Pat Williams Biography

Pat Williams is the senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. As one of America's top motivational, inspirational, and humorous speakers, he has addressed thousands of executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies and national associations to universities and nonprofits. Clients include AllState, American Express, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Disney, Honeywell, IBM, ING, Lockheed Martin, Nike, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Tyson Foods to name a few. Williams is also the author of over 65 books, his most recent title being Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles that Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours.

Williams served for seven years in the United States Army, spent seven years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization—two as a minor league catcher and five in the front office—and has also spent three years in the Minnesota Twins organization. Since 1968, he has been in the NBA as general manager for 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 and 2009. In 1996, Williams was named as one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history by Beckett's, a national publication.

Williams has been an integral part of NBA history, including bringing the NBA to Orlando. He has traded Pete Maravich as well as traded for Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Penny Hardaway, and he has won four NBA draft lotteries, including back-to-back winners in 1992 and 1993. He also drafted Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney, and Darryl Dawkins. He signed Billy Cunningham, Chuck Daly, and Matt Guokas to their first professional coaching contracts. Nineteen of his former players have become NBA head coaches, nine have become college head coaches, and seven have become assistant NBA coaches.

Williams and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted from four nations. For one year, 16 of his children were all teenagers at the same time. He and his family have been featured in Sports Illustrated, Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Focus on the Family, as well as all of the major television networks.

Williams teaches an adult Sunday school class at First Baptist Church of Orlando and hosts three weekly radio shows. In the last 15 years, he has completed 58 marathons—most recently, the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon—and also climbed Mt. Rainier. He is a weightlifter, Civil War buff, and serious baseball fan. Every winter he plays in Major League Fantasy Camps and has caught Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Bob Gibson, Fergie Jenkins, Rollie Fingers, Gaylord Perry, Phil Niekro, Tom Seaver, and Goose Gossage.

Williams was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, and earned his bachelor's degree at Wake Forest University and his master's degree at Indiana University. He is a member of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame after catching for the Deacon baseball team, including the 1962 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship team. He is also a member of six other halls of fame around the country.

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Pat Williams Videos

PAT WILLIAMS of ORLANDO MAGIC Part One
Pat Williams – The Other Side of the Doors – Butte & Beyond
2011 BlazeSports International Conference Keynote Address - Pat Williams

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Pat Williams is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Pat Williams for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Pat Williams generally travels from Orlando, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Viola Davis, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Rashida Jones and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Pat Williams for an upcoming event.

Pat Williams Videos

PAT WILLIAMS of ORLANDO MAGIC Part One
Pat Williams – The Other Side of the Doors – Butte & Beyond
2011 BlazeSports International Conference Keynote Address - Pat Williams
Pat Williams - Liberty University Convocation
Pat Williams, Senior VP, Orlando Magic

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