October 8, 2019
Mike Kappel, Chief Executive Officer
Michael J. Kappel is the founder and CEO of Patriot Software. After earning an Engineering degree from Ohio University in 1980, Kappel worked in the Nuclear Equipment Division of Babcock & Wilcox. In 1986, Mr. Kappel saw unlimited potential in the relatively young software industry so he left the corporate world to start the first of his 5 successful companies: Synergy Data Systems, LLC (1986); Top Echelon Network, LLC (1988); Top Echelon Contracting, LLC (1992); Career Marketplace, LLC (1995); and, Patriot Software, LLC (2002). With more than 30 years of experience as a successful serial entrepreneur and business owner, Mr. Kappel is passionate about helping millions of American business owners simplify their mundane accounting and payroll tasks.
Michael Wheeler, President & Chief Legal Officer
Michael A. Wheeler is the President & Chief Legal Officer of Patriot Software Company and serves as the President of the Board of Directors. Mr. Wheeler has a deep understanding of the Company and recently completed a $15.1M Private Stock Offering under Regulation D, Rule 506(c). AHe oversaw the sale of Top Echelon Software, LLC and spin-off of FoxHire, LLC and donation of Career Marketplace, LLC. He handles all executive-level matters as Chief Compliance Officer, Investor Relations Officer, in addition to Patriot’s legal, compliance, financial, and human resources departments. Mr. Wheeler has been in roles such as General Counsel, Corporate Counsel and President and Corporate Acquisitions Director. In addition to his business experience as President of a Patriot subsidiary, he is a licensed attorney and has experience in corporate restructuring, M&A, contractual matters, employment law, insurance, real estate, and governmental compliance. Mr. Wheeler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of Mount Union and a Juris Doctorate from The University of Akron School of Law. Mr. Wheeler has volunteered extensively across 4 continents, specifically working with orphanages, victims of human trafficking, and non-governmental organizations in Asia, Central America, and throughout Africa. He has worked to secure land rights and negotiate with tribal and local governments to secure clean drinking water, medical services, and free education with organizations such as Frontline Ministries International, Mother Teresa’s Calcutta Center and the Sisters of Charity, and Iris Ministries International. Locally, Mr. Wheeler is a Trustee on the YMCA of Central Stark County Board of Trustees and also serves on the YMCA’s Endowment Committee and served on the Finance and Property Committee; he is on the Board of the Stark County District Library Foundation; and, he serves on the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Education Committee. He is active with various professional, religious, and civic associations. Married since 2005, he and his wife have 3 young sons. Prior to coming to Patriot Software Company in 2006, Mr. Wheeler worked at LexisNexis.
Senior Management Team
Todd Schmitt, Controller
Todd B. Schmitt is a CPA and serves as Controller for the Patriot Software Companies. Working with the Patriot companies for more than eleven years now, Todd actively manages the day-to-day operations of the accounting department, provides financial analysis and reporting for management, consults on software development projects, and supervises various payroll and HR functions. His main goal is to assure management of the integrity of the financial data and the safety of corporate assets used to run the Patriot businesses daily.
Prior to coming to Patriot, Todd accumulated 21 years of public accounting experience while working for Hall, Kistler & Company, LLP, concentrating on corporate audit and taxation matters for a myriad of closely-held businesses. This analytical, financial background provided a solid foundation for his transition into the private accounting world at the Patriot companies.
Upon graduating from Malone University with a BA in Accounting and Business Administration, Todd took up permanent residence in Canton in 1982. He has been married to his wife for over 35 years and has two children. Todd serves his church as a Board Member and Treasurer, as well as a Sunday School teacher and worship team member. For fun, he enjoys anything with the family, sports, reading, and travel.
Paul Bailey, Chief Technology Officer
Paul Bailey serves as Chief Technology Officer for Patriot Software. Paul has worked for Patriot since 1991. He began as an intern while earning his degree from Stark State College.
Back in our early startup days, before the modern-day internet existed, Paul wrote our applicant tracking software in the FoxPro programming language for executive recruiters. The software ran on desktop computers and could only be updated with 5 ¼-inch floppy disks. In the mid-90s, he retooled his team and began writing web-based software for job seekers and recruiters using HTML 2.0 and Visual Basic 3. In 2001, Paul led Patriot’s leap into the new millennium with the launch of our first cloud-based applicant tracking software for recruiters, Big Biller.
Today, Paul manages the day-to-day efforts of Patriot. He keeps running smoothly, from system design and hardware infrastructure to software development and lead generation.
On a personal note, Paul has savored over two decades of wedded bliss with his high school sweetheart, and they are raising 4 teenage children together. He has enjoyed coaching youth basketball for the past 15 years and spends the rest of his (very little) free time exercising, playing video games, and going on weekly dates with his wife.