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About Pat Williams

Pat Williams is the Senior Vice President of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Also one of America’s top motivational, inspirational, and humorous speakers, he has addressed employees from many of the Fortune 500 companies and the Million Dollar Round Table. He has been a featured speaker at two Billy Graham Crusades and two Peter Lowe Success Seminars. He has also spoken on many university campuses.

Pat Williams

After serving for seven years in the United States Army, Pat spent seven years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, two as a minor league catcher and five in the front office. He then spent three years in the Minnesota Twins organization before moving to the National Basketball Association. Since 1968, he has been affiliated with teams in Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, including the 1983 World Champion 76ers, and now the Orlando Magic which he co-founded in 1987 and helped lead to the NBA finals in 1995. Twenty-three of his teams have gone to the NBA play-offs and five of them have made the NBA finals. In 1996, Pat was named as one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history by a national publication.

In his NBA career, he has traded Pete Maravich, traded for Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Penny Hardaway, and won four NBA draft lotteries, including back-to-back winners in 1992 and 1993 and most recently in 2004. He also drafted Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney and Darryl Dawkins and signed Billy Cunningham, Chuck Daly, and Matt Guokas to their first professional coaching contracts. Twelve of his former players have become NBA Head Coaches and seventeen have become assistant coaches.

Pat and his wife Ruth are the parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted from four nations, ranging in age from 18 to 32. For one year, 16 of his children were all teenagers at the same time. Pat and his family have been featured in Sports Illustrated, Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, The Wall Street Journal, Focus on the Family, New Man Magazine, plus all of the major television networks, The Maury Povich Show and Dr. Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power.

Pat helps teach an adult Sunday school class at First Baptist Church of Orlando and hosts a weekly sports radio show and a weekly Christian radio show. In the last six years he has completed 32 marathons, including the Boston Marathon 10 times and also climbed Mt. Rainier. He is a weight lifter, Civil War buff, and serious baseball fan. Every winter he plays in Major League Fantasy Camps and has caught Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Bob Gibson, Fergie Jenkins, Rollie Fingers, Gaylord Perry, Phil Niekro and Tom Seaver.

Pat was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, earned his bachelors degree at Wake Forest University, and his master’s degree at Indiana University. He has a doctorate in Humane Letters from Flagler University. He is a member of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame after catching for the Deacons baseball team, including the 1962 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship team. He is also a member of the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame.

Pat Williams is available for speeches through the MasterMedia Speakers Bureau.

Speech Topics

The Seven Keys to Leadership in the 21st Century
Pat gives managers practical and proven techniques for immediately increasing your productivity in a leadership capacity. In this thought-provoking speech, Pat details the seven keys to leadership and teaches how you can be a more effective leader. Learn how to create a personal strategy, communicate effectively with your employees and make profitable decisions. Pat’s humorous anecdotes and unique leadership philosophy make this one of his most highly-regarded speeches.

The Magic of Teamwork
As his 1983 World Championship confirms, Pat is a master at building successful teams. Based on what he has learned from his experience in building sports teams for over 40 years, Pat offers proven principles for building a winning team in your business or organization. After implementing the techniques presented in this speech, you can expect an organization that produces better results while working more cohesively.

How to Be Like Mike!
Being the “Michael Jordan” of your industry is synonymous with being the best, and Pat’s position in sports has offered him never-before-heard stories and insights into Michael’s world. In this fascinating speech based on the qualities of Michael Jordan, Pat offers the practical steps that can transform any person into a champion. As one of Pat’s most requested talks, this speech has enhanced the focus, passion and work ethic of thousands of people.

Marketing Your Dreams
In the world of sales, passion and creativity are what separate the good from the great. This inspiring speech is developed around the remarkable traits of Bill Veeck, baseball’s marketing genius. This speech will encourage everyone to go after their dreams and to enjoy every day of their life. Pat provides guidelines for working and living a life full of passion, energy, imagination and creativity. From executives to entry-level employees, this speech will increase your success and happiness, both personally and professionally.

Walt Disney’s Five Secrets to Success
To sell more, faster and easier than ever before, it helps to look at those who have had the most success. Through relevant and amusing anecdotes, Pat reviews the qualities that helped Walt Disney become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in American history. Walt’s Five Secrets highlight a magical, miraculous way of life and offer pragmatic principles for meeting one’s personal potential.

Finding the Will to Win
How have “The Greats” achieved such extraordinary success? How can you achieve the same results? In this speech, Pat discusses the qualities that the winners in life possess. Based on over 40 years in professional sports studying successful athletes and coaches who have produced great triumphs, Pat will teach you the secrets to being a more focused person, finding passion in your work and succeeding in the face of defeat. After hearing this speech, you will feel like you can conquer the world!

Comments on Pat Williams

David A. Williams, Jr. - Fountain Development Manager, The Coca-Cola Company:
As the keynote speaker, you surpassed our expectations. You inspired, enlightened, and challenged the audience with your stories on your life experiences. Your wisdom in regards to the "Keys to Quality Success" was inspirational. You captured the minds and hearts of the audience with stories regarding your family. Please accept my personal thanks for helping the Coco-Cola Company bring added value to our customers.

Jesse Chaluh - President Elect, Greater Houston Restaurant Association:
On behalf of the Greater Houston Restaurant Association I want to express my sincere gratitude to you for being our guest speaker at our general membership meeting held on at the King Fish Market. The evening is being talked about by many as one of the best meetings in recent memory. Your observations about quality were insightful. We all need to be reminded from time to time about why we do what we do and what it takes to do it well.

Sondra Quinn - President/CEO, Orlando Science Center:
I want to express my sincerest gratitude for your presentation at the Orlando Science Center's Board of Trustees Retreat. Your ability to clearly focus our board and motivate them to commit to achieving our goals was evident in the many productive and inspiring ideas that surfaced later that day. Your comments on "thinking tomorrow" and "investing in tomorrow" have been echoed many times since your presentation.

John T. Hallowell - Director, Resorts Food & Beverage, Walt Disney World Resorts:
I want to thank you for your gracious support and presence at our Food & Beverage Conference. Your remarks were an inspiration for all of us and will have a positive impact on making a difference in our lives. Many leaders have come up to me and said how much they have enjoyed your book and I want to thank you for staying to sign them.

George H. Benford, CTC - Director of Travel Related Services, Crown Marketing Group:
I want to thank you for awaking the senses and the desire of the entire staff and management team of Crown Marketing Group through thought, experiences and laughter. The messages you delivered transcended every level, culture and creed, and made all of us completely enthralled throughout. Nobody wanted the presentation to end. As you are aware, your presentation inspired our company's president to purchase 320 copies of your book, The Magic of Teamwork, which we presented as a gift to each of our employees.

John H. Merril - Director of Community Relations and Community Education, Calvary Baptist Church:
All I can say is WOW! After almost three weeks, people at church and in the community are still talking about your trip to Tuscaloosa and the inspiring words that you shared at Calvary. Your remarks at the two services were especially meaningful to both congregations and I am convinced from the comments I have heard that you made an indelible impression on all in attendance. You are a very gifted and talented individual, and one who has taken advantage of his God-given ability. I want you to know that of all the people I have ever heard speak, you were the fifth-best, all-time. Please don’t be disappointed in the ranking because you are only behind the following: 1)Billy Graham, 2) Ronald Reagan, 3) Bill Clinton, 4) Colin Powell, and 5) Pat Williams. It isn’t a bad thing to be fifth on that list, is it?

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