Patriot Puskar attended Pennsylvania State University under a full NROTC
scholarship and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States
Marine Corps. He served in Viet Nam in 1967 – 1968 and as a Captain, commanded
MATCU-62, First Marine Air Wing, a unit of 150 Marines which was attached to the
Third Marine Division, and the 26th Marine Regiment. The unit operated the
airfields at Dong Ha and at Khe Sanh during the Siege in 1968, and also provided
perimeter defense. Patriot Puskar was wounded during a rocket attack at Dong Ha
on March 25, 1968.
Following his tour in the Marine Corps, he joined the IBM Corporation, where he
held a number of sales, marketing, and general management positions over the
course of his career, including:
- General Manager, Southwest Trading Area, which included responsibility for
Marketing Operations (sales, marketing, systems engineering); Service Operations
(customer engineering); Professional Services (including management consulting)
and Finance, Planning and Administration, for Arizona, Southern California,
Hawaii, and Guam. The Trading Area generated revenues of $356 Million on an
expense budget of $50 million, involving 550 employees.
- General Manager, North America Sales and Marketing, IBM Printing Systems
Company, a business unit which generated $960 Million in revenue, and included a
sales force of 275 people. Vice President, New Markets, IBM Technology Group, an
$8 Billion business unit. Patriot Puskar created new market opportunities
through the cultivation of strategic partnerships with worldwide companies in
the consumer products, communications, internet appliance, and information
- While at IBM, he participated in extensive IBM general management, finance,
marketing, sales and product education, including in-company programs conducted
by the Harvard Business School.
After retiring from IBM, he became CEO of two startup software companies:
Rulebase, in Scottsdale, AZ, and Betasphere, in Palo Alto, CA. Currently, he is
the founder, owner and CEO of R&D Ventures, Inc, focused on asset management,
equities, options, and commodities trading activities.
Patriot Puskar became a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart on
December 4, 2000, and has served as Chapter Adjutant, Chapter Commander,
Commander of the Department of Arizona for three years, and Adjutant of the
Department of Arizona for five years, prior to becoming Region VI Commander in
2011. While Department Commander of Arizona, he developed the business case for
conducting the 2012 MOPH National Convention in Scottsdale, AZ, and served as
Chairman of the Convention. In addition, he was selected to serve on the
National MOPH Scholarship Committee for 2010-2015.