Past Events

  • 4 Mar 2014
  • 13 May 2014
  • 15 Oct 2014
  • 5 Feb 2015
    Family Meetings Facilitation Training

    Family Meetings Facilitation Training: Trusted Advisor Edition You have earned the role of “trusted advisor” to a Family Business, and now they need your help conducting a productive Family Meeting. What do you do? This seminar will enable you to help the Family achieve success by: • Understanding who is in the room and why that…

  • 1 Apr 2015
  • 1 Oct 2015
    9th Annual Family Business Forum

    9th Annual Family Business Forum: Growing Future Family Business Owners Keynote Speaker: Joline Godfrey Joline Godfrey is the CEO of Independent Means and the author of Raising Financially Fit Kids and other cutting edge books and publications relates to the financial fluency of HNW families. Godfrey received a BS degree from the University of Maine and…

  • 9 Dec 2015
  • 2 May 2016
    Texas Patriarch: Rise & Fall of Family Business

    Texas Patriarch: Rise & Fall of Family Business Keynote Speaker: Doug Box Doug Box is a family business consultant, author and public speaker based in Dallas, Texas. He is a frequent presenter at family business forums across the country as well as a guest lecturer at several universities on the topic of family business. In…

  • 11 May 2016
    Navigating Generational Differences in the Family Business

    Navigating Generational Differences in the Family Business If you’ve listened to any other discussion about generational issues at work, then you’ve undoubtedly been told there are four distinct generations operating side-by-side in today’s working world. You’ve then been told the differences between those four generations, and then you’ve been told (although probably not in these…

  • 6 Oct 2016
    10th Annual Family Business Forum

    10th Annual Family Business Forum “Myths & Mortals: Stories of Larger than Life Individuals & the Journey of their Successors” Featured Speaker: Dick DeVos Dick has worked in a variety of executive positions at Amway, the NBA’s Orlando Magic, and The Windquest Group, where he currently serves as President. Dick served as President of Amway…

  • 6 Dec 2016
    Embezzled! Surviving Fraud in Your Family Business

    Embezzled! Surviving Fraud in Your Family Business Keynote Speaker: Tyra Dellacroce  Tyra is Vice President of Interior Sales and Marketing for Connecticut Stone; a family owned and operated natural stone company founded in 1950 by her paternal grandfather, Leo Dellacroce. She is responsible for marketing strategy, interior sales and design, project management and installation, and procurement….

  • 2 Mar 2017
    Success, Succession, and Sunday Dinner

    Success, Succession and Sunday Dinner The world is changing at unprecedented pace, more complexity, interdependency and disruption of institutions. All of these factors are impacting your family, your business and even how you need to look at your family business. At the essence of this challenge, is how to help your rising generation’s innovative audacity…

  • 18 May 2017
    Family Business 101

    Family businesses are the pillars of any community, and West Michigan is no exception. Named the Family Business Mecca by several international business consultants, West Michigan truly understands “family business”. On May 18th, Ellie Frey Zagel, Executive Director of the Family Business Alliance and 3rd Generation Vice Chair of the Frey Foundation, is going to…

  • 13 Jun 2017
    The Journey of the Family Business Leader

    Speakers: Joe Schmieder, Leon Slikkers, Dave Custer, Megan Spruit, Nancy Westgate-Sytsema

    The Journey of the Family Business Leader: Entering the Family Business and Grooming for Effective Leadership Traveling through the life of a family business leader can be most revealing and educational for those in the midst of their journey.  Members of each generation have their own frame of references that add to the flavor and…

  • 19 Jun 2017
    Skytron Tour

    Join us for a members-only tour and family business presentation of 2nd Generation Skytron. Leading the presentation will be “Davey” Mehney, CEO of Skytron, and Dave Straw, nonfamily COO. Davey and Dave will: Talk about the transition from the first generation to the second. There are three primary businesses within the Mehney family and all…

  • 2 Aug 2017
    NextGen Recruitment & Social

    Join your Peer & Prospective Peer Group Participants in the NextGen Peer Group program for drinks and appetizers at Bistro Bella Vita. Meet and network with other people while learning about what the Family Business Alliance has planned for the newest NextGen Peer Group. There will be an introduction of the program and the launch of…

  • 14 Sep 2017
    4th Annual Skeet Shoot

    Member Only Please log in to register or contact us at Join your friends at Family Business Alliance for an afternoon of networking and fun! We are looking for teams of 5! What? You don’t have a team of 5? That is ok! Let us help you build a team. All you need to do…

  • 4 Oct 2017
    11th Annual Family Business Forum

    FBA Members and Underwriters please login to receive benefits. Click here for login information. Undefeated: The True Story of Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry Service Operating in the historically rich Straits of Mackinac waters of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, Shepler’s Mackinaw Island Ferry is a three-generation family-owned and family-operated business that has had to fight for…

  • 9 Nov 2017
    Estate Planning for the Family Business Owner *EVENT FULL*

    * EVENT FULL * Join us for a Lunch & Learn  Learn about the difference between an estate plan and a business succession plan and why both are important Hear about strategies to keep ownership of a business within the family Learn about tax planning options closely-held business owners should consider and how tax laws…