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About

We are a group of proud Chicagoans. In the fall, we cheer for the Bears. In the winter, we take pride in our Blackhawks and the Bulls. Summer…let’s not get into which baseball team we cheer for.

All year long, we are also proud of the vibrancy and potential of our Chicago technology community. Since 2001, we have been supporting this community by helping to grow start-ups into industry-leading, award-winning organizations.

Matching people with opportunities…at the right time…in the right place. If the time might be right for you, let’s talk.

The Red Circle Management Team

Michael Melendrez, Founder & President

Mike has been working in the Chicago technology industry since 1998, and frequently uses lessons learned from the first dot-com boom when advising entrepreneurs.

After attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mike joined ADP, an HR outsourcing company. He later added project methodology and requirements analysis to his human resources background while working for SEI, a Chicago-based, mid-market IT services firm. By 2001, Mike decided it was his right time to put all of those lessons to use to build his own company.

Being a business owner, Mike knows firsthand about the importance of establishing and maintaining a unique corporate culture. Red Circle is world renowned (or at least well known to its immediate neighbors in River North) for its ping-pong tournaments, toy box, international rubber duck collection, and recent addition of a gong to ring in new hires.

Because he does not like to sleep, Mike also serves as president of the governing board of St. Francis de Sales High School, and volunteers for several organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Mike lives with his wife and family in Lincoln Square and is a big fan of the burgeoning Chicago beer community.

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