Edward E. Wankel, MPA

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Company Name: Leisure Services Associates Inc.
Education and Credentials:
 Long Island University, C.W. Post Center – Master of Public Administration 1995
 Dowling College, New York, BBA/1974
 Suffolk Community College, New York – AAS/1971
 SEAK 2015 National Expert Witness Conference Certificate
 Revenue Resource Management Schoo l- North Carolina State University Graduate Seminar, 1982/1990
 New York Institute of Technology - Certificate in Labor Management Relations, 1984
 Cornell University, New York - Certificate in Contract Management, 1974
 NRPA Playground safety Inspection Program
 Mr. Wankel has provided expert testimony on Recreation Facilities and related cases including; playgrounds, golf courses, golf cart accidents, high school gymnasium’s, Driving Ranges, pools, privately owned Water Parks, Camp Grounds, Roller Skating Rinks and Recreation Centers since 1989 for TASA, an organization that offers technical services to attorneys as well as for private clients.

 Mr. Wankel has testified in the courts of Connecticut, Pennsylvania New York, New Jersey, Florida, Maine and South Carolina. He has prepared reports for clients in New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, New Jersey,
Connecticut, Maine, Florida, Pennsylvania, Kansas, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Utah and New Mexico etc.

 Mr. Wankel has prepared expert reports and or testified on over fifty cases related to playground accidents primarily that occurred on public school playground facilities and areas.

 He also prepares Power Point Presentations with most of our Expert Reports.
Ed Wankel received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Dowling College in Oakdale, New York, an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration from Suffolk Community College, New York, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from C.W. Post, Long Island University.

Ed Wankel has over thirty five years of professional and technical experience in planning and administration, five years in urban planning and over thirty-five years in Recreation and Education planning, administration, maintenance, park safety and risk management. Mr. Wankel was formerly the Director of Studies for Leisure Systems Services, a division of Planning Associations/P.A. Education and Recreation Consultants, for six years. He was an instructor at St. Joseph’s College for over five years.

Ed Wankel served as the Commissioner of the Town of Islip Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, for twelve years as well as the Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Islip. In addition, he was the Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Conservation for Suffolk County, NY for over three years.

Ed Wankel was appointed by the Pataki Administration as the Deputy Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the State of New York in 1995 and served until December of 1998. In that capacity, he oversaw the Long Island and New York City Regions. Mr. Wankel served as Vice President of the Suffolk County Police Athletic League, as well as the Treasurer of The New York State Recreation and Parks Society.

Ed Wankel is President of his own firm, Leisure Service Associates, Inc. This firm conducts a variety of management services for both public and private sector organizations that deliver leisure services to the public. LSA specializes in risk management programs for public and private recreation facilities and areas.

Ed Wankel has spent his entire professional career overseeing the operation and maintenance of some of the best Park and Recreation systems in the country. In addition, he has overseen the construction of numerous recreation facilities and areas including regional, neighborhood and statewide parks as well as swimming pools, water slides, playgrounds, golf courses, Fitness Facilities, Ice Rinks, roller Skating/Ice Rink, challenge/fitness courses, campgrounds and the Sports, Aquatic and Convention Center at Suffolk County Community College in 2001. He also has planned and organized numerous recreational and instructional programs and activities.

Mr. Wankel oversaw the completion of the Sports, Aquatic, Convention and Education Center for Suffolk County Community College, New York. In addition he oversaw the programming and operations of the fitness facility, pool and gym. The Suffolk County Police Academy was also located at this facility.
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