Our Team

Pastor (Pat) Velasco

Pat Velasco serves on the Board of Directors and as Interim CEO of BrightView, the nation’s largest landscaping services firm with more than 23,000 professionals and more than $2 billion in annual revenue. Pat’s career has included positions with several Fortune 500 companies, including Ecolab and Black & Decker.  Born in Cuba, Pat has a wide and varied background in business and community service.  He has served as an executive within several global industrial and service companies.  Prior to BrightView, Pat served first as CEO and then as Chairman of Capital Safety, a leading manufacturer of fall protection safety equipment that is now an integral part of the 3M family of businesses.  As Chairman, he saw Capital Safety grow sales at an average annual rate of 10 percent.  During his tenure, the company also won the prestigious Minnesota Governor’s Safety Award. In addition to the Gary Sinise Foundation, Pat serves on a variety of boards, including Gardner Denver, Crosby and PurePOWER Technologies. Pat, an avid pilot, is passionate about supporting our communities and U.S. veterans, which continues to be a focus.