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A company driven by growth

Published September 24, 2018 April Hall | Feature Article

The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies was founded with a single Toyota dealership Larry and his wife, Gail, bought in 1979. Today, the group consists of 80 companies with about 10,000 employees, gene...


How family offices serve families' needs

Published September 24, 2018 Maureen Milford | Feature Article

Five years after her entrepreneur husband died in 2000, Michele Rollins decided her children needed to be brought in on the family’s financial arrangements.The late John W. Rollins Sr. had built an ...


Succession progression

Published September 24, 2018 Bill Yoh | Feature Article

Many of us are aware that more than half of U.S. GDP comes from family-controlled businesses. Yeah, we family business owners are kind of a big deal. We also provide millions of jobs, help give meanin...


A NextGen entrepreneur's new brand

Published September 24, 2018 Patricia Olsen | Feature Article

NextGens who join their family business often make a number of changes to modernize the company, such as upgrading the technology and increasing the company’s presence on social media. It’s only n...


Four ways to build resilience in your family business

Published September 24, 2018 Doug Baumoel | Advisers

During the 2009 recession, an article in the New York Times highlighted one of the great glories of the family business: its resilience. The author explored how family businesses may have unique poten...


New product development drives growth, sustainability in a family firm

Published September 24, 2018 Ken Foster | Advisers

These days, growth is at the top of every business leader’s to-do list. For family business owners, growth carries an even higher priority because of families’ focus on future generations and the ...


Family businesses are an antidote to the problems of short-termism

Published September 24, 2018 Rob Lakla | Advisers

Imagine your daughter coming home from fourth grade one day and, with a defeated look, handing you her midterm report card. She showed such promise in kindergarten. But for the second quarter in a row...


How to encourage innovative thinking

Published September 24, 2018 Barbara Spector | Departments

You’ve likely heard the old cliché about the buggy-whip maker (or his more recent counterpart, the video rental store owner) who stubbornly sticks to his business model until changing technology re...


Business en famille

Published September 24, 2018 Caro U. Rock | Departments

For the past 22 years, my husband and I have spent the month of August at our home in the enchanting south of France. Although we do some work over there, thanks to WebEx and the internet, it is truly...


Dueling Perspectives: Bill and Mike Betts

Published September 24, 2018 Barbara Spector | Departments

Betts Company, based in Fresno, Calif., celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. Founder William Michael Betts, an English spring maker, sailed to the United States in search of better opportunitie...


At the Helm: Julie Charlestein

Published September 24, 2018 Patricia Olsen | Departments

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 ...


Celebration Corner: Willson International's 100th anniversary

Published September 24, 2018 April Hall | Departments

The Business: There are a lot of Is to dot and Ts to cross if you’re transporting goods across the border between the United States and Canada. Customs broker Willson International has helped import...


Overcoming family business myths

Published September 24, 2018 Barbara Spector | Departments

Family businesses are reputed to be unprofessionally run and destined to fail in the third generation. So how does one explain the continuity of companies like Cargill Inc. (founded 1865), S.C. Johnso...


Succession Planning Without a Successor

Published September 14, 2018 Whittier Trust |

Many family businesses struggle with succession planning. For Mark’s successful real estate company, what is often an awkward and emotional transition for many family-owned businesses became an exis...


Family-owned Bacardi shrinks its environmental footprint

Published September 6, 2018 |

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Wall Street was wrong to focus on Ford dividend

Published August 23, 2018 |

By Barbara SpectorAfter Ford Motor Co. released its second-quarter earnings report, Wall Street analysts predicted the family-controlled automaker would have to cut its 15-cents-per-share quarterly di...


‘Succession’: Did HBO succeed?

Published August 17, 2018 |



FEUSA survey: Family firms are committed to the long term

Published August 16, 2018 |



A seasoned family business

Published July 9, 2018 April Hall | Feature Article

It’s fair to say Lodge Manufacturing has kept the small town of South Pittsburg, Tenn., going since 1896, the year Joseph Lodge opened his first foundry. The company, known for its cast iron product...


Celebration Corner: Jensen Precast's 50th anniversary

Published July 9, 2018 Barbara Spector | Departments

The Business: As a high school student in Reno, Nev., Don Jensen worked part-time pouring and selling concrete parking curbs. In 1967, he went to work for a friend of his father’s who owned a busine...