Transitions 2010: The Changing Environment for Family Companies

In addition to death and taxes, family businesses can be certain that change-sometimes gentle, sometimes turbulent-will be an ever-present fact of life in the years to come.

Family companies have been changing at a pace never experienced before, from the impact of Gen Y's unique outlook on succession planning, to the potential economic, political and technological threats and opportunities faced at the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century.

Experts and families assembled by Stetson University's Family Enterprise Center and Family Business Magazine will examine how the shifting global, domestic and generational environment will affect family company transition plans and strategic growth.

This conference will serve as a call to action for the leadership-and next generation-of family businesses to take a proactive stance in understanding this changing environment and taking action to survive and prosper.

Benefits to Attending

  • High quality and timely content from Family Business Magazine and Stetson University's Family Enterprise Center
  • Attendance strictly limited to 90 family business owners, shareholders, members, leaders and the next generation-to maximize discussion and networking opportunities
  • Advisers may attend with family members
  • Counts toward Stetson Certification in Family Business Management (Program under development)
  • Unique content-hear from young Generation Y members of family businesses. Do they plan to join the family business? Why or why not?
  • Family business leaders provide keynote addresses and discussions, along with recognized experts and advisers
  • Group discounts-bring your family members, especially your next generation leaders, and share your learning and experiences together

Featured Speakers

Richard Gonzmart

President, Columbia Restaurant Group

Robert D. Finfrock

President, Finfrock Design-Manufacture-Construct

Clyde Anderson

Chairman and CEO, Books-A-Million, Inc.
Closing Keynote

Howdy S. Holmes

President and CEO, Chelsea Milling

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About Conference

Confirmed Speakers

F. Douglas Raymond III

Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Doug Raymond has been a corporate lawyer for 25 years and has been consistently singled out as among the top lawyers in his field by Chambers USA, "Best Lawyers in America" and the Legal 500. He has been described as "an excellent advisor who stands out for his practical and solution-oriented advice" and praised for his "excellent business sense and problem-solving abilities." He has also been endorsed by Practical Law Company. Doug was formerly a Managing Partner of the firm and served as the chairman of its Corporate and Securities Practice Group for over 10 years, stepping down in 2010 to return to the full-time practice of law.

Much of Doug's work is transactionally focused - on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and joint ventures - and is driven by his relationships with his clients. Doug focuses on understanding his clients' businesses and industries, their objectives and how they want to achieve them, and he is dedicated to helping his clients accomplish their goals, effectively and efficiently.

Doug also works extensively on matters of corporate governance for both public and private companies, and advises boards of directors and special board committees across a range of challenges from conflicts of interest and changes in control, to corporate investigations and risk management assessment.

Following college, Doug worked as a commercial lender. After receiving his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School magna cum laude, Doug clerked for Judge Walter K. Stapleton on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Doug graduated from Harvard College with a degree in classics and is a member of the boards of directors of the Atwater Kent Museum and National Community Capital Advisors.

Timothy O'Hara

Assurance Partner, PwC

Tim has more than 20 years of service in public accounting, primarily serving private, family owned companies in a range of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, transportation, sports and entertainment. Tim has assisted companies throughout their business life cycle, serving as a trusted business advisor. Tim also has significant merger and acquisitions, strategic and business plan development, multi-generation transition issues and global integration experience. Tim served a four-year secondment with PwC Germany, from September 1996 until September 2000, where he worked with our Transaction Services group and Assurance practice. Tim has instructed Audit Approach, Internal Controls, US GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards courses in the United States, Germany and the Czech Republic. He holds a BS from Drexel University, and is a CPA in Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Transitions Registration 2011

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Please Note: Attendance at this conference is limited to members, owners, senior executives or shareholders of family-owned businesses. Senior advisers to family businesses may attend with family members. Attendance is strictly limited to the first 120 registrants.

Standard Registration

First attendee from your family company:  $1,495
Each additional attendee from your family company:  $995
Each additional Next generation attendee (ages 15-25):  $795

YPO Family Business Network Members
First attendee from your family company:  $1,395
Each additional attendee from your family company:  $895
Each additional Next generation attendee (ages 15-25):  $695

Registration price includes all conference materials, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner on April 7, breakfast and lunch on April 8, a welcome reception with buffet dinner on April 6, as well as refreshment breaks.

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Natasha Watts
Program Coordinator
Stetson University Box Unit #7146
421 N. Woodland Blvd.
Deland, Florida 32723
(386) 822-8776


Cancellation policy: All conference cancellations must be made in writing and sent to Natasha Watts Coordinator, Family Enterprise Center, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., Unit #7146, Deland, Florida 32723; faxed to (386) 822-7393 or emailed to Registrants who cancel more than four weeks prior to the program date are entitled to a full refund of the registration fee; if canceled within four weeks, but more than one week prior to the conference date, 50% of the conference registration fee will be refunded; within one week of the conference date and no shows, no refund is possible. Family Business Magazine and Stetson Family Enterprise Center may cancel the program if attendance does not meet required levels; in case of cancellation or rescheduling, full refunds of registration fees will be made. Travel fares and hotel deposits cannot be reimbursed. 

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