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John R. Patrick

John R. Patrick is President of Attitude LLC and former Vice President of Internet Technology at IBM, where he worked for thirty-five years. While at IBM, John created a number of innovative programs including the alphaWorks Web site, which continues as IBM’s on-line research and development laboratory for advanced Internet technology, and IBM’s successful “Get Connected” program to expand the use of the Internet both within the company and to serve as a model for other companies. John joined IBM in 1967 and spent the first half of his career in various sales, marketing and management positions.  He was a pioneer and developer of IBM’s leasing business at IBM Credit Corporation, which became the largest computer leasing company in the world.  He was subsequently the Chief Financial Officer of various business units of IBM, and was also Vice President of Operations for IBM’s Computer Integrated Manufacturing Business.  In 1992, John became Vice President of Marketing for IBM’s Personal Systems Division, and was the senior marketing executive responsible for introducing the successful ThinkPad brand. One of the leading Internet visionaries, John is a well-known international lecturer and has been quoted frequently in the global media. Business 2.0 named him one of The 25 Most Intriguing Minds of the New Economy.

John has written three books. In 2001, Net Attitude: What It Is, How to Get It, and Why Your Company Can’t Survive Without It, in 2015, Health Attitude: Unraveling and Solving the Complexities of Healthcare, and in 2016, Net Attitude: What it is, How to Get it, and Why it is More Important Than Ever.

John was a founding member of the World Wide Web Consortium at MIT in 1994, a founding member and past chairman of the Global Internet Project, a member of the Internet Society and the American College of Healthcare Executives, a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. John has been a business and technology advisor to numerous companies. He is currently a board member at Keeeb, Inc. and OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. He is a member of the Western Connecticut Health Network Biomedical Research Institute Advisory Council and a mentor at Blueprint Health. Read more in Wikipedia.

John earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.S. in Management from the University of South Florida. He also has a law degree (LL.B.) from LaSalle University, which he earned during his military service.  A lifelong learner, John earned a doctorate in healthcare administration (DHA) in 2014. He lives in Danbury, Connecticut and Palm Coast, Florida with his wife Joanne. His website is at johnpatrick.com. Follow him on Twitter @johnrpatrick. His email is john@johnpatrick.com.