Pat Patterson is the President and CEO of Elysium Enterprises, Inc. (dba Elysium Inclusion and dba Elysium Strong). He is a Supplier Diversity professional that spent 25 years at Verizon Communications. His most recent responsibilities included advocacy/outreach and public policy agreements between Verizon and state/local agencies nationwide, as well as overseeing Supplier Diversity efforts by partnering with multiple Verizon Sourcing teams, all as a member of the Global Diversity and Inclusion organization. Patterson had 25 years with Verizon where he held key roles in Global Diversity & Inclusion, Real Estate, Construction, Regional staff positions, along with his engineering responsibilities with Empire City Subway Company, a Verizon subsidiary. He spent his last ten years in various supplier diversity roles in Verizon.
Patterson has served as a board member of the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council, the Women’s Business Enterprise Council of PA, DE, sNJ, and the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, where has was the Chairman of their Education and Training Committee. In addition, he is the recipient of the 2014 Corporate Advocate of the Year Award by the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council, the 2014 Advocate of the Year Award by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council of PA/DE/sNJ, as well as multiple nominations from advocacy organizations dating back to 2011.
Patterson graduated from Polytechnic University (a partner of NYU) with a BS in Civil Engineering, where he was inducted into the University’s Basketball Hall of Fame. He obtained an MBA from Dowling University. He is a certified Engineer-In-Training (EIT) in Civil Engineering and a 2012 graduate of the Synergy Education Leadership Program in NYC.
Patterson resides in Bound Brook, New Jersey with his wife Susan. He has two children and two grandchildren. He is a fitness expert and enthusiast, as well as a certified personal trainer.