The Super Bowl, the NFL Draft, the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals and All-Star Weekend, Radio City Music Hall productions. What do these prestigious sports and entertainment experiences have in common? They’re just a few of the award-winning events produced by Frank Supovitz, who will be the opening keynote for the 2020 Continuity Insights Management Conference, scheduled for April 20-22.
The 18th annual conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas.
Supovitz is the author of What to Do When Things Go Wrong: A Five-Step Guide to Planning for and Surviving the Inevitable―And Coming Out Ahead and President & Chief Experience Officer for Fast Traffic Events & Entertainment, an innovative consulting and management company specializing in the strategic development, creation, management and production of world-class sports and entertainment events.[View the full conference agenda.]
His keynote address, What to Do When Things Go Wrong, will stress managing every business problem like you were born for it – from a problem customer to a career-threatening crisis. It’s not being negative or pessimistic to assume that something will always go wrong in business and in your career. It’s being realistic. What you do when crisis hits is the only thing matters. And drawing upon a wealth of first-hand knowledge and experience, Supovitz’s presentation will deliver everything you need to take positive action with confidence, skill, and professionalism.
For more than 30 years, Supovitz, an award-winning event producer, has been at the helm of some of the world’s most prestigious, widely-viewed and well-attended sports and entertainment events, including the National Football League (Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, and NFL Draft), the National Hockey League, and Radio City Music Hall Productions.
He founded Fast Traffic in 2014, an event management and consulting company based in New York. Current and recent clients include Indianapolis Motor Speedway, New York City’s South Street Seaport, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Major League Soccer, the Big East Conference, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Australia’s National Rugby League, among others.
Supovitz served as Senior Vice President, Events for the National Football League for a decade, overseeing the meteoric growth of Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, and the NFL Draft. Prior to joining the NFL, he led the National Hockey League’s Events & Entertainment department from 1992 to 2005, managing and producing the NHL All-Star Weekend, the Stanley Cup Finals, the NHL Awards Television Special, and international competitions across the globe in Canada, Europe and Japan. Together with the Edmonton Oilers, Supovitz developed the NHL Heritage Classic in 2003, the first stadium-based outdoor pro hockey game and forerunner of the spectacularly successful NHL Winter Classic.
Supovitz previously served as director of special events for Radio City Music Hall Productions. It can honestly be said that Frank Supovitz wrote the book on managing and marketing live events. He is the co-author of The Sports Event Management & Marketing Playbook, the second edition recently published by John Wiley & Sons. His newest book, What to Do When Things Go Wrong, was published by McGraw-Hill in May 2019.
Supovitz received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree in Sports, Entertainment & Event Management from Johnson & Wales University in 2003 and was inducted into the Event Industry Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2014, he was honored as New York University’s Cal Ramsey Distinguished Lecturer. He was featured on NFL Full Contact, a six-episode documentary on NFL events that aired on truTV (2010) and in 60 Minutes Sports’ behind-the-scenes episode on Super Bowl XLVII on Showtime (2013). He also appeared in a cameo role in the Ivan Reitman-directed film, Draft Day (2014).
The preliminary schedule for the 2020 Continuity Insights Management Conference, kicks off on Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19 with a selection of pre-conference workshops and certification classes, providing in-depth learning related to key business continuity and resilience topics. The pre-conference workshops will be followed by the opening night reception hosted by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and will include the presentation of the 2020 BCI Americas Awards.
The expanded 2020 conference program will include 70 individual sessions devoted to Trending Topics, Program Development & Advancement, Measurement, Metrics, and Maturity, Emerging Technology, and Professional Development, and Case Studies, which will include the highly-anticipated “Ask the Experts” panels. Continuing education credits and certifications are available to all conference attendees.
The main conference program concludes on Wednesday, April 22. Post-conference certification and workshops will begin immediately after the conference concludes on Wednesday afternoon and will continue through Friday, April 22-24.