Founder, Thanks Geoffrey
Senior Consultant, Innovation & New Ventures, Chick-fil-A
Michael Patrick (BBA '03) is the Senior Consultant of Innovation & New Ventures with Chick-fil-A and Founder of the Atlanta-based startup Thanks Geoffrey, a home management company that helps people live their ideal lives by reinventing the way everyday tasks get done. On-demand services are extremely convenient and beneficial, but nothing is more convenient than automatic services that anticipate individuals' needs — which is where Thanks Geoffrey really shines.
"Consumers are looking for services that provide more convenience as they manage their increasingly busy lives," says Patrick. "Thanks Geoffrey is a shared butler service for busy people that is affordable and attainable. We call it a 'shared service' because most people don't have enough tasks to complete or enough money in their budget to afford a full-time or even a part-time assistant. However, most of us have an hour's worth of routine tasks that need to get done each week. And guess what…so do our neighbors. Thanks Geoffrey aims to serve people in close proximity, and we aggregate like tasks in order increase efficiency and allow each person to receive quality help they couldn’t access on their own."
Before launching Thanks Geoffrey — which draws its inspiration from the family butler on the popular TV show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air — Patrick was an investment advisor who had limited time to take care of his own errands. In a quest to find a service that was both comprehensive and cost effective, he came up empty.
"Time is our most valuable asset," says Patrick. "No one is going to look back on their life wishing they had spent more time washing dishes, vetting gutter cleaners, or waiting for the plumber. I'm extremely passionate about providing a service that enables people to focus on what’s most important to them: family, friends, health, community, and work."
Prior to starting the company, Patrick was vice president of capital markets for the Carroll Organization, a real estate investment company with a $2.5 billion portfolio. His résumé also includes four years as an investment advisor at Goldman Sachs, where he worked for an advisory team with more than $700 million in assets. He also spent four years as the head of business development for Anasteel & Supply Company, LLC.
Patrick graduated from the University of Georgia, where he majored in marketing at the Terry College of Business, served as president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and was a member of the Georgia basketball team. He also holds an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he served as president of the MBA Student Association.
He is a trustee of Leadership Georgia and a past chairman of Terry's Young Alumni Board, which raised $1 million on behalf of the college's new Business Learning Community.
Patrick and his fiancé, Dr. Brittany Kaufman, a graduate of UGA's College of Veterinary Medicine, live in Atlanta.