Born in Wisconsin, Patrick Christensen developed a passion for construction at a young age, often building tree houses and forts in his backyard. If he wasn’t building something, he was more than likely taking items apart, as he was intrigued and curious on how to put things back together again. A year after graduating from Union High School, he took a job as a carpenter where he utilized his building passions, crafting furniture and houses while pursuing two degrees at Minnesota State University, in Mankato, where he eventually took up residence. He graduated with two Bachelor of Science degrees, both in Business Administration with one in an emphasis on Marketing and the other focusing on Construction Management.
While attending school in Minnesota, Christensen enjoyed the great outdoors and all the ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes’ had to offer, including duck and pheasant hunting expeditions with his well-trained chocolate lab, Duke, canoeing, skiing, and mountain biking. Since 2012, he has been a member of Halter Wildlife, a local wildlife sanctuary, where he, along with Duke, likes to spend most of his free time.
Aside from Christensen’s hunting endeavors, he is an avid farmer. In 2010, he purchased 220 acres of land in Kenosha County where he is raises pigs, cattle, and poultry. He also developed a hobby of rebuilding cars, motocross, and creating trails around the property for his family and friends to enjoy- even competed in dirt bike races. Over the years, the farm has become a favorite hangout spot and a second home for his family.
Speaking of his family, Christensen is also a devoted and loving family man. Whenever he is away from work, he spends as much time with his family as possible. He takes the boys on fun, active vacations from jet skiing, scuba diving, fishing, and paddle boating in Naples, FL, to skiing and snowboarding on the Rocky Mountains in Aspen, CO.
Not only is Christensen an adventurer, but he is very charitable toward his community and surrounding areas whenever possible. He enjoys dedicating his time and resources to a number of outreach programs, many of which focus on youth, special needs communities, Autism, and the United States veterans and troops.
Youth and the special needs community hold a very dear place in Christensen’s heart due to his personal interactions with special needs. With these charitable efforts he wanted to support these causes, directly benefitting those with special needs. In 2019, as a way to support the cause and others alike, he donated a 15-passenger van and sensory gym to the Racine County Opportunity Center, a non-profit organization for children with special needs. The van shuttles the kids around, taking them to events, and even offers support for the parents with convenient pick-up and drop-off at their homes.
Christensen is the president of Horizon Retail Construction. He started at Horizon in 1993 as a project manager, but was quickly promoted to senior project manager, due to his strong work ethic. A few years later, he was promoted from senior to vice president, and then, in 2002, he took over Horizon as CEO.
Since then Christensen has led Horizon to substantial and continuous growth while also balancing life as a loving father, son, brother, mentor and friend to many. As a young child, he knew the hard work it took if he wanted to be a business and industry leader. Always looking for personal and professional development opportunities, he continually researched, learned the ins and outs of the building industry, and asked numerous questions from other industry experts. His dedication paid off, and as he got older, he found enjoyment in sharing his experience with future leaders. He delights in doing this often, sometimes even on a daily basis.