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Gabe Patricio

President

Born and raised in The Azores, Portugal, Gabe Patricio immigrated at the age of fourteen with his family to the United States. Gabe considers his parents' decision to move from their native country in order to seek better opportunities in the US the gift of a lifetime, one which he has striven to take full advantage of by pursuing the American dream.
 

Carlos Patricio

Chief Operating Officer

Carlos immigrated from Portugal to the U.S. along with his brother Gabe and their family in 1977. While pursuing a degree in Textile Technology from Southeastern Massachusetts University, he began working in 1986 for Duro Industries as a laboratory manager, supervising textile testing against military standards. He was later promoted to Production Manager, becoming responsible for scheduling all production departments in order to meet client priorities.
 

Mike Ferritto

Business Group Director

Born in New London, Connecticut, Mike and his family received orders to Rota, Spain where his father served aboard submarine tenders and with shore-based units prior to being transferred back to the United States, finally settling in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Mike credits his desire to be a Marine to his father's career serving with Amphibious Readiness Groups throughout the 1980s.
 

Robert Ferrer

Business Group Director

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bob Ferrer was fortunate to grow up in a family that spent a great deal of time traveling the world, and spent much of his youth in Europe during his holidays from school. While attending The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, Bob was appointed to the Commandant's Distinguished Service list for three years, designated a Distinguished Naval Student, and served as a company commander his senior year.
 

T. Trent Beck

Business Group Director

Trent enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1976, and was commissioned after graduation from The Citadel in 1983 as a Second Lieutenant through the Naval ROTC Scholarship Commissioning Program. He earned his Naval Aviator wings in 1985, and served on active duty until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2006, when he joined Patricio Enterprises (PE).
 

Clayton E. Smith

Business Group Director

Clayton was born in Portsmouth, VA and grew up in the neighboring city of Chesapeake, where he graduated from Western Branch High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1977. After an initial assignment to Marine Aircraft Group 14 as a jet mechanic, he was selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1979 and was commissioned under that program upon graduation from the University of Florida in 1983.
 

Jeffrey W. Megargel

Director of Business Development

Jeff Megargel was born to a farm family in rural Pennsylvania, and enlisted in the United States Navy on his seventeenth birthday to become a Russian linguist. A few months later, he was in a remote part of northern Turkey working side by side with Turkish Army linguists. The last three years of his enlistment were spent at Fort Meade, Maryland.
 

Jim Riordan

Business Group Director

After thirty-eight years of service, Jim retired from the federal government as a member of the Senior Executive Service serving as the Executive Director, Program Management Organization, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During his career, Jim was fortunate to have had opportunities to work for a number of different organizations in a variety of positions.
 
President

Born and raised in The Azores, Portugal, Gabe Patricio immigrated at the age of fourteen with his family to the United States. Gabe considers his parents' decision to move from their native country in order to seek better opportunities in the US the gift of a lifetime, one which he has striven to take full advantage of by pursuing the American dream.

After graduating high school in 1980, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was commissioned in 1986 as a Second Lieutenant through the Officer Candidate Commissioning Program. Gabe served on active duty until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2005, when he formed Patricio Enterprises (PE).

In 2002, after achieving Level III Certification in Program Management from the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC), he was assigned the duties of Program Manager, Infantry Combat Equipment, Marine Corps Systems Command, in Quantico, Virginia. The timing of Gabe's assignment following the attacks of September 11, 2001, placed him amidst, arguably, some of the most challenging times in the history of modernization of the battlefield clothing and equipment utilized by US warfighters. In the days leading up to and through the subsequent US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gabe's team - under his leadership - yielded some of the most significant improvements in Marine/Soldier Individual Combat Clothing and Equipment, resulting in designs which improved the combat effectiveness, survivability, mobility, and sustainability of the gear so vital to the success of today's armed forces.

Gabe's reputation and drive shapes PE's brand. He is widely recognized for establishing leading-edge teams responsive to and responsible for resourcing equipment for deployed Marines in support of the Global War on Terrorism. As PE's Founder and President, he has implemented this approach as the company's model for supporting initiatives though our DoD and DHS clients. Gabe's selected achievements directly related to PE's business paradigm include:
  • Successfully applying program leadership, acquisition, procurement, and logistics experience within a dynamic, high-pressure acquisition business, in order to constantly improve customer satisfaction through the company's efficiency and performance.
  • Implementing strategies and advancing cutting-edge acquisition concepts by adopting partnerships and supply chain integration, resulting in highly successful, urgently needed products fielded to warfighters within accelerated time periods.
  • Leading the Project Team that researched, designed, developed, acquired, and fielded the New Marine Combat Utility Uniform -- the first major revision to DoD combat uniforms in over 30 years, one which was not only extremely successful, but widely acknowledged for its vastly improved performance and universal acceptability among the ranks. Established an innovative and rapid acquisition approach which today is being duplicated by other Services. Gabe is one of the named inventors in three patents issued by The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to the Secretary of the Navy.
  • Leading, developing and implementing the outsourcing strategy for worldwide contractor-supported Consolidates Issue Facility Program for Combat Clothing and Equipment. Reduced individual accounts/equipment issue points by 90% (150 to 15 facilities). Generated the concept and strategy, built consensus and program support to obtain funding in an off-year budget cycle; awarded contract and initiated operations within six months.
  • Developing and delivering both highly technical and informational presentations intrinsic to the program decision-making process at the highest levels of the DoD, and to elected officials, Congressional staff, professional associations, trade conferences, and program reviews.
PE is in many ways a continuation of Gabe's leadership, business acumen and entrepreneurship displayed while he served on active duty in various capacities. Adding value to our clients though Performance, Excellence and Innovation are not just slogans but acts committed by PE's employees on a daily basis. The culture and ambiance nourished and encouraged is one of empowerment, personal and professional growth that is directly attributed to PE's growth and reputation within the industry.

EDUCATION
Graduate, B.S. Professional Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1985
Graduate, Defense Systems Management College (DSMC), Program Management 2002, Level III, 2002
Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia, 1994
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Member of DON Acquisition Professional Community (APC)
Chief Operating Officer

Carlos immigrated from Portugal to the U.S. along with his brother Gabe and their family in 1977.

While pursuing a degree in Textile Technology from Southeastern Massachusetts University, he began working in 1986 for Duro Industries as a laboratory manager, supervising textile testing against military standards. He was later promoted to Production Manager, becoming responsible for scheduling all production departments in order to meet client priorities.

In 1999, Carlos left Duro Industries to become a Textile Technologist and Contracts Administrator for American Power Source, where he managed material sourcing. He began working for Battelle Memorial Institute in 2001 as a Scientist supporting various clients within the Army Natick Soldier System Center and was later promoted to Battelle Natick Operations Manager; his duties included relationship management, business development, proposal preparation, and budget management; as well as facility operations, growth forecasting, and physical security.

Carlos joined his brother Gabe at Patricio Enterprises in 2008 as a Program Manager supporting PE's contract with the Air Force Uniform Office (AFUO) at Wright-Patterson AFB, and acting as Business Developer, Proposal Manager, and Capture Manager for the Department of Homeland Security's Program Management, Administrative, Clerical and Technical Services (DHS Pacts). Carlos became PE's Chief Operating Officer in 2009.

EDUCATION
Graduate, B.S. Textile Technology, Southeastern Massachusetts University (currently University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), 1987.
Business Group Director

Born in New London, Connecticut, Mike and his family received orders to Rota, Spain where his father served aboard submarine tenders and with shore-based units prior to being transferred back to the United States, finally settling in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Mike credits his desire to be a Marine to his father's career serving with Amphibious Readiness Groups throughout the 1980s. During this period Mike would meet his father's ship in Morehead City, North Carolina to see the offload of troops following Operations in Beirut and Grenada; he could always be found with the disembarked Marines, and was impressed by their character and willingness to do what others could not.

After graduating high school in 1991, he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves as an aviation ground support equipment electrician. He was commissioned in 1996 following college as a Second Lieutenant through the Platoon Leaders Course program. Upon graduating from The Basic School and the Infantry Officer's Course, Mike served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, 81mm Mortars Platoon Commander, and Weapons Company Executive Officer with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines before receiving orders in 2000 to Marine Corps Systems Command.

At Marine Corps Systems Command, Mike was assigned to the Ground Weapons Branch where he served as the Crew Served Weapons Project Officer responsible for the life cycle management of the Marine Corps' machine guns and mortars. Towards the end of his tour he served as the Project Officer for the Marine Enhancement Program and Team Leader for the Integrated Infantry Rifle Squad, the predecessor to the Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001 he was assigned as the Special Project Officer responsible for identifying, receiving host country training, importing and demonstrating flame thrower capabilities in preparation for Operation Enduring Freedom. Mike attributes his experience at Marine Corps Systems Command and exposure to then Lieutenant Colonel Gabe Patricio as the foundation for civilian life after the Marine Corps working with industry in support of the Department of Defense.

After departing the Active Duty ranks in December 2002, Mike continued his service providing program support for the Marine Enhancement Program, the Global Combat Support System (Combatant Command/Joint Task Force) program and the Marine Corps Ground Based Radars program office before joining Patricio Enterprises (PE) in 2005. Having been exposed to Gabe's leadership and results-oriented entrepreneurial spirit, Mike readily joined Patricio Enterprises for the opportunity to grow professionally with a different type of company. Since joining PE, he has served as Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier's Liaison to Marine Corps Systems Command, Marine Corps Mortars Project Officer, as a Program Manager at Headquarters Marine Corps Installations and Logistics, and as Deputy Program Manager for PE's Department of Homeland Security efforts. Mike was promoted to Vice President in 2006.

EDUCATION
Graduate, B.S. Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University, 1996
Graduate, Master of Business Administration, Mary Washington College, 2004
Graduate, M.S. Biodefense, George Mason University, 2009
Business Group Director

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bob Ferrer was fortunate to grow up in a family that spent a great deal of time traveling the world, and spent much of his youth in Europe during his holidays from school.

While attending The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, Bob was appointed to the Commandant's Distinguished Service list for three years, designated a Distinguished Naval Student, and served as a company commander his senior year. He graduated with a degree in Foreign Languages in 1982.

Bob was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps after college, and was deployed for over twenty years in operations around the globe, serving as III Marine Expeditionary Force Fires Officer, Liaison to the Department of the Navy, Action officer at the Marine Corps Headquarters, and the Head of Ground Combat Requirements. Following the tragedy of September 11th, Bob pulled his retirement papers to volunteer for duty overseas. Upon returning from his last deployment to the Middle East, he retired at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command at Quantico, Virginia.

After retiring, Mr. Ferrer became the Deputy Manager of the Battelle Memorial Institute's Stafford, Virginia base of operations for four years. He left Battelle in 2006 to join his longtime friend Gabe Patricio and serve as the Business Manager of Patricio Enterprises.

An avid foxhunter and sportsman, Bob has served on the Board of numerous foxhunting organizations, including of the three- person legislative committee to protect foxhunting in Virginia. Bob has also served on the Board and as the Vice President of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of Virginia, and is a life member of many additional organizations - among them, the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution, the Colonial Society of Pennsylvania, the Marine Corps Association, the Military Order of Foreign Wars, the Army Navy Club of Washington, the Commonwealth Club of Richmond, and the Newtown Hunt Club of Virginia.

Education
Graduate, B.A. Foreign Languages, The Citadel
Graduate, USMC Amphibious Warfare School
Graduate, Marine Corps University Command and Staff College
Graduate, USA Field Artillery School
DAWIA Certified Level II in Program Management
Business Group Director

Trent enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1976, and was commissioned after graduation from The Citadel in 1983 as a Second Lieutenant through the Naval ROTC Scholarship Commissioning Program. He earned his Naval Aviator wings in 1985, and served on active duty until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2006, when he joined Patricio Enterprises (PE).

Trent served as Operational Test Director for Night Vision Systems and the CH-46 helicopter at Helicopter Marine Executive Squadron One, where he tested the state-of-the-art Head-Up Display (HUD). In 1993, he was assigned as the Program Coordinator of Presidential Helicopters VH-60 fleet and teamed with Naval Air Systems Command, Sikorsky Aircraft, Naval Air Warfare Center Patuxent River, and General Electric Jet Engines Division to procure, test and field an auto-ignition capability in the existing T-700 jet engines.

After achieving Level III Certification in Program Management from the Defense Systems Management College (DSMC) in 2002, he was assigned the duties of Program Manager, Common Access Card and Smartcard Technologies, at Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Virginia. Trent led the efforts necessary to establish MCB Quantico as the first Common Access Card-issuing facility in the Department of Defense. He executed the fielding and support for Public Key Infrastructure certificate issuance worldwide.

In 2003, he was assigned as the Senior Marine at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), where he commanded Mobile Collection Team - 3 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His leadership on multiple missions to Russia, interacting with the Russian Space Agency and Ministry of Defense, ensured the secure storage of plutonium through compliance under the Cooperative Threat Reduction and Plutonium Reactor Agreement Programs.

Trent leads a team in support of the USMC Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) Program, Marine Corps Systems Command. He is recognized for developing the necessary DoD 5000 program acquisition documentation for USMC CREW's ACAT II program of record designation.

EDUCATION
Graduate, B.S. Business, The Citadel, 1983
Naval Aviator, Pensacola, Florida, 1985
Weapons and Tactics Instructor School, Yuma, Arizona, 1987
Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia, 1990
Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia, 1998
Graduate, Defense Systems Management College (DSMC), Program Management, Level III, 2002
Business Group Director

Clayton was born in Portsmouth, VA and grew up in the neighboring city of Chesapeake, where he graduated from Western Branch High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1977. After an initial assignment to Marine Aircraft Group 14 as a jet mechanic, he was selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1979 and was commissioned under that program upon graduation from the University of Florida in 1983.

After completion of The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia and the Field Artillery Officer's Basic Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Clayton was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines where he served in a variety of billets as an artillery officer. During a nearly 5 year tour on Okinawa, Japan, he also served as Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, Camp Smedley D. Butler. After returning briefly to the United States to attend the Logistics Officer Course at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia and a lateral move to the logistics field, he returned to Okinawa to be assigned as the Logistics Officer for 3rd Maintenance Battalion, III Force Service Support Group.

In December 1988, Clayton returned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point where he was assigned concurrently as the Logistics Officer for both Marine Aircraft Group 14 and Marine Aircraft Group 14 (Forward), II Marine Aircraft Wing, 3rd Marine Division. Later assigned as the Logistics Officer for Marine Aircraft Group 40, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Clayton was responsible for the deployment of that 3000 man unit to the Persian Gulf in support of Desert Shield / Desert Storm. Upon completion of that tour, he was selected to attend the United States Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School at Quantico, Virginia.

In 1992, Clayton received orders to Company E, Marine Security Guard Battalion in Frankfurt, Germany where he served as both the Operations Officer and the Executive Officer. Prior to completion of that tour, he was selected to attend the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia from which he graduated in 1996 with distinction and with a Masters in Military Studies. After a subsequent assignment to the Officers Assignment Branch at Headquarters Marine Corps, Clayton retired from the Marine Corps after nearly 22 years of active service.

After retirement, Clayton founded and operated a successful landscape design-build business for nearly five years. He later went into business with an old friend he met while a student at the United States Army Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In that business he held positions as the Director of Operations and later as Director of Business Development for a firm providing Information Assurance services primarily to the agencies within the United States Government. Clayton later joined another firm where he supported the United States Army Future Combat Systems Technologies Office and the Rapid Equipping Force at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Clayton joined Patricio Enterprises in the spring of 2007 where he leads the Patricio Enterprises Team providing acquisition support to the Program Manager, Infantry Combat Equipment.

Clayton is happily married to the former Jamie Renee Bird, whom he met in his first class at the University of Florida. Clayton and Jamie have two sons, Christopher and Bradley. Christopher and his wife, Rachel, are the parents of Clayton and Jamie's beautiful granddaughter, Rita Jeannine.
Director of Business Development

Jeff Megargel was born to a farm family in rural Pennsylvania, and enlisted in the United States Navy on his seventeenth birthday to become a Russian linguist. A few months later, he was in a remote part of northern Turkey working side by side with Turkish Army linguists. The last three years of his enlistment were spent at Fort Meade, Maryland. While at Fort Meade, Jeff observed U.S. Marines and saw the discipline he strived for ever since playing war in the fields around his family's milk parlor as a boy. In August 1986, he reported to Parris Island and three years later became an Officer Candidate bound for Penn State University with a new bride in tow. Julie settled in to enjoy State College and Penn State football, while Jeff went on to lead the Bulldog platoon of the NROTC unit.

Following commissioning and The Basic School, Jeff and Julie reported to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While there, Jeff volunteered for duty with 2d Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company where he became the H&S Platoon Commander and Company S-4. After 21 months with 2d ANGLICO, he joined his former Marine Officer Instructor, LtCol Joe Medina, at 3d Battalion, 2d Marines. That tour brought several deployments including hair-raising moments in Bosnia-Herzegovina and an opportunity to finally use all that Russian in joint operations with former Spetnatz and naval infantry units from the Ukraine and other former Soviet Block countries.

After 39 months in an infantry battalion, Jeff was selected to attend the Acquisition and Contract Management program at the Naval Postgraduate School. As a warranted Contracting Officer at Marine Corps Logistics Command (MCLC), Jeff worked with and developed a great deal of respect for a Program Manager in Quantico named LtCol Gabe Patricio. Jeff also worked with another notable Program Manager named Doug Bryce. At MCLC, Jeff played a key role in many programs including JSLIST boots and gloves, JSTDS-SS, and the Interoperable Consequence Management Prime Vendor program.

After retirement, Jeff landed at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). While at SAIC, Jeff served in various roles including Business Manager, Division Manager, and Program Manager for over 200 employees worldwide. Today, Jeff is still supported by, Julie, his wife of more than 20 years, and his beautiful daughter, Grace Elizabeth. He manages multiple programs for Patricio Enterprises and is quite happy to be surrounded by Marines again.

Education:
The Pennsylvania State University - BA History
Naval Postgraduate School - MS Management
DAWIA Level II Contracting
Business Group Director

After thirty-eight years of service, Jim retired from the federal government as a member of the Senior Executive Service serving as the Executive Director, Program Management Organization, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During his career, Jim was fortunate to have had opportunities to work for a number of different organizations in a variety of positions.

The positions Jim held during his federal career, included Electronic Technician for the Naval Research Laboratory; Engineering Technician and Acquisition Manager for the Naval Weapons Engineering Support Activity; Head of the Technical Documentation Branch for Headquarters Marine Corps; Head of the Logistics Policy Branch and the Logistics Support Division for the Marine Corps Research, Development, and Acquisition Command; Head of the International Programs Division, Deputy Director, Program Analysis and Evaluation Directorate, Director, Combat Equipment and Support Systems Product Group, and Director, Communications, Intelligence, and Networking Systems Product Group for the Marine Corps Systems Command; and Executive Program Director, Secure Border Initiative for DHS.

During his career, Jim has worked in all facets of acquisition from logistics to technical to project management; managed programs ranging from rapid acquisitions to major programs; participated in joint-service projects and programs; served in line and staff positions; developed and implemented policies; and led small and large staffs of civilian, military, and contractor personnel.

Jim achieved DAWIA Level III certifications in Program Management and Acquisition Logistics, DHS Level A certification in Program Management, and Program Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Program Management Institute.

Jim retired from federal service on 1 July 2011 and joined Patricio Enterprises in August 2011.

EDUCATION:

M.S. National Defense University
B.S. Mary Washington College
Graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces
Diploma Federal Executive Institute
Graduate of the Defense Senior Acquisition Course, Defense Acquisition University