Harry S. Patten is the Owner, Chairman and Founder of National Land Partners, LLC, a successful land sales company, which to date has sales in excess of more than $2.5 billion in land and NLP Finance, LLC, a mortgage servicing company.
As the foremost buyer and seller of rural and recreational land in America, Mr. Patten 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 1965, he founded Patten Realty Corporation based in Stamford, Vermont. In 1966, Patten Realty Corporation restructured to become 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 $11 million in 1984. He took the company public in 1985, and Patten Corporation stock outperformed all expectations. By 1988, annual sales exceeded $100 million with $15 million of net income. 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 years “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.”
Harry Patten is also sole shareholder and Director of Turboprop East, Inc., an aircraft maintenance facility that buys and sells aircraft all over the world.
Key Civic Affiliations and Known Philanthropic Activities
Mr. Patten has been a long-term supporter of Massachusetts General Hospital and remains actively involved as the hospital expands its facilities and conducts significant medical research. 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. Patten also lends significant and financial leadership support to Junior Achievement, and recently committed to the JA World Huizenga Center of South Florida by naming the Finance Park component. He has also donated generously to Saint Andrews School in Boca Raton, Florida and funded four awards that are given annually to deserving and exemplary staff members.