Fred Stein is senior partner in The Creative Group, Inc., established in Pennsylvania as a special events production and meeting planning firm. Dedicated to the creation, production, implementation and promotion of programs throughout the world, Stein graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications 1972.
As a journalism major, Stein was a reporter for the Temple News. After graduation, he was named general assignment reporter for a chain of community newspapers – The Roxborough Review, Conshohocken Recorder and Germantown Courier among others. He was named to a legislative assistant post in Philadelphia City Council in 1976 and was appointed assistant managing director of the City of Philadelphia in 1981 to plan and implement the City’s 300th anniversary. In 1983, he became a chief of staff in U.S. Congress, where he managed three offices in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Stein later started his own business to produce special events beginning with the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution.
From the grand opening of the Paris Las Vegas Casino and the Miami Performing Arts Center and the 300th anniversary of Mobile, Alabama, he also produced regional spectaculars including the papal visit to Philadelphia, the grand opening of the Museum of the American Revolution and the recent Eagles Super Bowl parade and ceremony. Stein was asked by Peter Liacouras to produce the grand opening of the Apollo, now the Liacouras Center, and has been producing the Fox School’s Musser Awards for the past 20 years. He also started the event management track at the Fox School of Business.
He has been on various civic and charitable boards and committees and provides pro bono work as an event producer for the Race for the Cure, Project H.O.M.E., Legacy/Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center and Camden Cathedral Kitchen, to name a few. Stein also serves on the board of directors of Settlement Music School, Philadelphia Police Foundation, Philadelphia Music Alliance and is an emeritus member on the Komen Foundation board.
In his free time, Stein spends time with his wife Abbie, a professor of education at Drexel University, and his son Neil, who works with him at the Creative Group, and son Ben, an assignment editor for ABC World News.