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Personalize your transition with one-on-one meetings with a highly qualified career transition coach to assist you in walking through your career transition. The coach will focus on accountability, encouragement and enabling you to leverage job search best practices that will lead you to land your dream job faster than you would by conducting the search on your own.


Jim Hartsook, Career Coach

Christine Reed, Career Coach, Houston Office






Jim Hartsook, SPHR
Certified Executive/Leadership/Career Coach

Jim is currently Vice President of Executive Coaching and HR Consulting with Career Spa and Talent Connections. His objective is to help every individual and organization he works with achieve their highest potential and overcome the obstacles that may be holding them back. Jim is a certified coach and holds the HR certification of SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources). His specialties include  Executive and Leadership Coaching; Life and Career Coaching; and HR Consulting, including Team Building, Creating a Great Place To Work, Talent Selection (Interviewer Training), Rewards & Recognition.

Jim has 30+ years of human resources and administrative experience including strategic planning, leadership development, coaching, mentoring, recruiting, training, compensation, resource deployment, budgeting, benefits, evaluation, diversity/EEOC and legal issues. He is currently a recognized certified coach and holds a Masters degree in College Student Personnel with an emphasis in Guidance & Counseling; his bachelors degree was in Education.

Jim worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 28 years serving in various HR and recruiting roles including HR Leader for the National Administrative Center in Tampa Florida, HR Director for the National Finance Group; Southeast Director of Human Capital for the Technology, Information, Communications, Entertainment and Media (TICE) Industry Group; East Region Recruitment Director; Director of Human Resources and Administration for the Atlanta Group of offices; Southwest Region Director of Human Resources; Member of the National Recruiting Advisory Council; and Member of the National Human Resources Advisory Board. He has developed many programs that assisted PwC’s achievement of being listed on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Place to Work designation for 7 years in a row.  Jim taught numerous courses and training sessions on leadership development, teaming, interviewing skills, performance improvement, and legal issues nationally, regionally and locally. He has taken PwC’s  training initiatives to Australia and Canada to roll out to the partners in those countries. Jim also co-chaired the team that combined the PW and CL recruiting initiatives during the merger of the two firms. Throughout his time with PwC Jim had offices in Houston, Atlanta, NYC, Washington DC, and Tampa.

Prior to PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jim spent 10 years with Deloitte Touche. His responsibilities at DT included: Director of Human Resources for South Florida; Southeast Region Recruiting Director; National Director of Diversity Recruiting; and Member of the National HR Advisory Council. He completed two tours of duty in the National Office in New York.

Jim also spent three years at Illinois Wesleyan University where he served as the Coordinator of Student Activities, Director of the Student Center, Coordinator of Student Employment, and University Conference Coordinator.

Jim holds membership in a number of professional organizations including the Georgia Coach Association; Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and CSRA SHRM  (Augusta Georgia Chapter of SHRM). Jim is also an active member of the Aiken, SC Chamber of Commerce.


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Christine Reed, M.A., ACC
Career Coach, Houston Office

Christine Reed is an Executive Coach with over twenty-five years coaching and consulting with individuals and groups in organizations up to and including Fortune 50 companies.  In public companies and non-profits, she has excelled in diverse environments transforming individuals’ careers and organizations’ cultures, including personal life coaching. A representative listing of companies and organizations include:  Cox Enterprises, Equifax, IBM, Florida Power and Light, BHP-Billiton, Austin American-Statesman, The Palm Beach Post and United Way of Houston.

Christine has an established Executive and Career Coaching practice in Houston, TX, and is part of the Career Spa, LLC team who has expanded into the Houston market.  She held a leadership position at a global consulting firm focusing on career transition, and is now working with senior leaders from a variety of industries who are ready to take the next step in their careers or who have identified potential “career breakers” such as communication issues or lack of performance management. 

Christine works with senior leaders to enhance the growth and development of themselves and selected subordinates within the context of benefitting the organization.  Christine coaches her clients to create the results they want by helping them build on their successes and explore new ways of approaching challenges.  Her training specialties include Leadership, People Management, Diversity, Effective Change Management, Career Enhancement, Professional Effectiveness, and Personal Fulfillment.  She is certified to facilitate leadership programs for Achieve Global and Development Dimensions International (DDI) and to administer the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator, and the Birkman Method.

Christine is a lifelong learner who integrates the value of learning into her coaching.  A Graduate of Coach U, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University.  She is a board member of Houston Coaches, Inc as well as a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).  Christine is actively involved with United Way’s Management Assistance Program (MAP) and volunteers with CanCare, a Houston-based cancer survivor/caregiver assistance organization.


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