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Rock Hall's Terry Stewart and Joel Peresman

Terry Stewart and Joel Peresman
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Corporate Club at Landerhaven - Feb 21, 2012

What about Rush? Or KISS? Or a number of different bands that have not made it into the hallowed halls of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum?

These are the questions that Terry Stewart, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Joel Peresman, President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation get the most from passionate fans. The pair explained the selection process and other features of the Rock Hall at a Corporate Club at Landerhaven luncheon.

Lee Jordan, Joel Peresman and Terry Stewart

Lee Jordan, Joel Peresman and Terry Stewart

Channel 5 news anchor Lee Jordan served as Moderator for the event and proclaimed that "Rock is more than a leather jacket.

It sure has meant a lot to Cleveland. Terry Stewart said that the Rock Hall has been more effective in bringing people to Cleveland than anticipated. Early projections were for $10-20 million per year but today over $100 million per year is brought in to Cleveland because of the Rock Hall. Throw in another $10-15 million during the years when the inductions are held in Cleveland, like 2012. 90% of the visitors come from outside the region - all 50 states and 100 countries.

Lee Jordan, Joel Peresman and Terry Stewart

Lee Jordan, Joel Peresman and Terry Stewart

Listen to Terry Stewart, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, talk about the economic boom the Rock Hall's millions of visitors have brought to Cleveland.

An upcoming new feature will make the entire downtown area a tourist destination. It's called the Walk of Fame. There will be plaques of the 270 (and counting) inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame placed on sidewalks throughout downtown Cleveland. Fans will seek out their favorites for photos. Joel Peresman jokingly wondered which will be stolen first.

Listen to Terry Stewart, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, talk about the new Walk of Fame where plaques of the 270 (and counting) inductees will be placed throughout downtown Cleveland.

Jim Henke

Jim Henke, Rock Hall VP of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs

If there is an area that is lacking, it's the lack of a big promotion at the airport. Joel Peresman said that from the moment a visitor gets off a plane in the airport they should be immersed in Cleveland Rocks promotions.

Listen to Joel Peresman, President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, talk about how from the moment a visitor gets off a plane in the airport they should be immersed in Cleveland Rocks promotions.

Chris O'Connell and Jim Szymanski of the Ohio Center for Broadcasting

Chris O'Connell and Jim Szymanski of the Ohio Center for Broadcasting enjoying their table favors

So why isn't KISS in the Hall of Fame (or Rush or Yes or...?) Rest assured, it's not a few people sitting in a dark room selecting their own favorites.

Listen to Joel Peresman and Terry Stewart, explain the selection criteria and process for selection into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Corporate Club at Landerhaven - Lee Jordan, Joel Peresman and Terry Stewart

So there' still hope for the KISS Army! Rock On!

There are numerous activities and performances leading up to the 2012 inductions. Visit http://rockhall.com/ for details.


The March Corporate Club, titled, Women of Excellence will feature Ohio Lt Governor Mary Taylor and CEO of the Longaberger CompanyTami Longaberger in a discussion moderated by Stefani Schaefer of Channel 8.

See more about the February 21, 2012 Corporate Club event.

Note: Terry Stewart will be the keynote speaker at the Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductions on Wednesday May 9, 2012.


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