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About Us

Akedis is a full life cycle recruiting company that delivers workforce solutions to a growing number of industry sectors. We provide a tailored approach to both permanent/direct hire recruiting as well as contingent/ contract labor staffing based on our clients’ needs with a primary focus on corporate professionals. We offer four basic models as a starting point: traditional recruitment, payrolling services, statement of work, and recruitment process outsourcing.

Our Story

Joe Patino and Adam Geerts were not friends from the start. In fact, you could say things got off on the wrong foot. One summer day the two 10-year-olds met at a neighborhood pool. Joe’s family had just moved from Wisconsin and Adam happened to be the first person he and his twin brother would meet that summer. 2 minutes into their acquaintance, a heated exchange ensued and was heading downhill fast. Adam, after realizing there were two of them, quickly realized he was outmatched by the twins. Scrambling for an out, Adam remembered a garden

Joe Patino and Adam Geerts were not friends from the start. In fact, you could say things got off on the wrong foot. One summer day the two 10-year-olds met at a neighborhood pool. Joe’s family had just moved from Wisconsin and Adam happened to be the first person he and his twin brother would meet that summer. 2 minutes into their acquaintance, a heated exchange ensued and was heading downhill fast. Adam, after realizing there were two of them, quickly realized he was outmatched by the twins. Scrambling for an out, Adam remembered a garden reptile he had caught and asked the Wisconsin transplants if they had ever seen a lizard. Fortunately for Adam, Joe and his brother had never seen one before. The distraction worked and a loyal friendship was formed that has lasted to this day. 

It is on the principles of loyalty and friendship that Joe and Adam founded Akedis, and those principles guide the company in their relationships with the clients and candidates they represent.

reptile he had caught and asked the Wisconsin transplants if they had ever seen a lizard. Fortunately for Adam, Joe and his brother had never seen one before. The distraction worked and a loyal friendship was formed that has lasted to this day. 

It is on the principles of loyalty and friendship that Joe and Adam founded Akedis, and those principles guide the company in their relationships with the clients and candidates they represent.

Leadership

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Joe Patino

Managing Partner

Joe Patino is Co-founder and Managing Partner at Akedis. His career path was an unorthodox one to say the least. Prior to entering the staffing industry, Joe was the guitarist for Spindletop Recording Artists, Twenty Mondays.

After a short-lived career in music, he was introduced to his first staffing job with a small Houston firm in 1998. He has held leadership positions for national and international staffing companies over the past twenty years. Joe holds a CCWP (Certified Contingent Workforce Professional) certification from Staffing Industry Analysts. He remains active in both business development and recruiting top talent in a variety of fields.

Personal
Born in Racine, Wisconsin He has a twin brother and an older brother and sister. Married since 1997, has 3 children and two dogs

Fun Facts:
He recorded 6 songs with Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and opened for several touring bands in the 90’s: The Smithereens, The Ocean Blue, The La’s, The Fixx, The Arc Angels, and Salt-N-Pepa to name a few.

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Adam Geerts

Managing Partner

Adam is Co-founder and Managing Partner at Akedis. He began his career in the graphic communications industry with Consolidated Graphics in Houston, Texas. He started in their Leadership Development Program and…

…over the years has held positions of greater responsibility from estimating to sales and management to executive leadership. Adam has served as President of multiple companies including Wentworth Printing in Columbia, SC., PBM Graphics in Durham, North Carolina and IntegraColor in Dallas, Texas. Adam has a passion for building healthy and effective company cultures that are focused on outperforming expectations. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in Accounting.

Personal
Adam has been married since 1997 and has 4 children. Today, Adam enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

Fun Facts
Adam can juggle an axe, torch and egg (all at the same time) and was known in his early years as an avid break dancer. Adam says both are like riding a bike… you never forget. Contact Adam

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Robert Bennett

Head of Recruiting

Rob Bennett is the Head of Recruiting at Akedis. He started his career in construction and transitioned into the building and selling of office furniture for a predominately corporate client base.

Rob eventually found his way into the technical recruiting field and has never looked back. He has been in staffing for over 12 years serving in roles as a top performing recruiter, a leading sales executive, and now enjoys his role as a player/coach in recruiting and operations for Akedis. Rob holds a CCWP (Certified Contingent Workforce Professional) from Staffing Industry Analysts.

Personal
Rob was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He relocated to Houston, TX in 2012 and immediately gained 20 lbs. He has been married since 2017 and now lives in Austin, TX with his wife and rescue dog.

Fun Facts
Rob did not pick up a golf club until 2013 and is now a 4 handicap. He welcomes all client and candidate challengers to a golf outing! Prior to his golf addiction, he was a competitive baseball and softball player where he was a part of 3 national championship teams and won several individual accolades.