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Mark Holland: Kansas City, KS lost great civic leader after Patterson's passing

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He helped transform Sporting KC into a Major League Soccer franchise over the last decade as well as serving as chairman and CEO of Cerner. (Cerner) He helped transform Sporting KC into a Major League Soccer franchise over the last decade as well as serving as chairman and CEO of Cerner. (Cerner)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Unified Government of Wyandotte County Mayor Mark Holland is reacting to the loss of Neal Patterson, CEO and co-founder of Cerner and co-owner of Sporting Kansas City.

Both Cerner and Sporting KC, along with the American Royal, are anchors in the Kansas City, KS community. Holland said the city lost a great civic leader.

Patterson died at age 67 on Saturday from complications with a soft-tissue cancer he had been treated for in the past.

He helped transform Sporting KC into a Major League Soccer franchise over the last decade as well as serving as chairman and CEO of Cerner.

Holland had the opportunity to work with Patterson.

“He was very clear about what he believed in, what he thought, and really kind of brought that caliber of leadership in a very straight forward, very hard charging. He was a force to be reckoned with, you know. He came into a room, and he was ready to do a deal. Neal Patterson really brought the energy and the passion and the directness to Kansas City. Very refreshing to work with all around,” Holland said.

Under Patterson’s ownership, Sporting KC had gone to the playoffs every season since 2011.

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