As we roll into the new year, we joyfully welcome our new Chairman Dan Patterson, who will be taking over the role following long time former Chairman Dr. Bobby B. Lyle. After 30 years on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, including 28 years as Chairman, Dr. Lyle decided to step away from service on the board as of December 31, 2021.
“With leadership from Janette Monear, Texas Trees Foundation President and CEO, and our great staff, along with the commitment of an extraordinary Board of Trustees and community leaders like you, we are transforming the treescapes in Dallas and North Texas,” said Dr. Lyle. “Our future looks brighter than ever, which is why I feel comfortable in transitioning off the board at this time. Dan and Janette, working together, will be a strong team.”
Dan has been an active member of our Board for a number of years as chair of the Foundation’s Finance and Audit Committees. Prior to joining our Board, Dan was Chairman of the National Tree Trust, an organization founded by Trammel Crow and President George H. W. Bush in 1990. He is the founder and chairman of Patterson Thoma Family Office, building upon a career forged in the acquisition, scaling and sale of private companies. He additionally founded and recently retired from Transition Capital Partners in 1993, a buyout firm that has been active in more than 50 transactions since its inception.
Dan’s philanthropic activity includes involvement with Friends of Aldredge House, part of the Swiss Avenue Historic District Association; Gund Gallery Board of Directors, and Child Friendly Faith Program where he is Advisor. He is an underwriter of the Dallas Arboretum, in addition to serving on the host committee of the Dallas Zoo and as an active member of No Labels.
As a resident of Dallas, Dan enjoys spending time with his two children, son-in-law, granddaughter, and girlfriend of nine years. An avid outdoorsman and amateur forester, Dan loves to hike, bike, and also travels extensively to art fairs and museums around the world in his pursuit of art with a focus on post-impressionist American and European art.