Pat Williams Receives Advantage Media Group’s First Ever Lifetime Achievement Award
Charleston, SC, February 20, 2013 – Advantage Media Group (AMG) has awarded Pat Williams, Senior VP and co-founder of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, with the Lifetime Achievement Award, a first of its kind. The award was presented during the 18th National Sports Forum’s Budweiser Gala at Amway Center in Orlando, FL.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an Advantage author who epitomizes the company’s mission to share the stories and expertise of today’s professionals with the world, to promote a continuous exchange of knowledge and growth. “Named one of the 50 most influential people in the history of the NBA, an inspiration and leader in the Orlando, FL community, Pat Williams has committed his life to sharing his stories, passion, and knowledge to help others learn and grow. It is appropriate that Pat is named the first Advantage Media Group Lifetime Achievement Award winner,” said Advantage Media Group Founder and CEO, Adam Witty.
Pat Williams, who hosted the event, along with legendary Florida State University coach and subject of Williams’ 2011 book release, Bobby Bowden On Leadership: Life Lessons from a Two-Time National Championship Coach, graciously accepted the award. “It is with limitless appreciation that I accept this award. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with a world-class publisher such as Advantage, whose core values are so aligned with my mission to help others discover and lead the life of their dreams, both professionally and personally.”
Pat became a pro sports general manager at age 24—one of the youngest in history— and has spent over 50 years as a player and executive in professional baseball and basketball. He has been a general manager with NBA 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. Pat has been able to meld great talents—Dr. J and Moses Malone, Charles Barkley and Maurice Cheeks, Shaquille O’Neal and “Penny” Hardaway—into some of the most memorable championship teams.
Pat is the author of five Advantage Media Group titles including his most recent release, Tom Osborne On Leadership: Life Lessons from a Three-Time National Championship Coach (December 26, 2012).
About Advantage Media Group:
Advantage Media Group is an international publisher of business, self-improvement, and professional development books and online learning. Advantage has one mission: to help entrepreneurs, business leaders, and professionals share their Stories, Passion and Knowledge to help others Learn & Grow™. A pioneer of author-centric publishing, Advantage provides authors a full range of services and expertise including book writing, book publishing, electronic and digital platforms, distribution, marketing, and sales to over 25,000 bookstores and retailers around the globe. Advantage is also a leader in online learning: crafting curriculum, courses and online universities for authors & experts, professional associations and corporations.