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.
Angelo Salustri is Catapult’s 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”.
Prior to joining Catapult, Angelo held Sr Leadership positions in staffing organizations voted top 10 fastest growing US based staffing firms by SIA, before becoming co-founder of an HCM consulting firm where he created and trademarked a training methodology for the staffing industry.
Angelo holds a Bachelors degree in Communications and Economics from the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, where he was a 2 time All Conference and All Northeast Region shortstop, team captain and MVP for the baseball team, before playing professionally in Italy.
Angelo is an avid musician, volunteer and supporter of the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, and board member of the Erickson Living Services organization.
Mitch Blackwell is the COO of Catapult with over 15 years of experience in staffing and talent management with an emphasis on IT.
As COO, Mitch helps implements daily operations by translating strategy into actionable goals for performance and growth helping to implement organization-wide goal setting, performance management, and annual operating planning. He directly oversees operations, human resources, marketing, and accounting.
Mitch also helps build relationships with key customers, clients, and partners to expand Catapult’s business. It is his duty to ensure the company achieves growth and profitability.
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.
Director of Finance and Accounting
Alex Anderson is the Vice President of Finance and Accounting for Catapult. In his role, Alex supports the development of Catapult’s corporate strategy and oversees the company’s overall financial activities. Additionally, Alex maintains oversight of the company’s financial performance, reporting, long-range business planning, risk mitigation strategy, corporate compliance, as well as investor relations.
Alex has 7 years of finance and accounting leadership experience across multiple sectors including private equity, real estate development, and staffing. Prior to joining Catapult, Alex played a critical role in the work-out of a failed real estate portfolio valued at over $500MM, to include the negotiation of multiple forbearance agreements, Chapter 11 filings, securing and closing of debtor-in-possession financing, and management of debtor assets and responsibilities, resulting in significant value recapture and returns to investors.
Alex holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from Tarleton State University, where he was an All-Conference linebacker and team captain.
Vice President of Global Delivery
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.
Director of Business Development
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.
Vice President of Sales
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.
Human Resources Manager
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.
Finance & Accounting
As a dedicated and detailed-oriented accounting professional, Kimberly Combs has been meeting the accounting needs of corporations and individuals for the past 13 years. Kimberly was born and raised in Southern California, moving to Texas six years ago. She has a passion for ensuring that financial transactions are accurately represented, developing tactics to achieve those goals, and being a part of the team that executes it all on time and successfully.
Before starting with Catapult Solutions, Kimberly worked the past years as a Human Resources/Accounting Manager and as a Finance/Accounting Specialist. After a successful career helping with preparing asset, liability, capital account management, and analysis. She now specializes in financial reporting, optimization of accounting functions, implementing and overseeing a structure for both cost and revenue recognition, variance analysis, as well as analyzing financial options through careful risk and benefit options.
Lead Content Creator
From Lake Charles, LA. John David Henning graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Digital Advertising. Henning worked at several locations during his career.
At American Press, Henning was the Web Marketing Intern in charge of social media for the newspaper. Afterward, he joined the Louisiana Economic Development team as its marketing team. The department was tasked with attracting business opportunities to Louisiana as a way to boost funding within the state. Gatorworks Advertising Agency was the next employment opportunity he would pursue. This agency focused on SEO, or search engine optimization, to boost clients name amongst its competitors.
As content creator for the Dallas office, Henning plans to increase top of mind awareness for the Catapult brand within its target audience. It will allow Catapult to become the premier option for the staffing agency.