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The Greatest Generation

Published July 2, 2019 Caro U. Rock | Departments

In the past year and a half, I lost three outstanding human beings: my beloved father, Paul Uhlmann, my dear father-in-law, Milton Rock — both patriarchs of our family businesses — and then in Apr...


Dueling Perspectives: Jeremy Kanter and Lisa Wojcik Kiser

Published July 2, 2019 Barbara Spector | Departments

Jeremy Kanter joined his family business, Cincinnati-based Rookwood Properties, soon after graduating from the University of Cincinnati. Lisa Wojcik Kiser worked elsewhere before joining her family fi...


At the Helm: Scott Hunt

Published July 2, 2019 Patricia Olsen | Departments

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Celebration Corner: D.G. Yuengling & Son's 190th anniversary

Published July 2, 2019 April Hall | Departments

The Business: David G. Yuengling Sr. left Germany in 1823 with a plan to start a brewery in the United States. He settled in Pottsville, Pa., a coal-mining community, and got to work. The company, lau...


Time Printers' family legacy dates to Reconstruction era

Published July 2, 2019 April Hall | Departments

Al Maddox Jr. and his siblings are printers in a digital world, but they’re holding on to traditional relationships they’ve made face to face in the Baltimore area.The family started in the profes...


The Myth of the Triple Net Lease

Published July 1, 2019 |



Highlights for Children takes a stand on immigrant family separation

Published June 28, 2019 |

By April HallValues and mission. Most successful companies have put them in writing, but for family companies, they’re personal. Often they’re based on the beliefs of the founder, even if that was...


How 25-year-old Somia Farid is making her mark on Edible Arrangements

Published June 19, 2019 |

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Dietz & Watson NextGen goes nuts

Published May 30, 2019 |

By April HallDietz & Watson is a fourth-generation family business probably known best for its products in the deli case. But the company recently expanded to charcuterie, snacks and sandwich cond...


Thinking Outside the Box: One Family’s Non-Linear Family Entrepreneurship Journey

Published May 23, 2019 |

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Open Space

Published May 22, 2019 |

The Morey family’s debate over whether to add admission gates in front of their seaside amusement piers was fleeting.In the 1990s, unfavorable weather and extensive reinvestment in the business had ...


NextGens to Watch 2019

Published May 20, 2019 |

Young family business members must prove themselves to a variety of constituencies: their parents, other relatives, non-family employees, community members and others who might prejudge them because t...


The 100 Largest Global and U.S. Family Businesses and the 100 Oldest U.S. Family Businesses

Published May 20, 2019 |

The 100 Largest Global and U.S. Family BusinessesLargest 100 Global Family Businesses ListLargest 100 U.S. Family Businesses List100 Oldest U.S. Family BusinessesTo see the entire Global Family Busine...


A wild ride at Morey's Piers

Published May 20, 2019 April Hall | Feature Article

It’s two days before the season opening of Morey’s Piers, three boardwalk amusement parks in The Wildwoods, a New Jersey seaside resort about 90 miles outside Philadelphia. On this April afternoon...


New strategies from a new generation

Published May 20, 2019 Hedda Schuapak | Feature Article

When twin sisters Jenny Dinnen and Katie Rucker took over MacKenzie Corp., an analytics firm in Lake Forest, Calif., in 2013, they immediately realized that the business needed some new focus in order...


Helping your family and business through challenging economic times

Published May 20, 2019 Henry C. Krasnow | Advisers

Financial challenges make it harder for the leaders of a family business to choose between ration­al business goals and compromises designed to resolve a family’s emotional conflicts and financial ...


A 'double transition' crisis can result when CEOs hold the reins too long

Published May 20, 2019 Marion McCollom Hampton | Advisers

When Tom Pickens and his wife, Kelly, suddenly died in a plane crash, the shock left their children and grandchildren in disarray. The Pickens family had lost not only its beloved patriarch and matria...


Success strategies for NextGens

Published May 20, 2019 Barbara Spector | Departments

A NextGen’s entry into the family business is a joyous occasion for most families. It symbolizes family closeness and — at least potentially — continuity of the family enterprise. NextGens bring...


Before the iron throne, there was family business

Published May 20, 2019 Bill Rock | Departments

In Game of Thrones, the hit HBO series based on books by George R.R. Martin, families ruthlessly protect their interests. While it may be a stretch to describe them as “family businesses,” through...


May/June 2019 Family Matters

Published May 20, 2019 | Departments

Carrie Freeman Parsons will succeed her father, Donald S. Freeman Jr., as chair of Freeman, effective July 1. Carrie currently serves as the vice chair of Freeman and has been actively involved in the...