About Us


LEADERSHIP 

 

Dick Patten, President 

For over thirty years, Dick Patten continues as an influential voice for business communities in America. His work can be seen in The Wall Street Journal, The National Review, USA Today, the New York Times and newspapers throughout the nation.  Dick’s testimonies have been presented to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and many state legislatures.  He has spoken throughout the United States and Europe. 
 
Dick founded and led the American Family Business Foundation which generated ground-breaking intellectual work that defined the debates regarding family businesses and farms in Washington DC. He also built and commanded the American Family Business Institute.  Most recently Dick founded and leads the Family Business Defense Council representing the needs and interests of family businesses and farms in Washington DC. Dick maintains a web of strong relationships with members and staff members throughout the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.

Dick has directed and guides the movement in Congress to dismantle death taxes. He built and championed the Death Tax Repeal Working Group, the coalition which fights against Federal and State Inheritance & Estate Taxes. Under Dick’s leadership, over 500 House and Senate candidates signed the Death Tax Repeal Pledge. Of those, 131 were elected as Senators and House Members. His efforts accomplished the successful repeal of death taxes in the states of Washington, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and North Carolina.
 
Before turning his attention to a patriotic calling, Dick established and ran two hugely successful businesses. He employed 18,232 Seattle-area workers and Inc. Magazine listed him as CEO of the 353rd fastest-growing privately owned business in the nation. As his firms grew, he conducted six buy-out mergers, exponentially growing the success of the companies and its employees. Troubled by the political scene, he headed to Washington DC to project his voice as a leader in public policy where he continues on behalf of America’s family businesses.
 
Dick lives in downtown Washington, D.C. near the White House.

 

Howard Segermark, Vice-President 

Howard’s experience and influence as a seasoned policy professional have landed him on the pages of The National Review and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He is author of numerous articles including “The Citizen Lobbyist”, a handbook for the average concerned citizen to be effective in lobbying Congress or the state legislature and is author and developer of “The Government Relations Audit.”
 
In his initial years on Capitol Hill, he was Legislative Assistant to the Ranking Republican on the House Health Subcommittee and Chief of Staff for a member of Congress from Idaho.
 
He later would go on to serve as Tax Counsel for a Democratic Member of the Senate Finance Committee and as Economic Counsel to Republican Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina. In that post he aided in the passage of the Gold Clause Contract Freedom Act and legislation which established the U.S. Gold Eagle coins and the U.S. Gold Commission.
 
In addition to engineering numerous legislative successes, he also directed the Presidential Transition Team on Multilateral Financial Institutions for President-Elect Ronald Reagan.
 
Recent years have seen Howard testify before state legislative committees and regulatory commissions in over twenty states, and represent clients before the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the Internal Revenue Service and other agencies. In March of 2012, he testified before the House Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands on the controversy over the Dwight Eisenhower Memorial.
 
He currently serves as the senior Trustee on the American Motorcyclists Association Political Action Committee and is a founding director and past Chairman of the National Civic Art Society. He also is a director of the Committee for Monetary Research and Education, and is a Trustee of the Philadelphia Society. In addition, he is a founding member of the Committee for Western Civilization, a founder of the Motorcyclists Riders Foundation and past Vice-Chairman of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy. 
 
Howard is Co-Chairman of the Churchill Society Cigar Exchange Dinner which hosts dinner colloquies featuring prominent political leaders, authors and academics. Since his time serving as Co-Chairman and host, these annual gatherings have quickly become one of the most sought after invitations in Washington D.C.
 
He serves on the Board of Advisors of the Columbus Society of Milan, Italy and will present a paper there in May of 2013. In recent years he has spoken on economic growth, monetary policy and Washington politics in Milan, Italy; Buenos Aries, Argentina; Hang Czhou, China; San Jose, Costa Rica; and Recife, Brazil.  He has been a participant at the annual Monetary Roundtable hosted by Nobel Laureate Robert Mundell in Sienna, Italy.
 
He lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.