Leadership: Business

Generation of family ownership: Second. My father and three brothers started the business, and my brother Britt is our biggest distributor.

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Generation of family ownership: Fifth.

Company revenues: Approximately $30 million.

Number of employees: 140.

First job at this company: Founder, president, president of the board of directors, CEO and chief bottle washer. I broke off from the original McKissack & McKissack and started my own company with the same name in 1990 with $1,000, an OK business plan, and my family’s history.

At what age? 31.

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Generation of family ownership: Third.

Company revenue: $220 million in 2017 from our three companies: Rihm Kenworth, Rihm Leasing and RMC Truck Parts. Rihm Kenworth is the second-oldest Kenworth truck dealer in the world. RMC Truck Parts ships truck parts globally and delivers them in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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Generation of family ownership: Second.

Company revenues: $140 million projected for 2017.

Number of employees: 500.

Years with the company: 14. I joined the company in 2004 and became president in 2006. Our parent company in India manufactures rugs and textiles, such as pillows, and we do the selling.

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Every family business has a unique narrative with fascinating characters. There’s the founder, whose vision and values originally defined the company. The founder’s legacy directly affects the members of successor generations. Some may wonder if they have the expertise to lead, while others may question their parents’ or grandparents’ business decisions.

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Generation of family ownership: I am the third generation. My grandfather started the business with my father and uncle.

Company revenues: Just under $700 million.

Number of employees: 1,300.

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Generation of family ownership: Fourth.

About the company: We have a corporate office [in the Philadelphia suburbs] and a manufacturing facility in Philadelphia. We develop, manufacture and distribute innovative consumables for the oral health professional (dentists and hygienists) around the world.

Number of employees: 160.

Years with the company: 15.

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Generation of family ownership: Second.

Revenue: $27 million.

Number of employees: 80.

Years with the company: 31.

First job at this company: Account executive for local businesses. I managed their advertising and public relations activities.

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Generation of family ownership: Second.

Company revenue: Between $5 million and $10 million.

About the company: Kaddas Enterprises, a 100% woman-owned company, manufactures thermoformed plastic parts for a wide variety of industries, including medical, transportation and utility. The company has 25 employees.

Years with the company: In the summer of 2018, it will be 10 years.

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Generation of family ownership: Third.

Company revenues: $115 million.

Number of employees: 130.

First job at this company: Making boxes, sweeping the warehouse and helping with the laundry, at age 12 or 13. (Our employees in the production room, who cut steaks and chops, wore gowns and cotton gloves and changed several times a day.) Afterward my cousin and I would look for places to hide.

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