Pat Riley

Board Member, Local First Arkansas

Little Rock, AR

Act Local First, Shift Capital  |  Funding / Investment

Pat supports local first initiatives in Arkansas.

Pat Riley was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended college in
Dallas, at SMU earning a degree in Psychology (‘77). At SMU, Pat competed on
the swim team and co-captained the water polo team. Pat earned two post
graduate degrees; an MBA from SMU and an MIM (Int’l Mgmt.) from the American
Graduate School of International Management (aka Thunderbird) in Glendale
Arizona. From 1980-1985, Pat worked for a bank in Houston, taught racquetball
at a health club in San Francisco and worked as a bank consultant in Dallas.

From 1985-2013 Pat developed and managed a health/fitness/tennis business in
Little Rock. The company owned/operated four clubs (Little Rock Athletic Club,
Little Rock Racquet Club, North Little Rock Athletic Club, Downtown Athletic Club)
with a staff of 350, serving 17,000 members (7,000 memberships). The company
was sold to local investors in April, 2013. Outside of work, Pat enjoys reading,
playing tennis and playing beach volleyball. In 1990, Pat was inducted into the
Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame. He has also served as a tutor/mentor for more
than 25 years and was awarded the Pulaski County Big Brother of the Year (1994)
and Mentor of the Year by the Little Rock School District (2012). Since 2007, he
has served on the Board of Just Communities of Arkansas (formerly the NCCJ).