July 2019

A higher calling

The year was 1982. After an antitrust lawsuit that had dragged on for eight years, the U.S. Department of Justice mandated that AT&T Corp. end its vertically integrated monopoly on telephone service in the United States and Canada. For most Americans, the breakup of Ma Bell meant confusing choices and...Read more

The pros and cons of debt

For many family business owners, debt is a four-letter word that’s synonymous with risk, vulnerability and outside control.

Take Gregory Pettinaro, managing partner of Pettinaro Enterprises, a real estate development and investment group in Newport, Del., with more than $500 million in real estate assets. Pettinaro says he prefers not...Read more

Valuation: A worthy cause

Most multigenerational family companies eventually will buy out a family shareholder, or at least redeem some stock held by a family member. Sometimes it’s the culmination of a planned transition (a retirement), but often it’s emotionally fraught (a payout to heirs after a shareholder’s death or a dispute that culminates...Read more

Survey results offer insights on competitiveness

How important is talent management to family businesses? It’s a major, pressing concern, according to a new survey of U.S. family business leaders by global professional services firm PwC. The percentage of survey respondents who cited “attracting and retaining the best talent” as an important personal goal was higher than...Read more