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Building a community

Published August 23, 2019 Barbara Spector | Departments

When Family Business Magazine debuted in 1989, business leaders who had grown their companies after returning from World War II service were passing the baton to their baby boomer children. Today, tho...

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Looking back and ahead

Published August 23, 2019 Bill Rock | Departments

This 30th anniversary issue of Family Business has been a delight to put together. Our editorial team, led by Barbara Spector, has done an excellent job of highlighting how the field of family busines...

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Dueling Perspectives: Carolyn Brown and Dave Juday

Published August 23, 2019 April Hall | Departments

A company anniversary, like a wedding anniversary, offers a chance to reflect on the past and plan for the future.Mannington Mills, based in Salem, N.J., and IDEAL Industries, headquartered in Sycamor...

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At the Helm: Dave Henderson

Published August 23, 2019 Patricia Olsen | Departments

Generation of family ownership: Third. We lease, develop and manage medical office buildings and have developed over 330,000 feet of office space. Our business was started by my wife’s family in the...

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Celebration Corner: Family Business Magazine's 30th anniversary

Published August 23, 2019 Barbara Spector | Departments

The Business: Milton L. Rock, Ph.D. (1921-2018) joined Edward N. Hay in 1949 to establish a compensation and human resources consulting firm and became the Hay Group’s managing partner. Milt’s son...

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A symbol of endurance

Published August 23, 2019 April Hall | Departments

The Zildjian family knows a lot about longevity. In less than four years, the family and their company will celebrate 400 years in the music business. The family, whose company is a fixture on every l...

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The emergence of family enterprise as a global, multidisciplinary field

Published August 23, 2019 Nancy Drozdow | Advisers

Since the beginning of commerce, families have pooled their capital and ideas to create value through economic exchange. Yet curiously, the field of family enterprise research and advising is only bet...

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Family therapy's influence helped advance the family business field

Published August 23, 2019 Dennis Jaffe | Advisers

Until a little more than a century ago, the term “family business” was redundant, because every family was also an economic unit. Children were taught their parents’ trade and were expected to m...

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How three circles changed the way we understand family business

Published August 23, 2019 John A. Davis | Advisers

Forty-one years ago, Renato Tagiuri and I were looking for a framework to categorize the issues, interests and concerns voiced by Tagiuri’s executive students, most of whom led family companies. It ...

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Transitions: Bringing the Magazine to Life

Published August 23, 2019 April Hall | Feature Article

Since Family Business launched the Transitions conference series in 2010, thousands of attendees have heard hundreds of family business members share their stories in honest and candid ways.The idea b...

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What It All Means: A Glossary of Family Business Terms

Published August 23, 2019 Peter Begalla | Feature Article

If you’re just beginning to investigate how to manage issues at the nexus of family and business, you may have encountered some terminology that’s unfamiliar to you. We provide some definitions an...

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30 Family Business Truths

Published August 23, 2019 Barbara Spector | Feature Article

Each business family has its own culture, strengths, idiosyncrasies, points of contention and shared history. That’s why each family must do its own work to develop policies and processes — a stru...

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Wittwer Hospitality/Boulevard Home

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Lester and Vanola Wittwer opened the Wittwer Motel in Las Vegas in 1948. After several years, the couple moved their family back to Southwestern Utah, the area where they were both raised. In 1955, th...

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W.S. Darley & Co.

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

The company, founded in 1908, manufactures fire engines, pumps and related equipment for first responders and distributes tactical equipment to the Department of Defense. W.S. Darley is headquartered ...

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Vertex Inc.

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Vertex is the leading indirect tax software and services provider to U.S. and global businesses of all sizes. Vertex provides cloud-based and on-premise solutions that can be tailored to specific indu...

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Vermeer Corporation

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Vermeer, founded in 1948 and headquartered in Pella, Iowa, manufactures large industrial and agricultural equipment. The company employs more than 3,000 team members worldwide who design, build and su...

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Sheetz Inc.

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Founded in 1952 by Bob Sheetz as a single dairy store, Sheetz, based in Altoona, Pa., now operates more than 590 stores across six states and generates annual sales of over $7 billion. The company has...

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Port Blakely

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Seattle-based Port Blakely grows and markets renewable forest products around the globe, owning and managing working forests in Washington state, Oregon and New Zealand. The company supplies customers...

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Midmark Corporation

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

John W. Eiting, along with three partners, founded the business in 1915 as the Cummings Machine Company in Minster, Ohio. It began as a manufacturer of concrete mixers, mining cars and locomotives. Th...

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Menasha Corporation

Published August 23, 2019 | Feature Article

Founder Elisha D. Smith acquired a small, struggling pail factory in Menasha, Wis., in 1852. Over time, he and his descendants transformed their woodenware offerings to keep up with changing markets. ...

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