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Chairman emeritus of international design firm Burt Hill

9/21/2009 —
The fall 2009 CEO Conversations series kicks off Sept. 30 at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus featuring John KosarJohn Kosar, principal/chairman emeritus of Burt Hill, a nationally recognized design firm that started local and is now worldwide. CEO Conversations is free, open to the public and will be held in the campus’ Maggie Hardy Magerko Auditorium, in the Community Center, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Kosar began his career as a co-op student in 1957. He earned a bachelor of science in architecture from the University of Cincinnati 1962 and now holds architectural licenses in eight states. He became partner at Burt Hill in 1969 and moved up within the company, holding positions as the firm’s treasurer from 1971-1983, president in 1984, chairman in 2000, and chairman of Burt Hill International from 2003-2005.

Over the past five decades, Kosar has been a catalyst of Burt Hill’s growth from a small architectural practice to an international design firm with more than 800 professionals and thirteen offices located throughout the world, including Butler, Pittsburgh, State College and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Cleveland; Washington, D.C.; Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; Miami; Phoenix; Abu Dhabi and Dubai of the United Arab Emirates; and Ahmedabad in India.

Kosar is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Architects and is on the board of several organizations, including the Pennsylvania Economy League, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and March of Dimes. He has been recognized in nine Who’s Who publications and, in 1989, he was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Inc. Magazine and Arthur Young & Company, and has served as judge in both the 1990 and 1993 competitions.
An initiative of Penn State Fayette Chancellor Emmanuel I. Osagie, CEO Conversations is designed to give students the opportunity to hear from and talk with key individuals in the local, regional and national business communities about business, entrepreneurship and leadership, but the events are free and open to the public. CEO Conversations debuted in fall 2007 with local businessman, philanthropist, and former Fayette County Commissioner Joseph A. Hardy III as the guest speaker. Guest speakers have also included Attorney General Tom Corbett and Fayette County District Attorney Nancy Vernon; Sheetz Inc. Chairman Stephen Sheetz; American Eagle Outfitters CEO James O’Donnell; Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack; Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl; Allegheny Construction Group  Owner and President Laura Deklewa; Pittsburgh Penguins CEO Ken Sawyer; and First Lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Marjorie Rendell.
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