"Leadership is not a position. Leadership skills, characteristics, and behaviors are not exclusive to those in charge. They must be developed through knowledge, reflection, and experience." - Patrick Nelson
Patrick has gained both local and national accolades for his military service, academic career, and work as a professional speaker and trainer including being named the inaugural NFL-Tillman Military Scholar.
He is an experienced leader that spent nearly seven years in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and completed three combat deployments leading soldiers. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal.
Patrick is an engaging facilitator that has led leadership development programs for a variety of clients, from Fortune 500 clients to small businesses and across a variety of industries.
Off the proverbial leadership field, he serves his community by actively volunteering with Tee It Up for the Troops, a non-profit organization that raises money for wounded veterans.
Patrick studied at Minnesota State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree graduating Magna Cum Laude. He also has a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Minnesota State and a Masters in Organization Development from Pepperdine University. Patrick lives with his wife Shanna and their two daughters in Elk River, Minnesota.