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6th Annual FBA Forum

On October 9th 2012, the Family Business held its 6th Annual Family Business Forum for the West Michigan community. This event brought the family business community together from around the region to learn from each other and hear from Mr. Jim Gordon, CEO of Gordon Food Service and Drew Mendoza, Managing Partner of the Family Business Consulting Group. Thank you to the speakers, sponsors and all of the attendees for making this event such a success!

Softer Side of Succession Planning

Presented by Greg McCann

Want a Multi-Generational Family Business? Build the Structures to Support it



We were pleased to have Amy Schuman, Principal Consultant for the Family Business Consulting Group, Howdy Holmes, President and CEO of Chelsea Milling Company, Manufacturer of kitchen staple, "JIFFY" baking mixes, and Nelson Jacobson, President and CEO of JSJ Corporation present at our event.  They provided excellent lessons learned about governance in family-owned businesses.

Annual Forum


Success in Family Businesses Over Multiple Generations

We were thrilled to have Charles "Charlie" Kittredge, CEO and 6th generation, Crane & Co., Inc. as our 2011 Keynote Speaker.

Following Charlie's presentation, we had a panel presentation with three business owners who shared their stories in "The Unconventional Road to Success".

Panelists: Mark Peters, Butterball Farms
Jeff Koeze, Koeze Company
Peter DeWitt, DeWitt Barrels