Patrick received his undergraduate degree in Political Science/History from Earlham College and his Masters of Arts in Management with concentrations in Corporate Management and Business Communications from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
Starting his entrepreneur journey, Patrick spent his summers home from college working for his father as a job site supervisor on construction sites. He recruited his friends to work for him, and to this day, they still remain close friends!
Following graduation, Patrick co-founded and ran the business end of the first all-volunteer veterinary blood bank in the country – The Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank. This business created a brand new niche industry. The blood bank opened in 1993 and was successfully sold in 2011. Even though Patrick maintained his connections with the blood bank throughout its 18 years, Patrick’s entrepreneur and business efforts were not limited to just the blood banking industry. He went on to open a veterinary consulting business, and became National Director of Sales for a patented product company. From there, Patrick took on the standard way that masonry products were being marketed and founded Visionary Product Solutions.
Patrick has also worked extensively with nonprofits, which led him to the position of Executive Director of Leadership Anne Arundel. From there, he became a Vistage International Chair, launching two Vistage Peer Advisory Boards.
Currently, Patrick is the President of Chesapeake Think Tank and has recently launched a unique small business, The Spark Business Institute. Additionally, he has served and actively continues to serve on numerous nonprofit boards, to include being the Past President of Anne Arundel County Arts Council, and currently serves on the Annapolis Opera Board.