Executive Leadership

Jim is founder and CEO of Magic Hat Consulting.  Over the past 25 years, Jim has successfully fulfilled leadership roles in operations, sales, delivery and marketing for large, mid-market and start-up organizations.  With deep roots in management consulting, Jim specializes in helping companies create innovative products and services that provide a unique competitive advantage.  Jim’s commitment to challenge convention, lead change and build the future is his key to success.  Jim finds his greatest passion in building teams, empowering people and creating a culture that breeds unprecedented success for all.
As CEO, Jim has led Magic Hat Consulting to be consistently recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the greater Philadelphia area (Hall of Fame Inductee to the Philadelphia 100), and has been consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the US by INC500.


Jim Lyons

Lisa Van Ess is a dynamic human resources executive with a proven track record of helping businesses evolve and excel through the acquisition, engagement and development of talented employees.  She has led recruiting, HR and training organizations for over 20 years for companies within the Management Consulting, IT, Financial Services and Life Sciences industries.  As Magic Hat Consulting’s VP of People & Culture, she is responsible for designing and executing talent and people strategies which engage and inspire our team members. 

Vice President of People & Culture

Lisa Van Ess

Delivery Leadership

As Senior Practice Director, Bob is responsible for the strategic development and leadership of Magic Hat Consulting’s (MHC) Process Transformation practice.  He brings focus and depth of experience with process improvement, business transformation, and organizational change management initiatives to achieve operational excellence and financial profitability.  He has deployed numerous enterprise-wide global business improvement and change management initiatives across a variety of industries.  With over 27 years of experience in the improvement field, and with his senior examiner expertise in the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) he brings a depth of organizational understanding and value positioning to every client engagement.


Bob’s educational background includes a MBA with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Drexel University and a Bachelor’s in Accounting from the University of Delaware.

Lead Principal

Bob Norris

Jayneel is a Senior Management Consultant at Magic Hat Consulting.  Equipped with a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University, an MBA from Duke University and over a decade of experience, Jayneel has designed and delivered solutions in the financial, healthcare, non-profit, and manufacturing industries.  He uses his passion for behavioral and organizational management to deliver on key value in enterprise transformation initiatives.


Jayneel applies innovative and cutting edge engineering thinking to solve challenges in business strategy.  His client centric attitude allows Jayneel to develop strong and long-lasting relationships with his client partners.

Senior Management Consultant

Jayneel Patel

Client Executives

Scott is a Client Partner with Magic Hat Consulting.  A recognized leader in relationship management, Scott partners with clients to solve problems and builds bridges connecting strategy to execution.
An experienced Client Executive, with a technical background, Scott brings business acumen, leadership, and credibility to engagements, transforming businesses while managing change across all areas of an organization.  He has helped clients manage disruption, transformation, develop product-driven data strategies, and supported the launch of life-saving Immuno-Oncology therapies.

Client Partner

Scott Kenna


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Liz serves as the Business & Marketing Manager at Magic Hat.  She has a diverse administrative background with over 20 years of experience in executive administrative support, customer service, operations and event planning.  She previously helped launch a successful non-profit 501(c)(3) as well wrote, produced and co-hosted her own podcast.  Her commitment to Magic Hat is keeping industry peers informed and engaged about events and services through various social media platforms.


Liz holds an MBA in Management from Eastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Arcadia University.  She is also a swimming volunteer for the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania in Bucks County.

Business & Marketing Manager

Elizabeth Bean

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