About HCS

As a full service talent management solutions and executive career transition coaching firm, HCS is here to help you reach your full potential.

Founder and President, Mark James, developed Hire Consulting Services (HCS) to help you lead your best career. Whether that be with starting a new path or diving deeper into discovering the needs of your team, HCS offers tools and services to help you or your business become more secure in your job efforts.

Based in Southern California, Hire Consulting Services provides valuable services to optimize the fit between people and companies. Founded in 1999, HCS specializes in Career Transition Coaching for senior level executives and professionals within many disciplines and industries. HCS also a designated partner with The Predictive Index® (PI). With PI’s scientifically-backed assessments, tools, and leadership training, companies can not only hire the best employees, but also train their employees to become better leaders.

In addition to the focus on career coaching and talent development, HCS is host to ExecuNet, a monthly networking event in San Diego and Orange County. Specifically designed for senior level professionals, ExecuNet has helped hundreds of executives land jobs through networking.

HCS also provides leadership development workshops. These educational workshops are designed to equip you and your management team with the best tools to best lead your teams.

Our Services

Talent Management Solutions

We help businesses tackle employee challenges big and small through an in-depth, scientifically-backed understanding of their people. We believe when you have the best-fitting people in the best-fitting roles, you’re bound to succeed.

How We Can Help

Executive Career Coaching

At Hire Consulting Services, we specialize in one-to-one coaching for executives in career transition or planning to change jobs. We partner with corporations and individuals to design a plan of action, create a campaign strategy and a make decisions to reach job search goals both personally and professionally.

Ace the Interview

Recruiting & Talent Acquisition

There is nothing more strategic to your career and company success than hiring great people! Hire Consulting Services brings an entrepreneurial approach to the business of executive search – one that provides growing companies superior results, increased flexibility and better value.

Hire the Best Talent

Networking and Workshops

Whether you need to strengthen your networking efforts or learn to be a better leader, Hire Consulting Services offers many workshops and networking events just for you. Focus on improving your networking skills, increasing your network, and bettering your job-search efforts at Hire Consulting Services ExecuNet networking event.

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Our Team

Mark James
Mark James
President & Founder

Mark James, CPC is the Founder and President of Hire Consulting Services, established in 1999. He is a Certified Personnel Consultant and has been providing executive career transition coaching and executive search consulting services for over 20 years. He is also a Certified Partner with the Predictive Index suite of behavior assessments. Mark has the reputation for delivering a proven structure and process, coupled with honest expert advice. Mark coaches executives in career transition. His passion is to coach executives manage their careers more effectively and guide growing companies to hire and manage the best talent. He brings a positive approach to the career search — enabling his clients to develop their personal brand identity, leverage their strengths, dramatically improve their interview skills, salary negotiation, creating professional job search strategies and to clearly articulate their networking messages about their background, passions, and career objectives. Mark’s clients are then able to separate themselves from the rest of the job searchers, and uniquely present themselves as the solution to the needs of their target companies. Since 2005, he has been the host and facilitator of the monthly ExecuNet Networking Meetings for executives in career transition in San Diego and Orange County, CA.  He has a successful blog called The Career Catalyst and has been published in several news articles, books and newsletters, conducted numerous seminars and career workshops, and has been a guest speaker at several career and networking events.

Tom Esensten
Tom Esensten
Vice President of Talent Management

Tom Esensten has 40+ years of experience in helping organizations maximize performance. He assists clients with application of PI and other workforce analytics tools. He supports all aspects of talent management – hiring, training, coaching, leadership development, career planning, team building and problem – and has broad client and industry experiences. 


In addition to his background in workforce analytics, Tom provides a full range of consulting services, having served 300+ clients. For many years Tom was under contract with the State of California to manage the top tier executive leadership development for law enforcement executives.  He also supported a similar program in Florida.


Tom holds Bachelor and Master degree from USC, and his MBA from UCLA.  He recently returned to Los Angeles after 20 years of ranch and horse life in Ojai, CA.

Kathy Uher
Kathy Uher
Director of Business Development

Kathy brings over 25 years of corporate experience at Motorola Inc. and Motorola Solutions to Hire Consulting. She has a diverse background leading organizations in the technology-driven space. She spent most of her career in corporate management leading IT and Help Desk operations to Marketing/Product development and Services Operations. She has walked the miles on the hiring, training, coaching, and team development road so she can easily relate to anyone doing the same, which is everyone! “I wish I had known about PI during those years. There are so many situations where it would have been so helpful in resolving workforce challenges.” Kathy immediately saw the value of using PI data to solve real problems.


Kathy is originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, and is a graduate of University of Illinois with a BS in Industrial Engineering. Since moving to San Diego in 2000, Kathy loves competitive tennis, golf, and cycling. Continually searching for solutions and eager to understand new problems, Kathy is excited to help more companies improve their teams and business.


Raymond McKenzie
Raymond McKenzie
Director of Client Development

Raymond (Ray) McKenzie is the Founder and Managing Director of Red Beach Advisors. With more than 15 years of experience as a senior business executive and consultant leading global organizations ranging from small businesses, startups, and large enterprises. Ray has held various senior executive positions with companies such as Verisign, Neustar, State Farm Insurance, TeleSign, UltraDNS and has served in an advisory role for several start-up companies in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Ray McKenzie completed his studies in Management Information Systems from San Diego State University in 2001 and currently sits on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations such as My Friend’s House, Inc. based in Los Angeles, CA and Students With Aspiring Goals based in Merced, CA.

Barbara O'Gara
Barbara O'Gara
Vice President of Executive Search

Barbara O’Gara is a proven business development executive and entrepreneur skilled in Executive Search, Strategic Partnerships, Team Building, Internet Recruiting, and Sourcing. With 34 years of business experience, she has recruited for small startups such as Wrapify Inc as well as Fortune 500 companies like Neutrogena, a Johnson & Johnson Company.


As a VP for Neutrogena Corporation, she built their hotel amenity business and after 11 years with them founded a successful hotel amenity company of her own.   Her creativity in marketing has helped her position each business for growth with a unique talent for clearly identifying specific niche markets to be successful.  


She is passionate about Innovation and change to keep things interesting, and that is why she has chosen to recruit for this part of her career, as each search brings its own set of unique circumstances and challenges.    She is excited about the changes taking place in the workforce. She has a strong desire to help companies assess, recruit, and hire great talent.


Barbara currently supports ExecuNet Southern California and the Sales & Marketing Leadership Alliance. 

Our Partnerships

The Predictive Index

The Predictive Index helps businesses tackle challenges big and small through a scientifically-backed understanding of their people. True to their methodology, when you have the best-fitting people in the best-fitting roles, nothing can stop you.

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