“Patina is a business partner that helps my companies manage risk and improve results...they help us drive performance.”

- Don Schlidt, CEO, Dedicated Computing & Tushaus

“There is no substitute for experience. With its network of highly experienced and accomplished executive and managerial resources, Patina should be every HR leader’s strategic partner to fulfill critical business and talent needs.”

- Silvia Masini, Chief Human Resources Officer, CliftonLarsonAllen

“Patina provides us proven industry expertise so we can tackle some of our most challenging strategies. It is a great partnership that we turn to again and again.”

- Jeff Augustin, Vice President, Finance & IT, Johnson Controls

“Patina has been an accelerator to our business with their experienced professionals who can hit the ground running. In addition, the company’s flexible model allows us to capture more opportunities and drive faster growth.”

- Patrick O’Brien, CEO, Paris Presents

“We asked Patina for help in finding a Board member – they listened carefully to what we wanted, were very responsive and quickly provided an outstanding candidate who has now joined the Board.”

- Rich Larson, CFO, Waterstone Bank

“Our company has twice engaged Patina’s mentorship program over the past year. We found both mentors insight to be refreshing, and their support and encouragement clearly builds the confidence of our mentees.”

- Mark Zeidler, President & CEO, Tax Air

"I could not have asked for a better outcome, and Patina’s management of the project was the overwhelming reason we have experienced success."

- Tom Liutkus, Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations, TravelCenters of America LLC

“I highly recommend Patina Solutions. Patina has proved that it can match unique circumstances to unique candidates by offering fresh alternatives, flexibility and professional staff.”

- Judie Taylor, President, DUECO, Inc.

“I was intrigued when I first heard about Patina. I was pleased that Patina was able to provide me with the exact experience set I was looking for. It was a very positive experience, and one I would not hesitate to repeat.”

- Jim Schwalen, Vice President – Personal Lines & Marketing, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company

“The professionals Patina Solutions brings forward have the right expertise, enthusiasm and work ethic.”

- Bret Mantey, IT Director, City of Waukesha

“Patina Solutions is strategic and different. They listen to us and really understand our business.”

- Kirk Gramoll, VP of Operations, Quad Med

“Patina has been a great partner for us in obtaining experienced talent for specific projects or periods of time. I know I can count on Patina!”

- Karen G. Ferraro, Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources

“Patina has helped Riverside work more effectively on numerous projects. Their excellent people have been flexible, creative and responsive, and we consider them a true business partner.”

- Peggy Roberts, Chief of Staff, Riverside Capital Appreciation Fund

“When our CEO resigned unexpectedly, we turned to Patina for help. Within a few days, they identified some great candidates. Within a few weeks, we chose one to become our new CEO. Patina listens well, acts with urgency and is always easy to work with.”

- Tom Bentley, Chairman, Bentley World Packaging

“Patina has top-shelf professionals who have really gotten to know our company, our people and our needs – and they have matched up very high-quality people to meet those needs. We have found that their professionals have made a real difference.”

- David Nestingen, President & CEO, IEWC

Private Equity Support

 

Patina can be introduced to your portfolio companies to work directly with them, or we can be brought into a portfolio company situation directly by members of your firm.  We extend your resources and make it easy and convenient to access a wide range of senior executives.

Patina Professionals work with private equity firms and their portfolio companies in several ways, including:

  • Interim leadership roles including CEO, COO, CFO and CIO
  • Trial-to-hire executives and senior managers
  • Management team evaluations and leadership development
  • Audits or analysis of company operations and plans
  • Pre‐investment or follow-on investment due diligence
  • Acquisition support and integration
  • Project management
  • Turnarounds and wind-downs
  • International operations and expansion
  • Competitive analysis
  • Market due diligence
  • Strategic planning/growth strategies
  • Areas of skills include IT, engineering, marketing, sales, operations, finance and more
  • Source of deal flow with our thousands of company relationships around the U.S. in various size companies

These examples explain how we can help in a variety of situations:

Private Equity Scout Program

Patina helped find potential acquisition deals on behalf of its private equity client by sending out a notice to the thousands of executives who make up the Patina Nation, our portfolio of Patina Professionals. We identified proprietary deals to introduce to the private equity firm, which was looking for industrial distribution companies.  Over 15 leads were generated for follow up by Patina and the PE firm.

Acquisition Support

Patina worked with a private equity firm to help one of its portfolio companies integrate a large and complex acquisition.  We provided a Patina Professional who had been through many acquisitions in the past as both a CEO and COO. This professional worked full time for four months as the main integration executive.  The client firm appreciated the hands-on style and schedule flexibility of our Patina Operating Executive.   

Acting CEO

An industrial products distributor was struggling, and the private equity firms supporting this company decided to make a change in the CEO position.  Patina provided a proven industry CEO to take the reins of this firm so the private equity firms could take their time in searching for a replacement CEO.  After seeing this strong leader in action, the private equity firms extended an offer for permanent employment to our Patina Professional.  While executive recruiting is not part of our normal operating model, we supported this hire, and our professional is now running this $200 million company. 

Analysis of Operating Plan

A business services firm presented its private equity firm with a critical growth plan to work its way out of some financial trouble as a result of the recession’s negative impact on its business results. Patina provided a Patina Professional (a former partner from a major consulting firm) to meet with company management, review the business case/plan, interview key salespeople and report back to the private equity firm on where the company stood and the effectiveness of the go-forward plans.


How we work with you

Special Projects

When you need an experienced professional, or team of professionals, to execute and/or manage a special project or key initiative, you can trust Patina to provide the right solution. We match your needs with talented executives who have done it before.

Interim Executives

When a key position must be filled on an interim basis, Patina has the proven resources to help. We’ll provide a highly experienced, precisely-matched professional to fill that role on a flexible basis — and we will act with the utmost urgency on your behalf. In some cases, these interim roles become interim-to-hire positions.

Part-Time Executives

Patina can help you complete your management team by providing ongoing, part-time executives in key leadership functions where a full-time role is not needed or desired. This is a great way to have a well-rounded, world-class leadership team no matter the size of your company.

Mentoring & Coaching

Our Patina Professionals give back by developing the high-potential leaders of the future. Many of our professionals enjoy spending a few hours a month by phone, email, Skype or in person meetings working to develop your up-and-coming talent. This is the most objective and confidential way to implement mentoring and coaching.

Board Members

Patina is an excellent resource for board members and advisory board members. We have access to a deep and experienced portfolio of professional talent ready to serve.

Consulting & Expertise

Patina provides consulting, advisory and thought leadership solutions that meet the unique requirements of a broad range of companies — all on a flexible basis. This work is delivered by highly experienced executives who bring specialized expertise with a focus on tangible and practical results and outcomes.

Global Executive Search

When you are facing vacancies in executive leadership roles, Patina can conduct an intense executive search to precisely match top-level candidates to your needs. We go beyond traditional executive search by leveraging our existing relationships with proven, accomplished executives - shortening the timeframe to place quality candidates in your open roles. Our process ensures candidates are thoroughly vetted and tailored to your unique selection criteria.


The Patina Process

Discovery

Whether your challenge is simple and direct — or multi-faceted and complex — we start by gaining an intimate understanding of your business, objectives and situation.

Solution Development

Our solution development phase is incisive and collaborative. We structure a customized solution within your budget that will meet your business objectives — and help you realize your vision or address any critical issues.

Talent Plan

Every step of the way, Patina maintains the highest quality standards for all our clients. Whether it’s a single person or a team, we precisely match our professionals’ expertise to your specific needs. Our team narrows down the options and selects one or more Patina Professionals to present to you. Every talent resource is chosen with your input and approval.

Execution & Management

Marked by close collaboration, regular communication, weekly reporting, and the highest level of project accountability and responsibility, we monitor and manage each engagement closely to ensure success.


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