Profile of Excellence:
Owens Community College Alumnus
Bradley Patterson grew up in the Point Place region of Toledo. He was the youngest of four children.
He graduated from Whitmer High School in 2001. He thought he knew what he wanted to do right away - be an architect or an engineer.
He enrolled at Owens Community College to take the necessary pre-requisites so he could save money and then transfer to a four-year university. He chose Owens because he felt the small class sizes would suite his needs better.
"In my first semester, I took a calculus class and I knew that engineering just wasn't for me," said Patterson. "But I loved my marketing class," he added.
He decided to switch majors and enter the Business Management program. He loved the professors because they made learning feel real and fun.
"Owens taught me how to succeed in college. Studying and learning in college is different than high school and I was able to learn how to study," said Patterson.
In 2003, he transferred to the University of Toledo.
"All of my credits transferred and I was able to graduate in only two years," said Patterson.
He graduated in 2005 from the University of Toledo in Marketing and Finance.
After graduation, he accepted a job at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network as a financial representative.
"Speech classes at Owens gave me the confidence to talk in front of people, which comes in handy in my field," said Patterson.
He helps his clients achieve financial security and now mentors new individuals at the company as they begin their careers.
He works with several hundred clients, which keeps Patterson busy, but happy. His office wall is filled with awards from his company for building relationships with his clients and achieving excellence at work.
Patterson, along with his wife, Brittany, just welcomed a new baby girl named Braelyn into his family.
"In five years or even ten, I hope to be right here. I love my role with clients and would never want to give up the great life I have," said Patterson.
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