Monthly Message - August 2016 - Conway Center for Family Business

Monthly Message – August 2016


MONTHLY MESSAGE  – August 2016

Ricart Automotive: A Family Business Success Story
September 15 – 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Alumni Hall at Ohio Dominican University
1215 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, OH 43219
Three generations of the Ricart family will discuss the successes, opportunities, and challenges they face as one of Central Ohio’s most successful family- owned businesses. This event is being moderated by Jim Hern, the Ricart family historian and advertising director, who is sure to ask some interesting and engaging questions. Don’t miss it!
Sponsored by:  
RSVP to Heather Howell 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.

Save the date!

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: How do you Gain it as a New Family Business Leader?
October 20 – 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Alumni Hall at Ohio Dominican University

1215 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, OH 43219

Conway Center board member and organizational psychologist, Thaddeus O’Brien, will lead an informative panel discussion with family business leaders about best practices for getting and giving respect as a next gen leader. 

Thaddeus is a valuable Conway Center resource who serves on our Advisory Board. He also facilitates the Next Generation Leaders Peer Group and co-facilitates our Succession Planning Peer Groups.

Sign up today!
RSVP to Heather Howell 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.

Directors’ Insight

Summer is coming to a close which means back to school for many, and back to our regularly scheduled programming! If you haven’t already, please complete the 2017 Program Survey sent to you earlier this month. We always strive to create relevant and meaningful programming and can’t do it without your input.
We hope you’ll take time to review our upcoming programs and events, and attend as many as you can. We value our members and know that our programs are strong and vibrant because of our engaged membership.  There are many opportunities to participate – click
for a full list. Remember, any employee of your family business is welcome to attend our peer groups and educational programs – they are not limited to family members.
It’s been fun seeing many of you at our summer events – especially the Golf Outing, and the 13th Annual Family Business Tour and Networking Event that Highlights for Children hosted for us last week. We look forward to seeing more of you as we all get “back to school”!
Dick & Jill

18th Annual Family Business Awards and Family Business Expo
Monday, November 7, 2016
Hilton Columbus at Easton
Easton Town Center
3900 Chagrin Drive, Columbus, 43219
Expo: 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Luncheon: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by:
Business First, Fathom, First Merchants Bank, Gryphon Financial Partners, Taft/, and White Castle

Awards Luncheon
Mark your calendar now for the 18
th Annual Family Business Awards Program on Monday, November 7, 2016. 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, Legacy, Lifetime Achievement, Milestone Achievement, Re-Invention, Succession Planning, and Support of Family Business. 
Individual tickets:   $60 for members, $80 for non-members
Tables for 10:          $425 for members, $625 for non-members

RSVP by October 28, 2016, to Heather Howell at  or 614-253-4820.

Awards Applications – Due August 22!
If you receive a nomination for an award this year, be sure to complete your application by 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2016.

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 600 family business leaders and advisors who will attend the Awards Program. 
  • Expo display tables may be reserved for just $275 prior to September 23, 2016 (Tables will cost $375 after that date)
  • Expo table reservations include two Awards Luncheon tickets
  • Expo will sell out this year so register now

New this year,
register online
! Also, we’ll have an Expo Directory and participating companies will be acknowledged in our Winter Communicator, a publication of the Conway Center that is mailed to over 6,000 family business and community leaders.

Contact Amy Dotts, Event Coordinator, at for more information.

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 our
website for a full schedule of Peer Group programs.

CEO Peer Group – West
August 25, 2016
3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Reitter Construction & Supply
1100 King Ave
Columbus, OH 43212
*RSVP required
CEO Peer Group – East
September 8, 2016
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location TBD
*RSVP required
Leadership 2.0
September 14, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Integrated Leadership Systems
501 W. Schrock Rd.
Suite 200
Westerville, OH 43081
*RSVP required
Women in Family Business Peer Group *Note date change*
September 19, 2016
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Exit Strategies from Both Sides 

Member Events
The Driscoll Learning Professional Sales Development program helps sales people focus in on what is most important.  The curriculum was created for the fast-paced sales professional to improve opening rates (it’s not about closing), develop a successful sales belief system, learn sales skills best practices, and network with other sales professionals from around the region.
The 90-Day Program and Learning Objectives
Build a Solid Sales Belief System
  • Are our beliefs serving us well?
  • Power of Positioning – How do we see ourselves in the marketplace?
Sales Process* – Constructing your formula for success?
*Note: Some folks make it more complicated than this.
  • Initiate – Building an effective prospecting formula.
  • Engage – Mastering face-to-face sales opportunities.
  • Follow-up – Are we following up with style?
Sales Coaching – The best in the world at anything have a coach. Should we? 

The next program gets started on August 24, 2016.  Contact Bryan Driscoll at 614-370-8400 or
for details.
Starting the Conversation: An Evening with the WSBA

The Conway Center is a partner organization on this event as a member of
WCCO (Women’s Council of Central Ohio).

Thursday, October 27, 2016

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. r
egistration, networking, & cash bar
6:30 p.m.
 dinner & fundraiser

The Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel
50 N 3rd Street
Columbus, OH 43215 


Where Did All My Employees Go? Dealing with ADA, FMLA and other “Leave” Laws
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Registration: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Seminar: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

C&A Benefits Group and Business Services

6135 Memorial Drive, Suite 103
Dublin, Ohio 43017

Creative Retirement Planning: Tax Qualified Plan Alternatives
September 8, 2016
5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Catholic Foundation

257 E. Broad Street   
Columbus, OH  43215    

Welcome New Members

Farhat Services Company 
John Farhat, Christopher Farhat, Victoria Farhat, Adrian Farhat, Gracie Farhat
615 Hilliard Rome Rd., Columbus, OH 43228
(614) 675-4600

Farhat Services Company is an outgrowth of The Technology Group started in 1997 by John Farhat and his then wife Cayetana. In 2015, FSCIX (pronounced F6) was started to provide strategic technology services for smaller and mid-sized businesses. In 2016, John’s son, Christopher Farhat, took on a leadership role in sales and marketing of the company’s Loquantur communication brand.  John’s other children, Victoria and Adrian Farhat, help part-time on various projects.  And finally, we have Gracie, who is 10 years old.  She is the most senior staff member in her official role as Executive Vice President of Good Cheer.

Alyfe Wellbeing Strategies 

Kay Lakhi, Priya Lakhi, Ashwin Lakhi, Marla Morland, Christina Bernier, Nancy Curry

171 Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, OH 43035

(614) 310-2621


Founded in 2005, Alyfe Wellbeing Strategies started as a community-based resource for nutrition and physical fitness.  Since then, Alyfe has expanded to help organizations develop an integrated workplace wellbeing program to increase productivity, reduce insurance costs, and create a thriving work environment.  Kay Lakhi is the company founder and CEO.  Priya Lakhi is her daughter and chief operating officer.  Ashwin Lakhi, her son, is the senior manager of IT.   Marla Morland is director of business development, and Christina Bernier and Nancy Curry are senior managers in client services.  Alyfe Wellbeing Strategies is leading the industry as it supports employers, health plan providers, brokers, municipalities, schools, and federal agencies nationwide.


Columbus Dispatch
COLUMBUS – ODW Logistics, a warehousing and transportation company that already employs about 525 workers in central Ohio, will add nearly 40 …

Water Online
Columbus, OH /PRNewswire/ – MPW Industrial Services introduced the industry’s first combination ultrafiltration-reverse osmosis mobile trailer at the …
Holbrook & Manter, CPAs Professional Services Firm

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The Newark Advocate
This season we’ve developed some fun ways for our guests to experience Ye Olde Mill and our pride and joy, Velvet Ice Cream. Initially created for …
The Newark Advocate
NEWARK – The Catholic Foundation has awarded more than $240,000 this year in grants to support Licking County organizations and ministries.
Nashville Post
Officials with Donatos Pizza are looking to add multiple franchised locations in the Nashville area, including in Murfreesboro. In addition, the …

Industry Innovator: Leading from Online

B2B Connect
Getting into the business of distribution wasn’t the plan for Jay Amstutz, even though his parents owned and operated Ohio Power Tool, Columbus, OH. In fact, his parents told him and his siblings that they didn’t want them in the business….

Who’s Who in Building and Construction
It’s not everyday you come across a company whose stated philosophy is value, integrity and morality….

Interesting Reading

NKY Tribune 
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Dating back to 1515, butchers RJ Balson & Son, based in Bridport, Dorset, is Britain’s oldest family run business, selling everything from meat and …

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Family Business Consulting Group
As family business consultants, we often recommend that family owners join peer groups. After families have worked with a consultant…
Rea & Associates
It was 2013 when a medium-sized library in Ohio found itself in the midst of a data breach that would later serve as a …
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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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