Meet the Team
“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs
With a long history of over 30 years of working together in the human capital sectors – specifically staffing, consulting, outsourcing and technology – Peoplekind’s leadership team has built and operated several of the largest and fastest growing companies in America in these segments.
James L. Paterek, Chief Executive Officer
Jim has been the founder, chairman and CEO of both private and public human capital, outsourcing, consulting and technology companies with annual gross sales approaching $1 billion. Several companies that Jim has founded have been recognized as the fastest growing companies in America by Inc. Magazine and Staffing Industry Report. In addition to his 35 years as an executive and leader of service-based businesses, Jim has extensive experience in acquiring, financing and integrating businesses, having completed more than twenty-eight acquisitions and raised almost $700 million for investment in those companies. During Jim’s career he has held secret clearance from the department of defense and clearance from the department of energy. Jim has served on both private and public boards of directors.
Michael Ferrentino, Chief Administrative Officer
Michael brings over 30 years of experience working with CEO Jim Paterek building businesses in the human capital, outsourcing and consulting sectors. As Jim’s partner, Michael co-founded several firms both private and public companies with annual gross sales approaching $1 billion. Michael, an accountant by education, has held positions as president, chief operating officer, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer. Michael has managed large projects and programs in the private and governmental sectors. He also has extensive experience with collective bargaining and managing trade unions, and has managed as many as 20,000 employees.
Robert F. Ende, Chief Financial Officer
Bob has over 20 years’ experience in the human capital sector, and worked with both Jim and Mike at Comforce, a publicly-traded provider of outsourced managed services, staffing, and consulting services. Bob was the Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Comforce. Bob was also the President of Staffing Services, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the $160 million division of Comforce. Prior to that, Bob served as the Comforce’s Senior Vice President, Finance, as well as Vice President/GM of Financial Services (Comforce’s banking/funding company). Prior to that Bob was Vice President and Controller of Uniforce, a large staffing firm purchased by Comforce. Prior to working in the human capital sector, Bob held various financial executive positions in the service industry for private, public and international companies. Bob was also previously associated with Ernst & Young, and is a certified public accountant.
Keith Kravitz, Chief Marketing Officer
Keith brings over 30 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and online media field. Keith’s ability to forecast business, marketing and technology trends has made him a leader in the industry, and a sought-after consultant and speaker. He oversees a diverse group of experienced professionals and first-rate service partners, while fostering a culture of creativity, entrepreneurship and personal growth. Since 1993 his consulting group has been responsible for spearheading the growth of over 1,000 businesses. Keith has worked with Jim and Mike for nearly two decades, and was a key executive in building Immedient, a $100 million dollar technology and marketing company founded by Jim and Mike. Keith brings a wealth of New Media and Social Media experience to the team. Prior to his Internet marketing experience he worked in management at the Miami Herald Publishing Company. Keith is an accomplished speaker and has been published in multiple trade publications and media publications.