Updated March 25 at 6:25am

Empowerment through Planning & Organization

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Harris, "Hershey" Rosen, of Providence, will address the Executives Association of Rhode Island at its March 21st meeting at noon at the Radisson Hotel in Warwick. Rosen, the author of "My Family Record Book" will speak to the group of business owners about the need for pre-planning and organization, both in business and for one's family and personal life.

"The breadth of knowledge about the mechanics and logistics of one's life that resides almost exclusively in our own heads can create chaos if we are not around. Whether it's a long vacation, an extended illness, or even our own death, I've spent decades eliminating chaos and hopefully creating peace of mind and an ease of transition for those around me in business and with my family. I decided that it needed to be shared in a guidebook that can help others, and now I'm speaking about it as more information exists than ever before but it is not being captured in a systematic way."

Rosen applies the advice he received in his first year at Harvard University in that the goal is not to memorize information, but rather to learn where to get it. As the CEO of School House Candy, based in Pawtucket, for 40 years, he first developed his system to locate any item housed in five factories, covering 600,000 square feet.

Rosen was a Financial Control Officer in the U.S. Army, where he received a Letter of Commendation for improvement to its worldwide accounting system. In semi-retirement, Rosen went on to become a mediator and settled over 200 disputes for the state of Rhode Island and The Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island. He also team taught management courses at the University of Rhode Island, where the co-professor said he "enthusiastically challenged the textbook with real-life experiences, to the delight and edification of the students."

More information about Rosen can be found at: www.MyFamilyRecordBook.com.

The Executives Association of RI is the oldest networking group in the state of RI, and was established in 1939. Members are chosen from a group of industry-leading organizations that provide leads, quality goods, referrals and services to businesses throughout the area. Memberships are category specific and require sponsorship of another member, and are open to companies throughout the state.

This meeting is open to the public with limited seating, and attendance by advanced registration. The event includes a buffet lunch, and is from noon to 1:30pm. Register here: nthomas@tapestrycommunications.com; 401-447-8182. More information at RI Execs at: www.RIExecs.com.

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