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Neal L. Patterson (born 1950) is CEO of Cerner Corporation, a Kansas Citymarker-based medical software corporation and an owner of the Kansas City Wizards soccer team.

Patterson grew up on the family farm near Manchester, Oklahomamarker and received his bachelors and Masters from Oklahoma State Universitymarker in 1971 and 1972. Following a stint with Arthur Anderson he and Arthur Andersen colleagues Cliff Illig and Paul Gorup start Cerner in 1979.

Patterson was featured in a USA Today article, Scandals lead execs to 'Atlas Shrugged', as a member of a friendly group of CEOs who have a working knowledge of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. He became a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Oklahoma State Universitymarker.

Patterson is famous for this e-mail flaming managers for not coming to work before 8 am and leaving before 5 pm, now a prominent example used when discussing e-mail netiquette. On the day that the email was posted to Yahoo!, the company's stock price fell by over 22% from a high of $1.5 billion USD.

On August 31, 2006, Patterson and five other individuals purchased the Kansas City Wizards, a Major League Soccer team, from Lamar Hunt. The other members of the ownership group are Illig, Rock Island Capital’s Robb Heineman, Greg Maday, David French, and Pat Curran, founder of C3 Holdings. The group intends to keep the Wizards in the Kansas City area.

References

  1. http://www.bizjournals.com/gen/executive.html?excode=556ec5a235694b648740ba66e73f5d3c&market=kansascity
  2. USATODAY.com - Scandals lead execs to 'Atlas Shrugged'
  3. Welcome to Pi Kappa Alpha, Iota Theta Chapter!
  4. BBC News - Boss's e-mail bites back
  5. ITworld.com - Unix security: Proprietary email
  6. E-Mail Rules: A Business Guide to Managing Policies, Security, and Legal Issues for E-Mail and Digital Communications By Randolph Kahn & Nancy Flynn http://books.google.com/books?id=Q9CbhiflZh0C&pg=PA45&dq=netiquette&ie=ISO-8859-1&sig=5jsrxx0u3qWX1_d4KXCl-_4Tc_4#PPA47,M1
  7. American Soccer News - Kansas City Wizards



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