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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 |

By Lauri UnionDo “family entrepreneurship” and “family business” mean the same thing to you?[[{"fid":"10866","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][...


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...


Dueling Perspectives: Anne and Rob Klamar

Published May 20, 2019 Barbara Spector | Departments

Anne Eiting Klamar and her husband, Rob, were physicians raising two young sons together in April 2000 when the board of Anne’s family company, Midmark Corporation, named her the company’s preside...


At the Helm: Deryl McKissack

Published May 20, 2019 Patricia Olsen | Departments

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 c...


Celebration Corner: The Bullard Hard Hat's 100th anniversary

Published May 20, 2019 April Hall | Departments

The Business: In 1898, Edward Dickinson Bullard founded the E.D. Bullard Co. in San Francisco to provide gold and silver miners with carbide lamps and other equipment they needed to stake a claim in t...


Fee brothers bitters help mixologists make magic

Published May 20, 2019 Hedda Schupak | Departments

Anyone who enjoys craft cocktails has probably tasted a Fee Brothers product. The  Rochester, N.Y.-based creator of artisan drink mix products has overcome many obstacles in its 155-year history....


FEUSA Survey: Family firms are confident about growth

Published May 15, 2019 |

By Barbara SpectorAn annual survey of family business leaders by Family Enterprise USA (FEUSA) found that the majority (79%) are confident about their ability to grow their business each year.FEUSA, a...


Family Business Magazine receives national awards

Published May 10, 2019 |

Family Business Magazine has received two national Azbee Awards of Excellence.The awards, presented by the American Society of Business Publication Editors, honor editorial excellence in business-to-b...


2019 Private Boards of the Year Announced

Published May 8, 2019 |

Six boards will be honored in June for excellence in governance.By April HallThe top private company boards this year have been instrumental in shepherding their companies through acquisitions, leader...


Neurodiversity in the workplace: Families helping families

Published May 1, 2019 |

By April HallMany companies are making efforts to have a diverse workforce that includes people regardless of race, gender or ethnic background. Fewer are addressing the inclusion of autistic people. ...