It's no surprise, then, that he has built his illustrious career at sea.
While serving in the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) from 1989 to 2014, he inspected everything from LNG tankers to offshore drilling rigs to passenger vessels and cleaned up all kinds of oil spills and chemical spills. He was stationed in many locations in the U.S., and he also served in Europe for three years.
“Being in the USCG prepared me for my career by teaching me how to ensure vessels of all types were complying with environmental and safety regulations,” says Patrick, who comes from a family with a long history of military service.
“My wife is also retired from the USCG,” he adds. “We both have parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins who have served. I would highly recommend it to a young person interested in a maritime career because of the relationships you make. I’m still in communication with several of the young people I mentored in the USCG, and it is very rewarding.”