Community service is Chad Patterson’s passion
FLORENCE, S.C. — Chad Patterson says he has always wanted to serve in the community. That passion for being a servant led him to the hospitality industry.
Patterson, the vice president for Raldex Hospitality Group in Florence, began his hotel career as an assistant general manager with StudioPLUS hotels in 1996 after attending the University of Georgia.
Patterson began working with Raldex Hospitality as a general manager in 2008. In December of 2012, he was named the “General Manager of the Year” by the Hilton brand and assumed the position of vice president for Raldex Hospitality in 2017.
Through his career, Patterson said, he has always held being a servant in the community as the highest priority.
“A lot of the organizations that I’m involved in are local,” Patterson said. “I like for them to be right here in our community. You’ve got your work team and you’ve got your family, I think it’s important for everyone that we look at for our community. I like to be involved and do different things for different aspects of our community.”
Patterson will take over as the chairman for the 2019 Pee Dee Heart Walk. He said that finding ways to cures and preventive measures for heart disease and stroke is something near to his heart.
“It’s a wonderful event,” Patterson said. “Things like this — cancer as well — can affect anyone. New things pop up all the time. The only reason that we can prevent them now is because we’ve had the means to do the research. When you come out to the Heart Walk and you see these survivors that have been coming for years, they had to learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I think that when you see the amount of people that have been the victims of heart disease or have had a family that has been affected by heart disease, it’s a great opportunity to get involved.”
Through his company and on his personal time, Patterson has been involved with Lighthouse Ministries, Colors for Cancer, The School Foundation, The Literacy Council and many other organizations. Patterson competed in the 2017 Dancing for Our Future Stars Competition to benefit The School Foundation. He is also a board member for the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to serving and meeting with local organizations personally, Patterson said, it is important for Raldex Hospitality to give back in the community. The company has hosted First Responders’ Cookouts, sponsored many community events throughout the year, partnered with the chamber and just recently donated $3,200 to the McLeod Foundation to support mammogram scholarships.
“We have more than 300 team members that live in this community and they’re very diverse,” Patterson said. “It’s not just beneficial to the community itself, it’s beneficial to our team members because they realize that we truly do care about them and the community that they live in.”
Patterson said being in the hotel business allows him to meet with guests coming through Florence and see what they think of the community.
“Florence is growing leaps and bounds,” Patterson said. “It all has to do with the community coming together and building that local flavor that really gives Florence its characteristics and its charm. Everyone says how hospitable Florence is. From people at hotels, restaurants, the visitor’s center, the Florence Center and beyond, everybody they come across, they just how wonderful and how much personality they have.”