Publisher Caro Rock honored by FFI

Caro U. Rock, publisher of Family Business Magazine, has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Barbara Hollander Award, an award for professional achievement presented by the Family Firm Institute (FFI).

FFI is a global association of advisers, consultants, educators, researchers and family enterprise members who help perpetuate transgenerational family business wealth.

The Barbara Hollander Award is named for the late founder and first president of FFI. The award recognizes professionals who are significantly engaged in the education, study and understanding of the family and social dynamics of family business. Award recipients are honored for exemplifying Hollander’s love of education and learning, lifelong commitment to social causes, dedication to civic responsibility, belief in the human capacity to change for the better and belief in giving to others generously.

Caro Rock is the daughter-in-law of Family Business Magazine’s late founder, Milton L. Rock. She works alongside her husband, Robert H. Rock, the chairman of MLR Holdings, which owns media and business-to-business information companies. MLR’s media properties include Family Business, Directors & Boards and Private Company Director magazines. Their son William U. Rock is president of MLR Holdings.

Prior to joining Family Business, Caro Rock was the founder and publisher of Main Line Life, a newspaper published by Montgomery Newspapers, formerly part of MLR Holdings. She is involved in numerous non-profit organizations and currently serves on the boards of Thomas Jefferson University and the Rock School for Dance Education, where she held the chairmanship for 15 years.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized with such a prestigious award,” she says. “Not only do I come from a multigenerational family company based in Kansas City, Mo., but I have worked in our current family business for more than 23 years. I understand and appreciate the complexity and challenges that family businesses face. We are indeed fortunate to have respected organizations like the Family Firm Institute, which continue to study and develop a body of knowledge that will help these family companies thrive into future generations.”