For over a decade, Patrick Gawrysiak has served as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of VRG Systems and the VRG Group of Companies. Focusing on e-commerce and social media, the $100 million VRG Systems maintains 18 affiliates across the world. In his position, Gawrysiak holds responsibility for much of its accomplishments in innovations and creativity. Since starting VRG Systems, Patrick Gawrysiak has aided numerous companies with their Internet needs. General Motors hired him in 2005 to redesign its intranet infrastructure and consult on media branding. In 2006 and 2007, Gawrysiak assisted Nestlé in enhancing its Purina brand. Connecting with more than 30 veterinary universities throughout North America, he developed the Purina University Program, which taught the value of Purina Veterinary Diets. Additionally, the Purina Pet Partners Program started by Patrick Gawrysiak served as the first direct-to-consumer initiative that allowed people to buy prescription pet food online. Before establishing his current firm, Patrick Gawrysiak spent seven years as the founder and President of the consultancy Advanced Technologies Inc. (ACI). Responsible for a staff of more than 80 people, Gawrysiak created online strategies for businesses such as Ford Motor Company; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; and Sony during the initial Internet boom. Throughout this period, he also served as Technology Advisor to the National Retail Federation and the National Auto Dealers Association.During his spare time, Patrick Gawrysiak engages in several pastimes. Actively involved in his profession, he belongs to the Association of Information Technology Professionals and the Society for Information Management. To relax, he plays the guitar and piano, writes short stories, and plays racquetball and tennis. A member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Gawrysiak participates in its New York chapter and donates to its charitable arm, MusiCares.