Monthly Message — August 2014
Family Business Tour and Networking Event
August 14 – 4:00-6:30 p.m.
4140 Lockbourne Rd, Columbus, 43207
Get a behind the scenes look at one of the hottest industries in town while you spend time networking with family business peers. To make things even more fun, this open-house-style event will include a bourbon tasting table, corn-hole tournament, warehouse tours, and door prizes!
Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about logistics from industry leader Spartan Logistics, a highly successful second-generation family business that works with manufacturers to solve their industrial real estate needs through outsourced warehousing operations and managing complex supply chains for food, beverage and packaging distribution.
The event is open to Conway Center members AND all family business leaders in Central Ohio so be sure to invite any family business representatives that you know!
This event is free but requires an RSVP to Heather Howell at Admin@FamilyBusinessCenter.com or 614-253-4820 by August 12, 2014.
Next Gen Mixer
August 20 – 5:00-7:00 p.m.
955 W. 5th Ave., Columbus, 43212
If you’re an up and coming next gen leader in your family business, we’ve got a great opportunity for you to meet up with your Central Ohio peers! Join us at Bar 145 in Grandview to chat, drink, and compare notes on your family businesses in a fun, casual environment! First drink is on us – after that, you’re on your own.
To attend, RSVP to Jill Hofmans at Coordinator@FamilyBusinessCenter.com or 614-253-4820.
The Crane Group
A Family Business
September 18 – 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Community Room in Alumni Hall
Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219
The Crane story began in the 1920s, when Robert S. Crane built a thriving business based on designing and producing unique products like the grand chandelier in the ceiling of the Ohio Theater in Columbus. When the Great Depression put an end to his lighting fixture business, he lost nearly everything – except his work ethic, his optimism, and the support of his wife and children. Over the next difficult decade, he filled a variety of jobs and eventually created Taytec Corporation in 1947, a modest plastics manufacturing company that would become the Crane Group.
Today the Crane Group is a private holding and management company whose holdings comprise a network of local, regional, and global companies in both manufacturing and the building trades. Their products and services are known for being innovative, high quality, and backed by some of the strongest warranties in the industries we serve.
During this program, fourth generation members Brian Westwater and Dan Crane, both Financial Directors at Crane Group, will share the company’s history, values, and passion, and how they’re reflected every day in the current generation of leadership and the company’s associates. They’ll also discuss how they’ve established and continue the enduring relationships they’ve built with customers, distributors, and suppliers and the committed philanthropic role they play in Central Ohio.
RSVP to Heather Howell at Admin@FamilyBusinessCenter.com 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.
ODU’s Family Business Class
Free for Conway Center Members!
Building, Operating, and Passing on a Family Business will be offered by Ohio Dominican University this fall and Conway Center members are invited to audit the class at no charge. Conway Center co-founders Dick Emens and Bea Wolper will teach the 8 week course which takes place on Thursday nights from 6:00-9:30 p.m. starting on October 16 and concluding on December 11. The class will focus on issues related to the developmental life cycle of the family business. Given that the vast majority of active (large and small) businesses are family businesses, this course examines critical success factors related to growth, success and succession. Additional topics covered include managing family dynamics in the context of the business, managing family member entrance and exit to the business, and selling or passing on the business.
Contact Associate Director Deana Gordon, Gordon@FamilyBusinessCenter.com or 614-253-4820 by October 1 to register.
Save the Date!
16th Annual Family Business Awards and Expo
Aladdin Shrine Center
3850 Stelzer Road, Columbus, 43219
Expo: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Sponsored by: Business First, Commerce National Bank, Definity Partners, Fathom, Gryphon Financial Partners, Rider + Reinke Financial Group, and Taft/
Mark your calendar now for the 16th Annual Family Business Awards Program on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Aladdin Shrine Center. This event celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding family businesses within our community by honoring family businesses with awards in the following categories: Community Engagement, Communication, Family Business of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Milestone Achievement, Re-Invention, Succession Planning, and Support of a Family Business.
Awards Applications – Due August 22!
Did you receive a nomination for an award this year? If so, be sure to send in your application by 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2014. Applications may be mailed to: Deana Gordon, Conway Center for Family Business, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH 43219 or delivered to our office at 1348 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH 43219.
Family Business Expo
Don’t miss this outstanding business development opportunity only available to Conway Center Family Business and Service Provider members! The Expo is a great way to showcase your business, products or services to more than 400 family business leaders and advisers who will attend the Awards Program.
Please RSVP for the Expo by September 12, 2014 in order to guarantee your space. Contact Jill Hofmans at Coordinator@FamilyBusinessCenter.com or 614-253-4820 for more information.
The Conway Center’s first annual golf scramble at Little Turtle Golf Club was a great success! More than 100 golfers and Conway Center members enjoyed a fun day making new connections on the golf course and at the cocktail hour and silent auction that followed!
Thank you to our sponsors: Founder Level – Carmen’s Vacuum Sales & Service, Emens & Wolper Law Firm, Gryphon Financial Partners, Rider + Reinke Financial Group, and Spirit Services; Next Gen Level – Capitol Citicom, Dinsmore & Shohl, Kimball Midwest, Park National Bank; Beverage Sponsor: GREENCREST; Hole sponsors: GBQ Partners, Interior Supply, Lincoln Construction, Mckee Door Sales, Sequent, Sound Communications, and Spartan Logistics; and Velvet Ice Cream for providing treats for players at the turn. And special thanks to our golf committee – Karen Hockstad of Dinsmore & Shohl, Jerry Bordner of Laser Reproductions, and Steve Harmon of Spartan Logistics – and our volunteers, Jim Bishop from the Bishop Group at Morgan Stanley and Kim Gongwer of Proforma Graphic Solutions 2.
We appreciate all of your support and look forward to hosting this event again next year.
Dick and Deana
Leadership Peer Group
New – Starts in September!
The Leadership Development Peer Group, led by Morgan Hembree, Psy.D., MBA, BCB, of Integrated Leadership Systems, will help participants explore their leadership skills and provide new ways of looking at coaching and team building. This is a great opportunity for up-and-coming family business leaders as well as current managers who wish to re-evaluate their approach to staff development and mentoring. Topics will include authentic communication, culture creation, building trust, and problem solving skills. The group will meet the third Tuesday of each month from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Griffin Center at Ohio Dominican University starting on September 16.
Sign up today by contacting Jill Hofmans at Coordinator@FamilyBusinessCenter.com or 614-253-4820!
Succession Planning Peer Group
Now Forming for Fall!
The Succession Planning Peer Group will reconvene on September 11 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at Ohio Dominican University and we are looking for new members to join us! The first meeting will include a discussion on why succession planning is important and determining the right time line for starting your succession plan. Be prepared for questions and commentary that will have you thinking about the current state of your family business and its future. Most importantly, during the first session we want to learn what you hope to get out of this peer group. This group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the Griffin Student Center at Ohio Dominican University. Interested in joining the group or learning more about it? Contact Jill Hofmans at Coordinator@FamilyBusinessCenter.com or 614-253-4820.
Conway Center Peer Groups
To sign up for any of our peer group meetings or to learn more about peer group opportunities contact Executive Coordinator, Jill Hofmans, at Coordinator@FamilyBusinessCenter.com or visit www.FamilyBusinessCenter.com for a full schedule of Peer Group programs.
CEO Peer Group
September 11, 2014
Online Strategy Peer Group
Women in Family Business Peer Group
Next Generation Leaders Peer Group
Succession Planning Peer Group
Business Development Peer Group
Conway Center Blog – Coming Soon!
The Conway Center is adding a blog to our website! We would like content to come from our Family Business and Service Provider members on topics of interest to family owned businesses. This is not a place for promoting your business, but for showcasing your thought leadership on issues that excite and inspire family-owned business owners and employees. Hot topics right now are successes and challenges in: succession planning, creating and running advisory boards, leadership development, social media strategies, and philanthropy. We would love to hear from you on these – or any other – topics as they relate to family businesses.
Keep in mind:
If you have something to share, in 300-500 words, please contact Jill Hofmans at Coordinator@FamilyBusinessCenter.com.
Are you a proud member of the Conway Center?
We are very proud to have you as a Conway Center member and happy to include your business and a link to your website in the Business Directory at www.FamilyBusinessCenter.com. Now you can share your Conway Center affiliation with your customers and associates with a special “Proud Member of the Conway Center for Family Business” logo that is perfect for posting on your website or including on your business cards. To request a logo, just contact Deana Gordon at Gordon@FamilyBusinessCenter.com. To see a great example of how our logo can be used on your website, check out Rider + Reinke’s new site here!
Leveraging Technology to Achieve Business Success
Conway Center Service Provider Definity Partners has pulled together a panel of manufacturing leaders who will discuss their company’s challenges, growing pains, solutions and outcomes they have experienced as a result of customizing, integrating and optimizing new technology. Representatives from these three mid-sized manufacturing facilities took a holistic approach to process improvement by optimizing and upgrading their technology to deliver accurate and timely reports, track and manage workflow processes, and optimize and integrate new ERP systems. The event takes place on August 13, 2014, from 8:00-10:00 a.m.at the Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215. Seating is limited so RSVP today here.
Project Management Boot Camp
ODU will launch Central Ohio’s only university-led Project Management Boot Camp on Sept. 30. Classes will be held once a week from 6-10 p.m. The nine-week boot camp will be offered on four separate occasions during the year and prepares students to take both the Project Management Professional and Certified Associate in Project Management Certification exams. For more information on the boot camp, visit www.ohiodominican.edu/PMP.
Welcome New Members
Sims Brothers Recycling
Sims Brothers Recycling, started in 1938 by Donald Sims, grew from a simple scrap metal peddling operation to a multi-faceted recycling/processing management company. With over 160 employees, six of which are family members, Sims Brothers Recycling has four locations throughout Central Ohio, including Marion, Delaware, Columbus, and Bellefontaine. Sims Brothers is currently owned and operated by Donald’s son Gary Sims, President, and Gary’s sons-in-law: Scott Knowles, CEO/General Counsel, and Nick Van Meter, Maintenance Manager. Gary’s daughters, Chelsea Sims Van Meter and Casey Sims Knowles, assist with human resources and handle benefits. Third-generation family member, Andy Horne, is the company’s Scale Master. Sims Brothers Recycling buys, transports, processes, brokers, and sells all types of recyclable products – processing over 550 million pounds of material every year.
Thomas & Marker Construction Co.
Founded in 1956, Thomas & Marker is a full-service construction company with offices in both Columbus and Bellefontaine, Ohio. Thomas & Marker Construction Company has a total of 115 employees, five of which are family members. Third-generation members Alison Marker, Craig Marker, and Kirk Marker help manage the business alongside second-generation members Randall Marker, President, and Patrick Ellis, Executive Vice President. Thomas Marker is committed to providing quality construction services, including design/build, construction management, and constructor or consultation services in both pre-construction and construction phases. Their Quality Management System (QMS)– made up of 42 key procedures — ensures continuous improvements based on client feedback and internal audits.
Your Biz Tank
Your Biz Tank was founded in 2012 by 3 licensed real estate agents right here in Central Ohio. Alexandra Krause, along with her mother Anita Graves and aunt Caroline Shroyer help real estate pros navigate through the online marketing work by helping them discover, create, execute and analyze an effective marketing strategy for their business. Their passion is to help agents discover what they actually need to reach their business goals — whether that is coaching, training, classes, or hiring one of their experienced virtual assistants. The three co-founders have experience in different parts of the real estate industry including owning and managing brokerages, training agents, franchise development, and tech savvy training.
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Membership in the Conway Center for Family Business is open to all family businesses in Central Ohio.
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