The Pirate Handbook
A Rogue's Guide to Pillage, Plunder, Chaos & Conquest
By Pat Croce
(Chronicle Books (CA), Hardcover, 9780811878524, 175pp.)
Publication Date: August 2011
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As a serial entrepreneur, Croce has been 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. He is Chairman of Pat Croce & Company that has controlling interests in numerous restaurants and museums, one of which is the internationally acclaimed St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum.
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 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 is a "New York Times" bestselling author, nationally-renowned motivational speaker, a commentator for the Summer Olympic Games on NBC for the sport of Taekwondo, and has been a lively guest on Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Howard Stern, Bryant Gumbel, Good Morning America, Today, ESPN, and CNN Breaking News shows.