Orlando Magic General Manager
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.
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.
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!
"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 Coca-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 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