Welcome lunch with Pat Riley, President and former head coach of the Miami Heat

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Session recap: Pat Riley still follows his father’s advice

As a 9-year-old boy in Schenectady, New York, Pat Riley learned a valuable lesson from his father: “You have to learn how to make your moment and be ready for when your name is called.”

It’s a lesson Riley has held close since 1982 when he was first tapped to coach the Los Angeles Lakers and mold — despite his lack of coaching experience — a winning team. Riley went on to win eight National Basketball Association championships with the Lakers, the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat.

As President and head coach of the Miami Heat, Riley built a high-performing team with its current roster when the franchise convinced recruits to sacrifice a higher salary to have a chance to win the title.

“I told them that we were all about winning and family,” Riley recalled, “and that if we were going to build the best organization, they were going to have to sacrifice and be all-in.”

Keeping a team at the top of the league also requires adapting to change, he advised: “If the market forces you to change, you have to change, innovate and do things differently."

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Pat Riley speaks at EY Strategic Growth Forum

Pat Riley
President and former head coach
Miami Heat

The current President and former Head Coach of the Miami Heat, Pat Riley is a 2008 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, an eight-time National Basketball Association World Champion, as well as the only head coach in NBA history to capture Coach of the Year honors with three different teams: the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat. Pat currently stands as the all-time leader in both regular season and postseason victories for the Heat, and is also the Lakers’ all-time leader in both regular season and postseason winning percentages. While being professional basketball’s fourth winningest coach, Pat also holds the title of one of “America’s Greatest Motivational Speakers” and was rated by Success Magazine as “The best in his field.” He is a consummate competitor who knows the exhilaration that comes with winning. His philosophy is based upon winning, leadership, mastery, change and personal growth as well as understanding and controlling the shifting dynamics of a team — any team, whether it is a small company, a giant corporation, a city or a group of athletes. His books, Showtime and The Winner Within, have appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers list.