By Carla Short
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Pratik gained an Industrial Engineering degree in India and decided to come to the U.S. for a master’s degree. He had a number of friends who had come to WVU and talked highly of our program.
When Pratik completed his master’s at WVU, he was accepted into the MBA program at the Wharton School of Business, one of the top business schools in America. When asked about his preparation for Wharton, Pratik comments: “My IE degrees were perfect preparation for an MBA. The broad background we get in operations efficiency, statistics, and operations research gives you the thought processes to succeed in a top MBA program.”
After graduation from Wharton, Pratik has had one of the most diverse career paths of any of our graduates. He has worked in a medical products company, staffing companies, and in information technology companies. Pratik comments that the transition from one type of company to another hasn’t been that difficult. “The fundamentals are always the same: people, processes, and technology. All you have to do is understand the new context.”
Pratik has also become a serial entrepreneur. He founded his own company, Mylatch, Inc., to challenge the labor intensive and expensive processes that employers use to find the talent they need. Many of his ideas are becoming standard practice by employers today.
Pratik sold Mylatch and used the financial resources he gained from the sale to eventually acquire Shield Watch IT and Web Services. Again, Pratik is challenging current practice by integrating IT services under one umbrella organization. “Traditionally our clients had to contract with a number of firms to secure the IT support they need. We provide for all of their needs.”
As a serial entrepreneur, Pratik is always on the lookout for other opportunities. “My IE background gives me the unique combination of technical and business perspective to develop and grow entrepreneurial organizations.”
Pratik has also been involved in charitable activities. He has served as a Director and a Treasurer of the Heartbeat Foundation, an organization that accepts donated pacemakers and distributes them to underdeveloped countries.
CEO Shield Watch IT & Web Services
CEO at Shield Watch IT & Web Services
May 2013 – Present
SHIELD WATCH is a 21-year-old IT Managed Services Provider serving the Information Technology & Web Marketing needs of Small & Medium Businesses in the greater Tampa Bay area. While SHIELD WATCH has earned several accolades recognizing its outstanding growth over the past few
years, the company is most proud of its LeverIT framework. LeverIT is a suite of proprietary software and processes that help clients leverage Information Technology to gain competitive advantage in business. LeverIT is the epitome of making technology work for our clients! Talk to SHIELD WATCH today
if you want Worry Free your IT and Obsessive Customer Support. Call 813-490-4260 or visit http://www.shieldwatch.com to request a free assessment of your IT environment.
Member, Board of Directors at Heartbeat International Foundation
May 2015 – August 2016 (1 year 4 months)
President at Career Transitions, LLC
March 2010 – May 2013 (3 years 3 months)
Career Transitions LLC is a full service Talent Acquisition Services company that provides Executive Recruiting, Contract Staffing, RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) Services and Outplacement Services. The company also offers a revolutionary Social Recruiting Talent Acquisition software platform that can integrate a company’s corporate branding, proprietary social media matching technology, video interviewing, pre-employment testing and ON-DEMAND staffing services into one easy to use SaaS platform. I have full P&L responsibility of the company’s entire operation including Sales & Marketing, Operations, Technology and overall strategic direction of the company.
Founder & CEO at Mylatch, Inc.
May 2008 – February 2010 (1 year 10 months)
Mylatch leverages Branding, Social Media & Video Technologies to help Small Businesses attract, engage & hire top talent online.
Mylatch was designed to empower the job seeker and the employer with web 2.0 collaboration tools and technologies to facilitate the highest quality match while significantly reducing recruitment costs. Mylatch in many ways re-defines the job board. It brings together the most optimal blend of fragmented collaboration tools like Personal & Company Branding, Social Networking and Innovative Video Interview tools for the job seeker and the employer to facilitate a high quality match in record time.
Associate Director, Manufacturing Strategy at Bayer HealthCare
March 2008 – February 2009 (1 year)
Responsible for integrating newly acquired portfolio companies into the existing Bayer Diabetes Care business ranging from Operations, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Sales & Marketing to Quality functions
from a Post Merger Integration standpoint.
Director of Operations at Integrity Staffing Solutions
May 2007 – March 2008 (11 months)
Overall responsibility of Management Consulting and Operations Management (partnered staffing) and P&L Responsibility of Amazon.com’s Fulfilment Centers in Lexington, KY.
QA Engineer, Sr. Industrial Engineer, Project Manager at MEDRAD Inc., A BAYER Company
February 2001 – May 2007 (6 years 4 months)
Career Progression through roles in Quality, Operations, Industrial Engineering, Lean Manufacturing and IT Project Management with significant bottom-line impacting results Cost Engineer at West Virginia University
August 1999 – December 2000 (1 year 5 months)
Production Supervisor at Alcoa
December 1997 – July 1999 (1 year 8 months)
September 1996 – November 1997 (1 year 3 months)
The Wharton School
MBA, Strategy & Entrepreneurship, 2008 – 2010
West Virginia University
M.S., Industrial Engineering & Systems Engineering, 1999 – 2000
B.S., Industrial Engineering, 1994 – 1998
Honors and Awards
Top 10 Managed IT Services Providers in Tampa, 2016 Inc 5000, 2016 MSPMENTOR 501, 2017
MSPMENTOR 501, 2016 GLOBEE GOLD AWARD FOR SALES GROWTH, 2017 GLOBEE GOLD
AWARD FOR SALES GROWTH, 2017 STEVIE BRONZE AWARD FOR SALES GROWTH