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Patrick Esposito

President and Co-FounderACME General Corp.

Morgantown, WV

Member Since October 2023




As an entrepreneur, business executive, attorney, and advisor, I have over two decades of experience founding, leading, and advising SMBs across diverse sectors, including technology, consulting, retail, banking, and real estate. I've advised start-up executive teams, family business owners, large publicly traded company executive teams, and leaders in the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as led multiple national security and defense technology companies to successful acquisitions. I serve as president of ACME General Corp., a leading public sector innovation advisory business based in New York, Austin, and Morgantown, and counsel at Spilman Thomas & Battle, a Mid-Atlantic regional law firm. I launched Initiative Labs LLC to help business leaders apply principles from my book, The Structure of Success, to create the conditions for success in their business ventures. I earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a master's degree in modern history from the University of Oxford, my professional background includes executive roles in a venture-backed software company and a high-growth financial services firm.

Published content

4 lessons for tech startups expanding into government contracting


Fast Company Executive Board member Patrick Esposito shares important takeaways for leaders exploring opportunities with government agencies.

16 smarter ways to balance your leadership responsibilities at work

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Here's how to improve your productivity and decision-making skills in 2024. Leading a successful corporation in the business sector or a nonprofit that is making an incredible impact on the local and greater community it serves sounds impressive and rewarding; however, it takes plenty of tenacity to maintain industry relevance and a different mindset to make smart business decisions. As the marketplace continues to transform itself in the new normal, managers may be feeling overwhelmed and burned out by all of the tasks piled on their plates to keep up with the changing consumer demands in an uncertain economic climate. To prevent them from high-stress levels, feelings of anxiousness, or seconding-guessing themselves when it comes to decision making, 16 experts from Fast Company Executive Board each offer one tip that could help company leaders get the support they need, which will change the course of their organization for the better.

15 ways to develop a healthier mindset in the workplace

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Remember that there is light at the end of the journey. There are ups and downs along every business journey, and you won't always see eye to eye with everyone sitting at the table. However, keeping an open mind being willing to take suggestions, and fostering a team dynamic that promotes inclusiveness, giving each team member a voice is a chance to boost team morale and support, especially when the company is facing challenges. Below, 15 experts from Fast Company Executive Board each provide one strategy to help leaders develop a healthy growth mindset that will enable them (and their teams) to embrace challenges and find solutions to their business or client's problems.

From ideation to operation: finding national security solutions with startups and government agencies


Fast Company Executive Board member Patrick Esposito is facilitating user-centric design processes to implement new tech in the public sector.

Here's how to end the WFH vs. return-to-work debate here and now

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Leading experts share 20 tips to help managers and their employees find a reasonable work-life balance that gets the job done.  Even before the COVID-19 crisis took the world by storm in 2020, managers at most companies were not promoting the idea of a remote or hybrid work culture environment. But when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a shelter-in-place mandate, employers had to quickly adjust their traditional policy.  Realizing the cost-effectiveness on both sides of the aisle, some companies have fully leaned into the idea of enabling employees to WFH and have never looked back while others continue to resist the idea when their staff members question whether they must commute from home just to sit inside a cubicle space. Below, 20 Fast Company Executive Board members weigh in on how employers can work with employees to find common ground and implement the right policies—aside from the current standard hybrid solution.

What does the future of work look like across industries?

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Leading business professionals offer advice to the next generation. In a changing world market and tough economy, no one can predict what the future of work will look like in the short term or 10 years from now. One way or the other, what people are realizing in the new norm is that although technological innovations are being elevated every day, companies need to embrace them if they don't want to be left behind. However, these business leaders also agree that the human touch is still essential to ensure smart decisions are being executed for the growth and success of organizations. Below, 14 experts from Fast Company Executive Board discuss how specific industries are currently being impacted and what the next generation of leaders should do to prepare for the unknown.

Company details

ACME General Corp.

Company bio

ACME General Corp. provides innovation services to the United States Department of Defense and other public sector organizations to solve critical problems. Our services, grounded in decades of global public sector expertise from our executive leadership, focus on three key areas: problem identification and analysis, solution ideation and development, and solution validation and acceleration. ACME unites diverse stakeholders to address complex issues and deliver measurable results.


Corporate leadership

Area of focus

National Security
Innovation Management

Company size

11 - 50