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12th Annual Family Business Forum

Thursday, November 8, 2018
7:30 am
- 11:00 am

Public Event


Frederik Meijer Gardens
1000 E Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525 United States
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12th Annual Family Business Forum

Event Topic: Succession

Succession may be the most difficult time in the life of every family business and there is no end to the advice one hears.  It involves far more than just planning.  With the odds of making it from one generation to the next at 30%, if you are a family business owner this is one session you cannot afford to miss.

From his research on over 18,000 family companies and two studies on the world’s largest most successful family businesses, Dr. Astrachan will reveal activities shown to dramatically improve succession chances. With his over 30 years’ experience studying and working with family businesses, his explanations are easy to follow and rich with examples. Dr. Astrachan will explain how any family can implement success practices and is not afraid to examine the details of getting things done. He will also examine things that can be done form an early age to raise a family that will be committed to and lead well, the family business.  Specific succession questions will be addressed as well, like when should you have a transition, who should choose a successor, and how do you assure multigenerational family harmony.

Key takeaways:

  • The three practices every family business should do to ensure continuity and success
  • Practical ideas for raising children to have high self-esteem and be good owners (including subject areas every owner should know)
  • Easy steps to improve almost any family relationship.

Event Speaker

Joseph H. Astrachan, Ph.D.

Joe Astrachan is Professor Emeritus and past executive director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center at the Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is also a Faculty Scholar with the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell University and a visiting scholar at Witten/Herdecke University. Dr. Astrachan has received numerous awards for his research and service from family business, entrepreneurship, management, and research-oriented associations including awards form the Family Firm Institute and the Family Business Network International. He has recently (2018) been named one of the top 25 leading scholars in entrepreneurship in a Journal of Small Business Management research article. He is author or coauthor of more than 25 book chapters, 55 scientific publications, and ten books including the much-acclaimed Communication and Conflict in Family Business, and Mechanisms to Assure Family Business Cohesion: Guidelines for Family Business Leaders and Their Families. He is a frequent speaker on the topic having given more than 300 speeches around the globe. Dr. Astrachan is coeditor of the scientific publication the Journal of Family Business Strategy, past editor Family Business Review. Dr. Astrachan has over 30 years experience studying and working with family companies and has spoken in over 35 countries. He has served on a total of 16 boards of privately owned family businesses (currently serving on eight) in a variety of industries including: heavy equipment, automotive, restaurants, building materials, food manufacturing, retailing and distribution, commercial and multifamily real estate, and healthcare. Dr. Astrachan comes from a family business background (container and tanker shipping, coal mining and pharmaceuticals). Dr. Astrachan earned his B.A., M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees at Yale University.

*Tickets free to FBA members and underwriters as outlined in paid agreements. Additional tickets are available at half price. Members must be logged into receive their free tickets and discounted tickets Refund policy: Registration and prepayment of events is required and guarantees a reservation. Cancellations must be received by Monday, Nov 5, 2018 to receive a full refund. No-shows will be billed.