As President of Brightline, Patrick Goddard, is responsible for the company’s multi-billion-dollar intercity passenger rail development and expansion that will connect Central and South Florida. Goddard leads the companies go to market strategy, including more than 1.5M square feet of transit-oriented development. Brightline is an operating company of Fortress Investment Group and represents more than $5B in capital invested in the state of Florida.
Goddard has been recognized as one of South Florida Business Journal’s Power Leaders 250 and Florida Trends 500 Most Influential Leaders. He is a member of the Florida Council of 100, a graduate of Leadership Florida’s Executive Class and a board member of Camillus House.
Goddard launched his career in the hospitality industry having worked in hotel development and operations for Hilton Hotels, Loews Hotels and Rosewood Hotels. Goddard was also a founding partner of Trust Hospitality, an international hotel management and development company before its acquisition in 2020 by Highgate Hotels.
He has a degree in Hospitality Management from the Dublin Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Management from Trinity College Dublin.