Mark J. Balish

President and Founder, ConsultUSA

President and Co-Founder, PMCentersUSA


Mark J. Balish is President of ConsultUSA and PMCentersUSA, two value-added IT staffing and training organizations he formed in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1997. Balish has more than 25 years of practical experience in systems integration, IT staffing, project management and business management of technology projects derived from his work with Digital Equipment Corporation and XL Connect.  At DEC, Balish was responsible for technical, project and management consulting as well as sales support, direct local sales and business process re-engineering for a 10 year period. Following his work at DEC, Balish served as the National Director of Desktop Outsourcing for XL Connect. In this role, his responsibilities included program management, pricing, contract negotiation, estimating, staffing and sales support for more than 25 offices nationwide. One of Balish’s major accomplishments at XL Connect was growing the outsourcing business by $50,000,000 in his last year with the company.


Through his experience in the industry, Balish successfully scaled ConsultUSA and PMCentersUSA by leveraging his strengths in innovation, strategic planning, operations, and business and employee development. Both organizations now boast client lists including many Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies and a best-in-class team of consultants and staff nationally. For 4 consecutive years, ConsultUSA was named a Top Work Place by its employees through a survey conducted by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, evidencing the company's employee-focus.

ConsultUSA services many industries including; Insurance, Banking/Financial Services, Healthcare, Engineering and Construction, Manufacturing, Retail, and Energy.  The company provides traditional IT staffing and placement services along with premier staffing solutions designed for clients in need of specialized recruiting services. These premier services leverage the organization's competency in Project Management and include Project Staffing Solutions and Project Management Specialty Staffing Solutions. Both services utilize an accelerated staffing model, which enables ConsultUSA to position teams of reliable, qualified IT/project consultants and/or Project Managers within aggressive timeframes under a satisfaction guarantee and service level agreement. By being responsive to the needs of his customers, Balish continues to create new service offerings by exploiting the synergies between his two companies, ConsultUSA and PMCentersUSA that reduce cost and cycle time, while increasing quality and throughput for his many clients across the country.


A native of Pittsburgh, Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. In 2004, Mark completed the Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program at the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. Mark also completed a one year executive forum in Entrepreneurship through Small Business Acquisition at Carnegie Mellon’s, Tepper School of Business in 2007.