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Dueling Perspectives: Helping a NextGen employee to succeed

Published May 24, 2018 Barbara Spector | Departments

The Renfrew Center, founded in 1985 by Sam Menaged as an eating disorder treatment center in Philadelphia, today encompasses 19 facilities in 13 states and has treated more than 75,000 women.Sam, 70, ...

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Prescient patriarch

Published May 24, 2018 Caro U. Rock | Departments

At our recent Transitions East 2018 conference, family business members and experts discussed essential issues: good governance, leadership development, sound management and more. My father-in-law, Mi...

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Show me the money

Published May 24, 2018 Barbara Spector | Departments

When families have grown a company over generations, the decision to sell a stake in the business is often an emotional one. Sometimes the whole family wants to exit. In other cases, some shareholders...

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Creating shareholder liquidity: A checklist before going public

Published May 24, 2018 Allan Grafman | Feature Article

There is now a real investor desire, and even a need, for strong companies to be in the public markets. According to a May 2017 Ernst & Young report, the number of domestically incorporated U.S. l...

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Family offices: 'Quiet capital'

Published May 24, 2018 Maureen Milford | Feature Article

Private equity and strategic buyers aren’t the only suitors pursuing family businesses today.Family offices, those low-key organizations formed to manage the wealth of ultra-high-net-worth families,...

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Selling to private equity

Published May 24, 2018 Maureen Milford | Feature Article

When Charles Scheidt learned in early 2012 that his sons were not interested in taking over the family’s specialty foods company, he knew he had to make some hard decisions for the good of his busin...

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Private equity pros and cons

Published May 24, 2018 Maureen Milford | Feature Article

The way Charles Kittredge sees it, private equity took his family’s company, Crane Currency, to a new level. That’s saying a lot for a business that’s been around for 217 years.[[{"fid":"10139",...

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The ABCs of PE

Published May 24, 2018 Maureen Milford | Feature Article

Private equity investors know good opportunities when they see them. And right now, their eyes are trained on family enterprises.For starters, these savvy investors know that profitable family busines...

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A buyout without bitterness

Published May 24, 2018 Barbara Spector | Feature Article

What began as a more or less regular gathering of the four Flanagan brothers for high-level discussions about ownership of their business took a new turn in the fall of 2012. Two of the siblings, Murr...

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Do you consider your investment advisor someone you can’t live without?

Published May 20, 2018 Whittier Trust |

The caricature of the grey-suited investment advisor who picked mutual funds and called once a quarter to check in is quickly becoming a Mad Men-like relic. Today’s financial services include everyt...

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The CBS-Redstone feud and the perils of going public

Published May 15, 2018 |

By Barbara SpectorTaking your family company public gives it access to plentiful capital it couldn’t have raised otherwise, allowing it to grow into a stronger competitor and maybe even a powerhouse...

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Top private company boards are change agents driving success

Published May 10, 2018 |

Five of the six Private Board of the Year award winners for 2018 were family business boards.By April HallForward-thinking owners of private companies understand the value that independent directors c...

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N.Y. Times columnist issues call to ‘save’ Barnes & Noble

Published May 7, 2018 |

The public chain’s founder and his family retain large stakes — but shouldn’t someone push to save independent family-owned stores instead?By Barbara Spector[[{"fid":"9085","view_mode":"default"...

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Family and private company boards to be honored

Published April 30, 2018 |

Six private company boards are to be honored at the Private Company Governance Summit on May 17, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Five of the six honorees are family-owned.The boards of these companies were ...

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How to perpetuate your family legacy

Published April 27, 2018 |

By Barbara SpectorFor business families, “legacy” is a daunting concept. If your enterprise is to be perpetuated for another hundred years or more, it follows that your decisions today have ramifi...

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Family Business Magazine article is honored

Published April 26, 2018 |

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Honor your family leaders

Published April 24, 2018 |

Family leadership can take many forms. There are family leaders with formal titles — family council chairs, family foundation presidents, and chairpersons or CEOs who are acknowledged as leaders of ...

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Women-Owned Business Certification: A succession advantage

Published April 24, 2018 |

By April HallCertification as a women-owned business is a wise move for family firms planning to transition ownership to daughters. Certification enables a company to participate in various corporate ...

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When Your Family Office Is More Like Your Family

Published March 29, 2018 |

SPONSORED CONTENT PROVIDED BY WHITTIER TRUST For two brothers on California’s Central Coast, their Family Office became more than an investment advisor when they lost both parents.  T...

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Privately owned family businesses should not ignore investor relations

Published March 16, 2018 Travis W. Harms | Advisers

Visit the website of any publicly traded company, and you will find a link to the “Investor Relations” section. The purpose of the investor relations function is to promote effective communication...

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