Kitja Horpayak, President
Kitja joined HIRETECH in 2021, as a freelance recruiter and took the helm mid-June of 2022. HIRETECH is a staffing firm that has been serving Southern California since 1995. HIRETECH focuses on placing professional engineers and transitioning military members and veterans. A subsidiary of Leading Edge Engineering, Inc. (LEE, Inc.). LEE, Inc. is an engineering consulting firm established in 1993. Under his leadership, HIRETECH has grown outside of California in helping professional engineers and veterans realizing their career goals.
Prior to joining HIRETECH, Kitja enrolled at Auburn University in Alabama, graduating in 1997 and received his commission through Auburn University Naval Reserve
Officer Training Corps (NROTC). He served as a surface warfare officer for 22+ years.
Erin Horpayak, VP
Erin joined HIRETECH Board in 2022. She is a Registered Nurse (RN) and is currently serving as a case manger for Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). 12+ years of varied experience as an RN with a concentration in providing huge contributions to profit and nonprofit managed healthcare organizations. Easily adapts to change in company structure and implementation of new technology. A recent graduate from the University of San Diego with an MS in Nursing Informatics.
Sean Snyder, Secretary
Mr. Sean Snyder serves on the Commander, Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC), and joined HIRETECH Board in 2022. He is currently serving as Secretary of the board.
He is originally from Binghamton, New York where he joined the Navy as an Operations Specialist on active duty in March 1989 and retiring in June 2021 as a Command Master Chief, after 30+ years of honorable Naval Service serving on multiple seas and shore command.
He began civilian life as a government contractor with SIGMA Defense as a Senior Level Advanced Tactical Training Analyst with SMWDC in June 2021. He was assigned to SMWDC, Performance Analysis (PA) & Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) Planning cells.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Touro University – California where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and an Associate of Arts in Ocean Systems Technology from Coastline Community College and a graduate of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy and is a Master and Afloat Training Specialist.
Sean’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (seven awards), Navy Achievement Medal (six awards), CY 2008 NMCA Leadership award as well as various unit and campaign awards. He has a wife and four sons and lives in Ramona, Ca.
Justin Neely, Director of Business Development
A proven leader with exceptional IT operational and customer service experience. Justin has 17+ years’ experience with IT program/project leadership in large global businesses. He has seen success in critical, client-facing situations through clear communication that helps drive business operations to exceed goals. Justin has extensive experience applying ITIL, PMBOK, Six Sigma, Agile, and SCRUM methodologies and frameworks.