Pattie C. is the President and CEO of A&K Energy Conservation, but she’s much more than just an executive in an office. Pattie’s role as President is very hands-on. She is in charge of overseeing every function of business, including monitoring the company’s operations to ensure efficiency, quality of service, and cost-effective management of resources. Since the passing of her father, Lyn Knowles, in 2011, Pattie was named the permanent CEO allowing her to focus on the long-term goals and operational strategies of the company and its partnerships.
She has been an employee of A&K for nearly 30 years, and she has held positions in nearly every department in the company. Since she started as our receptionist in 1987, she has continued to move up in the ranks. Pattie has served in departments including customer service and inventory control/purchasing and operations, and has held management positions such as VP of Operations, President, and now CEO. If you walk into the office on the right day, you might still see Pattie driving a forklift in the warehouse just to lend a helping hand where it’s needed.
Her career history has earned Pattie recognition from her community. In 2011 she was nominated for Business Woman of the Year for the Tampa Bay Area and in 2012, she was recognized for Outstanding Leadership within the company. Pattie also holds certifications from Osram Sylvania’s Light Point, GE Lighting’s Lighting Institute, and Phillips Lighting’s Application Center.
As a wife of 24 years and a mother of four wonderful children, Pattie always tries to balance her personal life with her work life. When she’s not managing A&K, she loves to spend time with her husband, Kim, and their children, Austin, Hunter, Kelsey, and Justin, as well as their three pets, Jake, Cooper and Boomer. The family’s favorite activities include camping, boating and escaping to the beach any time they can.