Monthly Message - May 2015 - Conway Center for Family Business


Leadership Lessons: Velvet Ice Cream

A Family Business Success Story

May 21 – 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Alumni Hall at Ohio Dominican University

1216 Sunbury Rd., Cols., OH 43219


Sponsored by KeyBank

The Dager Family will lead this exciting program and share the history of their 101-year-old ice cream business along with the lessons they’ve learned over the years. This multi-generational family business will tell you how they’ve cultivated leaders and navigated the increasingly competitive ice cream market.

Company President Luconda Dager, Vice President Joanne Dager, and their father Joe Dager, chairman, will share the knowledge and leadership lessons they’ve learned through four generations of family ownership. This informative session will cover:
  • How the Dager family grew a small confectionary into a business that now sells over five million gallons of ice cream each year
  • What it takes for multiple generations to work together and thrive in their business roles
  • The critical role succession planning plays in getting a family business to the 4th generation
  • What core values drive the company’s success
We are expecting a large turnout so be sure to RSVP to Deana Gordon at or 614-253-4820. The program is free for Conway Center members and $35 for non-members. Family business leaders attending for the first time may attend as our guest.

Family Business Night

at the Columbus Clippers

June 8, 2015

Networking at 6:00 p.m.

Game Starts at 7:05 p.m.

Huntington Park

330 Huntington Park Lane

Cols., OH 43215

The 7th Annual Family Business Night at the Columbus Clippers is coming up soon so order your tickets today – supply is limited!! Cheer for the Clippers as they take on the Louisville Bats, while you enjoy an evening with your family, employees, clients, and others who are passionate about family business. Plan to come early so you can visit with family business peers, see Reitter Stucco make the first pitch, and take advantage of Dime-a-Dog night before the crowds arrive! Tickets are just $10 per person. To reserve your tickets, contact Deana Gordon at or calling the office at 614-253-4820.

2nd Annual Conway Center Golf Outing

July 14, 2015 – 12:30 p.m.

Little Turtle Golf Club

5400 Little Turtle Way

Westerville, OH 43081

The Conway Center will be hosting an even bigger and better golf outing for family business leaders this summer. This is a great opportunity to connect with your peers during a fun-filled day on the course that includes lunch, a post-event reception, an expanded silent auction, and more contests and prizes!  

2015 Golf Outing and Sponsorship Opportunities:

Founder Level – $1,500
4 players, 1 hole sign, recognition in program and announcements, logo on banner at registration

Leader Level – $750

2 players, 1 hole sign, recognition in program and announcements

Next Gen Level – $500

1 player, 1 hole sign, recognition in program and announcements

Hole Sponsor – $250

Your logo on one hole sign at event

In-Kind Sponsorship – Various Levels

This includes Food, Beverage, and Drink Sponsorships
Contact Deana to discuss this opportunity.

Reserve Your Place – This Event Sold Out Last Year!

$125 per person, $500 per foursome

Includes:  Golf, Driving Range, Cart, Box Lunch,  Appetizers, and 2 Drink Tickets

Not a golfer? Sign up to attend the post-golf reception! Just $35 per person.

To register, please request a registration form and then complete and mail it in with your fees. For questions about registration and sponsorship, contact Deana Gordon at or 614-253-4820.

Breakfast with

Business First

June 26 – 7:00-9:00 a.m.

Ohio Dominican University

Griffin Student Center

1216 Sunbury Road

Cols., OH 43219

The Conway Center and Ohio Dominican University are teaming up to host this great networking event with Business First. With anticipated attendance of more than 300, great food, interesting exhibitors, and chances to win wonderful door prizes, this is an event you don’t want to miss!


Registration will be through Business First and details will be coming your way in early June.

Family Business Tour and Networking Event

August 13 – 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Schoedinger Funeral 

and Cremation Services

229 East State Street, 

Cols., OH 43215


The 12th Annual Family Business Tour and Networking Event will take place at Central Ohio’s oldest family business – sixth generation Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Services. There will be behind-the-scenes information and tours plus opportunities to ask any questions that you dare!  Mark your calendar now for this always fun event!

RSVP to Heather Howell at or 614-253-4820. The program is free for Conway Center members and family business leaders.

Directors’ Insight

With more than 6,000 family-owned businesses in Central Ohio and statistics that place family businesses at 80-90% of all business enterprises in North America, it’s clear to us that family businesses are a key economic driver and valuable resource in our community. In April, two highly regarded publications, the

Harvard Business Review and The Economist, both took notice of the importance of family businesses in articles that focused on the leadership lessons and enduring power of family businesses. You can check them out online at or or request a copy from Deana at

In addition, Columbus CEO magazine reported on the positive economic outlook of Central Ohio family businesses, sharing the results of the Conway Center’s 2015 Family Business Survey noting that, “80 percent of respondents expressed confidence in the national economy and 95 percent expressed confidence in central Ohio’s economy.  In keeping with that optimism, 68 percent of those family businesses plan on hiring in 2015. Eighty-one percent of those planning on hiring will add between one and 10 employees.” Finding, hiring, and keeping qualified employees remains a key challenge for family businesses and we will continue to share resources on this challenge through the HR Peer Group and 2016 Educational Programs.

We thank everyone who made donations to the Conway Center through the Columbus Foundation’s Big Give event on May 12-13. We appreciate your support of the Center and our efforts to help family-owned businesses grow and thrive in Central Ohio. We could not do it without your help!

Dick and Deana


To sign up for any of our peer group meetings or to learn more about peer group opportunities contact Assistant Director, Jill Hofmans, at or visit for a full schedule of Peer Group programs.


Leadership Development

May 19, 2015

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Room 274 – Griffin Center at Ohio Dominican University

Topic: Change Management

Business Development Peer Group

May 28, 2015

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Room 274 – Griffin Center at Ohio Dominican University

Topic: Understanding the Web: Creating an Online Environment that Converts to Leads

Online Strategy Peer Group

June 3, 2015

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Fathom Columbus

1465 Northwest Blvd.

Columbus, OH 43212

Topic: Risk Management

Women in Family Business Peer Group

June 9, 2015

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Room 274 – Griffin Center at Ohio Dominican University

Topic: Women and Mentors

Next Generation Leaders Peer Group

June 9, 2015

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

O’Brien & Associates

47 W. 3rd Avenue

Columbus, OH 43201

Succession Planning Peer Group

June 11, 2015

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Room 274 – Griffin Center at Ohio Dominican University

Topic: What are the rights, responsibilities, and roles of inactive family shareholders?

CEO Peer Group
June 11, 2015
3:30-7:30 p.m.

Reitter Stucco, Inc.

1100 King Avenue
Columbus, OH 43212

*RSVP Required


MDSolutions, Inc.

Nirmal Bajoria, Sheetal Bajoria

8225 Estates Parkway, Plain City, OH 43064

(614) 873-2222

MDSolutions, Inc., an innovative sign support manufacturer in the traffic safety industry was started 14 years ago by husband and wife, Nirmal and Sheetal Bajoria. The company provides high quality sign hardware, brackets, posts, traffic signs, construction safety products and various signage accessories. Since inception they have grown to a team of 10 employees now, and continue to build their business through hard work and keeping customer service as the priority.

Warman Productions

Gene Warman, Bryan Warman, Mandy Markoff

4920 Reed Road, Columbus, OH 43220

(614) 442-3399

Gene Warman founded Warman Productions in 1979. It is the oldest video production company in Columbus and produces corporate videos, along with some commercials and broadcast videos. Gene, and his son and daughter, Bryan Warman and Mandy Markoff, are the heart of Warman Productions and work with clients from the initial creative concept, through production and distribution. Their clients are both large and small companies from a variety of industries – including GE, Park National Bank, Target, Verizon Wireless, Rolls-Royce, and many more.


Build Your Brand DIY Workshop

Need to get ahead of your competition? Then it’s time to uncover your brand distinction. GREENCREST CEO and certified brand strategist Kelly Borth will host workshops for business owners who are eager grow the value of their business. The next workshop is May 27 — 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at GREENCREST, 120 Northwoods Blvd., Columbus, OH 43235. Register here.


Webinar:A Legacy of Stardust: Transferring Wealth to Your Grandchildren 

American author Alex Haley wrote, “Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” For many grandparents, there’s a progression from the stardust of childhood toward giving a meaningful financial gift later in life. Plante Moran’s experts will explore some of the methods and pitfalls of intergenerational wealth transfer during this webinar on June 4, from 2-3 p.m. Register here. 

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For Family Business, Reputation is Everything

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Benjamin Franklin once said, “It takes many good deeds to build a reputation and only one bad one to lose it”….For family-owned businesses, the stakes are even higher because the family name is often attached to the business.

Study Reveals Strong Connection between Employee Health, Productivity and Performance

Findley Davies

Companies often implement workplace wellness programs to control health care costs and improve their bottom line. However, results from a national survey conducted by HERO (the Health Enhancement Research Organization) in partnership with Findley Davies, revealed business leaders’ recognition that there is a strong connection between employee health, productivity and performance.

Information Security Breach: It Can Happen To You

Plante Moran

Is it time to pay more attention to information security? Absolutely.

This Is an Intervention – Step Away from Your Business

Rea & Associates

As the driving force behind your company’s growth and success you have undoubtedly spent countless hours and dollars strategizing, networking and juggling a laundry list of managerial responsibilities. But now it feels like your business is long overdue for a growth spurt. Find out why you should be working on your business – not in it – to grow and become the leader you’ve always wanted to be.

Search Marketing: The Pros and Cons of Advertising on Search Engines


Is there any reason to doubt how critical it is that your company has an immediate presence within the search results for words and phrases that relate to your business?

How to Set Up a Rolling 13-Week Cash Flow Projection


Every company, in every industry, wants to know what lies ahead. No one has a crystal ball, but to develop the most accurate picture of what the future holds for your business, it’s imperative to know where the money is coming from and where it’s going.


Stopping Business Identity Theft

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Individual identity theft has gotten a lot of press in recent years, but what about the theft of a business’s identity? For many business owners, their identity and their company’s identity are virtually the same, and a crook’s hijacking of the latter can have crippling effects on their personal and professional lives.

Advantages of Using Life Insurance in Business Succession Planning

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While life insurance is not the solution to every problem, it can be an extremely effective tool in a business succession plan. Structured properly, it can provide income tax dollars which can be used in a variety of ways. 

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Conway Center for Family Business
Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH 43219
J. Richard Emens
Executive Director
Deana Gordon
Managing Director



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:
Conway Center for Family Business | 614-253-4820 | |
https://www.familybusinesscenter.com1216 Sunbury RoadColumbus, OH 43219


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