Monthly Message - April 2016 - Conway Center for Family Business

Monthly Message – April 2016



Where Are You in the Succession Planning Process?
Tips to Move Any Family Business to the Next Level 
April 21 – 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Alumni Hall at Ohio Dominican University
1215 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, OH 43219

Sponsored by: 

Tony Kington, a partner at Taft/ and a Conway Center Service Provider member, will lead the program with Steve Harmon, thought leader in logistics and President of Spartan Logistics. Together, they will discuss the many facets and stages of succession planning for family owned businesses, including what can be learned from the mistakes of others.

RSVP to Amy Dotts 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. Networking and light breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Program begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Upcoming Events!

Educational Program
Bringing the Next Gen into the Family Business: Are you Ready? Are They?
May 19 – 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Alumni Hall at Ohio Dominican University
1215 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, OH 43219

Conway Center co-founder Bea Wolper, of Emens & Wolper Law, is facilitating a dynamic panel of family business leaders who are in various stages of succession planning. You’ll hear from family members from McCullough Landscaping, Miles- McClellan Construction, and Crestview Rehabilitation Services. There is something for every family owned business in this discussion on when and how to get the next gen ready for launch!

Put this date on your calendar now and watch for more details in the next Monthly Message.

Customer Engagement
May 6 – 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Griffin Student Center, Room 274
Ohio Dominican University
1215 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, OH 43219

Customers today are more influential than ever before due to online reviews, social media, and immediate access to information, and overall customer expectations have increased dramatically.  Join Conway Center family business member Kim Shoemaker, CEO of Acloché LLC, for a discussion on Customer Engagement and learn new strategies to engage with your customers and enhance the customer service experience.

RSVP to Amy Dotts at or 614-253-4820.The programs are 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 Clippers
Monday, June 6 – 7:05 p.m.
Huntington Park
330 Huntington Park 
Columbus, OH 43215

The 8th Annual Family Business Night at the Columbus Clippers is coming up soon so mark your calendars! Root for your home team as the Clippers take Indianapolis, while you enjoy an evening with your family, employees, clients, and others who are passionate about family business. We have a block of tickets in Sections 2 & 3 and hope you can join us. Tickets are once again being sold at face value – $10 each. THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY.

Questions? Ready to buy your tickets? Contact Heather Howell at or call 614-253-4820.

Breakfast with Business First
June 17, 2016 – 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Griffin Student Center at Ohio Dominican University
1215 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH 43219
Partners since 2000, the Conway Center for Family Business and Ohio Dominican University prepare and support business leaders in Central Ohio. Ohio Dominican offers marketable undergraduate and graduate business degrees in a variety of adult-friendly formats at its main campus as well as its convenient Dublin location. The nonprofit Conway Center offers family business leaders educational programming and resources, peer group opportunities, social and networking events, and an annual awards program.
  • Network with hundreds of Central Ohio business professionals in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center.
  • Learn about Conway Center educational programs and resources available to grow your family business and develop your employees.
  • Tour the Ohio Dominican University campus.
  • Pitch story ideas to Columbus Business First editors and reporters.
  • Register to win great door prizes!
  • Take advantage of a special subscription rate.
  Please register through the Business First website.

Save the Date!
3rd Annual Golf Outing at Little Turtle
Monday, July 11, 2016 – Shotgun start at noon
The Golf Club at Little Turtle
5400 Little Turtle Way
Westerville, OH 43081
Join us for our golf scramble at the newly renovated Little Turtle Golf Club. 
Can’t golf? Please join us at the cocktail reception and Silent Auction that afternoon.  For further information, click
For sponsorship opportunities and/or to donate to our Silent Auction, click

Directors’ Insight

Spring has sprung and we are gearing up for fun summer events! It’s time to order tickets to our Family Business Night at the Clippers and sign up for our 3rd Annual Golf Outing. Both events sell out quickly so act soon!  We also have Breakfast with Business First in June and our Family Business Tour in August coming up – both great networking events. And, it’s never too early to start thinking about our Annual Family Business Awards & Expo in November! You can nominate a deserving family business today by clicking
We are also thinking a lot about succession planning, and hope you are, too. Our April and May Educational Programs focus on the journey and showcase family owned businesses in all phases of the succession process. Their stories and insights are sure to resonate. You don’t want to miss these!
As always, you can find information about all of our programs and events on our

Our very best,
Dick & Jill

Conway Center Peer Groups

To sign up for any of our peer group meetings, or to learn more about peer group opportunities, contact Event Coordinator, Amy Dotts, at or visit

for a full schedule of Peer Group programs.

Finances for Family Businesses Peer Group
April 27, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m
Alumni Hall – Community Room
Ohio Dominican University
Topic:  Business Risks and Internal Controls for Family Businesses
Sponsored by Holbrook & Manter
Business Development Peer Group
April 28, 2016
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic:  Leveraging Technology: Using LinkedIn to Make Strategic Connections 
CEO Peer Group – West
April 28, 2016
3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thomas & Marker Construction
2011 Riverside Dr # 200
Columbus, OH 43221
*RSVP required
Online Strategy Peer Group
May 4, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Fathom Columbus
1465 Northwest Blvd.
Columbus, OH 43212
Topic:  Growing Your Business Through Social Media
Women in Family Business Peer Group
May 10, 2016
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Balancing Life & Work
Next Generation Leaders Peer Group
May 10, 2016
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
O’Brien & Associates
47 W. 3rd Avenue, Columbus, 43201
Topic: Accountability & Fairness in the Family Business
*Enrollment closed for 2016. Please contact Amy Dotts to be added to the 2017 roster.
Leadership 2.0 *Note date change*
May 10, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Integrated Leadership Systems
501 W. Schrock Rd., Suite 200
Westerville, OH 43081
*RSVP required
Succession Planning Peer Group
May 12, 2016
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Passing the Wealth Tax Free
Sponsored by The BCA Group at Morgan Stanley
CEO Peer Group – East
May 12, 2016
3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The East group meets at the Columbus Country Club unless otherwise noted.
*RSVP required
Leadership Development Peer Group
May 17, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Change Management


MGO Marketing
Monica McKay, Jonathon McKay 
1250 Chambers Road, Columbus, OH 43212
(614) 586-1355


Since 1984, MGO Marketing has specialized in evaluating and improving customer and employee engagement to drive long term growth for small to large companies in a variety of industries. Monica McKay, president, has an extensive background in marketing research, strategic planning, sales and communications. Her son, vice president Jonathon McKay, works with current and prospective clients to help achieve their goals by creating communication/buy-in strategies, designing and presenting data analytics and developing customized action strategies. Some of their clients include ODW Logistics, W.W. Williams, University Hospitals and Ditch Witch. 

Singleton Construction
Denise Doczy-Delong, Adam Delong, Nancy Doczy
85 East Canal Street, Carroll, OH 43112
P.O. Box 491
(740) 756-7331


Established in 1995 and a certified woman-owned and operated business, Singleton Construction, headquartered in Carroll, OH with offices in Detroit, MI and Nashville, TN, provides general contracting services to the retail, restaurant and commercial industries in 39 states within the United States. We specialize in roll-out and multi-site programs, open-store remodels, tenant fit-outs, second generation/vacant remodels as well as ground-up new construction; for clients including Advance Auto Parts, Barryfield Hotel Group, Dollar General, Dollar Tree Stores, Family Dollar, Food Lion, Jones Lang LaSalle, Kroger, Lowe’s, Mace North America, Speedway, TJX Companies, Inc., Walgreens and Walmart. Singleton’s philosophy is to provide our customers with the highest qualified construction team by matching experience and skills to each specific project, to ensure the overall success of the project from quality, schedule, and budget. Our competitive advantages include low overhead, flexibility, our ability to respond quickly to your needs, certain trades on staff, and true partnerships with our subcontractors.

Sophisticated Systems
Dwight Smith, Renee Smith, Jane Borgelt, Beth Stevenson
2191 Citygate Drive, Columbus, OH 43219
(614) 418-4600


Dwight Smith founded Sophisticated Systems, Inc. (SSI) in 1990.  Dwight, along with his wife Renee, board member, develop the company strategy. SSI drives business results for clients through a comprehensive and integrated set of information technology solutions and has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in Central Ohio and in the country as well as for its commitment to its community. SSI’s daily operations are overseen by Chief Operating Officer, Karen Fast, whom along with the leadership team have helped to make SSI the sole technology source for personalized, value-add technology solutions and service.

C&A Benefits Group
Christina King, Jeff King
6135 Memorial Drive, #103, Dublin, OH 43017
(614) 389-5755


C&A Benefits Group was founded in 2009 by Christina King, President, to help relieve businesses of the hassles caused by human resource management. In 2012, C&A became a single source for benefits, human resources and payroll. In 2014, Jeff King, Christina’s husband became Chief Operations Officer/Chief Financial Officer. Recently, Christina’s son, Cameron Briggs, joined the family business as well.


The Catholic Foundation
James Anzelmo, Tiffiney Hatem, Craig Heppner, Sara Ireland, Loren Brown
257 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 443-8893


The Catholic Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization started in 1985.  The Foundation receives and manages assets to provide perpetual funding for the parishes, schools, and ministries within the 23 county Diocese of Columbus.  President and CEO, Loren Brown, leads a team of professional staff members who manage the day-to-day operations and steward the investment of assets, grants, and endowment distributions.  James Anzelmo is the vice president of development, Tiffiney Hatem and Craig Heppner are development officers,

 and Sara Ireland is the development coordinator.  The Foundation also works closely with the charitable entities that the donors designate as beneficiaries, as well as Catholic organizations who apply for grants.  


Driscoll Learning
Sales Executive Club of Central Ohio
When*: 3p to 5p
  • Second Tuesday of Every Month
  • Fourth Tuesday of Every Month
*Time and days are subject to change from time to time.

Dublin Entrepreneurial Center
565 Metro Place South, Suite 300
Dublin, OH 43017
Contact Bryan Driscoll to enroll:
or 614-370-8400


First Merchants Bank

You are invited to join us for the 7th annual Recycle-O-Rama event happening Friday, April 22, 2016  Stay afterwards and have lunch at the Sweet Carrot food truck! 10% of proceeds raised will go to Cristo Rey Columbus High School. For further information, click

Integrated Building Systems
Come to the Earth Day Electronics Recycling Drive at IBS!
Gather your old, unwanted, even non-working electronics at work and home and recycle them at IBS on Earth Day! Enjoy free recycling of nearly anything with a cord-including computers, laptops, flat-screen monitors, keyboards, printers, fax machines, desk and mobile phones, servers, VCRs, DVD players, small household appliances, stereos, and more. Recycling fees apply for CRTs ($15), large office copiers ($35) , and tube TVs ($2 per inch/screen size).
Simply drive up and IBS staff will unload your electronic equipment. Recycled items are tax-deductible, thanks to our nonprofit recycling partner, Community Computer Alliance!
Event details:
8 am to 3 pm
Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 2016
Integrated Building Systems
950 Michigan Avenue, Columbus
Buy lunch from the Burning Pig BBQ food truck from 11 am to 2 pm!
For more information, visit

SVN Wilson Commercial Group
8th Annual Commercial Real Estate Investor Forum – 2016
May 12, 2016 – 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
AMC Theatre, Easton

Join Doug Wilson and Tim Treasure of SVN Wilson Commercial Group for our 8th Annual Columbus Commercial Real Estate Investor Forum.
  • Detailed Real Estate Activity in the Columbus Market
  • Insights and Updates on 1031 Exchange Procedures, Capital Gains Taxes, and Real Estate Planning
RSVP by April 30th to guarantee your seat to this noteworthy event.
Lunch served at 11:30; Program from 12:00 – 1:30

AMC Theatre Easton
275 Easton Town Center
Columbus, OH 43219

Contact Doug Wilson 614-206-3881 with any questions!

The Sales Connection

We are pleased to announce the formation of a new professional sales association in Central Ohio.  It’s called 
The Sales Connection
The purpose of The Sales Connection is to help promote the education, training and career development of sales professionals.  Our members will include career sales professionals, sales managers and executive leaders from all businesses and industry categories.
The Sales Connection will sponsor monthly breakfast meetings where members can get together to meet and network.  At each breakfast, we will host a special guest speaker whose topic will be of great importance to the professional growth of our attendees.
Join us on April 28 for our first breakfast meeting
. Our guest speaker for the morning will be Anthony Iannarino.  Anthony will be speaking on “How to be a Hunter in a World of Vegetarian Sales Forces.”
Anthony is an international speaker, author, and sales leader.  He is President and Chief Sales Officer at Solutions Staffing, a best-in-class regional staffing firm based in Columbus, Ohio.
If you are a sales professional or looking to enter the field, please join The Sales Connection at
I look forward to seeing you at our first breakfast meeting on April 28th at 7:30 am at Brookside Golf and Country Club!
Bryan Driscoll
Driscoll Learning LLC
or 614-370-8400

Other Events

Ryan Whiteside, SEO expert at Conway Center Service Provider
is offering FREE SEO/online marketing consultation to our family business members. Ryan facilitates the Online Strategy Peer Group and is willing to extend one-on-one training that is more specific to YOUR business. There will be no selling, pitching products, etc., just 30 minutes of customized, hands-on training. 

To take advantage of this generous offer, please contact Ryan directly and let him know that you are a Conway Center member:

Ability Professional Network
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Conway Center for Family Business
J. Richard Emens, Executive Director |
Jill Hofmans, Managing Director |

Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road, 
Columbus, OH 43219

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