The Author

Making College Count was written by Patrick O’Brien. O’Brien graduated from Miami University with a double major of finance and accounting. After graduating, he has had a broad range of roles in corporate America, small business, non-profit endeavors, and education. He was the co-founder of Making It Count, an education company that has delivered free success presentations to more than 23,000,000 students over the past 15 years. The concept of empowering students to achieve their dreams has been a central theme of his life for 20+ years.


His career has included the following:

– Co-Founder Making It Count Education Programs

– Author, “Making College Count”


– Author, “Start Now. Succeed Later.” (South-Western College Publishing)

– Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Tribune Media Services (College Division)

– Author, “Knowing Where You’re Going”

– President, Monster Skilled and Hourly (part of

– Procter & Gamble Brand Manager

– Adjunct Professor, Miami University

– Co-Founder and Faculty Advisor, Miami Farmer School Charity Golf Classic

– Director of Marketing and Information Technology (the Branigar Organization/International Paper)

– Vice President/Project Director (The Branigar Organization/International Paper)

– Board President and Property Owners Association President, Champion Hills  Community/Club

– United Way Board Member (local chapter)

– Chamber of Commerce Board Member (local chapter)

– YMCA Capital Campaign Co-Chairman (local chapter)

– Big Brother, Catholic Big Brothers and Sisters

– Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball Coach

– Liberty Mutual Responsible Coaching Award

O’Brien also recently co-founded, a site offering executors of estate insights at to the duties and responsibilities of an executor. The site offers an interactive executor checklist, tools to track expenses and other tools to help executors understand their responsibilities and duties, and successfully complete them.

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