About / Katie Patterson

Katie Patterson

Founder | CEO
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Katie Patterson founded Happy Medium with two guiding principles: honesty and transparency. With a strong background in media buying and account management, Katie launched and bootstrapped Happy Medium after seeing a need for an authentic approach in the market. Since Happy Medium’s inception in 2011, the company has expanded to accommodate an ever-growing list of clients, services and employees, but the guiding principles have stayed at the center of all that Katie and Happy Medium do, while simultaneously achieving more than 1,000 percent revenue growth in just four years.

Never one to rest on her laurels, Katie launched her first product, Happy Boards, a pioneering digital cultural communicator, in 2015. The process helped her to determine that Happy Medium should include a place for creativity and inspiration in order to create solutions that not only answer needs for her agency but for businesses worldwide.

Katie has been awarded the Iowa Women of Innovation’s Rising Star, Business Record’s Best Up & Coming Business Leader, and included in the annual Forty Under 40 class. Under her leadership, Happy Medium has been named Best Workplace for Young Professionals, Best Social Media Company multiple years running, and made back-to-back appearances on the Inc. 5000 list. Katie has also been featured in Adweek, Inc., The Huffington Post, Des Moines Register, Business Record and more.

Alma Mater

University of Northern Iowa

Best Part of Your Job

When a client's campaign is successful and all their goals are met, I know it means our team came together and did our jobs really well. It's the best feeling! Watching team members grow their talents, discover new ones and become leaders is what I love about coming into the office every day.

Can’t Live Without

My son Brig and avocados

Favorite Happy Medium Event

The HM holiday party is one of my favorite times each year. We come together to celebrate another successful year of growth and we feel so bonded, plus there is karaoke.