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About Patch

What is Patch?

Patch is an innovative way to find out about, and participate in, what's going on near you.

What can you do on Patch?

  • Contribute content! Patch welcomes and encourages community members to post directly to the site.
  • Keep up with news and events
  • Learn more about local businesses and the people behind?them
  • Participate in discussions

Who’s behind Patch?

Patch is run by professional editors and salespeople. We look forward to meeting you and hearing your stories. If you see us around town, don't be afraid to say hi and tell us what you want to see on Patch!

Where you come in

We hope that our sites will strengthen communities and improve the lives of their residents, but we can't do it without you. We've built Patch so that you have plenty of opportunities to comment on stories, share your opinions and add events to the community calendar. So get to it!

About Patch

Who we are

Charles C. Hale, Chairman

Charles “Charlie” C. Hale


Charlie Hale is the president of Hale Global. AOL Inc. and Hale Global partnered to spin out Patch in January 2014. For 17 years, Hale Global has been helping talented teams transform software and information organizations through product innovation, operational support, and team-building. Charlie is currently a Director of QL2 Software LLC and RivalWatch LLC. Charlie holds an MBA, with Honors, from Harvard Business School and a BA from the Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was the Opinion Editor for his high school newspaper, the Milton Measure.

Rob Cain, CEO

Rob Cain


Rob Cain is the CEO of Patch. He has 30 years’ experience in leadership roles helping companies scale from $20M to $150M. His approach is to nurture a team and instill a culture of accountability and execution aligned with simple practices and processes that enable business growth. He is a practicing 6 sigma leader, a certified project management professional and has now helped turn around and grow five companies, all while focusing on developing people.

Rob was the CEO at Adept Technologies, a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ (ADPT). In three years he and his team increased the shareholder value of the 25-year-old company over 600% (from $2/share to $14/share) by launching new products quarterly and instilling a culture of accountability and execution.

Prior to Adept, Rob was the COO of Telenitx, a CpaaS based VOIP service provider. In three years, he and his team tripled top-line revenue and increased EBITDA 200%.

Rob’s first job out of college was at the Boeing Commercial airplane division in Seattle, WA. He contributed to the development and rollout of the 747-400, and the 777 program.

Rob earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from City University in Seattle. He has managed businesses in 30 countries and has lived in China, Germany and Sweden. He is also the author of “A Path to Peak Performance,” a field manual for improving the performance of companies and teams.

Warren St. John, President

Warren St. John


Warren St. John is the President of Patch. He is the author of the national bestsellers "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania" and "Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference." A former reporter for the New York Times, he has also written extensively for The New Yorker, the New York Observer, and Wired. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, attended Columbia University and now lives in New York City.

Dennis Robaugh, Editor in Chief

Dennis Robaugh

Editor in Chief

As editor in chief, Dennis Robaugh oversees Patch's local reporting teams across the country. In that time, Patch staffers have been recognized with awards from the National Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Chicago Headline Club, the Cleveland Press Club and others.

Before joining Patch in 2010, Dennis got some ink on his hands in Chicago during stints with Sun-Times Media and the Copley Press, where he led investigative and public service reporting teams that changed laws, helped people and put a few bad guys in jail. He was managing editor of the Daily Southtown in suburban Chicago, twice named National Newspaper of the Year for large-circulation dailies by the American Press Institute. During his tenure, the Southtown received dozens of awards for writing, reporting, public service, photojournalism and general excellence.

Politically, Dennis is independent, and his tally of votes for Republicans vs. Democrats is about equal. (Or so he says.) Outside of work, he's an always hopeful yet frequently dismayed Cleveland Browns fan. He likes dogs, and dogs like him. He likes pizza a bit too much. He also enjoys Ernest Hemingway's books, P.J. O'Rourke's commentary and home renovation projects.

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