A positive impact 'behind the scenes" [Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA)]
(Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, IA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Jeremy Patnaude Age: 38 Education: University of Wisconsin- Platteville, Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with an emphasis on sales and marketing Family: Single Occupation: General manager of State Theatres in Platteville (Avalon and Millennium), Lancaster, Dodgeville, Boscobel and Menomonie and Take 2 Restaurant in Platteville. Hobbies: Playing softball and watching moviesPLATTEVILLE, Wis. - Eastern Wisconsin transplant Jeremy Patnaude acknowledges he is the kind of person who has a hard time "sitting down." He "always needs to be doing something."
Kathy Kopp, executive director of the Platteville Area Chamber of Commerce, is pleased he is so active.
"Jeremy is always behind the scenes doing remarkable things for the community," Kopp said, citing Patnaude's involvement with the Driftless Film Festival (scheduled for
Nov. 7-10), the chamber (he serves as chairman of its marketing and business committee), community-betterment groups with brat sales and work with the Platteville Community Fund to assist with the Platteville High School scholarship fund.
"Jeremy is very 'big picture' on things and has a network of marketing people who he works with, and is always coming up with new ideas," she said.
Patnaude came to Platteville in 1993 to attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and likely won't leave.
"I absolutely love this area, and just never left," he said.
Patnaude grew up in Lake Geneva, equidistant from Milwaukee and Chicago.
"While Lake Geneva is a small town, being sandwiched between two major cities, everything is more 'big city,' " he said. "This side of the state is an entirely different world. I love small-town living. People are friendlier and there is an atmosphere of helping your neighbor. That's what I love."
Patnaude said he loves things that make people smile, and movies frequently do that. Entertainment is Patnaude's element.
"People come in to escape reality for a couple of hours," he said. "They come to be entertained. They come to have fun, and I get to be a part of that."
Community events are the same, Patnaude adds.
"Whatever motivates people to come out and support community events, it makes them feel good," he said. "Whatever I can give of myself, to help create something that makes people happy, makes me happy. I get to be a small part of their lives, and we have a connection to something that we can share."
Patnaude said he believes every business has a certain level of responsibility to support the community that allows it to operate.
"Without the support of the community, our business could not survive," he said. "When the business thrives, it's a direct result of community support, our customers.
"I firmly believe, in life and in business, that together we will win. Working together helps make everyone's lives better. Whatever I am capable of accomplishing on my own, is multiplied immensely by the number of people I can get to work together on it."
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