New HIT owners, Rob and Michelle Patterson, are happy to be back home in the Midwest. “Even though we are both from Kansas, we haven’t lived here for many years,” Michelle said.
Rob, from Marysville, Kansas, worked for the Railroad for twenty years managing trucks in Denver, Colorado. During Rob’s Railroad career, the Pattersons were stationed in Texas, Colorado, and most recently, Nebraska. Rob says he is enjoying getting to know everyone and, “Looking forward to both growth and operational stability for the company.”
Michelle has traveled extensively as a licensed social worker. Before moving to Kansas she worked at a domestic violence agency in Omaha. She has also worked on behalf of foster kids and other special needs populations, and in Romania as a Peace Corps volunteer. She shares part of her Peace Corps experience here.
Originally from Shawnee, Kansas, Michelle graduated Kansas University. Rob graduated K-State and there is a friendly competition in their home, “Rob is a die-hard K-State fan. I went to KU so we have the “house divided” thing, but it works fine because I grew up with family that went to K-State. I root for Royals and Chiefs, and I root for K-State as long as they aren’t playing KU!”
The Pattersons have two sons, nine and fourteen years-old. The boys enjoy frog-catching and Nerf guns, video games, Legos and all the usual kid stuff.