August 20, 2018
Class of 2018

40 Under Forty: Pat Davis, 32

Photo | Erika Sidor
Winners of the WBJ 2018 40 Under Forty award (from left): Heidi Cooper, Pat Davis, Derek Canton, Blaine Schnare.

Vice president of business operations

The DAVIS Cos., Marlborough

Lives: Hopkinton

Birthplace: Newton

Colleges: Saint Michael's College in Vermont

Davis first joined the family staffing company as an intern. After graduating college, he began in the startup IT recruitment team. He moved into a leadership role within months, resulting in 100 percent year-over-year growth and more than $2 million in revenue in its first two years. He then moved into a data analysis position, where he implemented processes to enhance the company's efficiency. Thanks to his insight and management, the company opened two new offices in Minneapolis and Memphis. In his current vice president role, Davis oversees interdepartmental collaboration and works to enhance performance through technology. He began the Davis Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway program, which provides Thanksgiving dinners for the company's clients. In four years, more than 100 dinners have been delivered. Davis and his wife have raised more than $10,000 to support literacy programs and participate in fundraisers for animal shelters. He sits on boards for Partnership for a Skilled Workforce, Career Center Initiative Program and the Massachusetts Staffing Association scientific and engineering placement board.

From 40 Under Forty judge Michael Arnum: "From his exemplary leadership skills to his passion for literacy and animal welfare, Patrick is the definition of can-do attitude."

What movie character is most like you? Real-life inspiration for "Moneyball" Billy Beane. His approach to doing more with less through analytics is incredible.

Who is most responsible for your accomplishments? My dad. He was a perfect role model for maintaining compassion as a cornerstone for conducting yourself in business.

Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty

Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance

Che Anderson - City of Worcester

Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.

Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.

Sam Bitar - Webster Five

Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP

Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives

Derek Canton - paerpay

Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.

Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics

Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching

Heidi Cooper - Cooper's Hilltop Farm

Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting

Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.

Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning

Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College

Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering

David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care

Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank

Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill

Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.

Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority

Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp

Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions

Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants

Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank

Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.

Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective

Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester

Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency

Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP

Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities

Jessica Morris - MCPHS University

Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)

Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central

Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.

Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System

Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.

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