Harry S. Patten, Founder
Harry S. Patten is the foremost buyer and seller of rural and recreational land in America. He has generated billions of dollars in land sales over the course of his career, which began in 1962.
Mr. Patten learned to love and value land from his father, who was a land trader in the early 1900’s. In 1966, he founded Patten Realty Corporation as a sole proprietorship based in Stamford, Vermont. In 1976, he formed Patten Corporation and developed a series of partnerships throughout the Northeast. He served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President. The highly effective sales techniques and programs innovated by Mr. Patten are still used by most major land development companies in America.
Patten Corporation grew from $3 million in 1980 to more than $35 million in 1984. He took the company public in 1985, and Patten Corporation stock outperformed all expectations with sales in excess of $100 million. Articles about Mr. Patten and the company were featured in INC., BUSINESS WEEK, FORTUNE, and the WALL STREET JOURNAL.
In 1987, FORTUNE MAGAZINE named Mr. Patten one of the year’s “50 Most Fascinating Business People.” He was awarded an honored membership of WHO’S WHO OF AMERICAN BUSINESS LEADERS in 1992. In a letter to Mr. Patten, Sir John M. Templeton stated, “I admire you for helping people to become land owners. It is my desire to have every one of my family and relatives become land owners.” John Connelly, one-time Governor of Texas and former Patten board member wrote, “it was a pleasure to have been associated with you.”
Mr. Patten resigned from the Patten Corporation in 1995, and is currently President and CEO of National Land Partners, LLC, a successful land sales company, which to date has sold nearly $3 billion in land over the course of his career and National Timber Partners, LLC, a new and growing Timber Investment Management Organization (TIMO), which currently owns 36,874 acres and manages over 94,000 acres of timber. In addition, he recently formed NLP Finance, LLC, managing nearly $50 million in note receivable portfolios. Harry Patten is also Chairman of the Board and President of Turboprop East, Inc., an aircraft maintenance facility located in the Berkshires.
The development of children into successful adults is very important to Patten, as evidenced by the book he co-authored with his daughter Andrea, titled What Kids Need to Succeed: 4 Foundations of Adult Achievement.
Recently, Mr. Patten received the Horatio Alger Award. Members of the Association are the select few who have been honored with the Horatio Alger Award. Read more about 2011 Horatio Alger Award winner, Mr. Patten.