The Grable Group
A veteran of 50 years in athletics, building teams in college and professional sports
- Performance Improvement
- Florida, United States
Pat Williams is the senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. The author of over 40 books, Williams is also one of America’s top motivational, inspirational, and humorous speakers. He has addressed employees from many of the Fortune 500 companies, the Million Dollar Round Table, two Billy Graham Crusades and two Peter Lowe Success Seminars. Williams also speaks on many university campuses.
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 20 to 34. 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 and New Man Magazine. In addition, Williams and his family have been featured on all of the major television networks, The Maury Povich Showand Dr. Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power.
Pat helps teach an adult Sunday school class at First Baptist Church of Orlando and hosts a nationally syndicated sports radio show and a weekly Christian radio show. In the last ten years he has completed 38 marathons, including the Boston Marathon 10 times, and also climbed Mt. Rainier.
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.
Do you want employees who work with greater passion and purpose? Do you need executives who are able to overcome obstacles in today's business world? Do you want to improve every part of your professional and personal life?
As one of the most successful and influential executives in NBA history, PAT WILLIAMS knows what it takes to be successful in all aspects of business and wants to share his insights with your organization. Pat has thousands of entertaining and influential stories he has gathered from his leadership experiences in sports, parenting and life that will leave your audience amused, inspired and determined to be industry leaders and successful people.
Pat speaks on many topics, including: LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT, TEAMWORK, SALES and SELF-IMPROVEMENT. Pat customizes his talks for each group and will spend as much time as possible meeting and greeting the members of his audience.
After hearing Pat Williams speak, your organization will never be the same. Pat is presenting new, vital information in a manner that is unprecedented. He uses humor, illustrations and powerful stories to relay insightful, practical information your audience can take home and implement immediately. The remarkable combination of his personal style and message stimulates people to alter their attitude and reach their full potential. Time spent with Pat is an invigorating experience that will expand self-confidence, rekindle determination to succeed and intensify ambition to alter your life for the better. We GUARANTEE results every time Pat speaks.
Pat is often heard saying, "Every time I speak, I want to change the world". Experience Pat Williams in person and be prepared to have your world transformed.
MOST REQUESTED 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 an 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.
Souls of Steel
In his realistic approach, Pat teaches how you can achieve great success while maintaining your values and integrity. An entertaining yet earnest account, Pat discusses the importance of developing core values and leading by example. This speech will leave you with meaningful solutions, a sense of purpose, and specific material to reinforce your leadership role.
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 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 implement the techniques presented in this speech, you can expect and organization that produces better results while working more cohesively.
The Ten Keys to Creating a Quality Organization
Successful people know how important it is to have excellence in the workplace. In a fascinating seminar based upon his personal principles, Pat provides the ingredients of his recipe for quality. This fast-moving series of ideas and techniques offers the practical steps that can transform any organization into a quality organization. As one of Pat's most requested talks, these keys to quality can be sued by anyone to enhance not only their work life, but their work environment as well.
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!
Champions Under Construction
In this perceptive and practical speech, Pat presents the key steps needed to go from dreaming to achieving. Whether it is being a fantastic father or the top sales associate for your entire region, this developmental speech provides the blueprint for working and living a life full of passion, energy, imagination and creativity. You will see big changes in the results you seek. From executives to entry-level employees, this speech will increase your success and happiness, both personally and professionally.
The Six Wisdom Principles to Pursuing Your Dreams
Don't drift through your world; seize it! In this fast-paced, in-your-face presentation, Williams challenges the audience to not only plan your ideal future but to achieve it, as well. Using the proven principles passed along to him by his mentor, oil tycoon R.E. Littlejohn, Pat provides the road map from goal-setting to goal-achieving. Students, parents and teachers will remember this speech as one that changed their life.
Becoming Super Dad
As the father of 19 children - including 14 adopted from four foreign countries - as a sports personality, Pat has plenty of experience and insights into being involved as both a friend and a mentor in a teenager's life. In this invigorating speech, Williams gears his speaking style towards parent and people who work with today's youth. Intimate and insightful, powerful and practical, this talk offers encouragement and instruction to fostering the relationship you desire with the kids in your life.