Lori Gold Patterson
(217) 344-0444 x30
"I've got your back"
Lori co-founded Pixo in 1998. Since then, the staff size has grown from 2 to 30 people. A Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Illinois, Lori brings the experience of working in corporate management to the entrepreneurial adventure of being the business mind behind a team of bright artists and software engineers at Pixo.
She spent the first 10 years of her career in corporate America working for Andersen Consulting in Chicago for 4 years as a systems consultant. She was hired away by Caterpillar to head up a 20 person product development team and then moved on to join Solo Cup for 5 years as a Special Projects Manager. Lori has managed projects as large as $4.5M and has been responsible for up to 75 staff at once.
For the past 16 years Lori has been enmeshed in the entrepreneurial world, founding and growing three companies and providing business consulting to over 150 startups and established organizations. She specializes in loosening the stuffy, grounding the chaotic and turning good ideas into profitable, sustainable entities. Lori received the Athena Award in 2011 and recently received the Woman on the Rise award from the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office, Entrepreneurial Excellence in Management Award at the Innovation Celebration and she’s proud to be a 2009 Leadership Illinois graduate and alumnus.
Strategic planning & decision making, staff & project management
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Pixo, 1998-Present – CEO
Solo Cup, 1993-1997 – Special Projects Manager
Caterpillar, 1993 – Senior Programmer Analyst & DBA
Anderson Consulting, 1990-1993 – Programmer & Supervisor
John Deere, 1988-1990 – Manufacturing Engineer Co-op Student