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Bob Carlson

VICE PRESIDENT, MANAGING PARTNER

Bob has over 25 years of experience in the professional services industry. As Vice President and Managing Partner for Patina Solutions, he is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s Chicago operation.

Prior to joining Patina Solutions, Bob held and succeeded in a number of senior executive positions. His career began in sales for the business services company ADP. Subsequent to that, Bob spent eight years at General Electric Co. (GE) in a variety of sales, marketing and management roles. While at GE, he was recruited to join a start up technology staffing company called Alternative Resources Company (ARC). The Lincolnshire, Ill., company grew from start up to a successful IPO and almost $350 million in revenue by the time he left in 1999. Bob held a variety of increasingly responsible roles there, starting as the General Manager of the Chicago office. Eventually, he was named Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors.

After working for ARC, Bob took the role of Executive Vice President of the Information Services Division of MSX International. Based in Auburn Hills, Mich., MSX is a $1.2 billion engineering and technology services company providing human capital based solutions to the automotive industry. Reporting to the CEO, he was responsible for managing a $400 million division made up of 11 different subsidiaries located in North America, Europe and Asia. Bob left MSX to join Mike Harris, Patina Solutions’ CEO and Co-Founder, in starting SilverTrain, an IT consulting and solutions business that they grew to over $10 million in sales. Since then, and just prior to joining Patina Solutions, he owned and managed an executive search firm in Austin, Tex. Bob earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University.

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