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Joe Battista

Professional Speaker, Success Coach, Owner of Pragmatic Passion Consulting, and Author of “The Power of Pragmatic Passion: 7 Common Sense Principles For Achieving Personal and Professional Success.” Joe is also the Vice President of Business Development and an Executive Coach for the National Athletic and Professional Success Academy (www.napsacademy.org).  Joe has spent his entire career creating, building, growing, and transforming organizations and teams and serving “the greater good”. He has been a coach and mentor for over a thousand coaches, colleagues, students, athletes, and campers. His passion for helping others is based on his long-time mantra that “someone has to care”.

Passionate Success

40 years of professional experience

Joe has served in numerous capacities in business, intercollegiate athletics, and with professional sports
teams including Vice President of Hockey and Business Administration for the Buffalo Sabres and Director of Amateur Hockey Development for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He spent 26 years at Penn State University (1987-2013) in several positions including Associate Athletic Director; Executive Director of the Nittany Lion Club, one of the NCAA’s largest booster organizations; Director of Major Gift Fundraising for the Smeal College of Business; and 19 years as Head Coach of the Penn State Hockey Team where his players won 512 games and 6 American Collegiate Hockey Association National Championships.

Joe has over 40 years of leadership experience

Joe was instrumental in facilitating the largest philanthropic gift in Penn State University's history, an $88 Million donation through the generosity of Terry and Kim Pegula (owners of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres). The gift grew to $102 million to build the Pegula Ice Arena and to establish two NCAA Division I ice hockey programs. The arena won five major architectural and construction awards and has played to capacity crowds for men’s hockey. In just its 5th season, the Men’s team reached the #1 ranking in NCAA college hockey, won its first ever Big Ten Championship, and NCAA tournament game.

Past Events

  • BAKER TILLY L.E.A.P. TRAINING SEMINAR WEEK​​​
     

  • CONSTRUCTION OPERATORS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA NATIONAL CONFERENCE​ ​​
     

  • PENN STATE START UP WEEK
     

  • BIG 10 ACADEMIC ADVISORS CONFERENCE​
     

  • MORTENSON CONSTRUCTION ANNUAL CORPORATE MEETING

  • SILCOTEK EMPLOYEE TRAINING "MARGIN OF EXCELLENCE"​
     

  • ​NATIONWIDE INSURANCE CUSTOMER SERVICE​​
     

  • SABRES UNIVERSITY "MARGIN OF EXCELLENCE"​
     

  • ABB ROBOTICS "BEST PRACTICES" CONFERENCE​
     

  • PENNSYLVANIA RECORDER OF DEEDS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE​
     

  • ADGENICS INC, ANNUAL MEETING "DRIVING INNOVATION" DEL RAY, FL

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