Monthly Message -- December 2011
Thinking of Selling Your Family Business?
December 8, 2011 - 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Alumni Hall at Ohio Dominican University
Featuring: Joel Guth, of The Guth Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and David Schottenstein, founder and CEO of Astor & Black
Have you ever thought about selling your family business? If so, you're not alone. Nearly 47% of family business owners are considering selling their company within the next five years, according to new research by business advisory firm Rothstein Kass. But how do you make this monumental decision? What factors do you need to consider? What preparations do you need to make? And how do you know you won't regret your choice five or ten years from now?
Conway Center Service Provider Joel Guth, of The Guth Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and family business leader David Schottenstein, the Founder and CEO of Astor & Black, will help you learn more about making this difficult decision and dealing with the aftermath. Schottenstein founded his first company at age 12, starting his own cigar business on the sly after noticing how popular cigars were among the businessmen who visited his father. He ran it for two years before his father found out and shut it down. He then moved on to trading Internet and pharmaceutical stocks, also without his father's permission; that career was also cut short when his father found out. But while attending boarding school in Venice, he discovered his love of fashion and created a business of which even his father would approve, Astor & Black, a company that sold custom clothing, at the tender age of 21. He used money he had saved from his previous business ventures to fund his vision, which was to bring custom tailoring to the general public at affordable prices.
Please join us for this informative program and be sure to RSVP to Deana Gordon, firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-253-4820.
Lunch and Learn
Creating a Personal Development Plan
for the Family Business Leader
December 13, 2011 - Noon-1:00 p.m.
With Bea Wolper, of Emens & Wolper Law Firm
Setting goals for yourself and your business is not a new concept, but taking time to create a Personal Development Plan that brings renewed energy and focus to your career and your family business can be an innovative way to strengthen both. A Personal Development Plan offers a unique opportunity for you to fully analyze your knowledge about day-to-day business operations and to assess your own strengths and talents.
During this hands-on program designed to kick-start your plans for 2012, Bea Wolper, of Emens & Wolper Law Firm, will help you create an individualized personal development plan. You'll be given an opportunity to reflect on your current status, brainstorm ways to improve and grow your company, then set goals and determine how to accomplish them in order to achieve the next level of development in your career.
Please RSVP to Deana Gordon, email@example.com or 614-253-4820, if you would like to attend this session that will help you grow your family business by strengthening the foundation on which it is built.
As we wrap up another year, it's time to start thinking about resolutions and making plans for 2012. If your goals include enhancing your leadership skills or growing your business, the Conway Center has many opportunities available for you to join a peer group that matches your interests. Participants find them invaluable both as personal development tools and as a way to build relationships and get feedback from other family business leaders with similar interests and challenges. You can choose from peer groups for Women in Family Business, Next Generation Leaders, CEOs, CFOs, and Family Business Leaders interested in growth and development, or Marketing and Sales. In addition, Bea Wolper will be conducting a Lunch & Learn program on December 13th to help family business leaders develop a personal development plan to kick-start their own plans for 2012. And finally, be sure to mark your calendars with the new educational programs being offered in the New Year. You'll receive the full schedule in the mail soon which will also be included in the next issue of the Communicator.
We value your participation in the Center and wish you happy holidays and special memories with your families and friends throughout the holiday season. We look forward to seeing you in the next couple of weeks and again in the New Year.
Dick and Deana
2012 Next Gen Peer Group Meeting
Monday, December 5th!
Are you a leader of a family-owned business who will be assuming a greater leadership role in your family's company or someone who will have that opportunity in the future? If so, you should consider joining the 2012 Next Generation Leaders Peer Group led by organizational psychologist Dr. Thaddeus O'Brien, of O'Brien & Associates. Dr. O'Brien moderates the group in a roundtable format that gives members insight into the issues and challenges that affect next-generation leaders through guided sessions and peer-to-peer input. Participants also learn to evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses at a time when they are preparing for expanded responsibilities. Join us for an informational meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, December 5th in Room 276 of the Griffin Student Center at Ohio Dominican University. If you are interested in attending the meeting or learning more about this free opportunity for Conway Center members, contact Connie Nicholson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Peer Group Meetings
To sign up for any of this month's peer group meetings or to learn more about peer group opportunities contact Peer Group Coordinator Connie Nicholson at email@example.com or visit www.familybusinesscenter.com.
CEO Peer Group (RSVP Required*)
Women in Family Business Peer Group
Family Business Leaders Peer Group
Marketing/Sales Peer Group
Next Generation Leaders Peer Group
Artina Promotional Products
Receives Columbus CEO Award
Congratulations to Artina Promotional Products for receiving the Columbus C.E.O. magazine Best of Business 2011 Award for Best Promotional Product Company! Find out more about Artina at www.artina.com.
Welcome New Members
Martin Carpet Cleaning
John, Chad, and Brent Martin
Since 1890, Central Ohio homeowners and businesses have entrusted the experts at Martin Carpet Cleaning for their carpet, furniture (fabric and leather), tile & grout and area/oriental rug cleaning needs. In addition, they offer area/oriental rug repair services, custom rug padding, facility services and a wide variety of rental services and supplies including floor mats, dust mops, wet mops, shop towels and bathroom products. Martin Carpet Cleaning is one of the oldest continuously operated family businesses in Central Ohio. The family is proud to have their third and fourth generations (John and his sons Chad and Brent Martin) currently operating the business. Their founders, Mary and Frederic Martin, originally moved from Columbus west to California in the hopes of finding gold. Instead, they learned the art of oriental and area rug cleaning and found the inspiration for their dream of owning their own business in Columbus. Now, 120 years later, the Martins continue to build on the strong traditions that Mary and Frederic established of providing the highest quality services and products available. They look forward to a fifth generation someday continuing their unique story.
Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc.
Andrew and Tyler Rumpke, Shane Leftridge, Todd Wielinski, Jonathan Kissell
Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environmentally friendly waste disposal solutions. Headquartered near Cincinnati with a regional operation in Columbus, Rumpke is one of the nation's largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. Rumpke divisions include Rumpke Recycling, Rumpke Portable Restrooms, The William-Thomas Group and Rumpke Hydraulics. Rumpke employs more than 2,300 people, with 75 family members involved in the daily operations of the company.
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Connect With Us
Conway Center for Family Business
J. Richard Emens
Membership in the Conway Center for Family Business is open to all family businesses in Central Ohio.
For more information on the benefits of membership, visit: familybusinesscenter.com