Monthly Message - April 2017 - Conway Center for Family Business

Monthly Message – April 2017



Now What?  Life After Succession
Sponsored by: 

April 20, 2017 – 7:30-9:00 a.m.
The Community Room at Alumni Hall 
Ohio Dominican University
1215 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, OH 43219

We have an incredible panel of family business leaders in all phases of retirement who will share their stories and succession journeys with you. Join Joel Guth, of Gryphon Financial Partners, as he facilitates the discussion with:
  • Mark Corna, Former President & CEO, Corna Kokosing
  • Joe Dager, Chairman, Velvet Ice Cream
  • Ken Heiberger, CEO, Heiberger Paving
This is a great opportunity to learn about ways to prepare for – and enjoy – life after succession. The discussion will revolve around how and why the founders and/or senior generation should develop a plan for what they envision their life to look like after they exit.  Designing this next chapter requires self-awareness and understanding of what they really want within each area of their lives – family, hobbies, philanthropy, etc. We will also discuss how next gen and others in the family business can help facilitate a smooth process to full retirement. Don’t miss it!

Sign up today —
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!


Profile of a Family Business Success Story: 
Worthington Industries
Sponsored by:

May 18, 2017 – 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
The Community Room at Alumni Hall 
Ohio Dominican University
1215 Sunbury Rd.
Columbus, OH 43219

Conway Center co-founder Bea Wolper, of Emens & Wolper Law, is moderating a fascinating discussion with John McConnell of Worthington Industries. This is a rare opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of this very successful family business, and how their commitment to the Golden Rule laid the foundation for one of the strongest employee-employer partnerships in American industry.

Sign up today —
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.


Family Business Night at the Clippers

Monday, June 5 – 7:05 p.m.
Huntington Park

The 9th 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 on the Louisville Bats, while you enjoy an evening with your family, employees, clients, and others who care about family business. 
Don’t miss out on some fun Facebook promotions we’ll be launching soon around the Clippers event.  
Like our page –
–  to get in on the action!
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. 

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 put our 4th Annual Golf Outing on your calendar – July 17. 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 on  November 8th! You can nominate a deserving family business – including your own –  today by clicking
As always, you can find information about all 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 our Event Coordinator, Amy Dotts at or visit 

Leadership Development Peer Group
April 18, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Room 274
– Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Developing Team Members
Finances for Family Business Peer Group
April 26, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room 274
– Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
IT Security to Protect Your Finances
Sponsored by Holbrook & Manter CPAs
Business Development Peer Group – Note Room Change
April 27, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Griffin Center – Meditation Rm (2nd floor)
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: You bring the agenda!  Each session offers an open forum for collaborative peer-to-peer discussion about any work-related issues you are facing. 
CEO Peer Group – West
April 27, 2017
3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls
21190 State Route 374
Logan, OH 43138-8845
*RSVP required
Human Resources Peer Group
May 2, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room 276
– Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Engaging & Empowering Employees
Women in Family Business Peer Group
May 9, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 276
– Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Procrastination and the 3 C-s
Leadership 2.0 Peer Group
May 10, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Integrated Leadership Systems
501 W. Schrock Rd.
Suite 200
Westerville, OH 43081
*RSVP required
Next Generation Leaders Peer Group
May 10, 2017
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
O’Brien & Associates
47 W. 3rd Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
Topic: Accountability & fairness in the family business
*Enrollment closed for 2017. Please contact Amy Dotts to be added to the 2018 roster.
Succession Planning 1.0 Peer Group
May 11, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Conflicts of Interest
Sponsored by Graystone Consulting
CEO Peer Group – East
May 11, 2017
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location TBD
*RSVP required

Member Events

First Merchants Bank

You are invited to join us for the 
8th annual Recycle-O-Rama event happening Friday, April 21.
Need to do some spring cleaning? 
Don’t throw anything away, you can recycle and donate it today! 
Join us on Friday, April 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at our Olentangy location (3650 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43214) to donate or recycle your used goods. Afterwards, grab lunch from a local Columbus food truck that will be parked out in front of our building!
The Golf Car Company 
invites you to their
Golf Car Store grand opening!
April 21 – 10-6
April 22 – 10-2
* Lunch and learn with service techs
* Test drive 2017 inventory
* Learn about street legal carts
* View custom cars
and more!
8568 Industrial Parkway
Plain City, OH 43064

Come to the Earth Day Electronics Recycling Drive at IBS! 
Friday, April 21 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Simply drive up to the IBS offices at 950 Michigan Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, and drop off your old, outdated, broken, and unwanted electronics, including:
  • Nearly anything with a cord — computers, laptops, flat-screen monitors, keyboards, printers, fax machines, desk and mobile phones, servers, VCRs, DVD players, gaming systems, stereos, video equipment, medical equipment, computer power supplies.
  • Related items like cables, cords, ink cartridges, lithium-ion batteries.
    All of the above are free to recycle!
  • Fees are charged only for CRT monitors ($15), large office copiers (over 100 pounds, $35), and projection or tube TVs ($2/inch screen size).
We’re happy to welcome Royal Document Destruction to our recycling event this year. Individuals can bring up to 5 boxes of paper for professional, guaranteed record destruction.
After dropping off your electronics and paper, stay for lunch! From 11 am to 2 pm, you can buy delicious tacos and burritos from Cuco’s Taco Truck.

Annual Money Matters Free Financial Summit

June 22 – Three tracts: 9 – 9:50; 10-10:50; 11 – 11:50
Our very own Steve Harmon, Managing Director of Spartan Logistics, will be presenting “So you wan to start a business? Entrepreneurship 101”.
Violet Baptist Church
8345 Blacklick-Eastern Rd. NW
Pickerington, OH 43147
Free! Please 

Member News


Leader helps IGS continue to serve energy needs of customers 

The Columbus Dispatch
Scott White said starting IGS from scratch has helped his company stay in touch with the needs of growing businesses. [Rob Hardin/Columbus CEO].

Sale of Schmidt’s cream puffs to aid St. Mary church repairs

The Columbus Dispatch
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White Castle is deemed to be the first fast food chain restaurant in the United States 

Vintage News
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Stolly Insurance Group awarded Grange Senior Partner designation 

Lima Ohio
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It’s that time of year: Velvet Ice Cream is ready for visitors

Columbus Business First
Rising demand (and probably some rising temperatures) has prompted Velvet Ice Cream’s Ye Olde Mill to open earlier than ever. The Utica-based ice …

The Columbus Dispatch
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Printing business doubles production capacity with $3.5M high-tech press 

Columbus Business First
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Interesting Reading

The Importance of Trusts – Not Boilerplate!

Bea Wolper
Creating a trust is an essential component in your estate planning, but boilerplate trusts can often derail or negate the personal goals of your trust. Boilerplate trusts use form language and lack individual thought. They are not personal to you…

The Importance of Reviewing Your Company’s Buy-Sell Agreements

Holbrook & Manter CPAs
If you own a business and follow professional advice, you’ve likely established a buy-sell agreement in case you or a co-owner voluntarily or involuntarily ….

How an Advisory Board Can Help Your Family-Owned Business 

Family-owned businesses often form advisory boards as a source of guidance. Advisory boards differ from the board of directors discussed in this prior …

How Family Businesses Can Set Work/Family Boundaries

If you and your family are in a family business, setting work-related boundaries is as important as putting a fence around a swimming pool. Without …

Four Solutions To Taking Control Of Your Family Business 

In business, few things can be as stressful as running a company that’s staffed and managed by a mix of family and non-family employees.

Debunking Myths About Mom and Pop Shops (INFOGRAPHIC) 

Small Business Trends
In reality, a larger number of women lead family businesses compared to non-family companies. In fact, 24 percent of family-ran businesses have a …

Business Owners Need to View Their Succession Planning as Their Legacy

Black Enterprise
However, there is a disconnect between the 88% of business owners (according to the Family Business Institute) who believe that they will be able to …

Most small businesses lack disaster-recovery plan, survey finds 

Columbus Dispatch
Business-interruption insurance kept Burton Metal Finishing Inc. & Powder Coating in business after a fire in 2013, said Scott Burton, vice president of …

Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road,  
Columbus, OH 43219


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