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Patrick Christensen is the president of Horizon Retail Construction, one of the nation’s leading general contracting firms specializing in tenant improvement, headquartered in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. In his time at Horizon, Patrick has held the role of estimator, project manager, senior project manager and vice president. He took over as president and CEO in 2002 and has led Horizon to substantial and continuous growth since. Under Patrick’s leadership, Horizon has grown by 200 employees with a 650% increase in revenue.
Prior to his role at Horizon, Patrick attended Minnesota State University, Mankato. He graduated in 1991 with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration, one with a concentration in Marketing and another in Construction Management. Christensen first began in the construction industry as an estimator for a multi-family carpentry contractor. Shortly after that he went to be a project manager for a company that built ambulatory clinics. Here he bid and built his own work and developed a passion for understanding the importance of quality work in all construction phases from start to finish.
To this day, Patrick uses his 30 years of experience to facilitate the continuous building of his team of skilled and seasoned industry professionals. A team that continues to embrace his corporate culture of uncompromised customer service and quality craftsmanship. Through his commitment to excellence and dedication to professionalism, Patrick Christensen and Horizon Retail Construction have continued to exceed industry standards by forming strong professional relationships based on integrity, reliability and consistency.
In addition to his lead role at Horizon, Patrick has 30 years of experience investing in various asset classes such as office, retail, and hospitality, including hotels and multi-family properties. Collectively, Christensen holds a portfolio of 28 properties amounting to over 1.2 million square feet and 1,790 doors. He has also been involved in real estate development since 1990. Patrick has a deep understanding of the governance and assessment of extra-financial factors in the analysis of companies and markets.
Beyond his professional career, Patrick is a philanthropist. He enjoys dedicating his time and resources to a number of outreach programs, many of which focus on youth, our special needs community, Autism and the United States veterans and troops. In 2019, Patrick donated a 15-passenger van and sensory gym to the Racine County Opportunity Center, a non-profit organization for children with special needs. Throughout the years, Horizon has been awarded numerous awards from the U.S. Army and National Guard for their charitable services and donations. Community involvement is extremely important to Christensen and he encourages his team members to engage in local charities and programs on a personal level. From a company standpoint, Horizon is proud to support local schools, sports programs and a wide variety of non-profit such as Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army and the American Cancer Society.