Alumni Spotlight – Pat Scales

Alumni Spotlight – Pat Scales

Some might call Pat Scales an underdog. In his time at Hilliard Schools, he was on an IEP, and credits his tutors and coaches for where he’s at today. 

“While feeling the need for additional support, teachers like Mrs. Donnelle, Mrs. Johnston and Mrs. Bundy, and coaches like Mr. Stephanic and Mr. Schlecht, helped fill the voids,” he said. 

After graduating from Davidson High School in 2000, he attended DeVry University where he graduated with a degree in computer engineering in 2003. Jobs in the field were limited at the time, so he found himself in a product research role with Limited Brands. 

He discovered while growing up working with his stepfather that he was also good with his hands, so started a handyman business where he helped family and friends with projects on evenings and weekends. This led to work on a 600-unit rental facility on Ohio State’s campus that ended up being his lifeline when he was unexpectedly laid off in 2008. He ramped up his work on the rental property as well as his freelance handyman jobs. This morphed into his current business, Pat Scales Remodeling, a design/build residential and commercial remodeler offering a unique project process to allow for a custom renovation for each client. 

The company has grown to 20 employees, including his wife, Katie O’Connor Scales, a 1999 graduate of Hilliard Davidson. The company has made Columbus Business First’s Fast 50 list for the past four years and has been listed as a top remodeler in Columbus Business First since 2014. 

Pat was involved in football, cross country, wrestling, and track and field throughout middle and high school. He said athletics, particularly wrestling, gave him a sense of discipline that has contributed to his success in life and business. 

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