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Nov. 28, 1958 – May 20, 2013

Vincent Steffan, president and founder of the Steffan Group, an event and destination management company based in New York City, died unexpectedly last Monday in New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. He was 54.

Mr. Steffan had lived in New York City for more than 25 years.

Born and raised in Buffalo, he was sought out throughout his career for his expertise in planning and staging exclusive galas, fundraisers and corporate destinations.

He attended Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., and began his career working at ViewPoint International. He later studied under George Trescher, eventually becoming director of George Trescher Associates. He launched his own business in 2001, and his corporate clients included the New York Times, American Express, AIG, Eli Lilly, Christie’s and Time Magazine.

He also reached out to a number of nonprofit organizations, including New York Foundling Hospital and the Caron Foundation. He was known for mentoring, gifted storytelling, a gregarious voice and his love of a stupendous party. In addition to his home in New York, he had homes in the Hamptons and Palm Beach, Fla.

Survivors include three sisters, Lisa Steffan Barnett, Susan Steffan Mathias and Barbara Steffan Gallagher, and a brother, Robert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Mark Catholic Church, 401 Woodward Ave. A celebration of his life will be conducted in New York City in June.