More about the Program: Succession planning is critical and needs to be at the forefront of any organization that yearns to remain strong and viable in today's society. We will explore succession planning within the organization as we look at the roles of each employee, and determine how vacant and near vacant positions can be filled internally and from external avenues to ensure that the work flow continues. More about the Presenter: For fifteen years, Fitzgerald Washington has worked for The Buffalo Rock Company where he served as Corporate Marketing and Sales Director handling the company’s multicultural marketing initiatives before being promoted to General Sales Manager in 2002. As General Sales Manager, Washington was responsible for maximizing brand portfolio for the company’s retail sector. He also developed a hiring and retention process for the company’s Tuscaloosa distribution center. Washington’s experience also includes work in human resource management, marketing strategies, operations management and strategic development. In 2013, Washington served as Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, where he helped create the Minority Business Council to foster growth and competitiveness of minority-owned businesses in West Alabama. Other community involvement includes the Druid City Business League, Black Warrior Council Board, BB&T Bank Advisory Board, Board of Visitors for the University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies and DCH Health Systems Foundation Board of Directors. Governor Bentley also appointed Washington to the Alabama Workforce Council. Washington, his wife Peggy and two children Karla and Fitzgerald reside in Tuscaloosa.