Meet Pat

Pat Manley is a forty year resident of Columbus’ Clintonville neighborhood which comprises one portion of Ohio House District 24. This district is shared by Upper Arlington, Hilliard, Galloway and southwest portions of rural and scenic Franklin County.

A graduate of the Ohio State University, Pat is an Ohio licensed architect, President of Manley Architecture Group, LLC, past President of the Ohio Association of Licensed Architects (ALA) and ALA national board member, as well as, a former Columbus Italian Village Commissioner.

In keeping with his long history of leadership, he was elected to the Ohio State University Knowlton School Alumni Society Board of Governors, focusing on alumni outreach and fund-raising, continuing a lifetime of leadership roles that began in high school from a deep desire to serve others. He is currently serving his second term as Treasurer.

Pat is a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and has ties with both Bishop Watterson High School and St. Charles Preparatory Academy as the parent of former students.

Pat grew up in Appalachia in the Ohio Valley’s poor coal and steel region along the Ohio River. After graduating from St. John Central High School in Bellaire, Ohio, he worked his way through college, typically working two part-time jobs, and occasionally three to pay for college tuition. After graduation he remained in Columbus, by choice, eventually starting his own business in 1985.

Experience and Qualifications

As a small business owner in the architecture and construction industry, Pat has many years of experience with leading teams, planning, budgets, managing finances and hiring employees. He spends much of each day negotiating solutions and working relationships between individuals, companies and public entities that have widely varied agendas and priorities. Budget creation and oversight is the backbone of a successful building project and a healthy business. This experience spans over three decades, and has instilled a genuine appreciation for business issues, employee needs, job creation, safety, education, healthcare and public responsibilities. Much of his work involves the design and construction of complex and highly regulated skilled nursing facilities, assisted living residences, universal design, accessible buildings and medical facilities.

Over the past fourteen years, Pat has also taught as an adjunct instructor in the Construction Sciences Department at Columbus State Community College. This experience has led to his strong advocacy for local schools. Pat has mentored several students and stays in regular contact with a number of graduates now pursuing successful careers in their respective fields.

Pat has been a member of the Board of Directors for the 50+ employee, nationally ranked remodeling company, Dave Fox Design Build for almost 20 years, serving as the chairman for seven, overseeing the ownership transition from the company founder to an ESOP, employee owned company. Since that time, the company has quadrupled in business and reduced overhead by nearly twenty percent during his tenure. This is a testament to his commitment to fiscal responsibility that he brings to the Ohio General Assembly.

During his ten year term as President of the Ohio Chapter of the Association of Licensed Architects, Pat established high standards for continuing education and ethics for architects, students and interns.

Locally Pat is a member of the Clintonville, Hilliard and Tri-Village (Grandview, Marble Cliff, Upper Arlington) Chambers of Commerce.

Community

Outside of his career, Pat has been involved in community projects and relationships that will translate to support in the district. Involvement has ranged from fund-rising for storm victims, to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the elderly and disadvantaged, to the preservation of the historic firehouse in Clintonville, to a Short North Business Association committee that provided input to the Greater Columbus Convention Center design competition jury, to various school and church projects, as well as personal interests in the area of cancer research and support services for families and individuals who have lost loved ones, especially children, including the Cornerstone of Hope.

Over the years he coached youth baseball, volunteered on community and business association projects and advocated for families, seniors, children and issues related to domestic abuse, veterans, drug dependency, and human-trafficking.

Personal

In 2011, Pat was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Being in the right place at the right time allowed him to receive unequaled care from both Riverside Hospital and the James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University. His encounter with a serious disease gives him a unique perspective on healthcare as an advocate, a consumer and a patient. This experience only served to strengthen his lifelong commitment to important health issues ranging from protecting unborn children, to preventative care, to hospice. After personally struggling with the financial setback of high medical costs and an inability to work during his illness and recovery, Pat is spearheading a plan to help assist other Ohioans from financial ruin as a result of serious medical conditions.

Pat has worked in leadership roles both small and large, never afraid to be hands-on. He is accessible and in direct communication with those he serves and to whom he is responsible.

Summary

As a candidate for State Representative, Pat’s experience, work ethic, optimism, and strong desire to truly represent his district are strong qualifications. His background provides the assurance he will represent our community with integrity and honesty.