Pat Croce

Pat CrocePat Croce was featured on the cover of Inc magazine as “The Dale Carnegie of the 21st Century.” He was named “Best Motivator” by Sales & Marketing Management magazine. And he graced the cover of Success magazine with his empire-building secrets. Today Croce continues to fill weekly requests as a nationally renowned motivational speaker bringing audiences – from grade schools to Fortune 500 companies – to their feet.

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. His remarkable success as a physical therapist and pioneer in the sports medicine
field to the colorful leader responsible for the resurrection of the Philadelphia 76ers as a 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, Croce created Sports Physical Therapists, a sports medicine empire of 40 centers in 11 states, into a top-ten finalist for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Following the sale of his company, Croce focused his entrepreneurial spirit and indestructible positive attitude on the purchase of the NBA’s last place team, the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996. During his 5-year tenure as President and minority owner, the team rose from worse 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. Croce then tackled television as a lively commentator on the NBA on NBC and the Summer Olympic Games, and as a panel judge on ABC’s American Inventor. Presently, he hosts a no-nonsense internet interview show called Down to Business on

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! He 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.

Speaking of pirates, in addition to owning the most outrageous pirate museum in the world, called Pirate Soul, located in Key West, Florida, Croce is producing a movie with Spielberg and DreamWorks studio on the exploits of Blackbeard.

Croce was the proud recipient of the “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award, was honored with A&E Biography’s “Community Hero” Award, and was featured on the cover of Inc magazine as “The Dale Carnegie of the 21st Century.” He continues to thrive as a serial entrepreneur and invests a huge chunk of his charismatic energy in a variety of community initiatives.

Croce has served as a commentator on the NBA on NBC and the Summer Olympic Games, hosted a nationally syndicated daily show Pat Croce: Moving In for Sony Pictures Television, and performed as a panel judge on ABC’s American Inventor. In development Croce has a major motion picture with Paramount Pictures about the
terrifying exploits of Blackbeard and a social media game True Pirates with Powderhouse Productions.




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