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Pat Croce presently serves as the CEO of Direct Measurements, Inc., a technology company that produces products used to measure and predict the structural health of operating systems in the fields of aerospace, civil infrastructure, and energy/power.
Mr. 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, Pat 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, he 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, 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.
Mr. 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. He 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!
Pat Croce's passion for pirates resulted in the creation of the world's foremost pirate museum, Pirate Soul Museum, located in Key West, Fla. He has authored Pirate Soul--A Swashbuckler's Journey Through the Golden Age of Pirates, the children's picture book My Pop-Pop is a Pirate, and the graphic novel No Quarter. And he has a major motion picture in development with Paramount Pictures and the Oscar-winner screenwriter David Franzoni (Gladiator) about the terrifying exploits of Blackbeard.
Pat Croce 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 Biography's "Community Hero" Award.
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