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 an 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 built 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 NBAs last place team, the Philadelphia 76ers, in 1996. During his five-year tenure as President, the team rose from worst 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 has served as a commentator on NBA on NBC and the Summer Olympic Games, hosted a nationally syndicated daily show, Pat Croce: Moving In, for Sony Pictures Television, and served as a panel judge on ABCs American Inventor. He just completed a pilot, Family Business, for The History Channel.
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 has also authored several books on his piratical passion. They include the historical books Pirate Soul and Pirates of St. Augustine; the children's picture book My Pop-Pop Is a Pirate; and the instructional book The Pirate Handbook.
Croce owns and operates, in conjunction with the University of Florida, the Colonial Quarter living-history museum in St. Augustine, Florida. It opened on March 16, 2013. As of January 2010, Croce serves on the board of directors for Movitas, a mobile technology company focused on the hospitality industry.
Croce was one of the four judges for the second season of ABC's reality television series, American Inventor, which ran from June to August, 2007.
In October 2011, he financed and served on the monumental expedition that located the shipwrecks of Sir Francis Drake.
Croce is the founder of the world renowned St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. He was the proud recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, featured on the cover of Inc. magazine as The Dale Carnegie of the 21st Century, and honored with A&E Biographys Community Hero Award. He is Chairman of Pat Croce & Company, which has controlling interests in three notable Key West restaurant/bars.
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