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Going Direct: Best Practices in Family Office Direct Investing

Published March 18, 2021 Molly Simmons |

Part 2 in a 2-part series.


Blast from the Past

Published March 17, 2021 Kathi Ann Brown |

Harnessing the Power and Potential of History and Heritage


The audacious ask

Published March 16, 2021 |

On the delicate art of fearlessly asking “why”


Diversity is more than a strategy. It’s a philosophy.

Published March 9, 2021 Amy Cosper |

Let’s talk people, not charts


Going Direct: The Rise of the Family Office and Direct Investing

Published March 5, 2021 Molly Simmons |

Part 1 in a 2-part series.


Difficult conversations

Published March 1, 2021 Amy C. Cosper |

Yeah. You need to have these more often


A little respect, please

Published February 23, 2021 |

A short, mostly concise airing of grievances.


A Wifi Refugee, a coffee and some cows

Published February 19, 2021 |

This lone writer finds connectivity in a café steeped in family history.


A note from the new-ish editor

Published February 12, 2021 |

Hello,readers. It is a great honor to step in as the editor-in-chief of Family BusinessMagazine. I look forward to learning more about you and your business. Your goals and challenges are the fra...


And for our next act … a succession at Family Business Magazine

Published January 22, 2021 Barbara Spector |

When I first joined Family Business in the summer of 2000, I thought the main issues facing family companies were avoiding family arguments in the workplace, ensuring that NextGens earn their stripes,...


Utz merges into the public market

Published January 4, 2021 Maureen Milford | Feature Article

The snack food company founded by the Utz family a century ago combined with publicly traded Collier Creek Holdings and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.


Four paths to building a great business family

Published January 4, 2021 Dennis T. Jaffe | Feature Article

Generative families — those who have succeeded beyond their third generation as thriving business families — use their wealth to invest in their future.


HBO's 'Succession' isn't just great TV

Published January 4, 2021 Brad Bulkley | Feature Article

The award-winning series offers some important lessons for family business owners. 


A culture of continuity is the key to family business longevity

Published January 4, 2021 Josh Baron | Advisers

Family businesses can represent both the best and worst form of capitalism. We’ve seen families build and nurture businesses that invest in the long term, in their communities and in working and gro...


Build a family 'social contract' that will strengthen succession

Published January 4, 2021 Debbie Bing | Advisers

Walking into Newbury Corp.’s headquarters for the first time, we were taken aback by the three-story-high painting of the founder that dominated the entry atrium. We had been invited by the current ...


Aligning management compensation and shareholder earnings

Published January 4, 2021 Bertha Masuda | Advisers

The boards of family businesses must find the proper balance between compensation for the management team working in the business and earnings for the family shareholders who own the business. It is l...


A transition with a twist

Published January 4, 2021 Barbara Spector | Departments

When I first joined Family Business in the summer of 2000, I thought the main issues facing family companies were avoiding family arguments in the workplace, ensuring that NextGens earn their stripes,...


Be mindful about mental health

Published January 4, 2021 Bill Rock | Departments

Many family businesses focus on creating long-term value and place significant importance on supporting multiple stakeholders, including their employees. For these family business leaders and owners, ...


January/February 2021 Family Matters

Published January 4, 2021 | Departments

Wesley Fehsenfeld has been named president and CEO of The Uhlmann Company, based in Kansas City, Mo.The Uhlmann Company, formerly known as the Standard Milling Co., owns flour brands Hecker’s and Ce...


Dueling Perspectives: Taking charge as a successor

Published January 4, 2021 Barbara Spector | Departments

Pamela Kan and Laura Markstein are presidents of family businesses in male-dominated industries. Both of their companies are based in the East Bay region of California’s San Francisco Bay area.Kan i...