MORE ABOUT PAT
Born in the sleepy burg of Bonners Ferry, Idaho back in 1939, (Yes
he is actually 62) Pat's family moved around the hills of Idaho then
landed in Spokane Washington where he started school. As a freshman
in high school, he was upset when his family uprooted him but now
concedes that it was a great gift. The move
in 1953 to California held some initial culture shock but led to
Out of high school in 1957, he fell into a career in retail grocery.
In a bold move, he left the chain stores and established Jiminny
Markets in Boron, California in 1965. While there he purchased the
old mine Superintendent's house from U. S. Borax and moved it into
town. During that process he began to learn about property ownership
and that led to a Real Estate license in 1970 and a career that
would span more than 30 years.
Seeking advancement Pat transferred from Santa Barbara to Ventura
County with a large Realty firm as branch manager in 1974. Moving up
the corporate ladder, he became Regional Sales Manager in 1976. In
1979 he formed Patterson & Silvernale Realtors which he operated for
Burnout and a yearning for adventure led to his 2½-year Voyage
around the world by bicycle in 1988-1990. (See Pat's Book) As a
friend had warned, lift off would be much easier than re-entry. The
devastation of divorce and the recession in real estate had left him
at a low ebb when Catherine entered his life in 1993. She walked up
and said, "Dance with me." When he responded that he was with
someone she spoke her most famous line, "I didn't ask you to marry
me, I just asked for a dance!" They danced, it felt right, and the
rest is history.
Pat awarded The
Realtor, Broker/Owner of
the year award on January 18, 2002.
Patterson has held membership in five Realtor Associations and was
President of The Ventura County Coastal Association of Realtors in
1999. He also achieved the designations, Graduate Realtors Institute
and Certified Real Estate Broker Manager. He was recently honored by
his peers as Realtor, Broker-Manager of the year, 2001.
Pat's community involvement included, President of The Ventura
County Economic Development Association, Chair of The Business
Outlook Conference as well as 7 year Board Member and Board Chairman
for 1 ½ years with The Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual
Violence. (Peace in the Home, the Streets then the World)
Knuckles rubs it
Pat's hobbies include jogging and cycling but his love of music and
the formation of Acadiana Cajun and Zydeco Band by Real Estate
partner, Terry Tintorri, became his passion. For eight years, they
performed from San Francisco to San Diego to Bishop's Mill Pond
Festival. They played to small crowds at first but their following
grew fast. Even appearances 7 and 8 years running at events like the
Long Beach and the Simi Valley Cajun and Zydeco festivals to crowds
in excess of 8,000 a day.
Listen to "Scratch" (The Rub-board song)
Pat has two daughters, Lori and Stephanie, who both joined him
during legs of his Voyage back in 88-90. Lori and her husband Dave
are quintessential Yuppies of Orange County CA. Stephanie is the
struggling single mom of Pat's 3 grandkids, Timothy, Patrick and
"My goal," says Pat, "is to get to know as many people of the world
as possible and share their stories and lives. A friend in the
Soviet Union told me that Russians have a saying that translates "It
is hard to hunt the man you know." My dream is that our Odyssey will
help more of us know our global neighbors. Peace is possible, it is
hard to kill the man you know!"
Peace without freedom is tasteless, freedom
without peace is bitter,
We must achieve a balanced diet if we are to enjoy the fruits of
-Pat Patterson, on the road in India, 1989
MORE ABOUT CAT
Catherine Anne Welch was born to Earl and Glenys in 1953. Having
only one older brother, Jeff, she was well cared for, perhaps even
slightly pampered. Because she was too young, she missed out on her
parent's globe circling trip in 1958. Seeing the 8mm movies Earl
shot in so many exotic places warmed her desire to one-day travel,
too. Being 6 years younger than Jeff, she was soon in a second
child, only child situation. This helped her develop the independent
streak that urges her to get out into the world and experience it,
Catherine attended San Diego State University, graduating with a
Bachelor of Science degree. She and her classmate, Anne Smith then
traveled Europe for 6 months, on their own, in a rented car. With a
limited budget and language skills they made their way throughout
the Continent including an adventurous sojourn, for two single young
western women, into Turkey.
Catherine's career path has been varied. She worked with Air France
then became publisher of the magazine, Freebies. During her
publishing tenure she represented Freebies on national television
appearing on numerous television and radio shows including Good
Morning America on ABC. In 1985 she helped form a computer firm and
managed it for the next 7 years. They sold, installed and maintained
systems for clients ranging from major Law Firms on Wilshire Blvd.
to the US Government.
Divorced and trying to recompose her life she attended a party at
the Tower Club, Ventura County's nicest dining spot. She walked up
to a tall, graying guy and said, "Dance with me." Not taking no for
an answer, they danced into a romantic courtship followed by
marriage. Pat moved his stories, thousands of pictures and 103 hours
of video of his Bicycle Voyage around the World into her life and it
has never been the same since.
In 1993 they opened Patterson & Tintorri Realtors and grew it into a
major Real Estate market force in west Ventura County over the next
9 years. They set off on that adventure in 500 square feet of office
space with 5 Realtor Associates. Within 2 years they expanded into
2500 square feet and served 25 Associates. Catherine managed the
firm's administrative functions and established a solid Real Estate
Sales Career at the same time.
Cat tries to escape
from the hospital
HEART ATTACK? How can a person who jogs 6 miles 5 days a week and
eats only veggies have a heart attack? It runs against everything
that modern medical science preaches. On October 11, 2000 Cat defied
the norm and had "the big one." What an experience! Life, even in an
ICCU, took on a whole new meaning. It once again brought home the
reality that life is impermanent and there are no guarantees. It was
a real wake up call. Perhaps it was the motivator that moved Pat &
Cat to hit the road.
Her hobbies include boating, competition sailing, and golf. Since
meeting Pat she has added running, cycling and Cajun/Zydeco dancing.
Catherine gamely has served as the marketing arm of Acadiana. She
carried a tray on a strap around her neck to almost every
performance and sold CD's, T-shirts, earrings and Zydeco ties.
was during one of those gigs that Terry Tintorri began to call her,
"Cat with a rack," as he identified her to the crowd. The name "CAT"
stuck. It rhymed with PAT, they decided to call themselves Pat & Cat
as they circumnavigate the globe.
Cat with a rack
"I trust Pat," says Cat, "but I needed some practice in cycling with
bags, moving almost every day and tent camping at the end of a tough
day." "He wanted to cycle Africa, so we compromised, we will bike
across America touch the south shore of Greenland then sachet
through Europe before diving into the Dark Continent. Once we had
made that decision, the idea of touching the Continent of Antarctica
then coming home by riding north through South America was simple."
Cat's goal is to stay healthy, survive, grow and enjoy the trip. Her
concerns include the health of her parents and financing The
Odyssey. "Pat and I are a great team," she states, "we can overcome
all obstacles, we're prepared for the challenge!"
"That which we conceive and truly believe, we
-Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill.
PATTERSON & TINTORRI
After completing his Bicycle Voyage Around the World in 1990 Pat
worked with a developer friend as a consultant then managed offices
for two different Franchise Realty firms. In 1993 he and his partner
Catherine along with friend, Terry Tintorri, opened Patterson &
Tintorri Realtors. They started on a shoestring and struggled for
the first four years. Determination and lots of long hours
eventually paid off. Pat and Cat decided not to hire employees. She
managed all of the administrative functions and Pat covered the
They grew the business from 500 square feet and five associates to
2500 feet of office space and 25 top flight Realtors. Part of their
success was due to their location at Fisherman's Wharf on the
Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, California.
Pat and Cat worked for a year trying to find a Real Estate firm or
person that they could trust with the people that they had come to
think of as family, their Realtor Associates. Finally, they began to
discuss the possibilities with Richard and Joanie Young. Joanie is
an outgoing, high visibility Broker and great leader of the
independent realty firm, Young Realtors. Once Pat and Cat got to
know them, the decision was and easy one.
From left, Richard
Young, Joan Young, Pat Patterson, Catherine Patterson.