Four Manufacturing Transformations: Unlock Your Supply Chain’s Competitive Advantage

Milwaukee, Wisc. (October 2020) – Patina Solutions is hosting a one-hour webinar providing insights and lessons from four US-based manufacturers that made impressive transformations in the past 18 months. The event will take place on Thursday, October 29, at noon central.

“Revenue is a critical performance indicator for manufacturers,” explains Daren Samuels, National Practice Director – Operations and Supply Chain, “and many are currently experiencing revenue declines of 30% or more in connection to the pandemic. There are pockets of opportunity within selected markets and several impressive turn around stories. We will discuss lessons learned over the past several months and best practices of those who reversed their course to increase productivity and profitability.”

Participants of “Four Manufacturing Transformations: Unlock Your Supply Chain’s Competitive Advantage” will review issues each organization faced and how strategies and tactics were put into play that delivered critical outcomes. Sample results:

  • Increased revenue, plus increased market share, by increasing product availability. Example: sales increased approximately 300%.
  • Increased cash flow — $265 million among four projects
  • New internal capability and standards to delivering each client on time, as promised. Example: OTD reduced from 80-120 days to 14 days.
  • Manufacturing plant and supplier performance improvements
  • Proven, documented ROI for clients ranging from 8 times to 15 times

Anyone wanting to view the replay of this event should click here.

Patina announces new personal legal services and insurance offerings for Patina Nation members through MetLife®

Milwaukee, WI. July 2020 – Patina Nation, owned and operated by Milwaukee-based Patina Solutions, is the leading online community for independent consultants and interim executives. Patina is pleased to announce its new partnership with MetLife® to provide valuable offerings to its Patina Nation community, including MetLife Legal® unlimited personal legal services and customized, discounted MetLife Auto & Home® insurance products.

“Our strong and growing relationship with MetLife® is a real benefit for the Patina Nation community,” said Mike Harris, CEO of Patina Solutions. “MetLife® has an excellent reputation. We know they will do a great job in serving members of the Patina Nation.”

A recent study shows 62% of surveyed Americans have experienced a legal need in the last three years1, and on average face an hourly cost of $370 for legal services.2 With the new MetLife Legal® offering, members have the potential to save thousands while protecting themselves and their families from common legal issues like real estate matters, will and estate planning, traffic defense, and more. For under $25 a month – $273 annually – MetLife Legal® pays for itself when a plan attorney is leveraged even once, and Personal legal hours use is unlimited.

With the MetLife Auto & Home® & Umbrella offerings, Patina Nation members could have lower insurance premiums in minutes. They are now eligible for discounted auto, home and umbrella insurance, customized and designed to fit their protection needs. MetLife reports its Auto & Home coverage generated an annual premium savings average of $643 in 2019 for new participants who leveraged the discounts now available to Patina Nation members.3

“Patina is committed to serving members of our Patina Nation community and providing resources and benefits to support this leading group of executives,” Harris said. “The new products through MetLife® continue expanding the rich array of services available to our community. We look forward to members of Patina Nation maximizing all that’s available to support them in their personal and professional lives.”

ABOUT PATINA NATION

Patina Nation is a leading online community for the growing ranks of independent consultants, interim executives, and those in transition looking for their next job – specifically focusing on those with 25+ years of experience. It is free to join our community and member benefits are plentiful and expanding.  Please visit PatinaNation.com to enroll or for more information.

ABOUT PATINA SOLUTIONS

Patina Solutions is a national executive services company. In addition to consulting, interim executives and executive search solutions, Patina has coaches and mentors available to support nearly every industry.

ABOUT METLIFE

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 markets globally and holds leading positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit metlife.com.

1 CARAVAN Survey, conducted by ENGINE on behalf of MetLife Legal Plans, 2020

2 National Law Journal / ALM Legal Intelligence, 2018

3 MetLife Internal Data, 2019

Patina Names Jill Schwieters to its Board of Directors

Milwaukee, WI. June 2020 – Patina Solutions, the national executive talent solutions company, has named Jill Schwieters to its Board of Directors.

“Jill is an outstanding leader with many highly successful years of experience in the human capital solutions industry,” said Patrick O’Brien, Chairman and Co-Founder of Patina. “We look forward to gaining her insights, wisdom and energy to help guide and support Patina to our next level of growth.”

Schwieters spent 13 years as a key leader of Cielo, a recruitment process outsourcing company, where as President she started and built the healthcare division to over $100 million in global annual sales. She currently serves as Board Chair of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership and Intelligere, a healthcare language services organization and is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization and their Healthcare Business Network.

“I am excited to join the Patina Board of Directors. I believe the Patina business model of providing experienced executives on-demand is more relevant than ever today as organizations seek deep experience and expertise to help them achieve goals, manage challenges and capitalize on opportunities,” said Schwieters. “I understand firsthand what it takes to build a nationwide business and Patina has all the elements to pursue and achieve growth and great success.”

“Jill brings us real know-how on scaling a talent solutions business and she is a proven entrepreneur. Her healthcare industry knowledge and vast network will be extremely valuable,” added Mike Harris, the CEO and Co-Founder of Patina Solutions. Patina serves the healthcare industry as one of its key national practices along with manufacturing, private equity, health care insurance and others.

About Patina Solutions
Patina provides on-demand executive talent to help companies and organizations address challenges, realize opportunities, improve results, fill a key expertise or resource gap, develop talent and support critical initiatives. In addition, Patina fills open leadership positions with interim executives or its executive search solutions. Patina serves an impressive range of industries and has broad functional coverage. Patina Professionals generally bring 25 years or more of operating experience to their client engagements. Please visit patinasolutions.com to learn more.

About Patina Nation
Patina Nation is a leading online community for the growing ranks of independent consultants, interim executives, and those in transition looking for their next job – specifically focusing on those with 25 years or more of experience. It is free to join the community and member benefits are plentiful and expanding. Patina Nation is where executives can go to earn, learn, share and connect. Please visit patinanation.com to enroll or for more information.

Patina Announces Partnership with NSENG

Milwaukee, WI.  March 5, 2020 – Patina Nation, owned and operated by Milwaukee-based Patina Solutions, is a leading online community for experienced independent consultants, fractional / interim executives, and those in transition looking for their next job. Patina is pleased to announce that the NorthShore Executive Networking Group (NSENG) will be providing a portfolio of various job search coaching products and services to Patina Nation members that are designed to address some of the most challenging aspects of a job seeker’s journey.

“We understand that many of our members are looking for their next fulltime position,” said Mike Harris, CEO of Patina Solutions. “NSENG will provide them with specific tools and insights that can significantly improve and accelerate their visibility and candidacy with prospective employers. This also enables Patina Nation members to drive their job search on their own timeline. At the same time, their Patina Nation membership will continue to offer learning and development, networking and medical and financial planning benefits, along with consideration for interim and full-time positions.”

Marty Gilbert, CEO & Founder of Chicago’s largest job search networking group, said, “over 90% of job search efforts involve a high degree of marketing. As a result, an effective search is reliant on the job seeker’s ability to position, package, message, identify target companies, engage their audience, network into spheres of influence and perform in convincing fashion during job interviews. That, in large part, is what my coaching is all about and how it’s helped over 1,400 professionals to land their next career opportunity.”

Gilbert has developed coaching packages for Patina Nation and will be offering those services to members in all geographic locations across the U.S. Included are a 16-page job search plan document, instructional job search webinar recordings, and one-on-one coaching calls. Patina Nation members will also be able to take advantage of other job search programs offered by NSENG including their bi-weekly meetings, workshops, the NSENG LinkedIn community and weekly newsletters.

Gilbert will also be sharing coaching tips in two free webinars that will be offered to Patina Members in 2020 – the first of which will cover “8 Ways to Shorten Your Job Search” on March 11th at 12:00CT.  

ABOUT PATINA NATION

Patina Nation is a leading online community for the growing ranks of independent consultants, fractional / interim executives, and those in transition looking for their next job – specifically focusing to those with 25+ years of experience. It is free to join our community and member benefits are plentiful and expanding.  Please visit www.PatinaNation.com to enroll, for more information, or to learn about participating in the NSENG webinars and coaching services.

ABOUT PATINA SOLUTIONS

Patina Solutions is a national executive services company. In addition to consulting, interim executives and executive search solutions – Patina has coaches and mentors available to support nearly every industry.

ABOUT NORTHSHORE EXECUTIVE NETWORKING GROUP

NorthShore Executive Networking Group (NSENG) is the largest and fastest growing job search networking group in the Chicago area. The organization is comprised of over 6,000 members, 10 of which are landing new jobs each week.

Patina Solutions Continues Expansion – Anthony P. Janik Joins As Practice Director – Legal Services

Milwaukee, WI. March 2020 – Patina Solutions expands its legal practice with the addition of Anthony P. Janik, Practice Director – Legal Services. Janik will support client needs and serve as a subject matter expert within the legal field. Patina is a national professional services firm offering experience-based consulting and interim leaders; Janik will support the company mission and clients’ needs.

“At Patina, our team excels at experienced-based consulting,” Patina Solutions President and CEO, Bob Carlson, stated. “Tony’s leadership and expertise will help us continue providing high-quality legal talent and services for our clients.”

Janik comes to Patina with nearly four decades of experience serving as legal counsel for a variety of organizations. He previously held the leadership position of General Counsel at Ferrara Candy Company. Before this role, he was with Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll LLP. He began his career at Abramson & Fox where he was an attorney and, ultimately, a Partner. Among his areas of expertise are intellectual property, licensing, real estate, corporate, and litigation management.

In his new role, he will ensure that Patina clients have their unique talent needs addressed through experience-based legal consulting and interim leaders.

Janik graduated from the College of St. Francis and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Government, graduating summa cum laude. He earned his Juris Doctor at Loyola University School of Law and is a member of the Illinois Bar Association.

About Patina Solutions

Patina partners with companies to solve problems, realize opportunities, improve results, fill a key expertise or resource gap, develop talent and support critical initiatives. Patina is a national leader in quickly filling senior leadership gaps with talented, experienced interim and full-time practitioners and leaders. Patina provides experienced support across all functional areas for operational improvement initiatives. Patina professionals each bring clients 25 years of experience.

Patina Solutions Continues Expansion – Antonio Schiavone Joins As Practice Director – Manufacturing, Durable Goods

Milwaukee, WI. March 2020 – Patina Solutions continues expanding its manufacturing and supply chain practice with the addition of Antonio Schiavone, Practice Director – Manufacturing, Durable Goods. Schiavone works with Patina’s manufacturing, supply chain and durable goods clients to provide project delivery, people development, and intellectual capital creation. Patina is a national professional services firm offering experience-based consulting, interim leaders and practitioners.

Schiavone comes to Patina with more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing environments, including those related to building products, textiles and steel processing, food products, and fuels. He is a Reliability and Engineering Management professional and U.S. Navy veteran, and has held leadership roles at Leigh Fibers, Targa Sound Terminals, and Georgia Pacific. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Manufacturing Administration (SCMA). Additionally, he founded and operates a consultancy providing critical maintenance and engineering support and leading predictive and preventative programs.

Schiavone graduated from the US Navy Technical School and received both his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and his MBA in Management and Operations from the University of Toledo.

About Patina Solutions

Patina partners with companies to solve problems, realize opportunities, improve results, fill a key expertise or resource gap, develop talent and support critical initiatives. Patina is a national leader in quickly filling senior leadership gaps with talented, experienced interim and full-time practitioners and leaders. Patina provides experienced support across all functional areas for operational improvement initiatives. Patina professionals each bring clients 25 years of experience.

Patina Solutions Expands Private Equity Practice – Joseph G. Solari III joins as Managing Director – Private Equity Solutions

Milwaukee, WI. January 2020 – Patina Solutions continues expanding its private equity practice with the addition of Joseph G. Solari III, Managing Director – Private Equity Solutions. With focus in the greater New York City area, Solari partners with clients to provide executive talent from Patina’s community of more than 25,000 professionals to help firms increase the return on their investments using human capital solutions. Patina is a national professional services firm offering experience-based consulting and interim leaders.

“Joe will help propel Patina’s private equity service and offerings to the next level,” says Scott Hoffman, National Practice Director – Private Equity. “With proven expertise from pre-deal through post-deal, Joe understands clients’ expectations for specific industry, sector and product expertise. His skill sets are in line to help maximize portfolio company performance and private equity investments.”

Focusing on relationships with east-coast private equity and venture capital firms, he’ll provide the firms and their portfolio companies on-demand pre- and post-deal talent. This includes private equity experienced executives and board members for interim and permanent roles, as well as industry experts and operating partners for due diligence expertise, key projects and strategic initiatives.

Solari offers Patina clients 20 years of private-equity and venture-capital experience, in which he created and lead investment initiatives and transactions in, and for, early-stage and middle-market private companies. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Greenwich Private Investments, a private investment firm focused on direct private capital investments. He serves on the Board of Directors of G*Ventures Management. Prior to joining Patina, he was a Managing Director and Partner at Saugatuck Capital, a lower middle-market private equity firm.

Solari is an experienced speaker on the success factors for family offices making private equity investments. He earned his MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management. He has a bachelor’s degree in Government – International Relations from Georgetown University. To contact Solari, email josephsolari@patinasolutions.com

About Patina

Patina partners with companies to solve problems, realize opportunities, improve results, fill a key expertise or resource gap, develop talent and support critical initiatives. Patina is a national leader in providing private equity firms on-demand deal advisors with very specific industry, sector and product expertise. Patina supports thesis execution by quickly filling senior leadership gaps with talented, private equity-experienced interim, full-time and board executives. Patina provides experienced consulting support across all functional areas for operational improvement initiatives. Patina professionals each bring clients 25 years of experience

RBC Wealth Management to provide solutions to Patina Nation

Milwaukee, WI.  July 29, 2019 – Patina Nation, owned and operated by Milwaukee-based Patina Solutions, is a leading online community for independent consultants. Patina is pleased to announce RBC Wealth Management will be providing various wealth management products and services and delivering a series of educational programs for members of Patina Nation.  

“We are pleased to build on our strong relationship with RBC,” said Mike Harris, CEO of Patina Solutions. “They have an excellent reputation and we know they will do a great job in serving and educating members of the Patina Nation community.”

Kyle Leipold, of RBC Milwaukee said, “The experts at RBC include attorneys, accountants and financial advisors who provide objective assessments that Patina Nation members can take under advisement as they work to reach their financial goals. Self-employed individuals will be particularly well served with the range of solutions provided by RBC.”

In addition to providing products and services such as solo 401(k) plans and wealth management assessments and services, RBC will be hosting an Expert Series of webinars on important financial topics.  “RBC’s experts will provide highly valuable and relevant information to our members – many of whom are self-employed,” said Harris. The Expert Series from RBC will feature eight webinars throughout 2019 and 2020.

“These educational programs expand on the RBC – Patina existing partnership.  RBC offers members of Patina Nation the ability to participate in the exclusive Patina Nation 401(k) plan. Unlike most 401(k) plans, this individual 401(k) product, sometimes referred to as a solo(k), allows self-employed individuals to enroll,” explains Jonas Edstrom of RBC Milwaukee. “Members of Patina Nation are also entitled to complimentary wealth management reviews with RBC Wealth Management advisors.”

Leipold and Edstrom will be working directly with members of the Patina Nation from across the U.S.

ABOUT PATINA NATION

Patina Nation is a leading online community for the growing ranks of independent consultants. It is free to join our community and member benefits are plentiful and expanding.  Please visit www.PatinaNation.com to enroll, for more information, or to learn about participating in the RBC wealth management webinars.

ABOUT PATINA SOLUTIONS

Patina Solutions is a national executive services company. In addition to consulting, interim executives and executive search solutions – Patina has coaches and mentors available to support nearly every industry.

ABOUT RBC

Royal Bank of Canada is a global financial institution with a purpose-driven, principles-led approach to delivering leading performance. Our success comes from the 84,000+ employees who bring our vision, values and strategy to life so we can help our clients thrive and communities prosper. As Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization, we have a diversified business model with a focus on innovation and providing exceptional experiences to more than 16 million clients in Canada, the U.S. and 34 other countries. Learn more at rbc.com.‎

Patina Nation announces relationship with CoachVille

JUNE 2019 – Patina Nation, a leading online community for independent consultants operated by Patina Solutions , is pleased to announce a new partnership with CoachVille, an organization dedicated to mastering the craft of executive coaching.  Together – Patina and CoachVille will offer experienced and new coaches growth opportunities, resources and certified coach training programs accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

“We are pleased to add CoachVille to the growing family of Patina Nation Partners.  Our members will have special access to CoachVille’s coaching school, programs and resources,” said Mike Harris, CEO of Patina Solutions.  “Coaching is a great way for executives to share their wisdom and help to develop the next generation of leaders.  Coachville makes both new and proven coaches more effective and successful – and preps them to become ICF certified if desired,” added Harris.   

“CoachVille supports and inspires coaches all over the world in every form of human endeavor.  We are excited to bring our proven solutions and programs to the growing and impressive membership of the Patina Nation,” says Dave Buck, CEO of CoachVille and a Master Certified Coach. “Together with Patina – we’ll continue advancing the coaching profession by connecting with and inspiring members of Patina Nation through training, personal growth and community engagement.”

Coaching is a $12 billion industry and it is growing in its reach and impact.  “I believe if an executive wants to do coaching – it is important to take the role seriously and CoachVille is a great place to get started or to improve,” said Harris.

ABOUT PATINA NATION

Patina Nation is a leading online community for the growing ranks of independent consultants and coaches.  It is free to join our community and our member benefits are plentiful and expanding.  Please visit www.PatinaNation.com to enroll.

ABOUT PATINA SOLUTIONS

Patina Solutions is a national executive services company.  In addition to consulting, interim executives and executive search solutions – Patina has thousands of coaches and mentors available to support nearly every industry.  Some of best companies in America are now using Patina for coaching.  Patina offers a powerful mix of experienced-based and professional coaches to serve our clients – and our on-demand coach access platform called CAMEO is challenging existing coaching models.

ABOUT COACHVILLE

CoachVille is the original global online community for coaches with more than 36,000 members in more than 70 countries. The CoachVille Complete Program is recognized for offering qualified professionals certification through the ICF Professional Coaching Certification (PCC), the gold standard in professional coaching.  Please visit www.coachville.com to learn more.

Patina Adds Kevin O’Grady, an Experienced Business Development Professional, to its Chicago Office

BROOKFIELD, Wisc. (March 26, 2019)- Kevin O’Grady joins Patina Solutions, a leading provider of on-demand executive talent, as a managing director in its Chicago office. As a managing director, Kevin fosters client relationships and provides executive talent from Patina’s community of more than 23,000 professionals. 

Kevin has more than 17 years of professional experience building client relationships and working with them alongside subject matter experts to help create effective sustainable solutions. Among his experiences are merger and acquisition integration, digital transformation and overall operations improvement.

Prior to Patina, Kevin worked at management consulting firms Point B and RGP. Most recently, Kevin was the Director of Business Development at Point B where he helped client organizations execute on their strategic initiatives. At RGP, he was responsible for growing the Information Management practice in the Midwest Region and helping Chicagoland client organizations drive efficiencies, growth and profitability. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from DePaul University.

About Patina Solutions

Patina partners with companies to solve problems, realize opportunities, improve results, fill a key expertise or resource gap, develop talent or support any other critical initiative. Helping clients achieve their goals, the company builds solutions to deliver specialized expertise targeted to companies’ unique circumstances. Every Patina Professional in the Patina Nation is an accomplished executive with a minimum of 25 years of experience. The Patina approach is highly flexible, collaborative and consultative, enabling clients to get results utilizing only the resources they need, just when they need them. Patina is a company of practitioners who accelerate success through consulting, projects, leadership, board roles and coaching. An Inc. 500|5000 honoree, Patina is headquartered in the U.S. and serves companies around the globe. Learn more at www.patinasolutions.com.