Monthly Message - February 2017 - Conway Center for Family Business

Monthly Message – February 2017


Legacy: The Importance of Community Engagement

February 16, 2017 – 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Alumni Hall at Ohio Dominican University
1215 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, OH 43219


Join us for an informative and important panel discussion on giving back and paying it forward. Hear from Conway Center members on best practices and learn from their experiences with giving and empowering their employees in community engagement efforts.

Facilitated by Tiffiney Hatem of 
The Catholic Foundation
, panelists include: 

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!  
Sponsored by: 

How to Save and Transfer Wealth for Generations
March 16, 2017 – 7:30-9:00 a.m.
*White Castle Training Center*
555 West Goodale St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Join us for a panel discussion on tips and tricks for saving wealth through transactional relationships and how to transfer it to next gens. Led by Joyce Waters of
Johnson Investment Counsel
, this session will provide many tangible take-aways to help you hold on to your hard-earned cash!
*Please note that we will be meeting at the White Castle Training Center in March!* 

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.

Directors’ Insight 


We are amping up our social media presence and invite you to join us in cyber space! If you haven’t already, please follow us on
, and
. Engaged members – on-line and in our monthly programs – help create a more robust and valuable environment for learning and idea exchange. Peer-to-peer interaction among family business leaders and employees is what makes the Conway Center unique. You are not alone, and chances are someone else has tackled the unique family business issues you are facing now. Get involved – share your voice – we love hearing and learning from you!
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those family business and service provider members who contributed voluntary dues with their annual membership fees. THANK YOU!

Graystone Consulting*
Heiberger Paving
Strait & Lamp Lumber Company, Inc.
Highlights for Children
Park National Bank*
Reitter Stucco & Supply
Lindsay Honda/Acura
Ricart Automotive
Advance Sign Group
Champion Real Estate Services
Crestview Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Services
G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers, Inc.
Hamilton Safe Products Co., Inc.
Komar Industries  Inc
O’Brien & Associates, Inc.
The Smoot Corporation 
Velvet Ice Cream
Buckeye Boxes
F & W Properties
MAC Construction Inc
Suburban Steel Supply Company, LLC
The Columbus Coal & Lime Co.
Corporate Interior Concepts
Martin Painting & Coating Co.
Safex Inc.
Diehl-Whittaker Funeral Service
Dublin Building Systems
Harrop Industries, Inc. 
Interior Supply, Inc.
Kellerman Consulting 
Mid-State Bolt & Nut Co., Inc.
Ohio Power Tool
Overmyer Hall Associates
Sound Communications, Inc.
Gompf Funeral and Cremation Service
ABC Home Services
Command Heating, Inc.
Hollywood Imprints
Hyzdu Wealth Management
Mid Ohio Strategic Technologies
Oakland Nursery  Inc
Outreach Promotional Solutions
Regal Beverage Concepts, Inc.
Ver-Mac Industries  Inc
ms consultants

*Service Providers


Dick and Jill

Dick Emens sent the following message to our LinkedIn group and would like to extend the offer here as well:

Would you like to receive it at half-price?
Don’t know how many of you have read NY Times writer Tom Friedman’s new book, but Bea and I think it contains some valuable information.  We were fortunate enough to hear Tom speak recently–and he said basically what he says (in more words) in the book.
His basic message is one of optimism, which in these turbulent, unsettling (you put whatever adjective you want) times, is refreshing!
If you would like to obtain a copy of the book at half price, we’ve made arrangements for members of the Conway Center for Family Business to do just that. 
You can email Heather at the Conway Center to learn how to get the
book at


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 

Women’s Peer Group
February 14, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 260
– Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: The Five Questions to Bring Happiness/Success
Succession Planning 2.0 Peer Group
February 15, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Room 276 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: How Do You Start the Conversation?

*Baby steps to transition to the Next Gen

Sponsored by S&G Financial
Leadership Development Peer Group
February 21, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Mindful Leadership
Business Development Peer Group
February 23, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
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
February 23, 2017
3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Artina Promotional Products
50 South Liberty Street
Suite 250
Powell, OH 43065
*RSVP required
Human Resources Peer Group
March 7, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Reitter Stucco & Supply
1100 King Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212-2262
Topic: DISC Assessment – learn skills to advance your family owned business by understanding dynamics that influence communication and positive relationships.
Leadership 2.0 Peer Group
March 8, 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
March 8, 2017
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
O’Brien & Associates
47 W. 3rd Avenue, Columbus, 43201
*Enrollment closed for 2017. Please contact Amy Dotts to be added to the 2018 roster.
Succession Planning Peer Group
March 9, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Succession of Values and Knowledge
How does the company express values? Congruent with predecessor? Relate to principles? Keeping the history; skills & know-how; planning educational programs; Family Mission Statement; celebration of family legacy.
Sponsored by Graystone Consulting
CEO Peer Group – East
March 9, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location TBD
*RSVP required

Member Events
Save the Date! 
Integrated Building Systems

Out with the old and in with new electronics this year? Don’t trash your old equipment — recycle it for free at IBS! Drop off old, unwanted, and even broken equipment at our 5th annual Earth Day Electronics Recycling Drive. Phones, keyboards, cords & chargers, computers, ink cartridges, IPad & IPod, gaming systems, laptops, printers/scanners/copiers; stereos, VCR’s…..the list continues.

New this year: Free paper shredding and Cuco’s Taco Truck!
Our recycling partner is Community Computer Alliance
CPI Lunch n Learn – Digital Marketing with RevLocal
Friday, February 24th
11:30 am – 1pm 

Capital-Plus hosts small group working sessions over lunch.  We limit attendance to 10 registrants.  This provides for a comfortable working environment to engage with the specialist, address real issues in your business, and walk away having checked another item off your “to do” list.  

February Speaker:  Grant Millard of RevLocal. 

Grant will provide an update on how the world of digital marketing is changing and what business owners can do to stay relevant, engaged, and drive new business cost effectively.  Bring your laptops and improve your listings. 

Register early to reserve your spot in the group of 10.  
 For a complete list of upcoming CPI lunch n learns, visit


Welcome New Member
4sight Management Solutions
Jodie Bare, Chuck Bare
175 S. 3rd Street, Ste. 170, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 638-7508
4sight Management Solutions was started in 2015 by President Jodie Bare who provides management consulting services for small to mid-sized businesses.  Her husband, Chuck Bare, is the CFO who offers financial analysis, bookkeeping, etc. for the company.  4sight Management is a COO-On-Demand solution provider supplying operational leadership, project management and IT Management services to SMBs.  Located in Columbus, 4sight works with all types of businesses, such as small, private, and family-owned.  The company also provides services in dozens of different industries, including: digital marketing, EDI, software & servcies, architecture, engineering, nanotech, lending, healthcare and more.

Special thank you to Tom Flynn, of FocusCFO, for referring 4sight Management Solutions to the Conway Center for Family Business!

Welcome New Member
Gordon Flesch Company
Tom Flesch, Bill Flesch, Mark Flesch, Patrick Flesch
5655 Venture Drive, Dublin, OH 43017
(614) 789-5700

The Gordon Flesch Company is one of the largest independent providers of office technology solutions in the nation. Family-owned since 1956, the Gordon Flesch Company employs more than 600 people throughout 23 offices in the Midwest. Gordon’s sons Tom, John and Bill are still active within the company, while Mark and Patrick, 3rd generation grandsons, are vice president of sales for the west and east divisions of the company. GFC delivers unique business process expertise to solve challenging problems and help achieve organizational goals. This includes integrating industry-leading software and hardware to build custom solutions that are supported by technical expertise, customer service and flexible, in-house financial services.

Member & Service Provider News


Columbus Dispatch
New member, 
in the news!

Columbus Business First
Corp. opened a $3.4 million medical office Monday in Upper Arlington, including expanded neurological rehabilitation therapy and a …
Travel Weekly
The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls in Logan, Ohio, southeast of Columbus, is celebrating its 30th anniversary and is inviting guests with monthly promotions.
Columbus Business First
First Merchants is excited to extend our presence in Columbus; we’re already close neighbors with Arlington Bank! Headquartered in Upper Arlington, Ohio, Arlington Bank is a $305 million organization, serving customers …
The Newark Advocate
A.D. Farrow
operates HarleyDavidson dealerships on Broad Street in … As part of the proposed move to Etna Township, A.D. Farrow intends to close …
Nation’s Restaurant News
Few restaurants endure for 96 years, and few businesses remain in the same family for four generations, but White Castle has managed to do both.
Columbus Business First
When White Castle makes its return to the Short North, it may have a new addition to the menu. The Columbus-based fast feeder has applied for liquor …

Interesting Reading  

Harvard Business Review
What grates on me is that he refuses to accept that the world is very different from the time when he started the business. If our family business is going …
National Real Estate Investor
For the family-run firms in the real estate industry, a crucial concern centers around ensuring the longevity of the business they’ve spent years building …

The National Law Review
Family owned corporations are subject to the same statutory requirements regarding entity governance as non-family owned businesses. Thus, in …

Herald Palladium
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, family businesses … According to the Family Business Institute, only about 30 percent survive …

People Matters
With the industrial landscape becoming competitive more than ever, the aspect which has taken up a more pivotal role is the trade of talent or the way it is famously called – War for Talent. Another truth which is staring the organizations in their face is that …

Family Business Consulting Group
Living in a civil society requires some sacrifice of individual freedom. In fact, much of the debate between U.S. political parties, which has become even more polarized in recent years…

Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road,  
Columbus, OH 43219


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