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Michael Kirschman, Deputy Director
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

• 20 years professional experience, CPRP
• Have worked for park agencies in OH, IL and NC
• Experience teaching and leading sessions at State and National P&R conferences for the past 18 years, including OH,IL and NC state conferences and numerous NRPA conferences
• Board of Regents and instructor for NRPA/NC State Supervisors Management School
• Frequently keynote and present at conferences
• Some recent speaking engagements include: Heritage Development Summit (Clemson SC), NCRPA Conf (Charleston SC), NRPA (Anaheim, Atlanta, Salt Lake, Baltimore, etc.), NCRPA Region 7 Programmers Workshop (Charlotte NC), Civic Tourism Conference (Fort Collins CO), and the US Play Coalition Conference (Clemson SC)

 

 

Click on the following Topic links to view Mr. Kirschman’s responses to interview questions:

Introduction: In this opening segment we introduce Mr. Kirschman and then he provides a brief summary of his background and experiences.

Marketing Questions: In this segment Mr. Kirschman talks about how his department uses research to make decisions about programs & services. He also talks about the process they use to create a marketing plan and the importance of customer satisfaction in organizational planning.

Finance Questions: In this segment Mr. Kirschman talks about the challenges of generating revenue to support parks and recreation and the potential conflict with the private sector. He also talks about how pricing strategies are associated with accessibility to parks and recreation services and who uses those services.

Risk Management Questions: In this segment Mr. Kirschman talks about the role of risk management in the day-to-day operations of his department. He also provides specific examples of programs/services with high associated risks and how that impacted subsequent management decisions.

Organizational Behavior: In this segment Mr. Kirschman talks about hiring and developing staff.

Organizational Culture: In this segment Mr. Kirschman talks about how his department creates a deliberate organizational culture.

The Future and Change: In this segment Mr. Kirschman talks about the effect of change on the organization and how they deal with change in his department. He also makes some predictions about what the future holds for parks and recreation.

Advice for People looking to advance in the Parks & Recreation field: Mr. Kirschman gives some advice for advancement as a professional in Parks & Recreation today.

View All Michael Kirschman’s interview questions and videos here

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Tom O’Rourke, Executive Director
Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission

• 1978 graduate of Slippery Rock University
• Previous Director of the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; previous Manager of the Sports   and Recreation Division for Seamon Whiteside and Associates, a Landscape Architect and Engineering firm
• Member of the Clemson University School of Health, Education, and Human Development Advisory Committee and also the College of Charleston School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Advisory Board
• Member of the South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association, The National Parks and Recreation Association, and The National Association of County Park and Recreation Professionals
• Active in the NRPA Education, Training, and Professional Development Committee and is currently serving on the NRPA Revenue Task Force

 


 

 

Click on the following Topic links to view Mr. O’Rourke’s responses to interview questions:

Introduction: In this opening segment we introduce Mr. O’Rourke and then he provides a brief summary of his background and experiences.

Marketing Questions: In this segment Mr. O’Rourke talks about how his department uses research to make decisions about programs & services. He also talks about whether there’s a difference between the public sector and the private sector in terms of using marketing plans and the use of unique promotional activities.

Finance Questions: In this segment Mr. O’Rourke talks about the opportunities and challenges of generating revenue to support parks and recreation. He also talks about some of the unique revenue generating programs/services in his department.

Risk Management Questions: In this segment Mr. O’Rourke talks about the role of risk management in day-to-day operations of his department. He also provides specific examples of programs/services with high associated risks and how that impacted subsequent management decisions.

Organizational Behavior: In this segment Mr. O’Rourke talks about the tremendous growth in his department over the years yet there has been a decrease in the number of staff. He also talks about how he identifies, hires, and develops staff. He specifically addresses the questionable practice of hiring almost exclusively from within his department.

Organizational Politics & Culture: In this segment Mr. O’Rourke talks about how his department creates a deliberate organizational culture. He also talks about the politics of community parks & recreation.

The Future and Change: In this segment Mr. O’Rourke talks about the effect of change on the organization and how they deal with change in his department. He provides some specific examples from Charleston County.

View All Tom O’Rourke’s interview questions and videos here