Hey! We’re Skillit 👋

We’re a passionate and opinionated team of builders on a mission to fix the construction industry’s skilled labor crisis.

We have a hunch that building the world’s largest database of vetted craft workers will do the trick while empowering humanity to build a better, healthier and more sustainable world.

Read on to learn about our story, team, values and open roles.

Our Story

Skillit was founded in 2021 to solve a problem our founder and CEO Fraser Patterson was experiencing - he wanted to hire insanely talented finish carpenters for his construction company in New York but was struggling to find them. Unlike others, he felt the problem wasn’t so much that the pool of skilled labor was shrinking, but that their information hadn’t been captured and structured in a way employers could discover them.

Turns out he wasn’t alone and the idea of a fast-growing database of vetted craft workers gained traction with dozens of the nation’s biggest builders. As more workers shared their skills, experience, pay and communication preferences the idea quickly grew to include powerful filtering, messaging and market intelligence tools designed to make the hiring experience radically faster and smarter for skilled trade workers and contractors.

Today, Fraser is joined by a talented team of builders committed to helping fix the world’s skilled labor crisis so humanity stands a shot at hitting its biggest goals.

Meet some of the family team 😉

We’re committed to building a high-performing team with the right
values and
skills to solve one of the world’s toughest problems.

Fraser Patterson
Founder & CEO
New York, New York

Jesse Chan-Norris
Engineering
New York, New York

Stacy Oentoro Ward
Operations
Washington, DC

Nicole Kaes
Marketing
New York, New York

Pooria Rashid
Engineering
Buenos Aires, Argentina 🧳

Chris Danzig
Product
New York, New York

Daniel Spillane
Sales
New York, New York

Taylor Elder
Community
Delaware, Ohio

James Dressing
Marketing
Arlington, Virginia

Marco Roth
Engineering
Oberwil, Switzerland

Tyler Klose
Engineering
New York, New York

James Mac William
Engineering
Orange Park, Florida ☘️

Otto Reyes
Community
Pharr, Texas

Steve Hamilton
Sales
United States 🧳

Nate Fortunato
Customer Success
New York, New York

Tommy Bahama 🏝️
Strategy 😂
New York, New York

Every day we strive to exhibit these behaviors to support achieving our mission.

✊ Respect

The way we treat ourselves and each other.

  • We bring our best selves to work and treat people with respect, regardless of their position.

    We empower others.

    We keep an open mind.

    We excel at listening and giving and getting feedback.

    We assume the best of each other and expect the best from each other.

Our Values

🚀 Ambition

The energy that propels us forward.

  • We see ambition as a positive trait and believe winners are ethical.

    Being an excellent team player is how we win together.

    We’re confident but not arrogant.

    Instead of managing, we lead.

    We uphold high standards and strive for seemingly impossible victories.

🎯 Precision

The skill by which we execute.

  • Like any great builder, how we do anything is how we do everything.

    We deliver on time, to budget and quality.

    We communicate bad news to stakeholders early.

    We know and trust our numbers.

    We strive for clear and concise communication.

Why we’re called Skillit.

During a summer vacation in 2020, our founder and CEO Fraser Patterson was starting to dream about building a database of vetted craft workers when he stumbled across an advert in a magazine for a company called Designit. It reminded him of how folk with college degrees are seeing worsening educational outcomes because of “degree inflation” and a rapidly-changing job market and so figured workers in the future aren’t going to degree-it, or diploma-it, they’re going to … Skill-it!” And so the Skillit name was born, followed quickly by our boot tread icon to embody the principles of walking in a worker’s boots, respecting the craft, investing in human potential and supporting the inclusive American Dream.


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Open Roles

Have a sense of purpose and humor? Want to build unambiguously good things for the world? We’d love to hear from you!

  • We’re seeking a skilled Customer Success Manager to join Skillit, a dynamic team dedicated to revolutionizing the labor industry. As a hybrid role based in NYC, you’ll spearhead customer success initiatives, nurturing relationships and driving retention and expansion strategies. If you’re an ambitious leader with a passion for innovation and customer advocacy, let’s connect and make an impact together!

    Click here to learn more and apply!

  • Eager to work at Skillit? Click here to apply!