Southeastern Planetarium Association

I.P.S. Representative

John Hare
Ash Enterprises
3602 23rd Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 746-3522

The seeds for my planetarium career were planted when as a third grade student I visited the Fels Planetarium in Philadelphia. I became a walking encyclopedia of astronomy trivia. After I received training in electronics, and on my discharge from the US Navy, I landed a technical position with Spitz. I parlayed that into a full time job with Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University in the mid 1960s. While there I earned a degree in Telecommunications and served as Program Director for a number of years. The opportunity to direct a planetarium happened in 1979 when I assumed the position of Executive Director of the South Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium in Bradenton, Florida. I held that position until 1995 when I resigned to become full-time President of Ash Enterprises, a company that I founded in 1971. My first SEPA Conference was 1975 in Miami. My second was 1979 in Cocoa, Florida, and I've attended every one since. While at Abrams, we hosted the CAPE Conference which proved to be the precursor to the founding of IPS. I presently serve as Historian for IPS and am heavily involved in both SEPA and IPS. I have always been a strong proponent of planetarium organizations believing that there is much to be gained by pooling our creativity, expertise, and energy. Although I'm past the point where many individuals retire, I continue to be active in Ash Enterprises and the planetarium community as a whole and have no plans to do otherwise for many years to come.