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Eye on the Future: Succession Planning at Every Level

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Room - Allegheny B

Ira Rosen, MA, CFEE
Temple University School of Sport Tourism and Hospitality Management, Assistant Professor/Program Director - Event Leadership Executive Certificate Program

Mr. Ira L. Rosen; CFEE is an Assistant Professor with Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management.  He teaches several event management courses and is the Program Director for the School’s award-winning Event Leadership Executive Certificate Program.  Additionally, for over thirty years he has owned and operated Entertainment On Location, Inc. (EOL), a full-service event consulting company based in New Jersey.  EOL has done extensive production and consulting work for major events and clients throughout the world. 

Prior to opening EOL, Ira worked for over seven years with Radio City Music Hall Productions.  His production background includes multi-million dollar parades, major corporate events around the world and meeting management projects for many different organizations.

 Ira has spoken and done training programs around the world and he has written extensively on topics ranging from risk management to sponsorship to the financial and operational management of events.  He has been a featured speaker at conventions and conferences around the world.   Ira holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Montclair State University in New Jersey and is a Certified Festivals and Events Executive (CFEE).  In September of 2005, he was inducted into the IFEA Hall of Fame, becoming one of only 60 people in the world to hold this honor.


Most of us have life insurance, health insurance and some sort of last will and testament which will enable our successors to go on after we have left or if we get sick.  Yet, most of our organizations have no clue as to what to do when a CEO, key staff person or key volunteer leaves.  If our organizations are to be sustainable, we need to change this and Succession Planning is one of the ways that we can do this successfully.  This will be an open discussion and problem solving session.