James T. McGowan’s career has been defined by helping businesses of all shapes and sizes launch, stabilize, and scale.
Jim is an independent HR consultant. His expertise includes launching new companies and divisions, marketing, operations, and corporate development. Jim began his career in high-tech after a two-year stint teaching English in Japan when he joined Panasonic as the head of vendor localization programs in the Maquiladora free trade zone on the California/Mexico border.
In prior years, he has advocated for small business owners as both a Business Development Manager and Business Partner at a national business management consulting firm. Jim also served as Director for Client Engagement at Intersection, Inc. the latest start-up design firm founded by the world-renowned designer Chuck Pelly. Additionally, Jim has held senior leadership positions for CyberLock, the worldwide leader in smart key access control, BridgeWave Communications, a Silicon Valley based pioneer in high performance wireless technologies and LightPointe Communications, a San Diego based pioneer in Free Space Optics.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from St. Edward's University, and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the U.S. International University in San Diego, California.
A passion for helping the world have fun is evident in all that he does. A family man at heart, Jim’s two children Zoë and Keegan are the centerpiece of his life with his wife Amy. Peter and Willy, the family dogs and spiritual leaders, are a close second.