Transitions 2011 West

The conference created for family companies by family companies

The Transitions conference, hosted by Family Business Magazine and Stetson University’s Family Enterprise Center, has expanded to two events annually.  Each conference (one on the East Coast in the Spring and one on the West Coast in the Fall) features all new topics.

Transitions West 2011, November 1-3 at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, California, offers three powerful half-day sessions focused on delivering information and ideas you can put to work now for your family company:

  • Succession Planning:  What Works and What Doesn’t
  • Wealth Transfer, Estate Planning and How to Find and Use Expert Advice
  • Family Company Governance:  The Nuts & Bolts

Plus: 

  • Family company speakers—The focus of Transitions West 2011 will be on speakers from family businesses, sharing their real-life problems and solutions.
  • Intimate, collaborative environment—Attendance will be limited to 110 family company members.
  • Special content and sessions for the next generation of your family business—Family members aged 15-29 will work in a small group with Stetson Professor Greg McCann to discuss the questions and concerns they have about their future in the family business.
  • Special content and sessions for spouses—Marrying in to a family company brings a set of unique issues. Spouses will have the opportunity to discuss these with other family company spouses who have made it work.
  • Networking with families like yours—Speed networking, a welcome reception/wine tasting and meals/breaks will all feature opportunities to meet and share ideas with other family company members.
  • Family focused—Brought to you by family-owned Family Business Magazine, held at a family-owned hotel, with dinner at a family-owned award-winning restaurant—and they're all multi-generational!

Featured Speakers

Lansing Crane

Former Chairman and CEO, Crane & Co. Inc.; Chairman, Canal Insurance Company, SOG Specialty Knives & Tools and Wells Enterprises; Director, Ginsey Home Solutions

Michael E. Henningsen, Jr.

Chairman & President, Henningsen Cold Storage Co.

 

Katherine R.D. Hayes

Board member and Portfolio Manager, HRK Group, Inc.

 

Sam J. Susser

Director, Susser Holdings Corporation

Keith S. Campbell

Chairman of the Board, Mannington Mills, Inc.

Dianne Daiss Felton

Chairman of the Board, Mechanics Bank

 

Register Today!

Register Today
Please Note: Attendance at this conference is limited to members, owners, senior executives (including non-family executives and non-family board members) or shareholders of family-owned businesses. Senior advisers to family businesses may attend with family members, or register at the special adviser rate. Attendance is strictly limited to the first 110 registrants.

Standard Registration
First attendee from your family company: $1,595
Each additional attendee from your family company: $1,095
Each additional Next-Generation attendee (ages 15-25): $895

Family Adviser Registration (attending without a family company): $5,000

Registration price includes all conference materials, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner on November 2, breakfast and lunch on November 3, and a welcome reception with buffet dinner on November 1, as well as refreshment breaks.
To register, visit https://www.stetson.edu/secure/forms2/business/family/transitionswest/

Or contact:
Justine Wood
Program Manager
justineawood@me.com
(703) 850-5497


Cancellation policy: All conference cancellations must be made in writing and sent to Justine Wood, Transitions Program Manager, 13631 Maidstone Lane, Potomac, MD 20854; faxed to (301) 987-0476 or emailed to justineawood@me.com. 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.

 

Program

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

3-6 p.m.  Registration Open

6-10 p.m. Welcome Reception
Sponsored by pwcweb2_192

Welcome:  Caro U. Rock, Publisher, Family Business Magazine

Host:  Tim O'Hara, Audit Partner, PwC

Wine Tasting, and the Wente Family Story:  Christine Wente, Wente Vineyards

Speed Networking

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

7:30-8:20 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Networking
8:20-8:30 a.m. Welcome and Overview of Conference Agenda

Speakers:  Peter Begalla, Stetson University; Caro U. Rock, Family Business Magazine; David Shaw, Family Business Magazine

Session One: Succession Planning: What Works and What Doesn't

8:30-9 a.m. Keynote Address
"Lessons Learned in Seven Generations of Succession Planning"

Speakers:  Peter Booth Wiley, Chairman, and Jesse Wiley, 7th Generation family member, John Wiley & Sons

9-10:15 a.m. Panel: Step-by-Step Succession Planning Stories
An in-depth look at various succession plans, with a focus on what works and what doesn't.

Moderators: Dirk Jungé, Chairman and CEO, Pitcairn and Ann M. Dugan, Founder, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

Speakers: Sam J. Susser, director, Susser Holdings Corporation; Leslie Hawley, Board Member, Windway Corporation; Mike Henningsen, Chairman and President, Henningsen Cold Storage Co.

10:15-10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10:30-11:15 a.m. Workshop: Building and Evaluating Your Succession Plan

Moderators: Dirk Jungé, Chairman and CEO, Pitcairn and Ann M. Dugan, Founder, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel: Educating and Training the Next Generation
Specifics on prerequisites for joining the family business, family internships, outside experience, family education programs and leadership development. 

Moderator: Peter Begalla, Adjunct Professor and Program Manager of Stetson University's Family Enterprise Center

Speakers: Charlotte Lamp, third-generation family member and shareholder, Port Blakely Companies; Steve Lytle, Board Member, The Agnew Company; Christin C. McClave, Board Member, Cardone Industries; Andrew Ly, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sugar Bowl Bakery

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. BREAKOUT: Next Generation
Next-generation family attendees meet separately to discuss their expectations for joining the family business. What do they think they need in terms of experience and education?

Moderator: Greg McCann

12:15-12:50 p.m. Next Generation Report
Next Generation attendees report back to the full conference. Discussion of findings.

Moderator: Greg McCann

Speakers:  Katherine R.D. Hayes, Chair, HRK Trust Company; Erica Boyle, Stetson University Family Business program graduate, Ian Root, Stetson University Family Business program graduate; Alyssa Thompson, Stetson University Family Business program student

12:50-1 p.m.  Succession Session Wrap-up
Barbara Spector

1 to 2 p.m. Lunch

Sponsored by: bessemer_165_01

Session Two: Wealth Transfer, Estate Planning and How to Seek and Best Use Expert Advice

2:00-3:15 p.m. Panel: Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
A session focused on estate planning issues, including tax strategies, trusts and other methods that can ensure that family control is maintained with each generational change.

Moderator:  Scott Chase, Family Business Magazine

Speakers: Alfred A. Peguero, Partner, PwC; Bryant W. Seaman III, Managing Director and Head of Private Asset Advisory Services, Bessemer Trust; Steve S. Schilling, Director, Bernstein Wealth Management

3:15-3:45 p.m.  Networking Break

3:45-4:45 p.m. Panel: Best Practices in Working with Outside Advisers
What are the best strategies for engaging outside expertise? What are the potential pitfalls?

Moderator: Ross J. Born, co-CEO, Just Born, Inc.

Speakers:  Patricia M. Soldano, President and Chairman--California, GenSpring Family Offices; Dennis Jaffe, professor, Saybrook University; Justin M. Zamparelli, Partner, Withers Bergman LLP

4;45-5:00 p.m.  Estate Planning Session Wrap-up
Barbara Spector

Special Session
5:00-6:00 p.m.  Adviser Roundtable Discussions
Attendees meet in small groups with select outside advisers to discuss the family business advisory process. Wine and refreshments available.

7:15-10 p.m.  Dinner at Crustacean San Francisco

Host:  Mark Mushkat, Senior Adviser, GenSpring Family Offices

Speaker:  Monique An, General Manager, Crustacean San Francisco,  The House of An family story

Sponsored by genspring_200

Thursday, November 3, 2011

7:30-8 a.m. Breakfast

Session Three: Family Company Governance -- the Nuts and Bolts

8-8:30 a.m. Keynote Address

Speaker:  Preston Root, President, Root Family Board of Directors

8:30-10 a.m. Panel: Family Communications
Family councils, family meetings, annual reports, engaging younger-generation members and the role of silent owners in the family business.

Moderator:  Nancy Drozdow, Principal and Vice President, Center for Applied Research

Speakers: Sylvia Shepard, Chair, Smith Family Council, Menasha Corporation; Keith S. Campbell, Chairman of the Board, Mannington Mills, Inc.; Marie K. Mentor, Family President, The Laird Norton Company

10-11:15 a.m  Panel: Governance Nuts and Bolts
Shareholder agreements, boards, compensation and employment policies, perks and more.

Moderator:  Tim O'Hara, Audit Partner, PwC

Speakers: Lansing Crane, Former Chairman and CEO, Crane & Co. Inc.; Dianne Daiss Felton, Chairman of the Board, Mechanics Bank; Dan J. Agnew, Co-owner and Board Member, Columbia Distributing

10-11:15 a.m.  BREAKOUT: Spouses
In-laws and Outlaws: Participants who have married in to a family business will share their experiences in a facilitated discussion featuring longtime family business spouses.

Moderator: Dennis Jaffe, PhD, Saybrook University

Session leaders:  Ronda and Keith Brubacher, Brubacher Excavating, Inc.; Dan McClave, Cardone Industries

11:15-11:45 a.m. Break

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel: Marrying in: Role of the spouse in the family business
How do family company members see the married-ins fitting in? What education and experience do they need to gain? What roles can they play that effectively contribute to the family and the family company?

Speakers:  Ronda Brubacher, Chair, Brubacher Family Council; Keith A. Brubacher, President, Brubacher Excavating, Inc.; Dan McClave, Cardone Industries

12:15-12:30 p.m. Governance Session Wrap-up

Barbara Spector 

12:30-1 p.m. Closing Keynote

White Castle:  The Power of Passion

Introduced by Robert H. Rock, President and CEO, MLR Holdings LLC

Speaker:  Jamie Richardson, Vice President, Corporate Relations, White Castle

1-2 p.m. Closing lunch and networking

Sponsored by bernstein_192

 

About Conference

"Transitions West 2011: Succession, Estate Planning and Family Company Governance" is co-sponsored by Stetson University Family Enterprise Center and Family Business Magazine, and is the only conference created for family companies, by family companies.


Who Should Attend
Attendance at this conference is strictly limited to 110 family business owners, shareholders and family members. The conference will be ideal for senior family business leadership to attend with their next generation of leaders and shareholders. It is designed to facilitate conversation on important family issues among generations. There is special programming for family business members aged 15-29 and for family company spouses.


NOTE: All attendees will be vetted to ensure that they are family company leaders, members or shareholders. This event is only for family-run companies. Senior advisers to family companies may attend ONLY with the family company they represent, or register with the special adviser rate.


Advisers to family companies may inquire about sponsorship opportunities. Contact Scott Chase at (301) 879-1613, or email scottchase@verizon.net.

What Attendees Say
(Selected feedback from Transitions 2011)

Rated by 77% of attendees as "Excellent" (and 23% as "Above Average")

"Transitions 2011 was the best conference I have ever attended. The speakers represented a range of family companies, from large to small. The organizers kept the conference moving along and on time." -- Michael T. Misleh, President, multi-unit Skyline Chili franchise group

"BRAVO on an outstanding conference. It was one of the best private company knowledge exchanges I have had the pleasure of participating in over my 16+ years in the industry!" -- Amy O'Brien, Director, PwC

"Finally, a conference for business owners, not just operators and/or managers!" -- Katherine Hayes, HRK Group Inc.

"I was really impressed with the families that attended, and I appreciated the quality of the presentations and content." -- Kirby Rosplock, Ph.D., Babcock Lumber

"A great overall experience. I enjoyed all of the topics." -- Paul Agnew, Alco Holdings LLC

"Phil Clemens talks the talk and walks the walk!" -- Candace Fowler, James W. Fowler Co.

"Ross Born's was an important message on personal and corporate branding, delivered in a lively, animated manner." -- Grant Lovig, Company's Coming Publishing Co.

Confirmed Speakers

Nancy Drozdow

Principal and Co-Founder, CFAR

Nancy Drozdow is one of CFAR’s five founders and a member of the firm’s board of directors. She has led CFAR’s Family and Owner-Led Business practice for more than 30 years and has been instrumental in the development of CFAR’s approach to strategy. Nancy is known for her expertise as a thinking partner to leaders, successors and successor candidates across the family enterprise. Nancy helps her clients creatively identify and test options and then make hard choices, working through the strategies, structures, processes, people and metrics that can enable or stand in the way of productive action involving complex issues of performance, money and relationships.
 
Nancy is a founder of the Family Firm Institute. She is also an FFI Fellow and served on the organization’s original board. She is past-president of FFI’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Nancy received the 2012 Richard Beckhard Practice Award from the Family Firm Institute, which annually honors a founding member and distinguished practitioner in the family enterprise field, recognizing outstanding contributions to the field of family business practice.
 
Nancy has lectured widely on topics such as risk, competition and growth, governance, succession, exit and continuity, and leadership and organizational development. Her work and ideas have been published in the business press, including Sloan Management Review, Business Week, CEO Magazine, Family Business Magazine, Journal of Management Consulting, Family Business Review, and the New York Times. Nancy holds an MBA in strategy from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Bryant W. Seaman III

Managing Director and Head of Private Asset Advisory Services, Bessemer Trust

Mr. Seaman is a Managing Director responsible for Bessemer's Private Asset Advisory Group, which includes Family Company Advisory, Real Estate Management and Advisory, Oil & Gas Advisory and Property and Casualty Insurance. Mr. Seaman also works closely with Legacy Planning to manage the delivery of Bessemer's expertise to family businesses held in trust.

While at Bessemer, Mr. Seaman served for several years on the Board of Directors of GeoResources, Inc. (NASDAQ: "GEOI"), an independent oil and gas company, where he was Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. He also serves on the Boards of several private companies owned or controlled by Bessemer's clients.

Prior to joining Bessemer in 2005, Mr. Seaman was Head of International and a member of the Management Committee at the NYSE, Head of Large Cap Telecom and Media Investment Banking at Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown and Co-head of Global Corporate Finance at CSFB. He started his career practicing corporate and securities law at Sullivan & Cromwell.

Mr. Seaman earned an A.B. degree in Political Science with Distinction from Stanford University, and J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He has been a member of the New York State Bar, the NASD International Advisory Committee and the National Committee for US-China Relations.

Sylvia Shepard

Former Chair and Founder, Smith Family Council, Menasha Corporation

Sylvia Shepard is a fifth generation member of the Smith Family, which has owned Menasha Corporation (a Wisconsin-based manufacturing company) for 160 years. While serving on the Menasha Corporation Foundation board she was introduced to the idea of family governance. Over the past ten years Sylvia has been the driving force behind the development of family governance within the Smith Family, beginning with the founding of a family council seven years ago.

She is the founder and former chair of the Smith Family Council. Sylvia recently completed her MBA from Babson where she studied family entrepreneurship with Tim Habbershon, and in October, was awarded her certification as a family business advisor from the Family Firm Institute.

Sylvia also holds a Masters in Psychiatric Occupational Therapy from Columbia University and a BA from Smith College. She spent 25 years in college textbook publishing as an editor at McGraw-Hill and then in a freelance capacity. She is the executive director of the Jane and Tad Shepard Family Foundation.

Dirk Jungé

Chairman, Pitcairn

Dirk Jungé is chairman of Pitcairn, a recognized global leader in the specialized multi-family office marketplace. He has been an innovator and leader in the family office for over 30 years. A fourth-generation member of the Pitcairn family, he has served in numerous capacities, including investments, marketing and client services. He was instrumental in re-establishing the firm as a multi-family office offering in 1987, and in 2008 led Pitcairn's pioneering transition to a 100% open architecture investment platform.

Dirk is a consultant, author and frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on issues related to the financial services industry, family office, family governance and succession planning. Widely recognized for his involvement in social and community affairs, he sits on a variety of philanthropic and corporate boards. He is also a member of the Family Firm Institute and a recipient of the FFI Barbara Hollander Award, recognizing his commitment and dedication to education and learning in the field of family business.

He received a BS in Economics and Finance from Lehigh University and holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst.

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.

Preston Root

President, Root Family Board of Directors

Preston Root is President of the Root Family Board of Directors, a position that has been continuously occupied by a family member for 110 years.

He is the great grandson of C.J. Root who founded Root Glass Company in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1901. Root Glass Company designed , patented and manufactured the original 6 1/2 ounce Coca-cola bottle in 1916.

Root Company relocated to Florida in 1950 and started to build what would become one of the largest independent bottlers of Coca - Cola in the United States. Preston has worked for the family business for 35 years in roles ranging from route sales to radio station manager.

In addition, he currently works for MRN Radio--"The Voice of NASCAR"--America's largest independent sports radio network, broadcasting NASCAR and Rolex Grand-Am races from all across North America.

Preston has served on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Volusia County , Museum of Arts and Sciences of Daytona Beach and The Arc of Volusia and Flagler Counties. In 2010 Preston was named "Top Volunteer in the State of Florida" by The Arc. He also serves on Halifax Health Foundation.

Preston is a certified SCUBA instructor and an EMT. His interests include mountain biking and aviation.

Justin M. Zamparelli

Partner, Withers Bergman LLP

Justin Zamparelli is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group at Withers Bergman LLP and resident in the firm's New York office. Justin co-heads the firm's family business practice, a dedicated team of professionals focused on the needs of family owned businesses, both domestic and international. Our multi-disciplinary approach to advising family businesses and their owners combines our knowledge and experience in areas such as corporate structuring, family and business governance and succession, mergers & acquisitions, employment, tax and wealth planning.

Justin earned a B.A. degree in Economics and Business with Honors from Lafayette College, a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was a John M. Olin Law and Economics Scholar, and a LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law. Justin is admitted to the New York Bar and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Erica Boyle

Vice President, Administration, The Complete Logistics Company

 

Erica Boyle works for her family business, The Complete Logistics Company, which is an asset based 3PL that services California, Arizona, and Nevada. The company specializes in dedicated transportation and warehouse services with 5 locations in Ontario, CA, Fontana, CA, Tracy, CA, San Diego, CA, and Phoenix, AZ. Erica's family has owned this business since 1996.

Her current role is Vice President of Administration, where she is responsible for Human Resources, Billing, Pricing, Warehouse Customer Service Representatives, and the IT Department. Erica is a graduate of Stetson University. While at Stetson she received a General Business Major with Minors in Family Business, Sociology and Management.

Ian Root

 

 

Ian Root currently resides in Hailey, Idaho and is a graduate of Babson College. He studied at the family business center at Stetson University. In 2005 he co-founded Strikemark Targets, which develops and markets innovative, reactive target systems to the military and law enforcement. Prior to founding Strikemark he served on the board and various committees for the Root Organization, the family office vehicle which manages the Root family's business in Ormond Beach, FL.

Steve S. Schilling

Director, Wealth Management Group, Bernstein Wealth Management

 

Steve S. Schilling is a Director in Bernstein's Wealth Management Group and is based in the firm's San Francisco office. He advises the Bernstein's Bay Area and Pacific Northwest clients regarding complex investment planning issues; his areas of expertise include diversification planning for holders of concentrated portfolios, multigenerational wealth transfer, philanthropy and pre-transaction planning. Schilling joined the firm in 2000 and has been a member of the Wealth Management Group since 2003, serving as an analyst and senior analyst before becoming a Director in 2009. Schilling earned a BA in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.

Monique An

General Manager, Crustacean San Francisco

 

Monique An lives in San Francisco with her husband and their three young daughters. She spearheads the operations of Crustacean San Francisco and Thanh Long with her husband, Kenneth Lew. This summer, they launched AntheGo, a food truck featuring the restaurant's famous Garlic Noodles.

Monique An has grown up in her family's business, starting with the first family's restaurant, Thanh Long in 1971, the first Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco. She has worked through Thanh Long's growth from a 25 seat "hole in the wall" to a 200 seat gem in the Sunset District of San Francisco. She moved to Crustacean with its opening in 1991 and has been General Manager since 1997, being an integral part of its success. While growing up at her family restaurants, she worked various positions from the front of the house--hosting, serving, bartending, to wine buying and cooking in the "secret kitchen." She has been inspired by her mother, Helene An, to study in culinary works and spent time in Paris at Ritz Escoffier and Cordon Bleu Culinary School; she also attended Paul Bocuse Culinary School in Lyon, France. During her travels to Asia, she studied Thai cooking in Bangkok and Vietnamese cooking in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. She has attended wine classes at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa and handled wine buying and selection for Crustacean's extensive wine list which has won a "Best of" Award from Wine Spectator since 1997.

With her Bachelor of Science Degree from SFSU in Accounting and Finance, she has handled accounts payable, budgets, and finances for the restaurant in addition to implementing strategies and planning and development of new ventures. She completed her CPA exams in 1995, but decided to dedicate her career in restaurant and hospitality and is passionate about creating a wonderful dining experience for people to enjoy.

Monique An is the third of five daughters. Born in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, she fled Vietnam at the Fall of Saigon with her mother and 2 older sisters in 1975. With only an hour's notice, the family literally left with just the clothes on their back. Her mother, Helene An, thought to bring her three daughters safely out of the country and then return with her Air Force pilot husband to retrieve family treasures. This never happened as entry to Vietnam was closed and the Communist regime claimed victory. The family reunited with their father in the Phillipines as they awaited entry to the U.S. and later resided in San Francisco with her paternal grandparents, who were operating a small restaurant serving Vietnamese and American food called Thanh Long.

Together as a family, three generations worked hard together to build a successful restaurant business comprising of Thanh Long, Crustacean San Francisco, Crustacean Beverly Hills, AnQi SouthCoast Plaza, TiaTo Santa Monica, and AntheGo food truck SF.

Patricia M. Soldano

President and Chairman - California, GenSpring Family Offices

Patricia M. Soldano has spent over 25 years managing family offices, and established family offices for the Brown Family of California, the Plimpton Family of New Jersey, and the Field Family of Illinois. She developed Cymric Family Office Services into a multi-family office in 1996 and in January 2009 Cymric Family Office Services became part of GenSpring making Pat Soldano President and Chairman of GenSpring California.

Ms. Soldano received her MBA from Claremont Graduate School, and her BA in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton. She is a member of the Women's Philanthropy Fund of Orange County, a member of the Board of Directors of Alzheimer's Association of Orange County, as well as its Policy Committee Chairman. She is also a member of The Paul Merage School of Business Advisory Board and Co-chair of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management.

Christine Wente

Director, Wente Vineyards

 

In 2000, Christine Wente became the first member of the fifth generation to join the family business (her brother Karl Wente, fifth generation Winemaker, joined in 2002), bringing new perspectives to the country's longest continuously operated family-owned winery. She is an active spokesperson for the company, and a member of the Board of Directors.

From 2000 to 2007, Christine focused on selling and marketing her family's wines in the United States and international markets with a sabbatical from 2002 to 2004 to attend Stanford University's prestigious Graduate School of Business, from which she received her MBA. As Senior Vice-President of Hospitality from 2008 through 2010, Christine oversaw the operations and marketing of the family's thriving lifestyle business. With her passion for wine and food and her dedication to creating world-class guest experiences, Christine continuously works to improve and increase awareness of The Tasting Rooms, The Restaurant, The Course, Catering, and The Concerts at Wente Vineyards.

Christine is a dynamic spokesperson for the Livermore Valley and currently holds Board positions on the Livermore Chamber of Commerce (2007 to present, Chairman in 2011), Highlands Pre-School (2011 to present), the Las Positas College Foundation (2006 to present), and The Cancer League, Inc. (2010 to present), a non-profit organization that raises funds for cancer research and patient care. She served on the Board of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation (2005 to 2007), planning the Livermore Valley Wine Auction to raise money for local children's charities. In recognition for her contributions to the community, including advocacy for East Bay public schools, she received a "Best of the Best" award from Las Positas College in 2011.

Prior to joining Wente Vineyards, Christine gained additional wine industry experience by working in off-premise sales and later in international marketing for the Canadian market at the E. & J. Gallo Winery. Then she worked in on-premise key account sales, followed by a position on the brand marketing team for Gallo of Sonoma.

In addition to her MBA from Stanford University, Christine holds a bachelor's degree in politics from Princeton University. She also has a certificate in cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, has studied sensory evaluation of wine and olive oil at U.C. Davis, and food writing through UC Berkeley's Extension Program.

Christine resides with her husband, Roland, and their young son and daughter in the East Bay.

Leslie Hawley

Board Member, Windway Capital

 

Leslie graduated from the University of Detroit with a major in History and minors in education and social sciences. She raised three daughters, one of whom is the 7th generation in their family business. Her daughter Torri is a student in the Family Business program at Stetson University and her other daughter is an Architecture student at University of Wisconsin. Leslie is a Board member at Windway Capital, the holding company for The Vollrath Co. and North Technology Group. She is also responsible for family education and the conservation of the family's memorabilia.

Andrew Ly

President & Chief Executive Officer, Sugar Bowl Bakery

Andrew Ly founded Sugar Bowl Bakery in 1984 with his four brothers, and became Presiden and Chief Executive Office of Ly Brothers Corporation in 1993, a parent company of Sugar Bowl Bakery. Named as one of the "Top 15 Food and Beverage Manufactures in the Bay Area" by the San Francisco Business Times in 2008, Sugar Bowl Bakery is one of the largest family-owned and operated bakeries in Northern California with customers worldwide.

Without any prior knowledge of the English language, Mr. Ly immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 1979. Determined to succeed in his new home country, Mr. Ly earned an Associate of Science degree in Computer Information Science from City College of San Francisco and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University in 1986. Two years prior to graduation, Mr. Ly partnered with his four brothers to start a family-owned business. The five brothers pooled their savings together of $40,000 and purchased a small coffee shop named Sugar Bowl Bakery in the San Francisco's Richmond District.

Under Mr. Ly's leadership and direction, Sugar Bowl Bakery has consistently achieved phenomenal growth rates. Sugar Bowl Bakery now has over 250 employees, two manufacturing plants and dozens of awards including the US Chamber of Commerce MBDA Supplier of the Year Award, Asian Business Leadership Award by the USPAACC/Wells Fargo Bank, Mayor Gavin Newsom SBA Small Business of the Year, and a finalist of Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2007, the San Francisco Business Times named Mr. Ly ‘Most Admired CEO in the Bay Area.'

Mr. Ly is also a managing partner of Ly Brothers Investment Company, a real estate holding ompany in San Francisco. He is an honorary board member of The National Minority Council, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and several civic and business organizations.

He is featured in the books, Inside the Minds, released in March 2008 and A. IQ Achievement Moments: 50 Extraordinary Stories About People Who Transformed Vision, Attraction, Readiness, And Action Into Massive Success released, in July 2008. During his free time, Mr. Ly enjoys spending time with his loving wife and two young sons. He is also an avid reader and sport enthusiast. In addition to English, he is fluent in Cantonese, Chui Chow, Mandarin and Vietnamese.

Jesse C.Wiley

Digital and New Business Initiatives, John Wiley & Sons

 

Jesse C. Wiley works on Digital & New Business Initiatives under the Jossey-Bass and Pfeiffer imprints of the Professional and Trade division at John Wiley & Sons. He is a member of the seventh generation of Wileys working at the company and active in Wiley family business governance.

Peter Booth Wiley

Chairman of the Board, John Wiley & Sons

 

Peter Booth Wiley is the chairman of the board of John Wiley & Sons, a global publishing house founded in 1807. A member of Wiley's Board of Directors for 27 years, he represents the sixth generation of his family to participate in the leadership of the company. A former journalist and newspaper columnist, Wiley is the author of five books and was the senior editor of Knowledge for Generations: John Wiley & Sons and the Global Publishing Industry, 1807-2007. Wiley is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of California Press and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and of the Library Advisory Council of California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.

Ronda Brubacher

Chair, Brubacher Family Council

 

Ronda Brubacher has been a part of family-owned Brubacher Excavating, Inc. for 15 years. Six years ago, the company developed a Family Council, which Ronda chairs. Ronda also handles the sales, rental agreements, and bookkeeping for the family's equipment rental company, Cedar Spring Rentals, and bed & breakfast, Mt. Culmen Guest House. She is the mother of three, Savanna (11), Sierra (8) and Clark (4), and the spouse of Keith Brubacher.

Keith A. Brubacher

President, Brubacher Excavating, Inc.

 

Keith A. Brubacher serves as president of the family business, Brubacher Excavating, Inc. founded in 1971 by his father. The business is co-owned by Keith and his brother Myron. BEI was preceded by and later absorbed the excavating business of Keith's grandfather. Today with the input of an independent board of directors, and the leadership of Keith and his team, the company has transitioned from a reliance on residential and commercial construction projects to a diverse revenue stream serving an expanded geography. BEI employs over 250 people who do everything from clearing trees and blasting rock to paving and seeding.

Over the past six years, the Brubacher family has worked with the Delaware Valley Family Business Center in Telford, PA to establish a number of family business best practices and policies. Two key components have been the addition of independent directors (including a non-family chairman) and the establishment of the Family Council.

Alfred A. Peguero

Partner, PwC

 

Alfred A. Peguero is a partner with PwC, and specializes in advising wealthy families, closely-held business owners, and significant shareholders in private and public corporations.  He serves as a region-wide resource on family wealth and transfer tax issues and is a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers' National Personal Financial Services, and Wealth Transfer Solutions Teams.  Alfred is a CPA with over twenty-five years of experience providing consulting services to clients, including Silicon Valley founders, film producers, sports teams and winery owners, and other high net worth individuals and their families.  Alfred speaks on tax issues for industry and professional groups and has contributed speeches and articles to various organizations including presentations on Estate and Gift matters at the Hawaii Tax Institute, and International Income and Estate Tax Planning for the California State Bar.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Family partnership and Limited Liability Company formations
  • International estate and cross-border planning, and business succession planning
  • Estate, retirement, and marital separation issues
  • Closely-held business planning
  • Family office including internal controls review and analysis

Education and Certification:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of California, Davis
  • Οâˆ†Σ Economics Honor Society
  • BAP Accounting Honor Society
  • American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Member
  • California State Society of CPAs Member
  • Served on San Francisco Estate Planning Council Board of Directors, Membership Chair
  • Licensed by California State Board of Accountancy #50157and State of Hawaii Board of Public Accountancy #4386

Steve Lytle

Board Member, The Agnew Company

 

A fourth-generation business owner, Steve Lytle has experienced firsthand the benefits and challenges of multigenerational family business. His personal mission is "to enable greatness and unleash the potential in business families and their leaders."

Like many family business leaders, Steve learned the family business from the bottom up. After college, he returned to Southern Oregon to lead Gold River Distributing, a beer and wine distributorship that he co-owned with his brother, implementing the systems and culture that enabled multiple acquisitions and organic growth of over 300%.

Next, Steve moved to Portland, Oregon to succeed his father and uncle at Mt. Hood Beverage as president and CEO. There, along with his leadership team, he worked to transform the corporate culture and positively impact the bottom line, ultimately leading the organization through a successful three-way merger to create Columbia Distributing, one the largest beverage distributors in the country.

Today, Steve is the principal of Clearpath Family Advisors which provides consulting, executive coaching, strategic planning, and facilitation services to multigenerational family businesses and their leaders. As a successful executive and leader with a passion and understanding of family-run businesses, Steve works with family leaders on topics that include family business vision, strategy and constitution, governance, conflict resolution, communication, generational transition, and succession planning.

Steve is the immediate past Chairman of Columbia Distributing, and serves on the board of The Agnew Company, a family business holding company. He is a master graduate of Rapport Leadership International, an officer of the Evergreen Chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a board member of the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University, and on the Board Executive Team for Elevate Oregon. Steve also actively serves as a director on other national and local boards of both industry and community service organizations from Portland, Oregon where he lives with his wife Trese and two daughters Olivia and Chloe.

Michael E. Henningsen, Jr.

Chairman & President, Henningsen Cold Storage Co.

 

Mike Henningsen's career in the refrigerated logistics industry stems back to 1988. A 1985 graduate from the University of Oregon's Business school, he joined Wells Fargo Bank as a Commercial Loan Officer. After assisting other enterprises with their goals, dreams and ambitions, Mr. Henningsen joined his family's cold storage business in 1988. While serving as V.P. of Operations at Henningsen, Mike returned to the University of Oregon to complete his Masters of Business Administration in 1998 and became the fourth generation of Henningsens to run the company as Chairman & President in 1999.

Established in 1923, Henningsen Cold Storage now spans from Oregon to Pennsylvania with over 42 million cubic feet of refrigerated space to serve the frozen food industry in the United States.

Committed to his industry, Mike served as Chairman of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) in 2008-09; World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) in 2002-03 and IARW's North Pacific Chapter in 1997-98. He is a past board member of the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA) and returns annually to Atlanta, where he serves as a faculty member on the industry's three year training program at Georgia Tech.

In the community, Mr. Henningsen serves on the Boards of Pacific University and Tuality Hospital. While managing Henningsen's Forest Grove operation, Mike served as president of the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce and the Forest Grove Daybreak Rotary Club. Mike is a previous board member of The American Red Cross and served several years as an after school advisor to high school students in Portland's Junior Achievement program.

At home, in Oregon, Mike enjoys hiking, rafting, biking and most any free time with his three children and friends in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.

Dan McClave

Vice President, Global Engineering and New Product Development, Cardone Industries

 

Dan McClave is Vice -President, Global Engineering and New Product Development at Cardone Industries. Cardone Industries is the largest, privately-held auto parts remanufacturing company in the world that employs about 5500 people worldwide.

Dan is a senior manager and operations professional whose career was launched and continues to thrive at this large family business. His work experience at Cardone Industries began in an engineering capacity in 1993. During his 18 years at the company he has worked in all facets of the company to lead and initiate numerous quality improvements in new products manufacturing and remanufacturing. He has also lead teams to create higher efficiencies in workstreams and cost reduction through the implementation of Lean Manufacturing principles. While completing his MBA he accepted additional management responsibilities as he worked his way into senior management.

During his career at Cardone, Dan has exhibited a broad range of skills in diverse areas including process improvement, integration of work cultures, P&L responsibility and sales growth. Prior to his present position, Dan and his family spent five years abroad at the Belgian office where he led the company's expansion into the European aftermarket as Managing Director of Cardone Industries Europe. Today Dan's responsibilities include North America and Europe.

Dan also participates in the family business by being a member of the Cardone Family Foundation, as well as being son-in-law to Michael Cardone, Jr. He is a key contributor to the family tradition and culture bearer of Cardone. In addition, he is an advisory board member of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.

A graduate of Wilkes University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, Dan went on to get his Masters of Business Administration from Drexel University in 2001.

Dan and his wife Christin have three boys, ages 4, 7, and 9 and live in suburban Philadelphia.

Christin Cardone McClave

Chief People Officer and Board Member, Cardone Industries

 

Christin is a 3rd generation owner of the Cardone family business, Cardone Industries. She currently holds the position of Chief People Officer, with global responsibility for Human Resources, Internal Communication and Employee Branding. Cardone is the largest, privately-held auto parts remanufacturer in the world and employs 5500 employees worldwide. Christin leads the family strategy for their business, family governance, and also sits on the company’s board of directors. Christin was an integral part in bringing her family’s 1st non-family CEO on board in 2012 to assist her father’s move to the chairmanship. Christin has been a member of the CARDONE board of directors since 2012.
 
Prior to joining Cardone full-time, Christin received her Co-Active coaching certification from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and holds her accreditation with the International Coach Federation (ICF).  Prior to joining CARDONE full-time, she coached individuals and family teams in business together to strengthen relationships and businesses through sustainable leadership practices.  
 
Christin’s foundational leadership experience came from her background at Johnson & Johnson, a Fortune 50 company, spanning IT, Process Reengineering, Digital Marketing, eCommerce and internet start-up work, as well as Market Research for Consumer Products and Pharmaceutical M&A Teams. Christin was mentored through the J&J IT Leadership initiative, as well as various Women’s Leadership training opportunities. 
 
Christin graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in International Business, and a minor in Italian. She and her husband, Dan, moved to Brussels, Belgium for a family business acquisition. While Dan developed the European operations of Cardone, she received her M.S.M from Boston University’s International Masters’ Program. They resided in Belgium for almost 6 years and had 2 children while there. 
 
Christin sits on the board of World Vision USA, one of the largest non-profit organizations, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. She serves on the “Strong Women, Strong World” advisory council for WV and is passionate about educating women & girls.  She also serves as a mentor for the PRAXIS Labs social entrepreneurship accelerator program. 
 
Christin and her husband, Dan, have 3 boys, ages 8, 12, and 14. They live in suburban Philadelphia. Dan and Christin are “Spousepreneurs”—a couple with multiple businesses between the two of them, and always dreaming up new ventures. They currently own a healthy vending machine franchise together. They support Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, Salvation Army Philadelphia, and a variety of other local Philadelphia-based organizations through the CARDONE Family Foundation, where she also serves on the board. 

Robert H. Rock

President and CEO, MLR Holdings, LLC

 

Bob Rock is President and CEO of MLR Holdings, LLC an investment company with holdings in publishing and information businesses including Dimension 4, an intelligent graphics firm, the technology industry analyst firms The 451 Group and Tier1 Research, and the Uptime Institute, a data center, consulting, research and education firm. MLR also owns and manages companies that publish journals, newspapers, online newsletters, and databases including such titles as Directors & Boards. He is also Chairman of Metroweek Corp., which publishes Philadelphia's City Paper.

From. 1989 to 2001, Dr. Rock was Chairman and majority owner of Montgomery Newspapers, which published 17 weekly papers in the Philadelphia suburban area, including Main Line Life, The Ambler Gazette and The Times Chronicle, as well as a number of specialty publications including Philadelphia Golfer, Parents Express, Art Matters, and Bucks County Town & Country Living, In June 2001, Montgomery Newspapers was sold to the Journal Register Company
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From 1991 to 1995, Dr. Rock was also Chairman and majority owner of IDD Enterprises, which published magazines and newsletters and provided on-line data for financial executives. IDD's publications included Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Dealers' Digest, and The LPO Reporter. Its databases included Tradeline and Gari Software. In 1994 DD's M&A database was sold to Goldman, Sachs, and the remainder of the company was sold to Dow Jones & Company in 1995.

Prior to joining MLR in 1998, Dr. Rock was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Hay Group, a management consulting firm with over 90 offices in 27 countries specializing in compensation, benefits, and human resources consulting
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He received his B.A. (magna cum laude), M.B.A., and D.B.A. degrees from Harvard University. His book publications include: The Chief Executive Officer (Heath 1977), Corporate Restructuring (McGraw-Hill 1991), and The Mergers & Acquisitions Handbook (McGraw-Hill 1993)

Dr. Rock currently serves on three corporate boards: Alberto-Culver Company, Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, and Quaker Chemical Corporation. He had served on several other boards including Hunt Corporation, RP Scherer Corporation, and PQ Corporation, He serves on several charitable boards including the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, the Wistar Institute, Curtis Institute of Music, The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, and the Rock School for Dance Education.

He is a member of the World Presidents Organization (WPO), Chief Executives Organization (CEO), The Union League of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Club, Philadelphia Cricket Club, and Merion Cricket Club.

Bob resides in Gladwyne, PA with his wife, Caro, who is Publisher of Family Business Magazine. They have two grown sons.

 

Katherine R.D. Hayes

Board member and Portfolio Manager, HRK Group, Inc.

 

Katherine is a member of the 5th generation of the Andersen Windows family. In 1996 Katherine's family formed an independent family office called HRK Group Inc., and in 1997 the members of HRK Group Inc. sold their ownership of Andersen Windows. HRK is a full service family office comprised of an investment partnership, a private trust company, and a private foundation. The HRK offices are in St. Paul, MN. Katherine has served as the Portfolio Manager since 1998 participating in oversight of investment managers, tracking and rebalancing the portfolio, and long-range financial and estate planning for HRK clients. Katherine also serves as the HRK Trust Company Board chair.

Katherine graduated from Carleton College in 1992 with a B.A. in Studio Art and is currently enrolled in the University of St. Thomas Evening MBA program. Before joining the staff at HRK, she worked as a metalsmith and jewelry designer. Katherine has served as a Board member on the HRK Foundation Board since 1996, Artspace Projects Board from 2002-2007, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Board since 2008. She and her husband Jim live in St. Paul with their two children, Sevona 7, and Tysen 5, and three dogs.

Sam J. Susser

Director, Susser Holdings Corporation

Sam J. Susser is the former chairman and chief executive officer, and a member of the Board of Directors of Susser Holdings Corporation. Previously, Mr. Susser was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Plexus Financial Services, a holding company based in Dallas, Texas, from 1987 through 1991. Mr. Susser's experience includes various positions with The Southland Corporation, Plexus Financial Services and CITGO Petroleum Company, 1 where he served as President. Mr. Susser is a director and past chairman of the Audit Committee of Alberto-Culver Company. Mr. Susser previously has served on the Board of Directors of Garden Ridge Pottery and Computer Craft, Inc. He is the father of Sam L. Susser, Susser Holding Corporations President and Chief Executive Officer and a director.

The Susser family's gasoline and convenience store business began when Minna Schwartz won the heart of an entrepreneur. In 1938 her husband, Sam Susser, took over operation of two service stations Minna had inherited and began selling fuel to local companies.

In his first year, Sam sold 360,000 gallons of gasoline. The business has flourished to become the largest non-refiner fuel distributor in Texas. Sam and Minna's two sons, Jerry and Sam J. joined Susser Petroleum Company in the 1960's. Together they invented the first system that allowed customers to purchase gasoline with a credit card from unattended stations.

Sam J.'s son, Sam L. Susser, joined the business in 1988. The company then became Southguard Corporation to acquire 26 7-Eleven stores. Southguard was merged into Susser Holdings LLC in 1998. The company's retail convenience store operations are conducted through its subsidiary, Stripes LLC. From 1988 to 2002, Susser successfully completed nine major acquisitions, including A. N. Rusche Distributing Company. Rusche was a well-respected Houston-based jobber, and significantly strengthened the Company's wholesale platform. Susser consolidated its wholesale operations in Houston through its subsidiary, Susser Petroleum Company LLC. Other significant acquisitions include Circle Ks, Tex Marts and Coastal/Maverick Markets. Susser Holdings Corporation also provides a broad range of environmental consulting, maintenance and construction management services to the petroleum and convenience store industry through another subsidiary, Applied Petroleum Technologies, Ltd.

At present, the company operates over 510 convenience stores under the Stripes® and Town & Country brands. The company also supplies fuel to 372 branded and unbranded dealers, five unattended fueling facilities and a significant number of other commercial customers.

Caroline Bailey

Chairman, Gallo Family Council

Caroline Bailey's professional experience spans 18 years in her family's business, the Gallo Family Winery, with a career in sales, marketing, communications and public relations. She has lived and worked internationally and has served as lead spokesperson for her family, appearing on national and international television, print and radio.

She recently transformed her career combining personal and professional passions for family and entrepreneurship and leads Premier Growth, whose primary focus is navigating ‘Generation Next' in family enterprise. Through values based leadership, she creates a foundation to effectively bridge generations with the goal of global citizenship.

Bailey graduated from the University of Southern California, holds professional certifications as an executive coach and master coach of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and serves as executive advisory board president of Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute.

Keith S. Campbell

Chairman of the Board, Mannington Mills, Inc.

Keith Campbell is Chairman of the Board of Mannington Mills, Inc., headquartered in Salem, New Jersey. Founded in 1915 by the Campbell family, Mannington is now one of the largest flooring companies in the world. It is also the only North American company engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of residential and commercial resilient, laminate, hardwood and porcelain tile floors, as well as commercial carpet and rubber. Mannington Mills employs approximately 2,000 employees at its seven manufacturing sites in six locations across the country: Salem, New Jersey; High Point, North Carolina; Calhoun, Georgia; Epes, Alabama; San Jose, California and Eustis, Florida. Mannington products are sold throughout North America and worldwide.

Keith is the fourth generation of the Campbell family to serve as Mannington's Chairman of the Board. He spent his high school and college summer vacations learning the business by working a variety of jobs in the Salem, New Jersey, plant. Keith earned a B.A. in Business and History from Muskingum University in 1977. He has spent his entire career at Mannington holding such diverse positions as District Sales Manager, Assistant Director of Manufacturing, Senior Financial Analyst and Executive Vice President. He joined Mannington's Board of Directors in 1983 and was appointed Chairman in August 1995.

Carrying the family tradition of community service and leadership, he is the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Rowan University and is currently a Trustee of Rowan University Foundation Board. Keith is the current President of the Stand Up For Salem Main Street Program and a member of the Muskingum University Board of Trustees. He has served on numerous boards of floor covering associations as well as community boards throughout South Jersey. In addition to his philanthropic activities, he serves on the Board of Directors of South Jersey Industries, Skytop Lodge, Inc. and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He is also a member, and former elder, of the First Presbyterian Church of Salem.

Keith and his wife Shirley, who graduated from the University of South Florida in 1977, have been married for 31 years and have three children: son John and his wife Lauren are 2008 graduates of Rowan; son Christopher and his wife Candice are 2009 graduates of the Savannah College of Art and Design; and daughter Kimberley is a 2011 graduate of James Madison University and will begin postgraduate studies at Eastern Mennonite University in the fall of 2011. Keith and Shirley have one granddaughter, Madelyn Elise, daughter of John and Lauren, born in April 2011.

Keith and Shirley received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Rowan University awarded in 2006 and he also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Muskingum University awarded in 2009.

Dianne Daiss Felton

Chairman of the Board, Mechanics Bank

 

Dianne Daiss "D.D." Felton became Chairman of the Board of Mechanics Bank in May 2010, the fourth generation of the founding Downer family to serve in this capacity. A great-granddaughter of E.M. Downer, the bank's founder, she joined the board in 1981, and was elected vice chairman in 2002.

Ms. Felton has served on the board's Executive and Governance and Nominations Committees and has chaired the Audit Committee since 1982. One of her primary responsibilities has been to serve as the director of education for the board. She led efforts to create the Family Council of the bank to ensure the smooth transition from one generation of family ownership to the next.

Ms. Felton joined Mechanics Bank's board after working at Bank of America where she provided personal financial planning for executives, a precursor to the development of the bank's private banking division. After working at Bank of America, she served as president of an auto leasing company.

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Statistics and Mathematics, she also attended Director's College at Stanford University, and the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Business and Management.

In addition to her bank duties, Ms. Felton is a member of the board of UC Berkeley-based Cal Performances, one of the leading nonprofit performing arts presenters in the nation. She also serves as a board member of the Orinda Garden Club.

Ms. Felton's many prior community activities have included serving as founder and board secretary of the Glenbrook Club at Lake Tahoe, an environmentally sensitive community and membership organization created to forestall excessive and damaging development; serving on the community advisory board of the Junior League of the East Bay; and serving in various parent club board positions in the Orinda and Acalanes public school districts. She also served on the Board of Councilors of the Save The Redwoods League, and in various board positions for St. Luke's Hospital Jr. Auxiliary.

 

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About Transitions West 2011

"Transitions West 2011: Succession, Estate Planning and Family Company Governance" is co-sponsored by Stetson University Family Enterprise Center and Family Business Magazine, and is the only conference created for family companies, by family companies.


Who Should Attend
Attendance at this conference is strictly limited to 110 family business owners, shareholders and family members. The conference will be ideal for senior family business leadership to attend with their next generation of leaders and shareholders. It is designed to facilitate conversation on important family issues among generations. There is special programming for family business members aged 15-29 and for family company spouses.


NOTE: All attendees will be vetted to ensure that they are family company leaders, members or shareholders. This event is only for family-run companies. Senior advisers to family companies may attend ONLY with the family company they represent, or register with the special adviser rate.


Advisers to family companies may inquire about sponsorship opportunities. Contact Scott Chase at (301) 879-1613, or email scottchase@verizon.net.

What Attendees Say
(Selected feedback from Transitions 2011)

Rated by 77% of attendees as "Excellent" (and 23% as "Above Average")

"Transitions 2011 was the best conference I have ever attended. The speakers represented a range of family companies, from large to small. The organizers kept the conference moving along and on time." -- Michael T. Misleh, President, multi-unit Skyline Chili franchise group

"BRAVO on an outstanding conference. It was one of the best private company knowledge exchanges I have had the pleasure of participating in over my 16+ years in the industry!" -- Amy O'Brien, Director, PwC

"Finally, a conference for business owners, not just operators and/or managers!" -- Katherine Hayes, HRK Group Inc.

"I was really impressed with the families that attended, and I appreciated the quality of the presentations and content." -- Kirby Rosplock, Ph.D., Babcock Lumber

"A great overall experience. I enjoyed all of the topics." -- Paul Agnew, Alco Holdings LLC

"Phil Clemens talks the talk and walks the walk!" -- Candace Fowler, James W. Fowler Co.

"Ross Born's was an important message on personal and corporate branding, delivered in a lively, animated manner." -- Grant Lovig, Company's Coming Publishing Co.

Transitions 2011 West Registration

Register Today
Please Note: Attendance at this conference is limited to members, owners, senior executives (including non-family executives and non-family board members) or shareholders of family-owned businesses. Senior advisers to family businesses may attend with family members, or register at the special adviser rate. Attendance is strictly limited to the first 110 registrants.

Standard Registration
First attendee from your family company: $1,595
Each additional attendee from your family company: $1,095
Each additional Next-Generation attendee (ages 15-25): $895

Family Adviser Registration (attending without a family company): $5,000

Registration price includes all conference materials, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner on November 2, breakfast and lunch on November 3, and a welcome reception with buffet dinner on November 1, as well as refreshment breaks.
To register, visit https://www.stetson.edu/secure/forms2/business/family/transitionswest/

Or contact:
Justine Wood
Program Manager
justineawood@me.com
(703) 850-5497


Cancellation policy: All conference cancellations must be made in writing and sent to Justine Wood, Transitions Program Manager, 13631 Maidstone Lane, Potomac, MD 20854; faxed to (301) 987-0476 or emailed to justineawood@me.com. 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.

 

Transitions 2011 West Location

sfhotelday_600About the Sir Francis Drake Hotel
A Kimpton® boutique hotel located in the heart of San Francisco on legendary Union Square, the Sir Francis Drake Hotel is only steps from the Powell Street cable car line, minutes from the colorful restaurants, clubs, museums, and galleries of the vibrant SoMa district, and around the corner from shopping destinations like Gump's, Tiffany & Co, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Coach, and Louis Vuitton. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is 12 miles away.

In 1981, Bill Kimpton pioneered the boutique hotel concept in the United States. His dream was to provide weary travelers with a haven of comfort, service, security and style. Members of the Kimpton family continue to own a share of this hotel and restaurant company. 

All guest rooms are non-smoking. Amenities include complimentary wireless internet, iHome alarm docking station, flat panel LCD HD television, ample work-space desk with ergonomic chair, dual-line speaker phone, in-room safe and hair dryer. The complimentary fitness center features exercise machines with individual television screens with headsets and plug-ins for iPods, plus state-of-the-art weights and cardio equipment. Dining options at the hotel include Scala's Bistro, helmed by Executive Chefs and Bravo's Top Chef contestants Jennifer Biesty and Tim Nugent; Bar Drake with 1920s-inspired cocktails; and Harry Denton's Starlight Room, a luxury nightclub on the 21st floor with stunning San Francisco views, offering cocktails, live entertainment, and dancing. Visit www.sirfrancisdrake.com for more information about the hotel.

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Transitions West Conference guests may reserve Classic Rooms at a $209 single or double occupancy rate, plus taxes, which are 15.565% and subject to change. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations should be made prior to Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by calling 1-800-227-5480 and requesting the "Transitions West" rate. If you are planning to extend your stay in San Francisco beyond the conference dates, please note the Transitions West group rate will be available three days before and after the conference dates, based upon room availability at the hotel.

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Transitions 2011 West Agenda

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

3-6 p.m.  Registration Open

6-10 p.m. Welcome Reception
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Welcome:  Caro U. Rock, Publisher, Family Business Magazine

Host:  Tim O'Hara, Audit Partner, PwC

Wine Tasting, and the Wente Family Story:  Christine Wente, Wente Vineyards

Speed Networking

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

7:30-8:20 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Networking
8:20-8:30 a.m. Welcome and Overview of Conference Agenda

Speakers:  Peter Begalla, Stetson University; Caro U. Rock, Family Business Magazine; David Shaw, Family Business Magazine

Session One: Succession Planning: What Works and What Doesn't

8:30-9 a.m. Keynote Address
"Lessons Learned in Seven Generations of Succession Planning"

Speakers:  Peter Booth Wiley, Chairman, and Jesse Wiley, 7th Generation family member, John Wiley & Sons

9-10:15 a.m. Panel: Step-by-Step Succession Planning Stories
An in-depth look at various succession plans, with a focus on what works and what doesn't.

Moderators: Dirk Jungé, Chairman and CEO, Pitcairn and Ann M. Dugan, Founder, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

Speakers: Sam J. Susser, director, Susser Holdings Corporation; Leslie Hawley, Board Member, Windway Corporation; Mike Henningsen, Chairman and President, Henningsen Cold Storage Co.

10:15-10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10:30-11:15 a.m. Workshop: Building and Evaluating Your Succession Plan

Moderators: Dirk Jungé, Chairman and CEO, Pitcairn and Ann M. Dugan, Founder, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel: Educating and Training the Next Generation
Specifics on prerequisites for joining the family business, family internships, outside experience, family education programs and leadership development. 

Moderator: Peter Begalla, Adjunct Professor and Program Manager of Stetson University's Family Enterprise Center

Speakers: Charlotte Lamp, third-generation family member and shareholder, Port Blakely Companies; Steve Lytle, Board Member, The Agnew Company; Christin C. McClave, Board Member, Cardone Industries; Andrew Ly, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sugar Bowl Bakery

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. BREAKOUT: Next Generation
Next-generation family attendees meet separately to discuss their expectations for joining the family business. What do they think they need in terms of experience and education?

Moderator: Greg McCann

12:15-12:50 p.m. Next Generation Report
Next Generation attendees report back to the full conference. Discussion of findings.

Moderator: Greg McCann

Speakers:  Katherine R.D. Hayes, Chair, HRK Trust Company; Erica Boyle, Stetson University Family Business program graduate, Ian Root, Stetson University Family Business program graduate; Alyssa Thompson, Stetson University Family Business program student

12:50-1 p.m.  Succession Session Wrap-up
Barbara Spector

1 to 2 p.m. Lunch

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Session Two: Wealth Transfer, Estate Planning and How to Seek and Best Use Expert Advice

2:00-3:15 p.m. Panel: Estate Planning and Wealth Transfer
A session focused on estate planning issues, including tax strategies, trusts and other methods that can ensure that family control is maintained with each generational change.

Moderator:  Scott Chase, Family Business Magazine

Speakers: Alfred A. Peguero, Partner, PwC; Bryant W. Seaman III, Managing Director and Head of Private Asset Advisory Services, Bessemer Trust; Steve S. Schilling, Director, Bernstein Wealth Management

3:15-3:45 p.m.  Networking Break

3:45-4:45 p.m. Panel: Best Practices in Working with Outside Advisers
What are the best strategies for engaging outside expertise? What are the potential pitfalls?

Moderator: Ross J. Born, co-CEO, Just Born, Inc.

Speakers:  Patricia M. Soldano, President and Chairman--California, GenSpring Family Offices; Dennis Jaffe, professor, Saybrook University; Justin M. Zamparelli, Partner, Withers Bergman LLP

4;45-5:00 p.m.  Estate Planning Session Wrap-up
Barbara Spector

Special Session
5:00-6:00 p.m.  Adviser Roundtable Discussions
Attendees meet in small groups with select outside advisers to discuss the family business advisory process. Wine and refreshments available.

7:15-10 p.m.  Dinner at Crustacean San Francisco

Host:  Mark Mushkat, Senior Adviser, GenSpring Family Offices

Speaker:  Monique An, General Manager, Crustacean San Francisco,  The House of An family story

Sponsored by genspring_200

Thursday, November 3, 2011

7:30-8 a.m. Breakfast

Session Three: Family Company Governance -- the Nuts and Bolts

8-8:30 a.m. Keynote Address

Speaker:  Preston Root, President, Root Family Board of Directors

8:30-10 a.m. Panel: Family Communications
Family councils, family meetings, annual reports, engaging younger-generation members and the role of silent owners in the family business.

Moderator:  Nancy Drozdow, Principal and Vice President, Center for Applied Research

Speakers: Sylvia Shepard, Chair, Smith Family Council, Menasha Corporation; Keith S. Campbell, Chairman of the Board, Mannington Mills, Inc.; Marie K. Mentor, Family President, The Laird Norton Company

10-11:15 a.m  Panel: Governance Nuts and Bolts
Shareholder agreements, boards, compensation and employment policies, perks and more.

Moderator:  Tim O'Hara, Audit Partner, PwC

Speakers: Lansing Crane, Former Chairman and CEO, Crane & Co. Inc.; Dianne Daiss Felton, Chairman of the Board, Mechanics Bank; Dan J. Agnew, Co-owner and Board Member, Columbia Distributing

10-11:15 a.m.  BREAKOUT: Spouses
In-laws and Outlaws: Participants who have married in to a family business will share their experiences in a facilitated discussion featuring longtime family business spouses.

Moderator: Dennis Jaffe, PhD, Saybrook University

Session leaders:  Ronda and Keith Brubacher, Brubacher Excavating, Inc.; Dan McClave, Cardone Industries

11:15-11:45 a.m. Break

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel: Marrying in: Role of the spouse in the family business
How do family company members see the married-ins fitting in? What education and experience do they need to gain? What roles can they play that effectively contribute to the family and the family company?

Speakers:  Ronda Brubacher, Chair, Brubacher Family Council; Keith A. Brubacher, President, Brubacher Excavating, Inc.; Dan McClave, Cardone Industries

12:15-12:30 p.m. Governance Session Wrap-up

Barbara Spector 

12:30-1 p.m. Closing Keynote

White Castle:  The Power of Passion

Introduced by Robert H. Rock, President and CEO, MLR Holdings LLC

Speaker:  Jamie Richardson, Vice President, Corporate Relations, White Castle

1-2 p.m. Closing lunch and networking

Sponsored by bernstein_192

 

Transitions Hosts

Barbara SpectorBarbara Spector

Barbara Spector, who grew up in a family business, has served on the editorial staff of Family Business Magazine since 2000 and has been the magazine's editor-in-chief since 2004. She has also compiled and edited six volumes in the acclaimed Family Business Handbook Series, most recently the all-new revised edition of The Family Business Succession Handbook. Previously, she was the managing editor of Jewelers' Circular Keystone, a trade magazine for the jewelry industry, which is primarily composed of family businesses.

Caro RockCaro Rock

Caro Rock is the publisher of Family Business Magazine, which is itself owned by a family company with interests in media and information technology research. She was the founder of Main Line Life, a weekly newspaper with 15,000 readers covering the western suburban communities of Philadelphia. She grew up in a family business that manufactured and sold flour under the labels Ceresota and Heckers Flour. The Uhlmann Company, formerly Standard Milling Company, also produced Wheatena and Maypo hot cereals, Patio Chef Charcoal and Just Add Water jelly mix. Today, her father and brother are involved in the family business, which has ventured into additional related businesses.

Peter Begalla

Peter Begalla is a family business owner, Family Business Magazine's Conference and Education Director, and Adjunct Professor with Stetson University's Family Enterprise Center. He is at the forefront of Next Generation Leadership Development, having helped hundreds of college-aged students establish credibility and marketability with their family, with their family businesses or with non-family employers. He combines years of counseling experience with over 10 years of business development and marketing experience in online education.

Conference Location

sfhotelday_600About the Sir Francis Drake Hotel
A Kimpton® boutique hotel located in the heart of San Francisco on legendary Union Square, the Sir Francis Drake Hotel is only steps from the Powell Street cable car line, minutes from the colorful restaurants, clubs, museums, and galleries of the vibrant SoMa district, and around the corner from shopping destinations like Gump's, Tiffany & Co, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Coach, and Louis Vuitton. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is 12 miles away.

In 1981, Bill Kimpton pioneered the boutique hotel concept in the United States. His dream was to provide weary travelers with a haven of comfort, service, security and style. Members of the Kimpton family continue to own a share of this hotel and restaurant company. 

All guest rooms are non-smoking. Amenities include complimentary wireless internet, iHome alarm docking station, flat panel LCD HD television, ample work-space desk with ergonomic chair, dual-line speaker phone, in-room safe and hair dryer. The complimentary fitness center features exercise machines with individual television screens with headsets and plug-ins for iPods, plus state-of-the-art weights and cardio equipment. Dining options at the hotel include Scala's Bistro, helmed by Executive Chefs and Bravo's Top Chef contestants Jennifer Biesty and Tim Nugent; Bar Drake with 1920s-inspired cocktails; and Harry Denton's Starlight Room, a luxury nightclub on the 21st floor with stunning San Francisco views, offering cocktails, live entertainment, and dancing. Visit www.sirfrancisdrake.com for more information about the hotel.

sfnight_600For Hotel Reservations
Transitions West Conference guests may reserve Classic Rooms at a $209 single or double occupancy rate, plus taxes, which are 15.565% and subject to change. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations should be made prior to Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by calling 1-800-227-5480 and requesting the "Transitions West" rate. If you are planning to extend your stay in San Francisco beyond the conference dates, please note the Transitions West group rate will be available three days before and after the conference dates, based upon room availability at the hotel.

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Register Today!

Register Today
Please Note: Attendance at this conference is limited to members, owners, senior executives (including non-family executives and non-family board members) or shareholders of family-owned businesses. Senior advisers to family businesses may attend with family members, or register at the special adviser rate. Attendance is strictly limited to the first 110 registrants.

Standard Registration
First attendee from your family company: $1,595
Each additional attendee from your family company: $1,095
Each additional Next-Generation attendee (ages 15-25): $895

Family Adviser Registration (attending without a family company): $5,000

Registration price includes all conference materials, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner on November 2, breakfast and lunch on November 3, and a welcome reception with buffet dinner on November 1, as well as refreshment breaks.
To register, visit https://www.stetson.edu/secure/forms2/business/family/transitionswest/

Or contact:
Justine Wood
Program Manager
justineawood@me.com
(703) 850-5497


Cancellation policy: All conference cancellations must be made in writing and sent to Justine Wood, Transitions Program Manager, 13631 Maidstone Lane, Potomac, MD 20854; faxed to (301) 987-0476 or emailed to justineawood@me.com. 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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