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Featured Family Business Speakers

Andrew C. Taylor
Andrew C. Taylor

Executive Chairman, Enterprise Holdings

Louis P. Gentine
Louis P. Gentine

Chairman, Sargento Foods Inc.

The conference by family businesses, for family businesses

Transitions West 2014 will focus on the theme of growing the family business through the generations, with sessions on:

  • Balancing Family Tradition and Innovation
  • Passing the Torch:  How to transfer ownership of the business personally and financially
  • Family Employment and Compensation
  • Defining family enterprise success, for both the family and the business
  • Raising Balanced Children
  • Establishing and living the values of the family

This conference is for family companies and enterprises of all sizes and ages.

We continually strive to enhance your conference experience:

  • Optional prescheduled individual meetings with other family business owners or experts.
  • Special interest group meetings for those who would like to meet to discuss issues related facing family councils, family offices, the NextGen, non-family executives and the senior generation with like-minded attendees.
  • Smaller group sessions to facilitate discussion.
  • Topic-based focus sessions to allow you and your family members to drill down more deeply into areas of specific interest or need.
  • Some families bring family members who do not attend the conference itself. We've created the opportunity for these families to schedule a working family meeting prior to and after the conference, with a professional facilitator. (Limited space available, please contact Justine Wood at 703-850-5497 for details). Please note: our hotel room block allows families to book rooms before and after the conference, at our group rate, to extend the duration and value of your visit.
  • Transitions 101--a pre-conference session focused on family business basics, and on how to get the most out of the conference itself.

Transitions features:

  • Speakers from family companies: Our focus is on speakers from family enterprises, sharing real-life problems and solutions. 
  • Intimate, open environment: Limited attendance, and a private "safe harbor" environment in which to openly share challenges and opportunities with other families. 
  • Collaborative discussions: Opportunities to work through family issues via guided discussions. 
  • No-Sell Environment:  Conference sponsors understand and commit to participating as thought leaders and experts, and are restricted from actively selling their products and services.
  • Special content and sessions for next-generation and married-in family members
  • Networking with families like yours: Hosted networking, opening reception, meals, breaks and workshops are all designed to allow you to meet many family enterprise attendees.
  • Family focus: Brought to you by family-owned Family Business Magazine, we use family-owned or controlled hotels, transportation services, restaurants and service providers whenever possible.  We believe in, and invest in, America's family businesses.

Featured Family Business Speakers

Preliminary Program

Confirmed Speakers

Andrew C. Taylor

Andrew C. Taylor

Executive Chairman, Enterprise Holdings

Andy Taylor, who became involved in the automotive business nearly 50 years ago, currently serves as Executive Chairman of Enterprise Holdings - the privately held business founded in St. Louis in 1957 by his father, Jack Taylor. Building on the success of the company's flagship Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand, the Taylor family acquired the Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands in 2007 in the largest acquisition ever in the car rental industry. The family renamed the company Enterprise Holdings in 2009, and today it operates a network of more than 8,200 neighborhood and airport locations worldwide. Enterprise Holdings is the most comprehensive service provider and only investment-grade company in the U.S. car rental industry.

Today, Enterprise Holdings and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management together offer a total transportation solution. Combined, these businesses - which include extensive car rental and car sharing services, commercial truck rental, corporate fleet management, and retail car sales - accounted for $15.4 billion in revenue and operated 1.3 million vehicles throughout the world in fiscal 2012. Ranked by Forbes as one of America's Largest Private Companies, Enterprise Holdings' revenues also place the company near the top of the travel industry, exceeding many airlines and most cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies.

When Taylor joined Enterprise at the age of 16 in one of the original St. Louis offices, he began his career by washing cars during summer and holiday vacations and learning the business from the ground up. Taylor continued his education at the University of Denver, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1970. Following graduation, he opted to gain some initial experience outside of the family business and began working for RLM Leasing, a Ford Motor company affiliate in San Francisco. After three years at the company, Taylor returned to Enterprise, which, at the time, operated a fleet of only 5,000 cars. In 1976, he became the General Manager of Enterprise Rent-A-Car's St. Louis regional operations, and was promoted in 1980 to President and Chief Operating Officer. Taylor became Chief Executive Officer in 1991 and Chairman in 2001. In June 2013, he transitioned to the position of Executive Chairman.

In 2009, Taylor was inducted into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders for his leadership role in challenging excise taxes that single out rental car customers to fund unrelated projects and programs in local communities. He is one of 81 travel industry professionals who have been inducted into the Travel Hall of Leaders since its inception in 1969. In addition, in 2011, Automotive News magazine named Taylor as one of the "Electrifying 100" key players driving vehicle electrification, further underscoring the impact of Enterprise's extensive fleet and neighborhood network as well as its efforts to introduce new technology into the marketplace. More recently, Taylor addressed the company's commitment to sustainable transportation in a panel discussion at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and in a keynote speech at the Corporate Eco Forum Annual Meeting.

Outside of his professional duties with Enterprise Holdings, Taylor plays an active role in the community. He serves as Trustee of Washington University in St. Louis; Trustee for the Naval Aviation History Foundation; Life Trustee of the Missouri Botanical Garden, the oldest botanical garden in the U.S. and among the top three worldwide; and Director of Commerce Bancshares. He also is a former member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater St. Louis; and past President of Civic Progress, an organization of leading chief executives in St. Louis who work for improvements on a wide range of civic issues.

Louis P. Gentine

Louis P. Gentine

Chairman, Sargento Foods Inc.

Lou Gentine is a second-generation family owner of Sargento Foods Inc., a leading national marketer of cheeses and cheese-based solutions headquartered in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Lou earned a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Notre Dame, and worked at Price Waterhouse as a Certified Public Accountant before joining Sargento in 1973 as Controller. Following several other promotions, he assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer in 1981 and Chairman in 1996. Lou retired as CEO in October 2013. At that time, his son, Louie Gentine, took on the Chief Executive Officer responsibilities. Lou continues his role as Chairman of the Board. Lou has served on various boards including VPI Inc., The Oldenburg Group, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Milwaukee. He also has served as Chairman of both the International Dairy Foods Association and National Cheese Institute in Washington, D.C. where he continues as a member of their respective boards. He currently is a member of Legatus, a Catholic Executives organization, serves on the Board of Directors of Road America in Elkhart Lake and the Notre Dame Institute for Church Life. Lou recently served as co-chair for the University of Wisconsin's Center for Dairy Research renovation and expansion campaign. Lou and his wife Michele shared chairmanship duties for the Sheboygan County United Way Campaign in 2005 and the Campaign for Holy Hill in 2001.

Lou and Michele live in Elkhart Lake where they raised their three children, Tony, Louie, and Kelly. In addition to their children and grandchildren, Lou enjoys motorcycling, reading, and a very occasional game of golf.

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