PolyOne Corp. leader Robert Patterson has received an award from his alma mater, the University of Michigan.
Patterson is one of two recipients of the Honorary Paton Fellow Award for 2020 from UM's Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He'll be recognized during an induction ceremony on March 26, UM officials said in a news release.
The award is presented annually to individuals who are seen as rising stars within the accounting profession, for their lifetime contributions to industry, or for their service that has positively impacted Michigan Ross accounting education.
"We look forward to celebrating their leadership within the accounting industry, their dedication to advancing accounting education, and their support of the next generation of accounting professionals," Paton Accounting Center faculty director Reuven Lehavy said in the release.
Patterson is a two-time Michigan Ross alum, earning his Bachelor of Business Administration and his Master of Accounting degree in 1996. He's been with Avon Lake, Ohio-based PolyOne since 2008 and now serves as the firm's chairman, president, and CEO.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Patterson served on the Michigan Ross Alumni Board of Governors from 2010-2015. UM officials said in the release that Patterson is a strong supporter of accounting education and consults with Ross professors on current industry trends.
PolyOne is one of North America's largest compounders, concentrate makers and resin distributors.