Warner King Babcock
Chairman and CEO, AM Private Enterprises, Inc.
Mr. Babcock has served as the CEO and board member of a family business, as well as the trustee of many family trusts controlling a family business, investments trusts, and a special needs trust. He is also a member of a family council.
Very earlier in his career, Mr. Babcock, as a family entrepreneur, built a manufacturing business based on his patents, introducing seven products, and expanding the business to seven manufacturing plants around the U.S. and licensing the technologies and trademarks oversees. The company was funded by intra-family financing through a new holding company that was owned by six newly formed trusts for the benefit of the next generation, his siblings.
In 1985, Mr. Babcock began investing in new ventures and several years later, he began advising corporations, family offices and family members regarding forming and investing in entrepreneurial firms. He also formed another firm that advised major family enterprises and corporations regarding corporate strategy, development and ventures for 24 years. His children partially owned the company until it was merged.
Since 2010, Mr. Babcock has been an adjunct faculty member at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in NYC where he teaches MBA students a unique course "Boards, Governance, Leadership within Entrepreneurial and Family Firms" and Family Business Management to next generation seniors who are majoring in entrepreneurship. As an independent investment adviser he also assists others with developing innovative, long-term strategies, plans and options for the next generation.
He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of The Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship, the largest in New York City, the Board of Directors of International Association of Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises. He was been featured in the New York Times regarding family banks and has written recent articles in Accounting Today, Family Business Magazine and Trusts and Estates Magazine. He has been a speaker at Family Business Network, Family Council Advisory, Family Firm Institute, Family Office Association, Family Office Metrics, Family Office Exchange, Institute for Private Investors, next generation and wealth management conferences
He holds a MBA from Emory University, a BA in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and has completed extensive biomedical engineering courses from Vanderbilt University.