Monthly Message -- January 2012
From White Castle to the White House
Beyond the Three Circles:
The Impact of External Factors on Your
January 19, 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Ohio Dominican University - Alumni Hall
To kick off the Conway Center's 2012 Educational Program Schedule Jamie Richardson, White Castle's vice president of government and shareholder relations, and Ann Kinkade, president of Family Enterprise USA will discuss family business advocacy efforts, in a format designed to motivate and empower Central Ohio family business leaders. "Beyond the Three Circles" will challenge family business leaders to look beyond the three circles that represent a developing family business' primary areas of focus -- family, business and ownership -- and look at how they are affected by and can change external factors that affect their business.
Family Enterprise USA (FEUSA) is a national nonprofit group started in 2009 to advocate for a broad range of public policy issues affecting family business success. Ann Kinkade will discuss FEUSA's advocacy work and share stories about the family firms that drive its mission. Jamie Richardson will discuss how White Castle upholds its values and maintains its culture in the context of government affairs, public relations and community engagement and the company's involvement with FEUSA. He also will entertain you with the story of America's first hamburger chain, White Castle, the iconic 4th generation business that began in 1921 and now has 10,000 employees in restaurants in twelve states.
Ann Kinkade, of FEUSA, has asked our members to complete a national survey being conducted by FEUSA to clarify the state of family businesses and the issues they find important so that she can share the Ohio results with you on January 19th. It will only take about 10 minutes to complete and will help represent Ohio's family business perspective on a national level. Please complete the survey today by clicking here: 2011 Annual Family Enterprise Survey. All individual responses are anonymous and confidential except one noted optional exception -- when the report is final, you will be sent a final copy for your review. Last year, the results were featured in The Wall Street Journal and were regularly cited in discussions with members of Congress, the U.S. Senate, and the media.
To register for the program, please RSVP to Deana Gordon, email@example.com or 614-253-4820.
The Four Keys to Revitalizing Your Family Business
February 16, 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Ohio Dominican University - Alumni Hall
Mark your calendar for this informative program based on the popular MassMutual FamilyPreneurship Study and find out what every entrepreneur wants to know about being in business with a family member. The presentation, led by Conway Center Service Provider Scott Rider, of Rider Financial Group, will be structured around the four key success factors for family-owned businesses identified in the study: communication, work/life balance, trust, and planning. Participants will be led through a self-assessment exercise to gauge how well they are doing with each of these key factors in their own businesses.
Reserve your spot today! Contact Deana at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-253-4820 or RSVP at www.familybusinesscenter.com.
Valentine's Day Roundtable
Tools and Tips for Working with Your Spouse
in Your Family Business
February 14, 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Ohio Dominican University
Griffin Center, Room 274
One of the more challenging working relationships in a family business is the one between husbands and wives. Learning how to establish boundaries, keep the lines of communication open and find time for your personal relationship can tax even the best of marriages. The good news is that with a little bit of planning, good humor, and strategy it can be done. Bring your spouse and start your Valentine's Day out right by learning and exchanging strategies for working together, making decisions, and delegating tasks in your family business. You'll be glad you did!
RSVP to Deana at email@example.com or 614-253-4820.
John F. Kennedy once said, "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." For family business leaders those words could not be truer. Although it is difficult to take time away from the many tasks that are essential to running and growing your business to spend time on developing your own leadership skills, it is something that every family business leader needs to prioritize. Taking advantage of opportunities to learn from the experiences of your peers and the knowledge of family business advisors can help you to address the issues and hurdles that confront you. Who else knows family business dynamics and challenges better than those who have walked in your shoes? Make time this year to grow your own leadership, business, and relationship skills by attending programs and peer groups, participating in webinars, meeting with a family business leader you admire, or reading a good business book. We'll share useful articles and information and as many opportunities for education as we can to make 2012 a year of growth and improvement for you and your business.
Dick and Deana
Last Chance to Sign Up for New Next Gen Group!
It's not too late to sign up for the 2012 Next Generation Leaders Peer Group. If you are 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 this would be a great group for you! The Next Generation Leaders Peer Group is 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. The first meeting will be Thursday, January 12th at O'Brien & Associates. Contact Connie Nicholson, firstname.lastname@example.org, immediately if you are interested in participating.
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.
Women in Family Business Peer Group
Family Business Leaders Peer Group
CEO Peer Group (RSVP Required*)
2011 Next Generation Leaders Peer Group
Marketing/Sales Peer Group
Special Event Invitation for Conway Center members
What's in store for Central Ohio's Economy in 2012?
Conway Center members are invited to attend Commerce National Bank's 2012 CNB Economic Forecast - A Report on National, State and Local Economic Trends. Dr. Jim Newton, an economist and adjunct professor at The Ohio State University, will summarize the past year of economic statistics and anticipate what to expect in 2012. Will Columbus continue to perform better than average in 2012 or will it be affected by high unemployment, lackluster consumer spending, political gridlock, and the euro-zone sovereign debt crisis? Find out by attending this special program on January 12 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. at the 4-H State Building - OSU Campus, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH 43210. RSVPs are required. Please let Deana know if you plan to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-253-4820.
Free Investment Strategy Webcast
On January 25, from 10:00-11:00 a.m., Oxford Financial Group will provide commentary on the outlook for the economy and financial markets during their quarterly webcast. The presentation will feature a panel of investment strategy experts who will provide insight on the following topics: 4Q Financial Market Review, 2012 Outlook: More Challenges Ahead, Make or Break Time for Europe, and Soft Landing for China? To register for this webcast, click here.
Find Us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
Did you know that the Conway Center shares information for and about family businesses on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn? We also provide program updates and information and encourage you to connect with other area family businesses through these networks. If you haven't already connected with us on these sites, please take a few minutes to add us to your social media network so you don't miss any important family business news. Just click on the appropriate icon on the right side of this page and sign up today!
Welcome New Members
Ohio Support Services/
Ohio Custodial Management
John, Cathy, and Scott Tucker
Founded in 1978 by husband wife John and Cathy Tucker, and run today with the help of their son, Scott Tucker, the goal of Ohio Support Services and its subsidiary Ohio Custodial Management has been to provide clients with premium security and custodial services, superior personnel and the greatest return on their safety and housekeeping budgets. The companies provide these services to commercial office, industrial, educational, medical, and improvement districts. OSS is dedicated to its clients, and enjoys numerous long-standing relationships with companies of all sizes in Central Ohio including Grange Insurance, JCPenney, and State Auto Insurance.
Aron, Toby and Adam Sommer
OPOC.us is a collaboration of top industry consultants in the areas of employee benefits, retirement plan administration, risk management, and business process improvement specializing in the delivery of FORTUNE 500 "One-Point-of-Contact" solutions for mid-sized organizations. OPOC.us helps businesses improve the lives of their most important asset, their employees, through CARE, Innovation, Education and Service. CEO Aron Sommer, President Toby Sommer, and CMO Adam Sommer, are all integral parts of this second generation family-owned business that was founded in 1991.
Overmyer Hall Associates
Dan and Greg Overmyer
Brothers Dan and Greg Overmyer launched Overmyer Associates in 2011. Both are third-generation veterans of the insurance industry, having worked with their father Ed Overmyer at Berwanger Overmyer Associates before its sale in 2001. On January 1st of 2012, the Overmyer brothers added Brian Hall as a partner in the firm. With nine total employees, Overmyer Hall Associates is growing rapidly. They are an independent insurance agency with a unique business model that promises clients long-lasting and honest relationships, moral and ethical leadership and a culture of caring for clients and the community. The firm provides property and casualty insurance to business owners as well as a separate division for home and auto.
ADVERSE WEATHER PLAN
If we ever have to cancel a program or peer group meeting due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, we will notify the media sources listed below and send e-mail to all of our members. If you ever wake up and are uncertain whether we will be meeting, just turn on your radio or television and listen for our announcement or check your e-mail before you head out the door. If there's no announcement or no e-mail from us in your inbox, that means we're waiting for you to join us.
Radio Stations: Sunny 95, WLVQ 96.3, 610 WTVN, WNCI 97.9, WCOL 92.3, WMNI am, WOSU 820,WOSU 89.7 fm, WWCD 101.1, 97.1 FM, WBNS 1460. Television Stations 4, 6 & 10
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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