Pat came through the Navy Flight Program in 1971 as an NROTC graduate from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Journalism and Advertising. He spent four years aboard the USS Lexington as Public Affairs and Special Services Officer. Once out of the service, from 1976-1984, Pat worked his way up from bartender at Rosie O’Grady’s to General Manager at Seville Quarter. It was there he initiated the 1st Mardi Gras street party and co-chaired the first Pensacola Mardi Gras committee. Joe Gilchrist convinced Pat to become his partner in a quiet little “Honky Tonk” on the Gulf called the Flora-Bama. That was in Oct. of 1984. From there he went on to create the “Polar Bear Dip”, “Inter-State Mullet Toss” and numerous other special events. Pat was on the initial Board Perdido Key Sports Association, Orange Beach Chamber Board, the Kiwanis, Rotary Club and for the last of 32 years on the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce Board. Pat resides with his wife of 32 years, Sheryl on Innerarity Point. He has two grown sons Sean and Brendan. Also, he is currently serving on the Citizens Advisory Board for the FL/AL Transportation Planning Organization (T.P.O.). Now those events developed or hosted result in over
$150,000/annually going back to Community Charities and Youth Programs. One event he is proudest of is “Super-Chili Bowl Saturday” Cook-Off which now raises over $15,000 to the local American Cancer Society.