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Patrick J. Sorge
2014 Distinguished Alumnus
Patrick J. Sorge • Class of 1985
Inducted October 18, 2014
Patrick J. Sorge attended Niagara County Community College for Liberal Arts from 1983-1985. He went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Niagara University in 1988. During his college years, he was employed as a waiter and desk clerk at two hotels, one in Niagara Falls and one in Buffalo, where he discovered his diligent work ethic and learned the foundations of hospitality and sales.
Patrick’s rise within the Hyatt Regency began over 25 years ago. His promotion from a front desk agent to a Sales Manager in Greenwich, Connecticut led him to move to Rochester, New York as a Pre-Opening Sales Manager. Patrick’s achievements in production and sales allowed his career to transition to the Director of Sales and Marketing for Hyatt Regency, taking him to several markets around the United States: New Orleans, Louisiana; Buffalo, New York; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts. Today, Patrick resides in Chicago, Illinois and is employed as the Regional Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Full Service Franchise Hotels, where he oversees a multitude of Hyatt franchises throughout the United States and Canada.
In addition to providing exceptional efforts within the hospitality industry around the country, Patrick has also given back to his communities through Club Ice, a charitable event which he founded and held in Boston, Massachusetts. This event has raised over $125,000 each year for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism and the Ellie Fund which supports breast cancer patients and their families. Additionally, Patrick spends his time giving career advice and mentoring students. His philanthropy carries through to his work place as he is also a founder of HyPride, a group which focuses on developing and fostering Hyatt’s diversity initiatives through employee chapters across the country.
As one of his nominator’s states, “NCCC provided Patrick the stepping stone to productive citizenship through examples by NCCC faculty.” Although hard to believe any attribute could outshine Patrick’s professional accomplishments, his modesty, kindness and desire to help others are what truly exemplify Patrick’s character.