Monthly Message - January 2017 - Conway Center for Family Business

Monthly Message – January 2017


Bringing Millennials into Leadership Roles

January 19, 2017 – 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Alumni Hall at Ohio Dominican University
1215 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, OH 43219

Michael Devine from 
Devine Consulting 
will facilitate a panel discussion with family business members to answer your questions on how to best develop, promote, and retain Millennials in the family business.

Elizabeth Blount McCormick and her mother, and company founder, Elsie Blount from 
UNIGLOBE Travel Designers will be joined on the panel by Alison Marker from 
Thomas &  Marker Construction and Thor Hess from
Southeastern Equipment Co. 
Topics covered include:
  • Who do you think Millennials are and why do you think they are the way they are? 
  • What are the best and worst leadership characteristics of Millennials in your company?
  • What are some of your experiences with promoting and developing Millennials in your company?
  • What are things that every family business owner should understand about developing and transitioning power to millennial family members?
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!
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


We are putting together an amazing panel of family business leaders who are committed and engaged to their local communities and Columbus. Tiffiney Hatem from the 
Catholic Foundation
will facilitate a panel discussion on how to get involved and best practices for creating a culture of engagement in your family business.
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.

Directors’ Insight 


For most people, the transition from one year to the next brings up a lot of questions: Did I accomplish my goals last year? What do I want to achieve in the New Year? What’s next for me and my family? What tools or resources do I need to take me and my business to the next level?
Fortunately, many of the resources you need are readily available to family businesses at the Conway Center. Your membership gives you and your employees access to nine educational programs each year ranging from onboarding millennials to community engagement to dealing with entitlement issues and more!
It also provides you and your staff with opportunities to build relationships and learn from other family business peers by attending our peer groups. We encourage you to try out a new peer group this year or share this opportunity with your staff. It’s a great way to build new relationships while acquiring new skills and knowledge…and a wonderful way to start the New Year!

Dick and Jill

Adverse Weather Plan
If we ever must cancel an educational program due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, we will notify the media sources listed below and send an e-mail to all our members. For peer group cancellations, we will notify individuals who have registered and everyone on that peer group distribution list. In addition, all cancellations will be noted on our website calendar. Also, if Ohio Dominican University cancels classes for any reason, we, too, will cancel.
If you ever wake up and are uncertain whether we will be meeting, please check your email, or turn on your radio or television, and listen for our announcement before you head out the door. If there’s no announcement or no e-mail from us in your inbox, that means we’re waiting for you to join us!
Radio Stations: Sunny 95, 610 WTVN, WNCI 97.9, WOSU 89.7 FM, 97.1 FM.
Television Stations: 4, 6 & 10

Member Events

Join us for a Webinar! 
How to Prepare for the Next Three Years

Join Forbes analyst and contributor Bill Millar along with Key Private Bank Chief Investment Strategist Bruce McCain, and a panel of KeyBanc experts as they lay out their vision for what the next three years may bring when it comes to public policy, the economy, and your business.

Get a clearer picture of the economic landscape ahead as we explore topics including:
  • The impact of Brexit and the Trump victory
  • Tax implications, deregulation and NAFTA
  • The real estate, development and commodity landscape
  • Growth sectors
Mark your calendar for this important webinar.
Date: January 19, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM (EST)

We look forward to having you join us. 


Jason J. Muhme
Relationship Manager

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
January 17, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Trust
Next Generation Leaders Peer Group
CEO Peer Group – East * Note date change*
January 19, 2017
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Westies Gastropub – Private Dining Room
940 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43206
*RSVP required
Finances for Family Business Peer Group
January 25, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Revisit your Business Plan. Perhaps you simply need to update your existing plan or 2017 will be your year for a new plan altogether.  Experts from Holbrook & Manter will provide guidance and best practices information on this topic while also touching on the importance of partnering with those that can help you implement your plan including advisory boards. 
Sponsored by Holbrook & Manter
Business Development Peer Group
January 26, 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
January 26, 2017
3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Reitter Stucco & Supply
1100 King Ave.
Columbus, OH 43212-2262
*RSVP required
Leadership 2.0 Peer Group *Note DATE change
February 1, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Integrated Leadership Systems
501 W. Schrock Rd.
Suite 200
Westerville, OH 43081
*RSVP required

Welcome New Member
Double-Z Construction Company

Dave Guzzo, Vince Guzzo, Larry Lyons, Justin Guzzo, Jared Guzzo, Mike Guzzo, Jeremy Lyons, Debbie Guzzo
2550 Harrison Rd., Columbus, OH 43204
(614) 274-2700

Double Z Construction started business in 2001. Dave Guzzo split off from his family’s business and started Double Z Construction Company. Over the next couple of years his  wife Debbie (office administrator) brother Vince (vice president) and cousin Larry Lyons(executive vice president) joined the business. They also  grew up working for the same family business. There are four second generation family members also in management positions in the business.  Dave’s 2 sons, Justin and Jared, as well as his nephew, Mike Guzzo, and Larry’s son, Jeremy Lyons. Double Z Construction is an heavy highway construction contractor engaged in all types of work including, underground utilities, road and street construction, bridge construction, and site development. There primary market is in the public sector in the state of Ohio.
Special thank you to Bea Wolper, of Emens & Wolper Law Firm, for referring Double-Z Construction Company to the Conway Center for Family Business!

Welcome New Member

The Tarrier Steel Company 
Todd Tarrier, Ben Tarrier, Andrew Tarrier 
1379 South 22nd Street, Columbus, OH 43206 
(614) 444-4000 

The Tarrier Steel Company, producer of structural steel fabrication, was founded in 1919 by Fred Tarrier, who passed it down to his son Kent Tarrier.  Kent’s son, Todd Tarrier, is now the president of Tarrier Steel and the current owner.  Todd’s sons, Ben and Andrew, are both involved with the business. Ben is the vice president and works in estimating and sales, and Andrew is a project manager.  Ben and Andrew are also learning other aspects of the business such as purchasing, financial management, maintaining certifications, safety, leadership, and marketing.  Tarrier Steel has one location in Columbus with 47 total employees. 

Special thank you to David Jarvis, of Jendco Safety Supply, for referring The Tarrier Steel Company to the Conway Center for Family Business!

Member News


Eater Vegas
The second Las Vegas outpost of White Castle has made quick progress in preparing for a downtown debut in 2017. A local phenomena when they …
Sidney Daily News
Keystone Brand Meats is a meat processing facility that produces “Heat & Serve” beef, chicken, pork, all-white meat turkey and broth. The “chunk-style” …

Columbus Dispatch
A German immigrant arrived in Columbus in the 1920s with little more than a knack for cutting stone. 
Linus Modlich went on to start a business making headstones. He taught the trade to his sons…

Yahoo Finance
MPW Industrial Services, Inc., a leading provider of industrial cleaning, water purification, facility management and environmental management …


The Newark Advocate
GRANVILLE – IGS Energy will present a $1,000 check to Granville High School during the basketball game Thursday as the Blue Aces take on the …
The Newark Advocate

HEATH – Chad Gummer has known what he wanted to do since he was a kid: work at his family business. “You grow up pushing a broom to driving a …

Interesting Reading  


Columbus CEO article written by Bea Wolper

Setting aside politics and conflicts, the process of quickly transferring President-elect Trump’s interests to his children will be difficult at best… 
Rea & Associates
Are you still looking for the perfect New Year’s resolution? What about challenging yourself with one that could put you financially on top? Read on for 15 ways you can start your year off on the right foot…  

Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net
Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, … Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on …

Holbrook & Manter
One of the most frequent calls we receive is from service organizations that have come to the realization that they need a SOC report to satisfy an important client.    Understanding what to expect …

If you sell your family-owned business to a private equity buyer, the buyer will most likely pay a portion of the purchase price with equity in the buyer’s …
You can get wrapped up in a lot of emotion when family is involved, says … Coastal Pet Products Inc. is a family-owned and operated business that …


Business Review USA
I was always interested in the family business. Throughout my life, I saw the ways local manufacturing benefited both the people who worked there …

The younger Trumps have been instrumental in the family’s licensing business, where they trade use of their name to property developers and …

Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road,  
Columbus, OH 43219


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