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Mark Patton serves as Vice President of Smart Cities at the Columbus Partnership, focusing on the winning US Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge Smart Columbus initiative. Prior to joining the Partnership, Mark was the President of FactGem, a data analytics platform for customer intelligence. Mark is a native of the West Coast and moved to Ohio 5 years ago to help establish JobsOhio, where he was the Senior Managing Director, focused on several key industries including: information technology, consumer products, headquarters and logistics. Patton also managed JobsOhio’s outbound sales organization, for both domestic and international sectors and served on the Boards of Columbus 2020 and REDI Cincinnati. Earlier, Patton held senior roles in both sales and marketing organizations with corporations, including Procter & Gamble, Apple Computer and Eastman Kodak. Prior to moving to Ohio, Mark spent the previous 15 years leading technology start-up companies in Silicon Valley.Mark received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and completed a marketing management program at Stanford University.