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Patrick Burke is a Founder and the CEO of Catapult with 23 years of success in leading sales and operational efforts. Patrick is a dynamic leader and sets an admirable example by building trust, demonstrating commitment, and unwavering loyalty. As a founder of Catapult, his most distinguished accomplishments include opening 10 markets, hiring a leadership team, creating a national delivery center, and employing over 500 employees.
When asked how Catapult helps their customers, Mr. Burke said: “Finding great talent, hiring quality people, and above all, continued excellent customer service.” Moreover, he believes “if we win with happy employees, we win with great customer service, which results in the ultimate win of having happy customers.”
Prior to Catapult, Mr. Burke was Senior Vice President of Operations at Aerotek/Allegis Group where he managed $350 million in revenue. Some of his accomplishments and awards include Leader of the Year Award, Highest Placement Ratio Award from Capital One, as well as Toyota Outstanding Supplier 2017-18.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University where he majored in Psychology and Business and played collegiate and professional soccer. Mr. Burke is married to wife, Angie, and they have two daughters, Olivia and Isabelle. He is an avid bicyclist and enjoys swimming, working out, and traveling.
Mitch Blackwell is the VP of National Training and Delivery for Catapult with over 15 years of experience in staffing and talent management with an emphasis on IT. He supports the development of Catapult’s recruitment staff by focusing his energy on creating efficient processes, tailored training, and embodying a leadership mentality. Mitch has been a tremendous contributor to Catapult’s success over his 5-year tenure.
When asked to describe his highest achievement at Catapult, Mitch said; “Watching team members grow into successful professionals. Specifically, Gina Williams, who sits in the corporate office. We hired her with no recruiting experience, and with hard work and training, she has become the #1 recruiter in the company in just over one year.”
Mitch has achieved many personal accolades, attending the President’s Club trip to Cancun twice, being awarded as Top Revenue Producer in 2015, and voted MVP in 2017.
Mitch is originally from Chicago, IL and is a United States Navy Veteran. He is married to his wife, Gina, and they enjoy spending time with their son, Taylor, grandson, Xavier, and two dogs, Kilo and Moose. When not working, Mitch is an avid surfer and endurance sports enthusiast, particularly road cycling. He founded the McKinney Velo Cycling Team, established in 2008.
Angelo Salustri is Catapult’s Senior Vice President. With over 25 years in the staffing industry, he brings executive level management experience expanding footprints of staffing organizations, developing markets, and capabilities, while leading operational excellence. Angelo plays a critical role to the company’s growth and development strategy.
When asked why he joined Catapult, Angelo said; “The opportunity to work with Patrick Burke as part of the executive team to help create strategies and execute on initiatives to overcome the challenges of building a highly successful, high-end staffing organization of over $100M in revenue.”
Presiding over the Boston office in 2018, Angelo made an immediate impact doubling revenue for the market. He plans to continue develop the Boston market while leading strategies and initiatives to impact Catapult offices and employees nationwide.
While not working, Angelo is an avid musician and sports enthusiast. He played baseball collegiately at the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst, where he was a 2 time All-Conference shortstop, team captain, and MVP. He then played 2 years of professional baseball in Italy.
Angelo is also a volunteer and supporter of the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research and a board member of the Erickson Living Services Organization.
Alex Anderson is the Director of Finance and Accounting for Catapult with five years of managerial finance and accounting experience. His efforts are focused on formulating the company’s future direction and tactical initiatives, developing financial strategies, and the implementation of performance measures that support Catapult’s strategic direction.
Alex oversees the preparation and issuance of financial information and presents financial results to the Board of Directors, and monitors and mitigates key elements of Catapult’s risk profile.
When asked what differentiates Catapult from other companies, Alex said, “Our foundational focus on customer service and our ability to customize our service offerings to maximize Catapult’s value to our customers are our key differentiators.”
Alex is originally from Wills Point, TX, and graduated from Tarleton State University in 2014 with a degree in Accounting while playing collegiate football. In his free time, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife, Hannah, traveling, real estate investment, and video gaming.
Christopher Burke is a Founder and the VP of National Delivery for Catapult with 20 years of diverse experience in recruiting, sales, and delivery on a national scale. As the VP of National Delivery, Chris focuses his talents on leading the MSP account business and handles a team of recruiters in both the United States and offshore in Ukraine.
When asked to describe the culture at Catapult, Chris used three words: family, integrity, and innovation. He believes that: “The opportunity to start your own company with friends and family, making the tough decisions, and finding success are what contribute to the great culture at Catapult. Each employee has a voice, and that is a rare quality for an employer.”
Chris is very proud that Catapult has grown to employ over 500 people and very humbled by the success of reaching over $30M in revenue in just five years.
While outside of the office, Chris enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Kelly and their two sons, Connor and Liam. He is a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan and an avid supporter of EDM.
Ryan Teroy is a Founder and Senior Director of Business Development for Catapult with 20 years of talent acquisition, sales, and management experience. Ryan is responsible for local, regional, and national business development and is one of the top performing employees for the company.
When asked what differentiates Catapult from other companies, Ryan said; “We’re smaller which allows us to be more maneuverable and adaptable. We can adjust to our client’s needs quickly without having to go through the red tape of the large staffing providers. This allows us to make quick decisions that are in our client’s best interests without having to go through numerous steps in a chain of command. At the end of the day, our clients want better customer service and quick response. This is the reason we created this company and one of the contributors to our success.”
Ryan is originally from Caruthersville, MO, a very small town in which he often visits family and enjoys his time fly fishing. He is an avid supporter of local networking groups in the DFW area and a proud father of two children, Neely and Tate.
Fred Held joined CatapultSG in the spring of 2015 as the Director of Sales for Cincinnati operations. Prior to joining Catapult, he has enjoyed 25 years of success in the Technology growing from a network engineer to Vice President of Enterprise Applications for a $1B grocery chain. His success; however, is a result of his leadership and expertise in solving the talent challenges within teams and corporations. He believes no process or technology is effective without the right person or combination of people to run, improve, and innovate, and therefore has been instrumental in growing Staffing and Technology Consulting organizations.
After attending the University of Cincinnati and Thomas Moore College, he achieved certification in Microsoft Office, Windows NT, Hyland Software’s OnBase and AutoCAD.
He comes to Catapult with his wife, Liz, and three children: Audrey, Abi, and Jake. Although he enjoys the finer things in life, he is always open to a campfire and acoustic guitar session.
Karolina Stefko is the Corporate Recruiter for CatapultSG. She has been a top performing recruiter and sales executive for over five years. Her background touches in logistics, healthcare, HR/Admin, IT and corporate. Karolina is responsible for building offices nationwide by hiring ambitious and competitive mindset recruiters and sales individuals.
Karolina is originally from Poland, she moved to Charlotte, NC when she was nine years old. She attended UNC Charlotte where she graduated with a Graphic Design degree and minored in advanced communication and screenwriting. During her free time, aside from writing and working, she enjoys spending time with her puppy named Louie. She’s also training to become a fitness instructor at a Climb Studio. She always pushes herself to the next level and loves encouraging others to do so as well!
Sara Kate Lindley is the Human Resources Manager for Catapult Solutions Group. She has been an asset to our team handling everything HR for our company. Sara Kate is responsible for supporting all 13 offices with back office operations, payroll, benefits, employee relations, and onboarding of contractors and internal employees.
Sara Kate began her career in Human Resources with Amazon in Indiana then transferred to Dallas, Texas to take on a new role of launching Amazon’s largest fulfillment center. After time spent with Amazon, Sara Kate decided she wanted to go somewhere she could really make an impact on the culture and standards of operation. She found that at Catapult, and is thrilled to share her talents and expertise to help the company grow to new heights.
Sara Kate is originally from Destin, Florida and graduated from Louisiana State University where she majored in Human Resources Management. She enjoys going to LSU sporting events, New Orleans Saints games, and traveling the world whenever she can.