I should not be here!
A mixed race child born in 1971, a father who left when I was 6 years old, a stepfather that physically & mentally abused me, raised with poor guidance and no support system. A gambler would bet against me overcoming the circumstances every time. There was one person in my youth who believed in me, John Pattison, my grandfather. A hardworking man of no privilege who spent 43 years with the Burlington Northern Railroad, based in Lincoln, NE. He learned the word "elan" from a migrant worker. It became his guidance for me. "Greg, whatever you do, you do it with elan!" I have ever since.
Seeking a way to run from the abuse at home, I found the bicycle. Remembering what my grandfather told me, I would eventually win over 200 road cycling races combined at the junior, elite and professional level. Faced with the prospect of selling my soul to the devil in the form of performance enhancing drugs to compete at the highest level, I said NO! Instead, I asked myself, "can I do this with my head instead of my legs?" I would become the first (and only still) in my family to get a bachelor's degree. In addition, I got a technical degree in Computer Information Science.
I would embark on a business journey, always reminding myself of what my grandfather told me. Starting in sales, my career rapidly accelerated into branch, district, region and senior leadership roles in areas such as sales, operations, logistics and compliance. My business achievements were a true reflection of the great guidance I received from my mentors and committing to it with elan. Over the years, it was helping others become more that I found to be most rewarding. My professional role today is that of President & Chief Empowerment Officer of Greg Pattison, LLC. In this role, I live my passion helping companies empower their people, improve their processes, increase their performance and deliver superior results. Through my work with companies and public speaking engagements, I seek to empower people to DO|LEARN|BECOME MORE.
I am happier than ever to be married to my best friend Monica for 16 years now and proud of our two children. John, a sophomore in high school, budding novelist and aspiring middle school teacher, he tutors early learners after school twice a week. Julia, our eighth grader, is straight A student and is compassionate to all animals. When she was 5 years old, she asked kids coming to her birthday party to donate needed items to a cat shelter instead of giving her a gift. She has the biggest smile on her face riding her horse or helping out at the barn.
All the odds were against me. I shouldn't be here. I am here today, helping others, because one person empowered me to DO|LEARN|BECOME MORE. Thank you Papa!