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Harry S. Patten, Founder

Few individuals have changed the way America lives and plays. Henry Ford is on that list. So is Steve Jobs. Harry Patten’s name belongs there, too. In 1964, the New Hampshire native had a eureka moment when, according to Fortune, he realized that “rural landowners were unable to locate buyers for their property, while big-city folks frequently had trouble finding affordable country lots.”

In the 50 years since, Mr. Patten’s companies have generated billions in sales helping thousands of Americans buy millions of acres in 40 states. His companies are the largest buyers and sellers of recreational and residential land in the United States. To this day, the innovative marketing techniques that Mr. Patten developed are used by most major land development companies in the U.S., including National Land Partners, where he currently serves as CEO. He is also the Chairman of the Board and President of Turboprop East, the largest independent aviation facility servicing Citation, King Air, and Piaggio aircraft in the Northeast.

In 2011, Mr. Patten joined the likes of President Gerald Ford, General Tommy Franks, and NFL Hall of Famer Roger Staubach when he was honored with the prestigious Horatio Alger Award. In addition to his support of the Horatio Alger Association, Mr. Patten has been a longtime supporter of Junior Achievement of South Florida through the Patten Family Foundation. His commitment to America’s youth also resulted in the publication of What Kids Need to Succeed, which he co-authored with his daughter Andrea.

His successes have been chronicled in The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Inc. Magazine, Fortune, and The Land Report. Learn more about Harry Patten at www.nationallandpartners.com

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