Monthly Message – July 2014 - Conway Center for Family Business

Monthly Message – July 2014


Monthly Message — July 2014



July 22

Little Turtle Golf Club

5400 Little Turtle Way, Westerville, 43081

We have sold all of our player spots but we have some other great opportunities to participate and help the Center!

Attend the After Golf Reception from 3-5 p.m. $35 grants you access to the after-golf networking reception and includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers! Buy a ticket for yourself, your spouse, or one of your employees. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on some great silent auction items provided by our members!

Promote your business by being a sponsor!
1. Sponsor drink tickets for $350, includes signage on one beverage cart and mentions in both the program and announcements.
2. Sponsor a Golf Hole for $200, your logo will be featured on a sign at one hole during the tournament.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Founder Level:
Carmen’s Vacuum Sales & Service
Emens & Wolper Law Firm
Gryphon Financial Partners
Rider + Reinke Financial Group
Spirit Services

Next Gen Level:
Capitol Citicom, Dinsmore & Shohl, Kimball Midwest, Park National Bank

Beverage Sponsor: GREENCREST

Hole sponsors: GBQ Partners, Interior Supply, Kirk Williams Co., Lincoln Construction, McKee Door Sales, Sequent, Spartan Logistics

The Velvet Ice Cream Truck will bring treats for players at the turn – yum!

To be a part of the Conway Center’s golf outing please contact Deana Gordon at or 614-253-4820.

How Can Social Security Contribute to Your Succession and Retirement Plans?

July 16 – 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Ohio Dominican University

Bishop Griffin Student Center

1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219

Presented by The Bishop Group at Morgan Stanley

Whether you are planning your own retirement or starting to think about an exit strategy from your family business (or realize you need to be helping mom and dad), trying to figure out how social security factors into the equation can be challenging and void of common sense.

How much of your retirement can be provided for by Social Security when it’s time? Are there limits based on your income level? What age do you start collecting? If you are divorced, does that play a role? Where does social security fit in with your other financial planning strategies? Get answers to these questions and more during a one hour roundtable discussion led by Jim Bishop, of the Bishop Group at Morgan Stanley. Come hungry, because we will have a great breakfast and plenty of coffee to get your day started right!

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.

Bonus Program!

Handling Health Care Changes – An Update for Family Businesses

July 17

Ohio Dominican University

Alumni Hall – Community Room

1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219

Two sessions — Attend one or both!
8:30-10:00 a.m. for Companies with less than 50 employees
10:30-Noon for Companies with 50+ employees

What’s new with the Affordable Care Act? How will it affect your family business in 2015? What do you need to know now so you can make good health care decisions for your employees this fall? Should you hire more employees or cap your workforce at 49? The ACA typically brings up more questions than answers but we’re going to change that! Scott Rider, of Rider + Reinke Financial Group, and Ed Redder of Findley Davies will share the latest changes and updates in health care to help you make educated decisions for your business.

If you’re not sure which session to attend or find yourself on the bubble between 49 and 50+ employees, plan to attend both sessions to compare your options. You’ll learn how key provisions of the Affordable Care Act come into play based on the size of your business and leave with information that will help you decide whether to grow your workforce this year.

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.

Family Business Tour and Networking Event

August 14 – 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Spartan Logistics

4140 Lockbourne Rd., Columbus, 43207

Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about logistics from industry leader Spartan Logistics, which works with manufacturers to provide outsourced warehousing operations and specializes in food, beverage and packaging distribution. You’ll get a behind the scenes look at one of the hottest industries in town while you spend time networking with family business peers. This event is open to 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 or 614-253-4820 by August 7,2014.

Leadership Lessons:

A Family Business

Success Story

September 18 – 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Community Room in Alumni Hall

Ohio Dominican University

1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219

Fourth generation members Brian Westwater and Dan Crane, of The Crane Group, will share the story of their family’s business. Started in 1947, the company is one of Central Ohio’s most recognizable and respected family businesses. Mark your calendar now for this unique presentation. More details to come in the next issue!

Directors’ Insight

Can you believe we’re already at the halfway point of 2014? That milestone means different things to each of us – year-end, busy season for the outdoor industries, family vacation time, and time to get moving on the goals you set at the beginning of the year! FOR THE CONWAY CENTER, IT MEANS TWO THINGS – TIME TO GET NOMINATIONS TO RECOGNIZE OUTSTANDING FAMILY BUSINESSES (SEE DETAILS BELOW) AND TIME TO START PLANNING THE 2015 CONWAY CENTER SCHEDULE. YES, WE SAID THE 2015 SCHEDULE. AND THAT MEANS WE NEED YOUR INPUT. WHAT PROGRAMS WOULD BENEFIT YOUR FAMILY BUSINESS THE MOST? Do you want more information on advisory boards, succession planning, communication, leadership development, insurance, financial planning or family councils? Another topic? Is there an issue you’ve conquered in 2014 that you would be willing to share with other members? Please email Deana NOW, at, so we can develop the programs you need to grow, develop, and transition your family business!

Dick and Deana

2014 Family Business Awards – Nominations Due July 25!

Does your family business, or one that you know, deserve to be recognized for a significant accomplishment or milestone this year? If so, please let us know so we can recognize their success at the 2014 Family Business Awards Program on November 7.

We are looking for family businesses or individuals that deserve recognition in the following award categories:

  • Communication – recognizes family businesses that have developed tools or strategies for effective communication within their company or with their family members regarding the business;
  • Community Engagement – recognizes family businesses that have made a significant contribution to the Central Ohio community;
  • Lifetime Achievement – recognizes family business leaders who have made a significant contribution to their industry or the Central Ohio business community;
  • Milestone Achievement – recognizes family businesses that have reached a significant milestone during 2014 (longevity, business, or other significant achievement);
  • Re-Invention – recognizes family businesses that have successfully adjusted their business strategy or focus to address a changing business climate or societal demands;
  • Succession Planning/Implementation – recognizes family businesses that have developed or completed a succession plan or transferred leadership;
  • Support of a Family Business – recognizes organizations or individuals that have shown support or demonstrated a commitment to the strength, success or longevity of a family firm.

To nominate a deserving family business, submit your nomination online by clicking here or send the company’s name and contact information, along with the category for the nomination and the reason you are nominating them to Deana Gordon at by July 25th! We’ll send each nominated company an application form and let them know you submitted their name. It’s a great way to recognize a client, customer, or peer for their hard work. Don’t wait; send in your nominations today!

Family Business Scholarships Provide Support for ODU Students

Two scholarships at Ohio Dominican University have been established to support the educational goals of students whose family owns a family business. The Maish Scholarship generously sponsored by Judy and Tom Maish is a merit-based scholarship that is awarded to an Ohio Dominican student whose family has a family business and who may work in that business after graduation. Michaela Liddane, who has worked in her family’s business, Special Kids, Inc., is the third recipient of the scholarship. She was awarded the annually renewable scholarship in 2012 and continues to pursue her education at ODU.

The Conway Endowed Family Business Scholarship Fund has been funded this year and will support and encourage growth and succession of family businesses in Central Ohio. Starting in fall 2015, Ohio Dominican University will award the Conway Scholarship to one first-year student every four years as long as the student meets the requirements of the scholarship. The Conway Scholarship is made possible by a generous gift to ODU from the James Conway Family.

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 or visit for a full schedule of Peer Group programs.

CEO Peer Group
July 10, 2014
3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Gummer Wholesale
1945 James Pkwy., Heath, 43056

HR Peer Group
August 1, 2014
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Community Room in Alumni Hall
Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219
Topic: Filling Your Funnel: Finding and Keeping Qualified Employees

Women in Family Business Peer Group
August 12, 2014
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Griffin Student Center, Room 274
Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219
Topic: Wants/Need Analysis

Business Development Peer Group
No meetings in July or August

Next Generation Leaders Peer Group
No meetings in July or August

Online Strategy Peer Group
No meetings in July or August

Succession Planning Peer Group
No meetings in July or August

Welcome New Members

Baesman Group
Rod Baesman, Tyler Baesman
4477 Reynolds Dr., Hilliard, OH 43026

Started in 1952, the Baesman Group – currently led by brothers, Rod Baesman, CEO, and Tyler Baesman, President- is a nationally-recognized, single-source provider of direct marketing strategies and print solutions. The Baesman Group provides marketing solutions in a variety of areas, such as data analytics, direct mail and email campaigns, and integrated multi-channel execution. A third generation family business, the Baesman Group has offices in both Hilliard and Columbus with over 120 employees. They work with a number of top retailers such as DSW, Victoria’s Secret, and Polo Ralph Lauren.

MAC Construction Inc.
Laurie McEnery, Walter McEnery III, Matthew McEnery, Stephen McEnery
1028 Proprietors Rd., Worthington, Ohio 43085

MAC Construction Inc. is a third generation general contracting firm dedicated to assisting commercial clients meet their construction needs and objectives. Established in 1978 by Walter E. McEnery Jr. as a residential home builder, the company expanded into the commercial arena in 1984, headed by his son, Walter E. McEnery III. In 1996, upon retirement of the founder, the business was purchased by Walter III and his wife, Laurie C. McEnery and continued to expand as a commercial contractor serving both Central Ohio and numerous nationwide locations. The company specializes in restaurant, retail, medical, and design/build projects. In 2009, Laurie C. McEnery acquired majority ownership as CEO/controller, with Walter III serving as President. They currently have two sons in the business, Matthew, who was named Vice President in 2013, and Stephen, who serves as Estimator and Safety Coordinator. They are pleased to be part of the Conway Family Business Center and look forward to networking and learning from businesses who understand the challenges of a family business.

Medical Repair Inc.
Connie Lewis, Thomas C. Parr
6106 Bausch Road,Galloway, OH 43119

Founded in 1993, Medical Repair Inc. is a franchise of EMSAR dedicated to providing high quality healthcare equipment maintenance and repair for private and municipal EMS service providers, funeral homes, long-term care facilities, dentists, and hospitals. Medical Repair Inc. currently operates under the leadership of President Connie Lewis along with a combination of first and second generation family members, including Secretary Thomas C. Parr. With a single location in Galloway, Ohio and 15 employees, Medical Repair Inc. serves communities in Ohio, West Virginia, Northern Kentucky, and Western Pennsylvania.

Let ODU Host Your Next Meeting

Ohio Dominican University invites you to schedule your next meeting, banquet, workshop or conference on our campus. Located conveniently near I-670 and Port Columbus, ODU’s main campus offers a range of technology-compatible conference rooms, classrooms and theater settings that fit any occasion. There is a full catering menu available for any event, from business meetings to parties and staff available to help you choose the right menu for your occasion. For more information, please email Chris Deibel at or call 614-253-3481.

Member News

Champion Real Estate buys Hilliard Station apartments for $37M
Columbus Business First
Champion Real Estate Services bought the Hilliard Station apartments after three years of managing the 656-unit property. The company plans to revitalize the community through $4.25 million in capital improvements.

Gummer Wholesale puts customers, family first
The Newark Advocate
Gummer Wholesale has always been a family business. Three generations of the Gummer family have worked for the company, which celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. It’s not a milestone easily reached, CEO Rick Gummer said, making it all the more meaningful…

7500 children’s magazines donated to Providence reading program
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Under the leadership of Australian-born CEO James Gorman, Morgan Stanley has restructured the way it does business. By reducing risk and…

Northstar Work Starts After Long Wait
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Spotlight: Michael Lawson, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center
Columbus Business First (blog)
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Q&A: White Castle’s Lisa Ingram on the business behind the crave
Columbus CEO
At 3:30 on a Thursday afternoon, cars line the White Castle drive-through at Second and High streets in the Short North. A mid-sized company sedan…

Interesting Reading

The Perils Of Working For A Family Owned Business
CBS News
In fact, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re working for a family owned business. According to the Conway Center for Family Business…

Conquering Healthcare Reform Challenges In Your Family Business
Columbus CEO Online
For many family-owned businesses, managing, understanding, and adapting to the numerous changes associated with healthcare reform have been overwhelming challenges.

Next-Generation Leadership in the Family Enterprise Part 1
Family Business Consulting Group blog
In a two-part blog post, Family Business Group consultant Stephen P. Miller highlights some key findings from his recently completed research on how next-generation family leaders develop leadership skills.

The Ins, Outs Of Family Businesses
News Sentinel
Working for a family business is a mixed proposition. Whether you’re in the clan or an outsider, you’ll experience a weird frittata of organic…

Best Advice to a Family Business? Seek Outside Advice!
The Elite Speakers Bureau
There is safety in numbers. We have all heard this before. However, it is not entirely true.

What Family Owned Businesses Need to Know
Family Business Resource Center
One of the insurance policies every business should strongly consider having is directors and officers insurance…

Don’t Let Your Family Business Die With You
Where family businesses are concerned, succession planning receives a deserved amount of focus – but that focus tends to be on deciding who will…

Keep Family First In Family-Business, Say Advisers
The Denver Post
Be aware that whatever dysfunction exists in family relationships will carry over into the business, one reason advisers are increasingly involving…

Focus on ‘Family’ Is Key to Long-Term Family Business Success
According to Family Enterprise USA, 5.5 million family-owned businesses operate in the United States. What’s the secret to their success?

The Tricks For Getting Family-Owned Businesses Right
Nashville Business Journal (blog)
Lise Stewart, the founder of Galliard Group, says family-owned or closely-held companies will endure or die depending on how effectively they plan…

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