Family Business Alliance Ambassadors are volunteers for FBA who are committed to helping members get the most out of their membership. They are all individuals who have been very involved with the organization and have used resources and programs to help strengthen their businesses and families. Ambassadors are available as a resource to our membership for any questions they may have from a member’s perspective.
Ben Borisch is one of FBA’s committed ambassadors serving the family business community on his own time. Get to know Ben with his answers to our questionnaire below.
How did you first get involved in FBA?
I got involved with the FBA when I started working for DWH. I had attended an event and then met with Diana Shad to learn more about the FBA. There was an opportunity to help with the Membership Committee and I signed up.
Why is FBA important to you?
My entire career has been working for or with family owned businesses. I know that the role of an owner or a family member in these businesses comes with unique challenges. I appreciate that the FBA works hard to provide families with relevant resources, events, and a deep network to help those owners navigate these challenges and stay informed.
What has been your favorite FBA event?
The M&A event that was held in 2019. I really liked the way the FBA and the speakers talked about M&A as a way to GROW instead of just sell. I thought the specific case studies very very helpful.
Why do you think family businesses are important to West Michigan?
Where to even start? I grew up in family owned businesses and saw firsthand the positive impact they can have on employees, other businesses, and the community. Now I get to work with a variety of family owned businesses that are reinvesting in this community and their employees.
What is your favorite (non-work related!) hobby?
Cooking for friends or family.
Some fun facts about Ben:
- Favorite ice cream flavor – Rocky Road
- Favorite Grand Rapids restaurant – The Little Bird
- Favorite TV show/movie – “Ratatouille”
- Favorite book – “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” by Salman Rushdie