J. Michael Patrick
Founder New West Furniture
Mike Patrick is credited with being the leader in the "Cody style" of western funiture design, a driving force in the renaissance of the Molesworth-Cody furniture making influence. He was one of the founders of the Western Design Conference in Cody in 1992.
Mr. Patrick founded New West Furniture in Cody in 1986 and built it into a premier western furniture business. His peers recognized his artistry and creativity with many awards, including the Buffalo Bill Historical Center 1998 Switchback Ranch Purchase Award, Western Design Conference People's Choice Award in 1994 and 1995, WDC Best Exhibit Award in 1995 and Metropolitan Home Magazine Design 100 Award in 1992.
He was featured in a Home and Gardens TV program, "Your Home with Kitty Bartholomew" in 1998 and recently completed filming for a second HGTV program, "Sensible Chic," which aired in 2003.
His strong belief for the Western Design Conference was that bringing artisans together to share ideas and philosophies would benefit all.
A third generation rancher, he understood the critical importance of continued sustainable use of natural resources. He was an advocate for wild places and dedicated many volunteer hours to the cause of maintaining environmental balance through such organizations as the Northwest Resource Council, the Park County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Corporation for the Northern Rockies, which he co-founded.