Congratulations to my friend Pat Brown-Dixon, one of Kansas City’s staunchest advocates for small businesses. Pat was just appointed as the SBA’s Regional Administrator for Region VII. The region includes Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas. For those of you who don’t know Pat, you’ve been missing out.
I met Pat at a GSA Small Business Breakfast nearly 14 years ago, shortly after I purchased my company (then called Kansas City Small Business Monthly, Inc.). At 7 a.m., she was the only person in the room who could put the Energizer Bunny to shame. If you weren’t awake by the time she took the microphone to start the breakfast off, you were after her booming “Goooood Moooorniiing!” rocked the room. It was so loud it jolted the coffee in your cup. Part cheerleader and part enforcer, Pat masterfully engaged each of the 100 plus guests in the room, enthusiastically helping them to showcase their business during introductions. But if you went on for too long, Pat’s infamous “hook” came out and you knew it was time to “sit DOWN.”
Pat is a huge supporter of small business in the Kansas City area. Besides her role at the GSA, she serves on committees and volunteers her time to a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors. Undoubtedly, though, Pat’s greatest legacy to date are the many introductions she has facilitated over the years that have resulted in business deals and relationships. We are so fortunate that Pat will now have the opportunity to continue her work on a regional and national stage. It can only mean more good things for Kansas City businesses.
Thanks for everything, Pat. We’re looking forward to the next stage.