Michael J. Kappel is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Patriot Software Company and its subsidiaries. Upon earning his Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Ohio University in 1980, Mr. Kappel worked in the Nuclear Equipment Division at Babcock & Wilcox, a publicly traded company that focuses on advanced energy and environmental technologies and services. During his tenure at Babcock & Wilcox, Mr. Kappel was often promoted where he spent two years in intensive training at the nuclear manufacturing facility and went on to lead many major computer systems projects. In 1986, Mr. Kappel saw unlimited potential in the relatively young software industry so he left the corporate world to start Patriot Software Company and its five successful subsidiaries: 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 an entrepreneur and small business owner, Mr. Kappel is passionate about small business and its profound impact on the American economy.