Patina Nation

Patina Solutions, one of the fastest growing professional services firms, provides accomplished professionals–all with a minimum of 20 years of experience–to help companies reach their goals.

From executing special projects to completing interim executive roles, and executive search.


Driving success though Mission, People, and Culture


Mark currently serves as a Board Director/ Advisor in the education, economic/community development, human resources, and construction sectors. In 2017 he retired as Vice President of Human Resources at AbbVie, a leading global biopharmaceutical company. He’s led international and global HR functions at Abbott, AbbVie, and SC Johnson with diverse experiences in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, hospital, and consumer products.


28 April – – CONVERSATION 

Big picture, what is the state of the build, buy, borrow and bridgetheme in the marketplaceWhat are you seeing in corporate America + abroad? 

  • Patina clients: use executive talent innovatively.
  • Traditional SEARCH (full-time leadership placements).
  • INTERIM + INTERIM-TO-HIRE + PROJECTS & CONSULTING  growing rapidly US; well established outside US

When/Why are Talent Execs taking these approaches? Strategies, pros & cons?

and… what are you seeing in the talent space?  

  • Executives leaning into gig economy.
  • After years of success in traditional corporate leadership roles, more are developing a mosaic career… managing multiple income streams, using skills/connections from being C-suite leaders, VPs, Directors.

Why? What’s in it for them?  

COVID: What are you seeing in the marketplace?

  • We saw a spike for talent in several functions; supply chain is a global example.
  • Creative use of talent. Our professionals are working about 50 percent virtually; about 50 percent in-person.




Mike Harris – Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Patina Solutions | Patina Nation
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. As a co-founder of Patina Solutions and Patina Nation in 2008, Mike saw the growing talent gap occurring as baby boomers who hold a high percentage of leadership positions and jobs were starting to retire from the workforce. He also saw that professionals with 25 years or more of experience were looking to work differently and he wanted to harness the power of these experts to fill client’s impending resource and skill gaps for projects and interim leadership roles.

Mike’s commitment to empowering seasoned professionals drove him to write a book, Career 180s, profiling a number of people who made major career changes after much of their working lives following a different path.

Mike is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from entrepreneurial endeavors to transitioning from CFO to CEO.

A CPA, he has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside.

 Quote from Mike 

Gen-X And Baby Boomers:

Long-Term Experience Is Just What These Gigs Require
“Love it or hate it, the gig economy is changing the way people work around the world.

According to Deloitte’s 2019 Global Human Capital Trends report, contract, freelance and gig employment or alternative work have become mainstream.

Essentially, any worker engaging in independent work in any capacity—online or offline, with regular or occasional participation, and for primary or supplemental earnings, is a gig worker.

Not surprisingly, talent networks offering alternative working opportunities are experiencing growing memberships and increasing revenue.”

More on this article – including quotes from Mike are here.