Pat Williams

Founder of the Orlando Magic

  • Pat Williams`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Pat Williams`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Florida, USA

  • Pat Williams`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Pat Williams`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Florida, USA

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The Seven Keys to Leadership in the 21 st 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 ...

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.

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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 ...

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.

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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 ...

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.

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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 ...

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.

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The Ten Keys to Quality

Successful people know how important it is to have excellence in the workplace. In a seminar based upon his personal principles, Pat provides the ingredients of his recipe for quality. This fast-moving series of methods, ideas and techniques offer the...

Successful people know how important it is to have excellence in the workplace. In a seminar based upon his personal principles, Pat provides the ingredients of his recipe for quality. This fast-moving series of methods, ideas and techniques offer the keys to personal effectiveness, maximum achievement and unlimited success in your field These keys to quality can be used by anyone to enhance not only their work life, but their personal life as well.

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About Keynote Speaker Pat Williams

Pat Williams’ Accomplishments Include . . . 

Pat Williams is a basketball Hall-of-Famer, known as Founder of the NBA’s Orlando Magic as well as serving as general manager for the Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic. As one of America’s top motivational speakers, he has addressed thousands of executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies and national associations to universities and nonprofits.  Clients include AllState, American Express, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Disney, Honeywell, IBM, ING, Lockheed Martin, Nike, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Tyson Foods to name a few. Pat is also the author of over 100 books, his most recent title highlighting the leadership secrets of the United States Military Academy at West Point in CHARACTER CARVED IN STONE.

Since 1968, Pat has been in the NBA as general manager for 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 and 2009. In 1996, Pat was named as one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history by Beckett’s, a national publication. In 2012, Pat received the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Pat has been an integral part of NBA history, including bringing the NBA to Orlando.  He has traded Pete Maravich as well as traded for Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Penny Hardaway. He has won four NBA draft lotteries, including back-to-back winners in 1992 and 1993. He also drafted Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney and Darryl Dawkins.  He signed Billy Cunningham, Chuck Daly, and Matt Guokas to their first professional coaching contracts. Nineteen of his former players have become NBA head coaches, nine have become college head coaches while seven have become assistant NBA coaches.

Additionally, Pat served for seven years in the United States Army, spent seven years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization—two as a minor league catcher and five in the front office—and has also spent three years in the Minnesota Twins organization.

Pat and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted from four nations, ranging in age from 30 to 44. For one year, 16 of his children were all teenagers at the same time. Currently, Pat has 20 grandchildren and counting. Pat and his family have been featured in Sports Illustrated, Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Focus on the Family as well as all of the major network and cable television news channels.

Pat was diagnosed in February of 2011 with Multiple Myeloma.  After several rounds of chemo treatments, Pat received a bone marrow transplant where the doctors injected him with almost 5 million of his own stem cells.  Pat’s recovery from the stem cell transplant has been remarkable and the doctors are extremely pleased.  While Multiple Myeloma is incurable the goal is to get the cancer into remission (Pat’s personal slogan has been “The Mission is Remission”); Pat’s doctors have told him that they are unable to detect any myeloma in his body and have given him a clean bill of health.  Pat has accepted positions on several boards for different cancer groups, including an appointment on the Board of Directors for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Pat spends many hours each week responding to emails and phone calls of others affected by cancer, offering hope and words of encouragement.

Pat teaches an adult Sunday school class at First Baptist Church of Orlando and hosts three weekly radio shows. In the last 15 years, he has completed 58 marathons—most recently, the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon—and also climbed Mt. Rainier. He is a weightlifter, 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, Tom Seaver and Goose Gossage.

Pat was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, earned his bachelor’s degree at Wake Forest University, and his master’s degree at Indiana University. He is a member of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame after catching for the Deacon baseball team, including the 1962 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship team. He is also a member of nine other hall of fames around the country. 

Testimonials

“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.”

David A. Williams, Jr.

Fountain Development Manager The Coca-Cola Company

“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.”

Jesse Chaluh

President Elect, Greater Houston Restaurant Association

“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.”

Sondra Quinn

President/CEO, Orlando Science Center

“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.”

John T. Hallowell

Director, Resorts Food & Beverage, Walt Disney World Resorts

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