Mike Van Patten

I work in development services for utility-scale energy projects. My expertise lies in the engineering side of development including ALTA/NSPS land title surveys. I also have experience with legal review.

What do you focus on?

Often times, problems with a project are unseen: underground utilities, setbacks, lease boundaries, etc. I focus on managing those pitfalls by leading the ALTA arm of TerraPro with an emphasis on efficiency and accuracy. I work with one of the most highly-skilled survey firms in the industry to ensure we provide a clean survey for the land. We are able to marry the ALTA and Title work through a stream-lined process to help clients arrive at the project transaction with all risks having been mitigated.

Where do your passions lie in your personal life?

I enjoy gaming with my friends from and participating in church ministry to several local prisons every few months. COVID put a stop to the ministry for now and I’m anxious to be able to go back in and witness to the men.

What motivates you?

I have a very giving nature and so I work to be able to have enough to give to friends, family and those less fortunate that I am.

What are your proudest accomplishments?

I took a break from college to work after my grades dropped due to life at the time.  When I went back and finished my last two years I made all A’s despite the long break and managed to finish my Computer Engineering degree with over a 3.0 GPA.

A renewable energy development specialist, Mike judiciously reviews survey maps, legal descriptions, deeds, and property titles, to verify the accuracy of the information. Following in the footsteps of three generations of civil engineers, Mike’s father took him along on site inspections and taught him the fine art of map reading. Accompanying his dad also infused him with a large dose of intuition. According to Mike, risk mitigation is largely detective work; knowing where to look, what to anticipate and trusting ones’ instincts is part of the secret sauce.

Prior to working in renewables, Mike was a computer engineer. The attention to detail he acquired in engineering is a tremendous asset in performing due diligence as a development specialist. Mike holds a B.S. degree in computer engineering from the University of Houston and a Geographical Information System (GIS) certification.