Inspired by his father’s dedication to public service, Wade Patten enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of seventeen, looking to fulfill his civic duty and give back to his country. Wade’s commitment to service fueled a five-year career in Force Reconnaissance, where he worked to promote human rights domestically and abroad.
During his service, Wade was deployed to Northern Africa to train foreign military troops, where he was inspired by the immense impact of education and mentorship. Upon completing his deployment, Wade became an instructor at the Marine Corps Special Operations School.
After sustaining an injury abroad, he was honorably medically discharged from the military, and subsequently enrolled at the University of Montana. Wade graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Arabic through the Honors College in only two and a half years.
Upon graduating college Wade worked for several private security firms in the San Francisco Bay Area and developed an interest in consulting. Currently, Wade is pursuing his MBA from Vanderbilt Owen School of Management, Wade intends to work in consulting management.
In his spare time, Wade volunteers with the Recon and Sniper Foundation, where he mentors veterans transitioning to civilian life. When not volunteering you can find him training for his next Ironman triathlon or skydiving with friends.