Monthly Message - December 2017 - Conway Center for Family Business

Monthly Message – December 2017



Difficult Conversations: 
Dealing with Entitlement Issues

December 21, 2017 – 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Alumni Hall at Ohio Dominican University
1215 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, OH 43219

Don’t miss the last educational program of the year! Join us for a discussion about entitlement issues and how they affect family businesses. Organizational psychologist, Thaddeus O’Brien, will present short case studies and ask our members to come up with solutions and strategies to deal with these touchy and difficult issues. Come prepared to glean insight into best practices on eradicating entitlement from your family business. 

Generously sponsored by: 

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.


Save the Date!
Bringing the Next Generation into the Family Business: 
Who, When, How?

January 18, 2018 – 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Alumni Hall at Ohio Dominican University
1215 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, OH 43219

Directors’ Insight: December
It has been an exciting and busy year for the Conway Center for Family Business and our members!  From stimulating educational programs and peer groups, to fun summer social events, to honoring another outstanding group of deserving family businesses at our annual awards program, our members have had a successful year of growth and education.
2018 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Conway Center. We couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve accomplished and look forward to marking the occasion with you at our 20th Anniversary Celebration and Hall of Fame on May 4th at the Hilton Easton. More details coming soon!
Congratulations on another phenomenal year of family business – we look forward to seeing you at our many programs, peer groups, and events in 2018!

Our best,

Dick & Jill

Survey Says!

We have two active surveys and would appreciate your input. 

Our annual Economic Outlook Survey is for family business leaders.  We benchmark the data for trends among family businesses and use the results to garner media attention to highlight the importance of family businesses to our local and national economies. Your input is very important:

The second survey is for a Round Table discussion on “Married and in Business Together – How to be Your Best in Both Places” being held in February.  As a way of gathering some baseline information, we are asking you to complete a brief survey, even if you are not in business together with your spouse.  This will allow us to have a broader perspective on marriage and business across our membership and enable us to compare responses between groups.  

Your responses are anonymous, and results will be shared as part of the February Round Table.  Thank you in advance for taking a couple of minutes to complete this survey:

Upcoming Conway Center Peer Groups

If you are considering participating in a peer group, would like to 
observe one, or have any questions, contact Amy Dotts, Event Coordinator, at

A full list of programs can be found

Tuesday Dec 19, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 
Room 276 – Griffin Center Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Communicating Authentically

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.  
CMax Advisors
Topic: Managing Conflict
*Enrollment closed. Please contact Amy to be added to the 2018 roster.

Monday Jan 8, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 
Room 276 – Griffin Center Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Personal Development Plan for Family Business
Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  
O’Brien & Associates
Topic: Building personal credibility as a leader in your family business
*Enrollment closed for 2018. Please contact Amy to be added to the 2019 roster.
Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 
Conway Office – Guzman House 
1388 Sunbury Rd., Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Case studies/open discussion 
Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 
Room 276 – Griffin Center Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Role of Insurance – unknown risks regarding ownership of life insurance
Thursday Jan 11, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Kirk Williams Company
2734 Home Road

Grove City, OH 43123-0189
*RSVP required

Welcome New Members!

V.A.T., Inc.

Paul Vellani, Elizabeth Vellani
2047 Leonard Ave.,Columbus, OH 43219
(614) 252-5060

 V.A.T., Inc. was founded in 1981 as a short haul freight carrier in Columbus.  In 1992, they purchased Building Systems Transportation.  In 1992, V.A.T., Inc. launched a school bus business, originally providing service to the local Diocese of Columbus schools.  The company has evolved from a small 5 bus fleet to over 100 vehicles.  They are Central Ohio’s largest student transportation contractor.  Over the last year V.A.T., Inc. has branched out and now serves executive and charter customers with van and charter buses of all sizes.  They were founded by Albert John Vellani who retired in July 2016.  Paul Vellani is now the company President having worked in the business since 2000.  Elizabeth Vellani has been with the company since 2009. 

Special thank you to John Vellani for referring V.A.T., Inc. to the Conway Center for Family Business!

Total Technology Solutions, Inc. 
Al Kharel, Pragya Kharel
6031 East Main St. #164, Columbus, OH 43213
(614) 762-0097

Al Kharel, President and CEO, founded Total Technology Solutions, Inc. in 2000 after a decade long information technology career.  His wife, Pragya, joined in 2007 to assist with marketing and operations.  TTSolutions gradually changed their focus from large print/media clients to helping local small businesses because they wanted to bring their expertise in enterprise technology to small business environments.  They take great pride in helping businesses get to the next level with technology as a strategic tool.  Today, Total Technology Solutions is the “go-to” tech provider for small businesses throughout Central Ohio.

Find out about upcoming member and service provider events and what else is happening in the community of interest to family businesses!

Find out how one of our Service Providers launched their business, why Velvet Ice Cream is passionate about sourcing supplies locally, how the founder of the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls was crazy like a fox, and much more!

J. Richard Emens, Executive Director
Jill Hofmans, Managing Director
Amy Dotts, Events Coordinator
Heather Howell, Administrative Coordinator 
yla Skudder, Publications Director

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