CINCINNATI—June 11, 2020 – Patricia Bishop McKay, a tireless volunteer, mentor, business advocate, and leader for SCORE Greater Cincinnati, passed away suddenly May 20.
She had been serving as co-chair of the SCORE Greater Cincinnati Chapter alongside Gordon Daniels. She began volunteering with SCORE in 2012 in North Carolina.
“Pat was incredibly generous in sharing her experience with us,” said SCORE Greater Cincinnati Co-Chair Gordon Daniels. “She stepped up, time and time again, to make things happen and always had an encouraging word. She was a tremendous asset to our organization and the entrepreneurs we serve. We will miss her friendship greatly.”
McKay joined SCORE Greater Cincinnati Chapter in 2015 and immediately engaged in the newly formed Women’s Leadership Group. Female membership grew greatly, and in 2016 she helped organize the chapter’s first networking events targeting female entrepreneurs and clients.
In 2017, McKay became the chapter’s events chair, creating a one-day event for more than 100 of Cincinnati’s restaurant and food entrepreneurs. She also led the development of the Small Biz Marketplace in Washington Park, where more than 50 SCORE businesses and hundreds of shoppers participated in an open-air market.
McKay became Chapter vice-chair in 2018 and began working with SCORE’S national leadership to implement a centralized accounting system and the new national volunteer/client management system. She also started a Women’s CEO Roundtable, has been an active SCORE representative for numerous chambers of commerce, business forums, and events throughout the tri-state area. During all this time, she maintained her role as a business mentor to over 25 SCORE clients every year.
McKay’s 45-year career in the telecommunications industry began as soon as she graduated high school. Taking many promotions and job transfers, she lived in Connecticut, Nebraska, Washington, Utah, Colorado, California, Washington D.C., and North Carolina. While living in the Denver area, she earned an MBA from the University of Colorado and owned and operated Arapahoe Aero, an aircraft maintenance and parts supply company. She retired as vice president of corporate communication and administration at Dex One in 2011.
“Pat was a giant in Corporate America at the very beginning of the realization that women had a place in business, said her friend Judy Wright Koeler-Newell. “She was way ahead of her time.”
In addition to a successful businesswoman and dedicated volunteer, McKay was also a beloved wife, sister and friend. Born in Elwood, Indiana, she is survived by a younger brother, William Bishop. She is preceded in death by her husband and soulmate, Jerry McKay, and her parents, Darris and Marcella Bishop.
“She was not just my Big Sister,” said William Bishop. “She was my role model, mentor and best friend.”