About Joe Patrnchak

Green Summit Partners

Meet the Owner

Joseph M. Patrnchak is the principal of Green Summit Partners. Joe's career has been dedicated to building organizational cultures that produce high levels of workforce engagement, operational excellence, and customer satisfaction.
Joe divides his time between his home in Boston and his log cabin in Vermont. He is an avid skier, tennis player, and fly fisherman.


Joe holds an MS in human resources management and organizational development from American University. He is also a graduate of the advanced executive program at Northwestern University's Kellogg School, and the international management program at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

He holds a Bachelors's degree in Sociology from Northwestern University, where he and his twin brother Carl were defensive co-captains of the football team. Both of them were members of the All-Big Ten Academic Team.


He serves as the Board Chair of the Robert Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership, Past Board Chair of Advantage Cleveland, and it the co-founder of the Boston Healthcare Human Resources Forum.

Being a frequent conference speaker, Joe is the author of The Engaged Enterprise: A Field Guide for the Servant-Leader, as well as journal articles on organizational change, employee engagement, and servant leadership.

The Journey

  • Prior to founding Green Summit Partners in 2014, Joe served as chief human resources officer at Cleveland Clinic. During his six-year tenure, he led an enterprise-wide initiative that transformed the clinic into an employer of choice.

    It was recognized by numerous local, regional, and national awards, and created a 'we are all caregivers' culture with innovative servant leadership, employee wellness, and recognition programs.

    This drove engagement to world-class levels and contributed to a dramatically improved patient experience.

  • Prior to joining the clinic in 2007, Joe served as a chief HR officer and senior vice president at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. At BCBSMA, he played a key role in reenergizing this mature organization through new leadership development, talent management, employee work-life, and well-being programs that improved engagement to benchmark levels.

  • Previously, Joe served as vice president of human resources for HP, Compaq, and Digital, including leading HR for the $4.5B Global Customer Services Division, which was cited for five years by IDC, Gartner, and Forrester as the technology industry's #1 or #2 service business.