experience at an insurance company. They had an employee benefit where if you wanted some assistance with Christmas you could participate in the Angel Tree Project which helped those employees in need. “You would take an angel off of the tree which was a gift for a child, but it was actually going to one of your coworkers that you may not know was participating in the program,” Brent said. “So, it was all anonymous and being in Human Resources, I was asked to deliver these gifts. He and his fellow delivery helpers wore Santa suits and showed up in a van with gifts for the employee’s child. “We were truly Santa for that afternoon which was pretty cool,” Brent said. For 17+ years now, QAT Global has continued to partner with the Salvation Army.

As a Roncalli High School Alumni and now the parent of an alumna, Brent continues his involvement as the secretary of the Booster Club. “The club sponsors any NSAA sanction sport such as basketball or baseball,” Brent stated. “They support the athletic programs and other programs at the school. We raise money to buy uniforms and equipment for the student-athletes.” The Booster club would raise money for the teams through personal sponsorships or working at the concession stand.

Brent’s involvement with the Booster Club began by volunteering at the concession stands of events. “A classmate of mine brought me into the Concessions volunteering too, and it grew on me,” he stated. Brent jokes about how working the concessions was also his “way in” to the games, because his daughter was not so fond of him going to the games with her; but didn’t seem to mind if he was volunteering where the snacks were. “Roncalli has the best concessions in Omaha,” he said. “There is food such as Gyros and hot beef sandwiches; much more than your $1 hot dog that is on a generic bun.”

Brent continues to work with the Booster Club because he believes there is a school spirit involved with it. “Usually you are working with similar people as you because you are working at the same school,” he said. “I have been a secretary for the Booster Club for five years and have been doing concessions for six years.”

Being such an avid community volunteer, Brent truly takes pride in the City he lives in. “I think Omaha is a very generous community,” he said. “I think people rally around causes; there is a fundraiser for everything, and it is a caring community that is not afraid to part with their dollars for good causes.”