Pat Grant was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Western Stock Show Association (WSSA) in June 2016, having served on the executive committee and board of WSSA since 1985. He had served as President and Chief Executive Officer of WSSA for 19 years, along with serving as Chairman of the Long-range Planning Group. During his tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer, Pat oversaw the funding and construction of the Events Center and the Expo Hall, the launch of the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, and the addition of the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza, Martin Luther King, Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo, PBR Denver Chute-Out Bull Riding, An Evening of Dancing Horses®, and Super Dogs events. Prior to 1992, Pat was a Colorado State Representative from 1985 until 1992, and was a director and shareholder of Grant-McHendrie Law Firm. Pat graduated with honors from Colgate University with a B.A. in History. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Denver, and a J.D. from Drake University Law School.
Pat is currently a Vice Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee supporting the fundraising efforts of WSSA for the new National Western Center. He is the former chairman and member of Colorado State University Board of Governors, former chairman and member of the Association of Rodeo Committees, founding chairman and former member of University of Colorado’s Physical Therapy Advisory Board, and former chairman and member of the Colorado Medical Society Foundation. Pat is responsible for initiating and funding, with others, new scholarships at the University of Denver, Colorado State University, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Drake University. He has selflessly served on numerous other boards throughout his career.
Pat has received many awards and honors, most significantly the Citizen of the West awarded to the Grant family; Ellis Island Medal of Honor, New York City, New York; and the Evans Award from the University of Denver.
Pat served in the U.S. Navy including a tour of duty in Vietnam and was honored as one of 44 Vietnam War Veterans named and pictured in the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. Pat lives in Denver with his wife, Carla. They have three daughters and four grandchildren.