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From the editor: Help your NextGens reach their potential

Published July 9, 2018 Barbara Spector | Departments

While business founders have the foresight and drive to take a good idea and turn it into a profitable enterprise, history abounds with stories of successors who took the original vision and grew it t...


NextGens to Watch: Class of 2018

Published July 9, 2018 | Feature Article

In order to sustain your family business for multiple generations, you need NextGen members who are prepared to serve as responsible stewards. This extends beyond the financial aspects of ownership an...


The role of independent directors in a successful family business

Published July 6, 2018 F. Douglas Raymond | Advisers

A thriving family business generally owes its success to family members who have devoted themselves to the enterprise. No one else has as much invested, either financially or psychologically, in the l...


To avoid ‘failing at retirement,’ develop a purpose when planning

Published July 6, 2018 Stephanie Brun de Pontet | Advisers

An often-overlooked element in succession planning is helping retiring leaders plan for their personal transition. When they are no longer at the helm of the enterprise, what will they do with their t...


An unquestionably good reason to plan

Published July 6, 2018 Dave Donelson | Feature Article

The WM Fares Group of Halifax, N.S., began planning for generational transition when the three second-generation siblings began asking questions about how decisions would be made in the future.Wadih F...


Family council documents provide purpose and structure

Published July 6, 2018 Katy Wilder Schaaf | Feature Article

Developing a family council checks a lot of boxes for a growing multigenerational family business. A family council provides a mechanism to engage and educate family members in a setting that includes...


Sweet success with salt water taffy

Published July 6, 2018 April Hall | Feature Article

Salt water taffy and caramel popcorn are timeless treats to enjoy on a classic U.S. beach vacation. For more than 100 years, Dolle’s on the Ocean City, Md., boardwalk has been providing these tasty ...


How a ‘family champion’ moves a family forward

Published June 25, 2018 |

By Barbara SpectorMany business families that have addressed their inherited conflicts have been brought closer together through the urging of a next-generation member who serves in an informal role t...


Incorporating Family Money into Your Life

Published June 6, 2018 |

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Publisher Caro Rock honored by FFI

Published June 1, 2018 |



Financing that keeps the family in control

Published May 30, 2018 |

By Barbara SpectorIn a survey of 50 listed and 76 unlisted family firms from around the globe, the World Federation of Exchanges found that these companies prefer debt over equity finance to fund thei...


Family business members' insights on navigating succession process

Published May 24, 2018 Kent Rhodes | Advisers

Running a family business can be complicated. This is especially true when it comes to preparing for a smooth transition of ownership, leadership and governance to the next generation. What is the bes...


Succession plans must incorporate liquidity planning for the family

Published May 24, 2018 Amy M. Kane | Advisers

The path from starting up a business to planning your exit is a winding one, with plenty of speed bumps and potholes. One of the biggest potholes results from the failure to include liquidity planning...


Turning sweet prunes into smooth skin

Published May 24, 2018 April Hall | Departments

Sure, you’ve heard of making lemonade out of lemons. How about making skincare products out of plums?The Taylor family in California is doing just that. Fourth-generation sisters Jacqueline, Allison...


Celebration Corner: U.S. Engineering Company's 125th anniversary

Published May 24, 2018 Barbara Spector | Departments

The Business: Gustav Nottberg established Nottberg Iron and Machine Works in Kansas City, Mo., in 1893, several years after immigrating to the United States from Cologne, Germany. Nottberg had opened ...


At the Helm: Raymond Crosby

Published May 24, 2018 Patricia Olsen | Departments

Generation of family ownership: Second.Revenue: $27 million.Number of employees: 80.Years with the company: 31.First job at this company: Account executive for local businesses. I managed their advert...


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, ...


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...


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...


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...