Patrick is the guy you see running around Canosa and speeding off in his mini-van to attend meetings and check out properties for the water crew. I got him to stop for a second and answer some of my questions. Check out his answers to learn a little bit more him and his role at MHYC!
Where are you from? I grew up in upstate N.Y. in a small town south of Buffalo. I moved here from Boston 18 years ago.
What is your position at MHYC? Project Manager of the Water Conservation program.
What brought you to MHYC? Serendipity for sure! I had started a water conservation company in 2003, ironically doing the type of installs the water program does, and had developed relationships with Denver Water and Aurora Water Utility. Out of those relationships and a contract with Denver Water, I was invited by Denver Water to conduct a training session on a “toilet how to” for MHYC prior to program start March 2007. I followed up with a phone call in May looking for full-time employment opportunities and was hired and started as a Crew Leader in June 2007.
What was your background before MHYC? Have you always worked in non-profits? This career has been my first foray with a non-profit. My background and education has been in that of corporations and being an entrepreneur. During the past 10 years I have started and operated three viable and profitable businesses in Real Estate, Water Conservation and Income Tax Preparation services. Prior to this I managed a portfolio of small multi-family and single family rental property in the Metro Denver area, worked as an on-site manager and did maintenance full time at multiple rental properties.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Fighter pilot.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Time travel back in time.
What is your favorite burrito restaurant? I enjoy the breakfast burritos at Yanna’s Café and Santiago’s.
What is your favorite thing to do in Colorado? It is not just one thing that drew me to this state. It would be the plethora of outdoor activity like mountain biking, motorcycle rides, roller blading, downhill skiing, hikes, camping and mountain drives.
What is your favorite part of MHYC? I enjoy having been given by directors and the executive director, liberties to affect change in this program to make it what it is today. That entrepreneurial and innovation spirit of culture allows one to “spread their wings”, try new ways of doing things, get feedback and make a difference in the lives of those we have touched.