Transitions East 2018

The conference for family businesses by family businesses

 
This conference is for family companies and enterprises of all sizes and ages.
 
How family members and shareholders can thrive, either in our outside the business.
 
Transitions East 2018 will address:
 
  • Succession Planning:What Works and What Doesn’t
  • Women’s Changing Roles in the Family Business
  • Why I Joined/Didn’t Join/Left the Family Business
  • Healthy Conflict:How Family Disagreements Can Go Right
 
Plus
 
  • Five Things to Look for in Working for a Family Business
  • Sleep Better! A workshop on what keeps family business shareholders awake at night
  • Special Session: Fam Tank--NextGen Entrepreneurs Pitch Business Ideas to a Family Business Panel
 
Special Bonus: To extend and enhance conference learning, all attendees will receive a free one year's subscription to Family Business Magazine (or a one-year extension to their current subscription). Subscription includes access to Family Business' online archive of more than 800 articles.
 
We continually strive to enhance your conference experience:
  • Smaller group sessions to facilitate discussion.
  • Topic-based expert briefings to allow you and your family members to drill down more deeply into areas of specific interest or need.
  • Some families bring family members who do not attend the conference itself. We've created the opportunity for these families to schedule a working family meeting prior to and after the conference, with a professional facilitator. (Limited space available, please contact Justine Wood at 703-850-5497 for details). Please note: our hotel room block allows families to book rooms before and after the conference, at our group rate, to extend the duration and value of your visit.
  • Family Business Basics--a pre-conference session focused on key family business terms and ideas, and on how to get the most out of the conference itself.
 
Transitions features:
  • Speakers from family companies: Our focus is on speakers from family enterprises, sharing real-life problems and solutions.
  • Intimate, open environment: Limited attendance, and a private "safe harbor" environment in which to openly share challenges and opportunities with other families.
  • Collaborative discussions: Opportunities to work through family issues via guided discussions.
  • No-Sell environment: Conference sponsors understand and commit to participating as thought leaders and experts, and are restricted from actively selling their products and services.
  • Special content and sessions for next-generation and married-in family members
  • Networking with families like yours: Hosted networking, opening reception, meals, breaks and workshops are all designed to allow you to meet many family enterprise attendees.
  • Family focus: Brought to you by family-owned Family Business Magazine. We use family-owned or family-controlled hotels, transportation services, restaurants and service providers whenever possible. We believe in, and invest in, America's family businesses.
  • Hosted family meetings: For attending families who want to meet before and after the conference, professionally facilitated. Limited availability.

Featured Speakers

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The cost to attend is listed below. Members of families who have previously attended a Transitions conference receive a 10% discount on their cost of attendance. Your registration also includes a one-year subscription to Family Business Magazine or a one-year extension to your current subscription.

 

Early Registration Pricing (before February 11, 2018)

  • $1675 - First attendee from your family company
  • $1175 - Each additional attendee (age 30 and above)
  • $975 - Each additional Next Generation attendee (age 29 and below)

 

Standard Pricing (after February 11, 2018)

  • $1875 - First attendee from your family company
  • $1375 - Each additional attendee (age 30 and above)
  • $1150 - Each additional Next Generation attendee (age 29 and below)

Note: All attendees will be verified prior to acceptance of registration. Advisers to a family company may attend only if accompanied by one or more family company members. Other family company advisers may contact Mike Bachman at (215) 405-6070 for information on attending.

Program

About Conference

Transitions East 2018 is sponsored by 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 owners, shareholders, family members, in-laws and executives of 75 family businesses/enterprises. The conference is designed to facilitate conversation on important family issues among generations. There is special programming for family business members aged 15-29, and for those who have married-in to the family business.

The Transitions conference is for family companies and family offices of all sizes.  Approximately one third of attendees represent companies with revenues of under $25 million, one third of attendees have revenues of between $26 million and $300 million; and one third have revenues of over $300 million. And approximately a third of attendees are in the third generation or less; a third were in generations 4 and 5; and third were part of companies more than 6 generations old. What all attendees share is a desire to see their family enterprise grow successfully through generational transitions.

68% of attendees at Transitions are coming to the conference for the first time; 100% of attendees at our last conference say they'll attend again, and that they'd recommend the conference to other family members.

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 or enterprises. Senior advisers to family companies may attend ONLY with the family company they represent.

For further information, contact conference director David Shaw at (301) 963-6162 or email dshaw@familybusinessmagazine.com.

Registration

Registration fees do not include hotel or travel expenses. Due to the customization of the conference seating and session assignments, registrations need to be submitted at least one week prior to the start of the conference.  On-site registration is not available.

Attire
The dress code for the conference is business casual to casual. Meeting room temperatures will vary, so please bring and wear the appropriate layers of clothing to ensure your personal comfort.

Propose a Topic or Speaker

Contact Peter Begalla, Conference and Education Director, (386) 785-7856 or email pbegalla@familybusinessmagazine.com. Please note that the conference extends a complimentary registration for conference speakers.  In addition, conference speakers are featured in Family Business and Directors & Boards magazines and websites.  Speakers are responsible for their own expenses, to include hotel, meals, and travel.  Proposals promoting company products or services will not be considered.

Advisers and Sponsors

If your company provides services to family businesses, please considering sponsoring the conference.  Access to Transitions conference attendees—by attending the conference, a tabletop exhibit and/or by participating as a moderator/panelist is only available to conference sponsors.   Alternatively, if you are an adviser to family businesses, you may register to attend the conference with a family member for a business you advise. Contact Mike Bachman at (215) 405-6070, or email mike.bachman@familybusinessmagazine.com

Student Registration

Students who are interested in attending the conference should apply through the standard attendee registration process (submit a registration form for consideration).  Complimentary student registrations are not available.
 
Press
Press passes are not available for this conference.

What Attendees Say About Transitions

“This is one of the best conferences I've ever attended.  The diversity of topics, the openness and candidness of the attendees, the structure.  All of it was awesome.”
 
"The best ever!  Messages were clear, consistent and well organized.  People shared openly whether on stage or otherwise."
 
“This was a great conference--the person-to person idea exchanges were vibrant”
 
"I always learn something new and meet new people experiencing the same things I am.  I've never had a support network like this one."
 
"I was amazed at how open everyone was about sharing their stories.  I got several ideas on dealing with the issues facing our family and our business.  Very beneficial."
 
“Loved having access to dynamic family businesses in a helpful environment.  The speakers were so giving and open--a true gift!”
 
"Good cross section of different family companies dealing with a variety of relatable issues. Got a lot of very valuable information throughout the two days."
 
"Such an open environment--eye opening would be an understatement.  I look forward to coming back next year and bringing more family with me."
 
"Best seminar I have attended.  Focused on family rather than sponsors."
 
"Excellent conference, superbly implemented and presented."
 
“Very well done, with friendly people.  The conference was set up to be very easy to talk to others and the crowd was really good.”
 
“Excellent.  I appreciated all the takeaways from the conference and enjoyed meeting and talking with others.  I liked the positive/negative shared experiences from the family businesses.”
 
“Transitions is just a great place to learn about family business issues.”
 
“I am a small business owner.  Initially, I was intimidated by the general body of large family businesses.  What was amazing to me is that, large or small, we all experience the same issues.  Very inspirational and comforting to know obstacles can be overcome.”

 

Confirmed Speakers

Conference Location

The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, from family-owned Marriott Hotels, is near the area's most popular attractions, including the Salvador Dalí Museum, the Morean Arts Center, Tropicana Field and a variety of pristine Florida beaches. The hotel also offers easy access to Tampa International Airport (TPA), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and a variety of shopping and restaurants. Guest rooms feature stylish decor, expansive marble bathrooms, plush bedding and LCD TVs. The Vinoy Renaissance is also home to five celebrated restaurants, a full-service spa, beautiful 18-hole golf course, ultramodern fitness center, and shimmering outdoor pool.

The hotel is 19.5 miles from Tampa International Airport (TPA) and does not  provide shuttle service.  Estimated taxi fare is $60 one way.

Our special conference room rate is $269 plus tax (net non-commissionable), and reservations must be made before March 21, 2018 to earn this rate.  You may book online by clciking here.

To book by phone, call:  

Reservations Toll Free: 1-888-789-3090
Reservations Local Phone: 1-888-303-4430

Ask for the Transitions East 2018 Conference group rate.

 
 
 

Register Today!

Begin Your Registration By Clicking Here.

 

The cost to attend is listed below. Members of families who have previously attended a Transitions conference receive a 10% discount on their cost of attendance. Your registration also includes a one-year subscription to Family Business Magazine or a one-year extension to your current subscription.

 

Early Registration Pricing (before February 11, 2018)

  • $1675 - First attendee from your family company
  • $1175 - Each additional attendee (age 30 and above)
  • $975 - Each additional Next Generation attendee (age 29 and below)

 

Standard Pricing (after February 11, 2018)

  • $1875 - First attendee from your family company
  • $1375 - Each additional attendee (age 30 and above)
  • $1150 - Each additional Next Generation attendee (age 29 and below)

Note: All attendees will be verified prior to acceptance of registration. Advisers to a family company may attend only if accompanied by one or more family company members. Other family company advisers may contact Mike Bachman at (215) 405-6070 for information on attending.

Sponsors

Your Hosts

Conference Hosts: 
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 Family Business Legacy 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 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 and publisher 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 brother and his son-in-law are involved in the family business, which has ventured into additional related businesses.
 
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.