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Patina’s President and CEO Wins Bravo! Entrepreneur Award

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mike Harris is recognized for his bold leadership and business growth and innovation

Patina Solutions, a firm that provides proven, accomplished executives and managers with 25+ years of experience for key projects, engagements and initiatives, announces its President and CEO, Mike Harris, will receive a BizTimes Bravo! Entrepreneur Award from BizTimes Media LLC.

The Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards salute southeastern Wisconsin business leaders for their bold leadership, business growth and innovation. A proven and prolific entrepreneur, Harris has significant experience in starting and building professional and technical services firms. Patina Solutions is his sixth professional services start-up since 1995.

“It’s very gratifying to be recognized for doing what I love – starting and building fast-growing companies,” said Harris. “I am honored to receive a Bravo! Entrepreneur Award, and I thank everyone who has supported me along the way – including our employees and investors – who have helped to make Patina a success.”

Harris was forming Patina Solutions when the Great Recession roared into life during late 2008 and early 2009. Unfazed, he raised over $1.2 million from angel investors to get the company started. Since 2009, Patina Solutions has grown from one to ten offices and has grown its sales by over 40 times. The company was named to the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies in 2013.

“Mike brings high energy, optimism and creativity to Patina Solutions,” said Debbie Seeger, Co-Founder and Senior Vice President at Patina Solutions. “His winning and confident attitude is infectious and he inspires and challenges the company every day to grow, improve and focus on better serving clients.”

Harris is also the founder and former CEO of Jefferson Wells, which grew to $132 million in sales, 23 offices and 1,600 employees in five years. Jefferson Wells was acquired by Manpower in 2001 for $174 million. Inc. magazine ranked Jefferson Wells at number 5 out of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America that same year. Since Jefferson Wells, Harris has founded other firms including Novo Group and Adams Harris. He is currently a board member for Novo Group, Tax Air and Bentley World Packaging.

“All of us at Patina Solutions are proud to be associated with Mike Harris,” said Patrick O’Brien, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of Patina Solutions.  “His creativity at capturing opportunity is an accelerator to our business every day!”

Harris will receive his award at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 21, at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Woodland Dreams Ballroom in Milwaukee at 1721 W. Canal St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place during the BizExpo, Wisconsin’s largest business-to-business conference.

“BizTimes Media would like to congratulate the Bravo! Entrepreneur Award winners on their success as they continue to innovate, grow and create jobs in southeastern Wisconsin,” said Dan Meyer, publisher of BizTimes Milwaukee. “We invite all businesses in the region to attend the BizExpo and learn more about the creative best practices that are fueling this growth.”

About Patina Solutions
Patina Solutions provides proven, accomplished professionals with 25+ years of experience on a flexible and collaborative basis, helping companies to solve problems, realize opportunities and improve results.  The company’s services include execution of special projects and key initiatives, interim executive assignments, consulting and advisory engagements, leadership development and board placements. With expertise across multiple business functions, Patina Solutions serves companies of different sizes and industries from offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Tampa, Minneapolis and Detroit – along with its growing international capabilities. The firm was recently named to the 2013 Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies in America. Learn more at

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