A proud graduate of Ardenne High School, Patrick arrived in NY in 1982, to determine what opportunities would be available in the arena of Accounting and Finance. He had previously worked as an Accounting Clerk, Supermarket Manager, Marketing Rep, and ran a catering business in Jamaica.  But Accounting was his interest. The thinking was to get to New York, enroll in College and things would fall in place. However, finding a Job was his priority, which he did with the help a family friend. After an uncertain interview, Patrick was offered employment an Assistant Book Keeper, more so because of his impressive penmanship.

With a job secured, and a steady income, he enrolled in York College CUNY, where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Accounting while working full time in his final year, during which time he was elected student government President, by then he decided he would graduate that same year, by taking 42 credits.

He immediately enrolled in Graduate School without the faintest idea of how to pay the high tuition fees of $15,000 per semester. With loans, grants, and cash, he completed the masters program requirements just shy of three credits in three semesters, all this, while holding a full time job at VNS recruiting nurses. This is when Patrick realized the satisfaction he felt when he referred someone who was hired.

It was while completing his Master’s Degree and working at VNS, that he recognized the growing need for Human Resource professionals in health care. A fellow student in class recruited him to work in Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn as an HR Supervisor. From there he went on to Interfaith Medical Center as a Manager, Director, and to Wyckoff Hospital as HR Manager, then to Bronx Lebanon as an HR Manager.

At every juncture he made sure a friend, or friend of a friend was either hired or referred for a job where ever he worked. This is his passion, helping others to find their way.   After Bronx Lebanon, Patrick launched The NY Training Group Inc., this consulting company trained scores of health care professionals in over 40 hospitals and health care facilities throughout NY over a 4 year period. Here again, Patrick ensured many of his friends and associates were given opportunities to work with him.  In 2011 he stared The Sterling Group Inc now renamed Sterling Tax Service Inc. He has served on the Morris Heights Health Center board for 14 years.

A renowned humanitarian, Patrick has two passions, helping others find jobs and helping underserved kids, which he has been doing for the past 15 years. Each summer, Patrick takes a minimum of 100 shoes and school bags, and distributes them himself in downtown Kingston, Jamaica to economically impoverished children.  Patrick is happily married to Joan Sterling and between them they have five great grown boys – Fritzroy, Kevin, Pierre, Chad, and Omari.

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