The leader in providing seamless and quick access to world-class executive talent.

Patina offers you the largest network of executives and managers — delivering growth, performance and innovation that leaders can count on to achieve their goals.

Our comprehensive suite of talent is what separates Patina from other firms.

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  • Clients get immediate and personal attention with a commitment to exceptional results.
  • Patina produces high-impact solutions from hands-on leaders and practitioners.
  • We’re meticulous about matching specific backgrounds and skills to your intentions.
  • We serve clients nationally and globally, across a wide range of industries and functions.
  • Patina professionals bring a minimum of 25 years of experience.
  • Our solutions are always tailored and flexible, fitting seamlessly into your organization.
  • We’re with you every step of the way.
a look back and forward

From our modest beginnings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2008, to our current global reach, we have kept our focus on becoming a provider of choice.

The Hoan Bridge, Milwaukee, WI.

Clients recognize us for delivering outcomes with established professionals who have 25 years’ experience. And we’re stronger than ever with our international capabilities as a founding member of Globalise, the leading group of interim management firms.

We are obsessed with serving our clients while always demanding excellence from ourselves. At Patina, we never lose the passion we have for doing things the right way.

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Solutions

Patina is a proud founding member of Globalise. This alliance includes leading executive talent solutions firms from many countries.

Board of Directors

Mike Harris

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

A proven and prolific entrepreneur, Mike has significant experience in starting and building professional and technical services firms. Patina Solutions is his sixth professional services start-up since 1995. Mike is best known as the founder and former CEO of Jefferson Wells, which grew to $132 million in sales with 23 offices and 1,600 employees in five years. Jefferson Wells was acquired by Manpower for $174 million in 2001. Inc. magazine ranked Jefferson Wells as number five of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America in 2001.

Since Jefferson Wells, Mike has founded firms including the Novo Group and Adams Harris. He is currently a Board member for Novo Group, Tax Air and Bentley World Packaging.

Mike is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from entrepreneurial endeavors to transitioning from CFO to CEO. Earlier in his career, Mike was CFO for Alternative Resources Corporation and Wind Point Partners. A CPA, he has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Wisconsin – Parkside.

Patrick J. O’Brien

Chairman of the Board, Co-Founder

A Co-Founder of Patina Solutions, Patrick has been involved in the compelling idea of the company from the very beginning and has played an important role in its success to date, now serving as Chairman of the Board.

Patrick most recently served as the CEO of Paris Presents, a leading provider of cosmetic accessories based in Gurnee, IL. Prior to Paris Presents, Patrick spent 29 years working within the SC Johnson family of companies. His most recent position was President, where he had responsibility for all of the business operations, marketing, sales and consumer insight for North America and Europe. Patrick also spent four years as President and Chief Operating Officer of Johnson Outdoors.

He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Bill Filip

Board Member

Bill Filip is a founder and Managing Director of Delancey Street Partners and Delancey Street Capital Partners where he leads the firm’s efforts in business, technology and healthcare services. He is senior investment banking professional and private equity investor with extensive experience in venture capital, growth equity and buyout investments, public equity and mergers & acquisitions advisory services.

Prior to Delancey Street Partners, Bill was a founder and one of the original partners of Baird Venture Partners where he directed the firm’s business services sector and shared additional senior-level responsibilities including all aspects of fund formation, team recruitment, internal processes, investment strategy and execution and portfolio company oversight. Bill began his career as an investment banker for Robert W. Baird & Co.

Bill holds an M.B.A. from Wharton and a B.B.A from the University of Wisconsin.

Jill Schwieters

Board Member

Jill Schwieters is an entrepreneur, strategic executive and inspiring leader serving in the healthcare industry for more than 25 years.

As founder and President of Cielo Healthcare, Jill led the growth of the healthcare business to more than $150 million in annual revenue with industry leading margins and achieved early-stage profitability. Jill led Cielo Healthcare to be the uncontested market leader as recognized by HRO Today for six consecutive years. Prior to Cielo, Jill served as a senior executive in a large integrated healthcare system leading HR strategy and integration. Jill was actively involved in system consolidations, M&A, reorganizations and multiple change initiatives.

Currently the CEO of JAS & Associates, Jill works with a number of organizations assisting with investor engagement, governance formation, strategic planning, global expansion, go to market strategy, executive coaching and team alignment. Additionally, she serves as Non-Executive Director and Advisor for Ryalto, a UK based tech enabled communication and engagement solution leading their executive relationship management and strategic global expansion strategy. Further, she is a Limited Partner with Wavemaker 360 and serves on the Advisory Board helping to guide investments and nurture early-stage digital healthcare companies.

Jill was recognized in 2018 by Chicago Business Magazine as a Notable Women in Healthcare. Her current Board commitments include: National Center for Healthcare Leadership – Board Chair; Patina Solutions – Board Member; Herzing University – Healthcare Advisory Board; and Vytal Health – Advisor.

Jill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a Master’s of Science degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University. She also participated in the YPO – Harvard University’s Presidents’ Program.

Executive Management

Mike Harris

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

A proven and prolific entrepreneur, Mike has significant experience in starting and building professional and technical services firms. Patina Solutions is his sixth professional services start-up since 1995. Mike is best known as the founder and former CEO of Jefferson Wells, which grew to $132 million in sales with 23 offices and 1,600 employees in five years. Jefferson Wells was acquired by Manpower for $174 million in 2001. Inc. magazine ranked Jefferson Wells as number five of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America in 2001.

Since Jefferson Wells, Mike has founded firms including the Novo Group and Adams Harris. He is currently a Board member for Novo Group, Tax Air and Bentley World Packaging.

Mike is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from entrepreneurial endeavors to transitioning from CFO to CEO. Earlier in his career, Mike was CFO for Alternative Resources Corporation and Wind Point Partners. A CPA, he has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Wisconsin – Parkside.

Bob Carlson

President and Chief Operating Officer

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

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.

Cindi Dowdy

Vice President of Human Resources & Chief Human Resources Officer

As Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer, Cindi leads all aspects of Human Resources for Patina, from compensation and benefits to employee engagement. She is a strong advocate for employees, a trusted advisor on the Executive Leadership Team, and a subject matter expert on complicated compliance issues.

Prior to joining Patina, she was the Human Resources leader at a healthcare technology company. Cindi also has experience in the real estate, semiconductor, and food industries.

Cindi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources Management from Concordia University Wisconsin, graduating summa cum laude. She holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Society of Human Resources Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Jim Maslowski

Managing Partner

As Managing Partner, Jim leads a team of Patina Managing Directors and works directly with clients to meet their needs. Jim was one of Patina’s first employees and has helped build and shape the business. During the start-up phase, he played a crucial role in creating the sales strategy and development, marketing messages and positioning of the business to clients and the hiring and training of new employees on the business development team. Prior to his current role, Jim had been a Senior Managing Director in the Milwaukee office.

Before joining Patina, he held several Vice President roles in sales and business development. In Jim’s former positions he has been responsible for sales, marketing, P&L and strategic partnerships.

Jim has B.A.s in both Marketing and Journalism from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN. He is a founding member of the Catholic Professionals Forum of Metropolitan Milwaukee; a member of the Milwaukee Rotary Club; and serves on the Foundation Board of Curative Care, a community resource that provides high quality services and promotes independence for people of all ages with disabilities or other limiting conditions.

Greg McNutt

Vice President of Finance and Accounting

Greg McNutt is Vice President of Finance and Accounting, where he manages all aspects of accounting and banking while overseeing IT and systems. Greg’s background allows him to properly align systems with the needs of both accounting, as well as internal and external clients.

Prior to Patina, he was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for American Hometown Publishing (AHP). During his time with AHP, he oversaw the growth of the company both physically, adding locations through acquisition, as well as growing revenues. In 2019, Greg was instrumental in the divestiture of all assets of AHP while retaining profits for its private equity owners. During this time Greg also taught Advanced Cost Accounting at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside.

Greg earned his Bachelor’s degree from the school of business at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, graduating cum laude followed by his Masters of Business Administration (MBA), graduating with distinction. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Wisconsin.

Kate McLellan

Managing Partner

As Managing Partner, Kate leads a team of Patina Managing Directors and works directly with clients to meet their needs.

Prior to joining Patina, Kate was Vice President and Market Leader for the Boston office of Accretive Solutions. Kate was also one of the founders and President of The Pentad Group, a Boston-based accounting and finance consulting firm. From 1996 to 2003, she was the Managing Director of the Boston office of Parson Consulting, a finance and accounting consulting firm. Prior to her consulting career, Kate worked for a CBS affiliate in Chicago, IL, as an Investigative Reporter.

Kate has a B.S. in journalism from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. She is a member of several associations and networking groups including The Boston Club, The Commonwealth Institute and The Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Monte Weirman

Managing Partner

As Managing Partner, Monte leads a team of Patina Managing Directors and works directly with clients to meet their needs. Since joining Patina, he has been promoted from Managing Director to Senior Managing Director and is now Managing Partner.

Before Patina, Monte held leadership roles at Experis and RGP. At Experis, he coached and mentored the finance team in Wisconsin, as well as helped build brand awareness and client relationships. At RGP, Monte was a Senior Director of Client Services where he supported clients’ finance and accounting initiatives.

Monte has a B.A. in Accounting from Illinois State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is also a Board Member for the Mid Iowa Grain Inspection, an official USDA/F.G.I.S designated grain inspection and weighing agency. Additionally he serves as a Board and Audit Committee member for the local chapter of Boy Scouts of America.

Dan Zautis

Vice President of Marketing

Dan Zautis is Vice President of Marketing at Patina, where he collaborates to grow Patina’s relationships with our partners, clients, prospective clients, and Patina Nation members.

Prior to this position, he served in marketing and communication roles at international organizations such as SC Johnson and Rexnord Industries. In the professional services industry, he held marketing responsibilities at Milliman, as well as Jefferson Wells, which was acquired by Manpower and named among the 500 fastest-growing private companies in America.

Dan earned his Bachelor’s degree from the school of communications at Marquette University.

Industry Vertical Leaders

Bob Fry

National Practice Director – Healthcare Industry

Bob is a healthcare insurance executive and subject matter expert who works directly with clients to meet their needs. A senior executive with more than 30 years of experience across multiple disciplines in the healthcare industry, he specializes in developing and implementing innovative solutions to increase profits and exceed growth expectations.

Bob spent more than 25 years at Cigna Healthcare where he worked across multiple divisions in the development of new products, services and driving improved performance of existing segments. More recently, before consulting with Patina clients, he was the Vice President of Sales of the newly established Government and Education segment. He developed and led a new distribution model that doubled the segment to more than 1.4 million customers and increased customer retention rates to over 98 percent.

Bob has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Doane University and an M.B.A from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Scott Hoffman

National Practice Director – Private Equity

As National Practice Director, Scott works with Patina’s business practitioners to assist private equity organizations and their portfolio companies as they address a range of key business needs. Among his capabilities are due diligence expertise, solving operational improvement challenges, providing “hands on,” situation-specific Board talent, and supporting talent development needs via coaching and mentoring.

Scott is an Operating Executive with more than 30 years of “on the ground” skills. He has extensive experience in Private Equity operations, M&A, new product development, global expansion and channel development. He is a growth-focused leader with a proven-track record of portfolio company optimization.

Prior to joining Patina, Scott spent six years at Baird Capital as full-time Operating Partner, where he served as Executive Chairman of the Board at SloanLED and Kason Corporation. Before that, he was at Brady Corporation for more than 25 years in several executive roles.

Scott earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Daren Samuels

National Practice Director – Manufacturing

As National Practice Director, Daren leads Patina’s Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Operations practice, and works directly with clients to meet their needs. Capabilities include Business Transformation, Supply Chain Management, Complexity Reduction, Sourcing & Procurement, Planning & Scheduling, Process Improvement, Lean Manufacturing, Product Development, Product Cost Management, and Project Management.

Daren has extensive leadership and consulting experience, as well as Automotive industry expertise, having been at organizations such as Wilson Perumal & Company, Win Enterprises, Accenture and A.T. Kearney. Prior to joining Patina, Daren was a Managing Director and Owner of Vector Management Advisors, LLC.

Daren earned his M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and his B.A. in Economics from Bellarmine University.

Practice Directors

Allison Chappelle

Managing Director – Executive Search

Allison is a strategic, results-driven and creative Talent and Human Resources (HR) leader and Executive Recruiter with more than 25 years of expertise in Talent Acquisition, Human Resources and Talent Strategy. She has led large internal HR/Talent Management and Recruitment teams for Fortune 500 companies including Best Buy and Adecco Group, and understands first-hand the challenges companies face in identifying and attracting top talent in today’s competitive talent market.

Allison brings a depth of understanding to identifying and vetting talent. By partnering closely with her clients to understand their unique cultures, strategies and business issues, Allison is able identify the best talent and fit for each organization. She has been recognized as a strategic thinker and problem solver with an ability to build effective business partnerships at all levels and deliver beyond expectations. Allison has conducted searches at all levels and across the globe, including senior C-level executives and strategic industry experts.

Allison is a graduate of Simon Fraser University.

Don Drees

Practice Director, Information Technology

Don is a senior executive with more than 30 years’ experience in leadership and business transformation. As a Managing Director at Accenture, he worked with Fortune 500 companies to envision strategic programs and bring them to life. Don has led initiatives in CRM, supply chain, business development and business intelligence. He has also served as President of a school network with responsibilities for the enterprise.

Prior to joining Patina, Don worked for Accenture, starting as a Managing Director. As Commercial Director (effectively COO), Don grew client portfolio annual revenue from $80 million to $140 million over a two-year period. He developed sales executive teams, increased reoccurring revenue streams and improved booked to bill ratio resulting in a changed work force model to reduce cost to serve, improving operating margin by 20 percent. Don has extensive outsourcing experience and global program delivery including application development, application maintenance and business process outsourcing. He has developed business cases and worked with executive teams and boards to gain program approval. He has been on both sides of the table for major contract negotiations and understands how to structure responsibilities (SLAs) in a mutually beneficial manner. Additionally, Don has designed and implemented governance structures to sustain performance. At Patina, Don works with clients to leverage resources and develop growth, improvement, and transformation initiatives across multiple industries, with a range of innovation and experiences from information technology, to finance management and supply chain.

Don has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He has served on committees at both the UW-Madison School of Business and its Industrial Engineering Department.

Bob Fronberry

Practice Director, Information Technology

Bob is a proven technology executive with more than 32 years of progressive experience, the last 18 at the senior management level. He has held CIO positions with Solo Cup, Broan Nutone and Vivendi Water. His technical vision and leadership have assisted many companies in the development and execution of effective technology strategies.

Bob has extensive experience and a strong record of success with system implementation and process improvement projects encompassing ERP, Warehouse Management, CRM, Sales Force Management, Strategic Sourcing, Financial Planning and Analysis, Data Warehouse, and Customer Profitability.

He holds degrees from University of Wisconsin – Madison (BBA) and Northwestern University – Kellogg
GSM (MBA).

Kelly Furstoss

Practice Director – Food and Consumer Goods

Kelly is a proven executive and leader in management consulting, S&OP, warehousing, logistics, transportation, customer service and procurement, with an emphasis in food and packaging supply chain offerings.

Prior to joining Patina, Kelly was VP, Supply Chain and Customer Care at Kerry and held senior supply chain leadership positions at Glanbia Performance Nutrition and Pactiv/Reynolds Consumer Products.

Kelly earned her BA from Michigan State University in Logistics, Materials & Supply Chain Management. She is CPIM certified, and a member of CSCMP, Women’s Foodservice Forum, AWESOME, mentoring emerging women leaders in supply chain. Kelly is an experienced industry panelist.

Susan Simonett

Practice Director – Technology

Sue is a proven technology executive experienced in strategic business planning for major corporations, IT consulting, and career coaching and mentoring. Her most recent role was Vice President Information Technology, CTO at General Mills, where she was responsible for developing information systems and strategies with oversight of a global staff of more than 900.

Sue has extensive experience and a strong record of success and leadership with Application Development and Analysts, Enterprise Data and Analytic Solutions, Technical Architecture and Services, Security and Governance, Network & Communications, and Data Center Operations.

She holds degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College (BA in Mathematics) and Carlson School of Management (MBA).

Michelle Smead

Managing Director – Executive Search

Michelle brings more than 25 years of executive search experience to Patina Solutions’ clients. She has held executive positions with DHR International, A.T. Kearney, KPMG and EY. She has served clients in private and public, large cap industrial/consumer companies, professional and financial services firms, and nonprofit organizations. Michelle is known for her business acumen, assessment of leadership that aligns to the strategy and culture of clients and quality delivery. Functional expertise includes recruiting C-level and senior roles in finance, operations, business development, marketing/communications, strategy, and human resources.

Michelle has also been recognized for her experience in diversity. She served as a global member of the Diversity Council at A.T. Kearney and led the executive practice. Her diversity work has increased the representation of diverse leadership within client firms.

Michelle is a member of the International Women’s Forum, Board of Directors of Executive Leaders in Transition, past President of the Kellogg’s Executive Women’s Network and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Women’s Board, and former Board Member of the DePaul Theater School. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.

Greg Wilgenbusch

Practice Director, Human Resources

Greg offers clients more than 30 years of comprehensive Human Resources (HR) experience, including advisory and leadership of global HR teams. Through partnership and consultation, he helps build capabilities and business processes to deliver significant revenue growth and improved profitability. Skilled at aligning talent management and organizational effectiveness processes with strategic business objectives, Greg has produced and implemented leadership development and succession planning programs supporting business transformation. He also has expertise in strategic business partnering, transformation leadership, talent management and cultural alignment.

Greg has served as the Vice President of Human Resources at companies including Philips Lighting, The Manitowoc Company, JVA and Broan-NuTone. In those organizations, he created strong talent-focused cultures, based on the identification and measurement of key roles and talent necessary to deliver strategic initiatives.

Greg received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management from Iowa State University.