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Citizen and Political Activist: Patrick started his professional career in Georgia in 1988 in the field of politics, including a year as the state GOP Deputy Political Director. Over the last 20 years, he has worked on numerous national and local political campaigns, has met Presidents Reagan, Bush I and Bush II, and was an alternate delegate to the 1992 national Republican convention. Patrick was a panelist in President George W. Bush’s National Economic Summit in 2002, and Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s Racial Reconciliation Panel in 2003. Patrick is also a member of Governor Sonny Perdue’s Commission for a New Georgia Task Force and an appointed Commissioner to the Georgia State Film, Video & Music Commission. He also previously worked as the Director of Programs for the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, at the MLK, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission. Patrick is a graduate scholar of the prestigious Coverdell Leadership Institute founded by former Georgia U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell.
Entrepreneur and Management Consultant: Since 2002, Patrick has operated as an entrepreneur and independent management consultant on several diverse new media, technology and software industry related projects for such clients as Turner Entertainment, Coca Cola, ThePort Network, Nifty TV and BellSouth ( now AT&T). As a consultant, he is also affiliated with Custom Value Partners, North Highland Consulting and the Nour Group. Prior to 2002, Patrick was a Partner with Siebel Systems (now Oracle) where he co-led the telecommunications and utility practice in their strategy consulting division. Patrick previously co-founded and served as the CEO of FastForward Interactive, an interim marketing management company for technology and high-growth companies. Prior to FastForward, Patrick was a Principal at Diamond Technology Partners (now Diamond Consultants) where he focused on Internet strategy and strategic alliances for the new technology ventures of Fortune 1000 clients. Patrick was also previously a Senior Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he provided business advisory services to emerging growth and middle market companies across multiple industries: telecommunications, entertainment and media, financial services, government services and consumer products.
Public Speaker & Workshop Presenter: As an increasingly sought after public speaker and workshop presenter, Patrick has been invited to speak to college and corporate audiences on a variety of topics ranging from film, to entrepreneurship and political activism, to diversity and Christian faith matters. Patrick is passionate about improving the performance, business success, and life satisfaction of individuals. His infectious enthusiasm for life and his more than 10 years of practical experience, as both an entrepreneur and consultant to entrepreneurs motivates him to help individuals become more successful than they would by themselves. His willingness to be transparent about both his successes and failures in life has led to feature appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Café Central and Turner Broadcasting’s Atlanta Interactive.
Media Adventurer: Among Patrick’s many vocational life adventures was his work with Journey Productions, an entertainment company based in Atlanta whose mission was to “develop and produce programming full of wisdom, humor and inspiration that motivates people to live extraordinary lives.” As the Executive Producer, his award-winning film, The Journey, become a favorite of both college campuses and corporate events including corporate-wide private screenings for Coca-Cola, Nike, General Mills, Cox Communications, UBS Warburg and Fast Company Magazine. In 2000, Patrick facilitated one of the earliest new media deals on the web through a unique music and film tour, and through the development of an internet mini-series produced in partnership with Atomfilms.com and VW. In 2007, Patrick facilitated a $2.2M co-production and distribution deal with The Hallmark Channel and Faith and Values Media for the film based on the book, The Note, by award-winning author Angela Hunt. Patrick is a former also Board member for IMAGE/Atlanta Film Festival, a non-profit film consortium, and is often a guest lecturer, workshop presenter and panelist for film industry events.
Husband, Father & Community Participant: Patrick received his M.B.A. from Duke University and his B.A. in Economics and minor in Political Science from Miami University. Patrick is an active member in his church, Mt. Paran Church of God, and sits on the boards for the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute, for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, and for the Miami University College of Arts and Sciences. He is also a member of the Artemis Guild of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. He enjoys basketball and golf, independent film, politics, fitness, public speaking and reading. Patrick is married to Michele Cacdac Jones and together they have a daughter, Savanna, born in April of 2008.