Mr. Joseph L. Patterson was born August 2, 1971 in Kingston to Ruth Williams, a factory worker and single mother of three. His father, Joe Patterson, was an electrician and businessman.
Mr. Patterson attended Dunrobin Primary, Spanish Town Secondary and St. Andrew Technical High where he was twice Head Boy; Student Council, Math and Key Club President; Junior Achievement VP Finance, Literary Club Editor, Gleaner Article Writing Gold Medalist, Secondary School Challenge Quiz Captain and National Champion.
He received a full scholarship to study engineering at UTECH (then CAST) where he was twice elected Debating Society President, was Circle K President, founded the Investment Club and was the Kiwanis Debating Champion.
After working as a High School Teacher in Kingston and as an Electrical Engineer in Clarendon, Mr. Patterson migrated to Canada. There he earned an Accounting & Finance degree at the University of Calgary and became a Certified General Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
He has been married to Charlet, is high school sweetheart, for over 25 years. They have 3 children and live on their farm in St. Elizabeth. They raised cows, produce honey, grow various crops and delight in planting all manner of fruit trees.
Mr. Patterson has held many senior management positions in the public and private sectors such as Director, CFO, CEO and Chairman. Currently, he chairs the board of an international social impact investment cooperative with a portfolio of over J$146 billion.
He is the founder of YES JAMAICA (a charity that helps young people become entrepreneurs) and is founder and president of UIC Jamaica (one of only three registered political parties in Jamaica).
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."
"While our schooling made us who we are, we can educate ourselves to become the person we want to be."
Joseph L. Patterson