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Pat Croce graced the cover of Success magazine as the first person to ascend from the training room to the boardroom of a professional sports team. Pat Croce’s remarkable success from his role as a physical therapist and pioneer in the sports medicine field, to the colorful leader responsible for the resurrection of the Philadelphia 76ers as an NBA championship contender, has been defined as one of the most amazing stories in sports history.
Through his business savvy, dynamic personality and emphasis on customer service, Pat Croce created Sports Physical Therapists; a sports medicine empire of 40 centers in 11 states, and built it into a top-ten finalist for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Following the sale of his company in 1996, Pat Croce focused his entrepreneurial spirit and indestructible positive attitude on the purchase of the NBA’s last place team, the Philadelphia 76ers. During Pat Croce’s 5-year tenure as President, the team rose from worst to first in the NBA standings and broke franchise records in attendance, revenue, merchandise and consecutive wins on the way to the NBA Championships against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2001.
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Pat Croce has also tackled television as a lively commentator for the NBA on NBC, as a Tae Kwon Do commentator for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Greece (Pat Croce is a 4th degree Black Belt) and during that same year, hosted the nationally syndicated daily TV show Pat Croce: Moving In for Sony Pictures Television. His most recent role was as a panel judge on ABC’s hit show American Inventor.
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Pat Croce continues to fill requests as a nationally-renowned motivational speaker, and is the author of the New York Times bestseller, I Feel Great and You Will Too! the motivational tome, 110%, and the business book, Lead or Get Off the Pot! Pat Croce also authored two books that delve into his passion for pirates – Pirate Soul: A Swashbuckling Journey through the Golden Age of Pirates, and the children’s picture book, My Pop-Pop is a Pirate.
Pat Croce was the proud recipient of the “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award and was featured on the cover of Inc. magazine as “The Dale Carnegie of the 21st Century.” Pat Croce continues to thrive as a serial entrepreneur with controlling interests in the Pirate Soul Museum and the Rum Barrel Restaurant/Bar in Key West. He has a variety of investments in the fields of technology, e-commerce, fitness, healthcare, retail, real estate and entertainment. And most importantly, Pat Croce invests a huge chunk of his charismatic energy in a variety of community initiatives.