About the Author
PROFESSOR JOE GOLDBLATT, ED.D., FRSA is currently executive director of the International Centre for the Study of Planned Events and Full Professor at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the founding president of the International Special Events Society and developer of the original Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP) program. An event tourism specialist, Goldblatt founded The Event Management Certificate Program at George Washington University, designed the first Master's of Business Administration concentration in Event Leadership at Johnson & Wales University, and created the Executive Certificate in Event Leadership at Temple University. He was the executive producer of his own multi-award-winning special-events firm and was named Professional Convention Management Association Educator of the Year. He is a founding member of the Event Solutions' Events Industry Hall of Fame, the recipient of two lifetime achievement awards, and the first educator to be inducted into the International Festivals and Events Association Hall of Fame.