Conway Center Leadership Changes - Conway Center for Family Business

Conway Center Leadership Changes


Conway Center for Family Business Names Beatrice Wolper as Next Board President

Emens Moves to Board Chair; Hofmans to Transition from Director Role 

The Conway Center for Family Business today announced Beatrice (Bea) Wolper has been named the organization’s second president, according to the Center’s Board of Trustees.  She succeeds J. Richard Emens, who was named chairman.

Wolper, along with Emens, co-founded the Conway Center in 1998. She also serves on the Center’s Advisory Board and facilitates both the Women in Family Business Peer Group and the Succession Peer Groups.

“Bea’s deep understanding of the issues facing family businesses is demonstrated by the numerous contributions she’s made to grow the Conway Center into Central Ohio’s leading resource for family businesses,” said trustee Steve Conway. “Her leadership, vision and passion for the Conway Center will deliver even more value for our members as the Center continues into its third decade.”

Wolper is a partner and president of the law firm of Emens Wolper Jacobs & Jasin, in Columbus, Ohio, where she focuses on succession planning, estate planning, and the buying and selling of businesses, with an emphasis on family-owned businesses.

Hofmans to Transition from Director Role; Search to Begin

The Conway Center also announced that Executive Director Jill Hofmans will transition from her post at the end of 2020.  Jill has worked at the Center since 2013 and served as executive director for the past four years.

“We deeply appreciate Jill’s contributions in helping lead the Center, including through her expansion of best-in-class educational programming and marketing development, and growth of our awards and recognition efforts,” said Wolper. “Although we were sad to learn Jill felt it was time to pursue new professional opportunities.  We look forward to her counsel in the coming months as a new director is identified and joins our team.”

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