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$50,000 to $75,000
BOOK PAT CROCE
SPEAKING FEE RANGE*
$50,000 to $75,000
Book Pat Croce
- Epitomizing an entrepreneurial and fearless spirit, he has created a completely new professional sports medicine industry, taken a basketball team from last place to the championships, founded a multi-million dollar fitness business, and led expeditions to search for lost pirate ships.
- From creating a career—and industry—that previously didn’t exist to buying into a last place team to take them to the top, his approach to life, as well as his storytelling, is full of energy, passion and positivity.
- Croce’s passion for life, exciting way of telling stories, and his variety of life experiences and adventures make him an ideal presenter to motivate and encourage his audience to step out of their comfort zone and embrace opportunities.
- He is the former president and athletic trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers, first physical conditioning coach in the NHL, founder of a $40 million physical therapy/fitness business, owner of multiple business properties, author, and pirate ship expeditionist.
Pat Croce is one of the first people to go from a training room to the boardroom of a professional sports team. Since making that move, Croce has increased his holdings and grown his brand to not only include the Philadelphia 76ers, but restaurants and properties in south Florida. In 2014, Croce had a net worth of $300 million.
He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in health and rehabilitation sciences in 1977 and tried multiple times to become the Philadelphia Eagles’ team physical therapist. But his requests were ignored. With the combination of his education and martial arts prowess (he has a 4th degree black belt in karate and is an international champion), he soon captured the attention of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team. In 1980, he became the first physical conditioning coach in the NHL.
Several years later, the Philadelphia 76ers called on Croce to bring his physical therapy and conditioning magic to their team. In many ways, Croce created the idea of personal training before there was a name for it. While working as the athletic trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers for a decade, Croce also built Sports Physical Therapists, an empire that grew to 40 centers in 11 states in less than 10 years. His network expanded through his connections with the 76ers and Flyers and his popular fitness and nutrition segments on Philadelphia media in the 1980s and 90s. In 1993, he sold the business for $40 million.
In 1996, he became president of the 76ers as part of a group that purchased the team. Under their ownership, the team went from last place to the NBA finals in 2001. Croce resigned after that season. Since then, Croce has been a television commentator on the NBA and a taekwondo commentator for the 2004 Summer Olympics. In 2005, he opened the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum in Florida, which features authentic pirate artifacts, many from Croce's personal collection. Croce also owns and operates the Colonial Quarter living-history museum in St. Augustine, as well as a number of restaurants and properties in Key West. Croce has authored six pirate-themed books and is working on a series of historical fiction books based on the lives of pirates such as Sir Francis Drake and Henry Morgan. In 2011, he financed and served on the monumental expedition that located the shipwrecks of Sir Francis Drake.
His second book I Feel Great and You Will Too! made The New York Times Best Seller list almost immediately. The autobiography chronicles his college years, meeting his wife, starting his own business, purchasing the Sixers, and his 1999 motorcycle accident, and is full of career and personal advice. His other books include: 110%, Lead Or Get Off The Pot, Pat Croce's Victory Journal, and the Do It Now! Journal.
“You will sense that the learnings Pat shares are really his ‘earnings.’ In other words he earned these lessons, often the hard way. Moreover, he’s so authentic and so in touch with these processes of growth that, at times, you will feel you are overhearing his most intimate conversations.”
Stephen R. Covey, Author, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People
“It is rare that an outside speaker connects so well with the heart and minds of a group. You and Collin Powell are the two best I have had the pleasure of experiencing.”
George Morrow, EVP, Worldwide Sales, Amgen
“You helped us do what we set out to do – energize and motivate our high performance sales team. Your enthusiasm and energy made our afternoon memorable and valuable.”
Chris Rooney, President, AT&T
“Thank you for your outstanding presentation at the recent Ford Customer Service Division meeting in Las Vegas. Your high energy and genuine delivery style certainly resonated with all 650 attendees. I need you in Detroit!”
Randy Ortiz, General Sales Manager, Ford Motor Company
“Your stories are inspiring, your energy is contagious and your key messages are right on target with our core values – to keep striving for the best and working toward achieving ones’ goals, both personally and professionally – no matter what obstacles and challenges lay ahead.”
Paul Bossidy, CEO, GE Capital
“Pat Croce is simply the best speaker we’ve ever had – and we’ve had the biggest names on the circuit – because at the end of the day, his inspirational style makes our people feel great!”
Stephen Stefano, SVP, NeuroHealth Division, GlaxoSmithKline
“Since we work in the world of entertainment, creativity, marketing, selling and programming, it’s often difficult for us to find a speaker who can meet the energy level that our people possess and it’s even harder to really cut through and get the motivated people more motivated. Somehow, you did it! Quite honestly, you were terrific!”
Joel Hollander, President, CBS Radio
“I’d like to thank you for your inspiring presentation. Your unrelenting optimism, “seize the day” mentality and commitment to customer service were just the right messages for our leadership team to hear at this exciting juncture in our company’s history.”
Joe Neubauer, Chairman, Aramark
“Pat Croce is a true inspiration to anyone who has ever had a dream.”
Brian Roberts, CEO, Comcast Corporation
Pat Croce’s high energy presentations epitomize his life’s motto: “Take action on your passion.” Croce certainly has lived by his mantra—creating a sports medicine industry that previously didn’t exist, taking a team from last place to the championships, growing and selling a multi-million dollar fitness business, and leading an expedition that recovered Sir Francis Drake’s sunken ships. Croce excites audiences with his passion and provides tools to get them started with theirs.
Inc. has called him the “Dale Carnegie of the 21st Century.” Sales & Marketing Management magazine named him the “Best Motivator.” Nationally renowned motivational speaker Croce brings audiences to their feet, motivating them to reach their fullest potential and realize their dreams. Calling on his background in physical therapy and athletic training, and his persistence to land a job in professional sports, Croce encourages his audience to look at their skills and training against their dreams to discover their opportunities. He shares with audiences how to pursue those dreams and what it takes to get where they want to get.
Over the course of one day, Croce oversees or is involved in business endeavors, community initiatives, outdoor adventures, personal appearances, and family commitments. He successfully juggles dozens of “plates” by maintaining equal focus on each one, never putting his total focus on just one for a prolonged time period. Croce shares with audiences how he achieves this feat using discipline, organization and high-energy support from family, friends and staff. Audiences will leave equipped with tools for balancing all areas of life to achieve success.
Croce has always been a fitness enthusiast, even going back to his high school days. In 1980, he became the first physical conditioning coach in the NHL; he later joined the Philadelphia 76ers to provide his physical therapy and conditioning magic there, as well. In many ways, Croce created the concept of personal training before there was a name for it. He also built—and sold—a physical therapy/fitness empire in 11 states in less than 10 years. In this presentation, Croce shares some of his fitness secrets, including his cross-training program that uses a variety of strength, stretching and aerobic techniques, equipment and systems.
I Feel Great and You Will Too!: An Inspiring Journey of Success with Practical Tips on How to Score Big in Life
Passionate, spirited, and brimming with enthusiasm, Pat Croce′s can-do keys to success in business and in life speak volumes about positive achievement. Croce, a former personal trainer who overcame odds and adversity to become president and part owner of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team, shares the winning attitude that has helped him realize stunning goals. Learn his secrets to positive advancement, and the ethical values that have helped him steer a course to phenomenal success. Croce faced his biggest challenge recently, when a motorcycle accident almost cost him his leg. His positive outlook on life and his unfailing determination have resulted in a remarkable recovery of this extraordinary man. This compelling, rags-to-riches story distills the inspiring philosophy that Croce shares in his role as one of the country′s top motivational speakers, sought after by Fortune 500 companies and profiled in Success magazine. Bill Lyon is an award-winning Philadelphia Inquirer sports columnist.
Lead or Get Off the Pot!: The Seven Secrets of a Self-Made Leader
Each and every one of us -- regardless of our age, position, or station in life -- has the opportunity to take control of, and improve, our lives...and the lives of those around us. In Lead or Get Off the Pot!, the irrepressible count of carpe diem shares his bold vision and unorthodox strategies for developing personal passion, a can-do attitude, and the motivation essential for cultivating leadership skills.