Westlake Chat with Patrick Bonnaure, ProLedge Founder

Westlake Picayune, August 5, 2010

Name: Patrick Bonnaure

Place of birth: Sorengo, Switzerland

Family: Wife, Sarah and three kids; Colton (12), Reece (10), Chloe (8).

Education: Master’s degrees in engineering and business admnistration

Occupation: Founder and president of ProLedge, a bookkeeping services firm.

 What’s your career ambition? Grow ProLedge to be a national firm and hand it off to my kids.

What is the latest project in which you are involved? September is the busiest month for bookkeeping because tax extensions expire on October 15. Our summer focus is to hire as aggressively as possible to prepare for the onslaught.

Hobbies: Paragliding, running.

Most significant or interesting job: I was born French and, as part of my military service, the French army “lent” me to Procter & Gamble as an engineer. I was assigned to their Frankfurt, Germany headquarters. This was one of my first jobs and I loved every minute of it. Definitely better than being a grunt in the oh-so-glamorous French army…

Excluding family members, who influenced you most and why? I moved out and lived alone at age 15. The mother of a friend of mine took me under her wing and helped me blossom as a student and as a person.

What would you say is one interesting fact about you that people probably don’t know? I am a mutt – born in Switzerland, from French parents, raised in Italy, now American.

What is your fondest childhood memory? I used to go to a European school. I had classmates from all over Europe. We did math in French, history in English, geography in German and the rest in Italian.

If the world were silent for 30 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? I certainly wouldn’t sing. No need to torture 6.5 billion people. My family suffers enough with this already.

My pet peeve is: Men who try to  crush your bones during hand-shakes just to show how manly they are.

If you were stranded on an uninhabited island, with no means of communication or way to escape, what would you like to have? A good bottle of gin. Enjoy it first and then send it out with a message.

Is there anything in your lifetime that you passed up on doing and wish you had not? I rejected an offer from Google before they went public…

My most humorous moment was: My first date with Sarah who eventually became my wife. Sarah prepared sophisticated dinner thinking that, as a Frenchman, I would be refined about food and wine. The first comment out of my mouth: “This is good. Is it beef or chicken?”. She got me pegged as a slob right away.

How would you like to be remembered?   Just being remembered at all would be a good start!