Monthly Message - June 2016 - Conway Center for Family Business

Monthly Message – June 2016



Upcoming Events!

Breakfast with Business First – This Friday!
June 17, 2016 – 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Griffin Student Center at Ohio Dominican University
1215 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH 43219

The Conway Center for Family Business and Ohio Dominican University prepare and support business leaders in Central Ohio. The nonprofit Conway Center offers family business leaders educational programming and resources, peer group opportunities, social and networking events, and an annual awards program. Ohio Dominican offers marketable undergraduate and graduate business degrees in a variety of adult-friendly formats at its main campus as well as its convenient Dublin location.  Register


  • Network with hundreds of Central Ohio business professionals in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center.
  • Learn about Conway Center educational programs and resources available to grow your family business and develop your employees.
  • Tour the meeting space available on campus.
  • Pitch story ideas to Columbus Business First editors and reporters.
  • Register to win great door prizes!
  • Take advantage of a special subscription rate.

3rd Annual Golf Outing at Little Turtle 
Monday, July 11, 2016 – Shotgun start at noon

Join us for our golf scramble at the newly renovated Little Turtle Golf Club.
We’re almost full but there’s still time to register, become a sponsor, donate to the auction, or sign up for the reception –
deadline is June 30! 
Thank you to our 2016 sponsors:

Leader Level 







Next Gen Level  


Hole Sponsors: ALNI, Carmens Distribution, Emens & Wolper Law, Flyers Pizza, FocusCFO, Kirk Williams Co., McGohan Brabender, Ohio Power Tool, Pregio Cheese, Sound Communications, Spartan Logistics   

Sign Sponsor:     Capitol Citicom 
   Ice Cream will be provided once again by Velvet Ice Cream!  


Reserve Your Place
– This Event Sold Out Last Year and Is Quickly Selling Out This Year!

$150 per person, $500 per foursome
Includes:  Golf, Driving Range, Cart, Box Lunch, Appetizers, and 2 Drink Tickets
Not a golfer? Sign up to attend the post-golf reception at 4 p.m.! Just $35 per person.

For further information and to register,
click here. For sponsorship opportunities and/or to donate to our Silent Auction,
click here. 

Save the Date!

13th Annual Family Business Tour & Networking Event

August 11, 2016
4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Highlights for Children

Highlights for Children is celebrating their 70th Anniversary this year and invited the Conway Center and our members to join in the fun! More details coming soon.


18th Annual family Business Awards & Expo  
November 7, 2016 
10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hilton Easton



Other Events:
Bold Women, Big Ideas
The Conway Center is a Partner Organization for this Women’s Leadership Conference.
June 21, 2016
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center – 100 Green Meadows Drive South  Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
This dynamic, collaborative event features six breakout sessions from bold business women who are influencers and thought leaders in their industries, with featured speakers Marion Luna Brem and Lynn Elliot.

Individual tickets start at $99, tables start at $625

Please contact with any questions.

Further information and to register here.

Directors’ Insight

We had a wonderful time at the Family Business Night at the Columbus Clippers. Thank you to everyone who joined us!

Our Golf Outing is coming up, and we are looking forward to seeing you and your employees at the Family Business Tour at Highlights.

Our 18th Annual Family Business Awards & Expo will be here before we know it. Please take a moment to nominate a deserving family business, including your own.

The award categories can be found 
and you can nominate by clicking here. The Awards & Expo would not happen without the support of our sponsors. We thank Business First, Fathom, First Merchants Bank, Gryphon Financial Partners, Taft/, and White Castle for partnering with us on this outstanding annual event. Capitol CitiCom provides in kind sign and printing support, Artina Promotional Products is our trophy sponsor, and Outreach Promotional Solutions provides technical expertise as our Expo sponsor. We are grateful to all of them for their commitment to the Center and to our mission. If you would like to support our Awards & Expo, please let Jill know as we have a few sponsorship opportunities available.

As always, you can find information about all of our programs and events on our  
Our very best,
Dick & Jill

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.

Business Development Peer Group
June 23, 2016
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Why Did They Buy? How and Why Decisions to Buy from You Are Made
CEO Peer Group – East & West
June 23, 2016
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
1300 Alum Creek Drive
Columbus Ohio 43209
*RSVP required
Leadership Development Peer Group *Note date change*
June 28, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Problem Solving & What’s Next?
Next Generation Leaders Peer Group
July 12, 2016
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
O’Brien & Associates
47 W. 3rd Avenue, Columbus, 43201
Topic: Leading Change Efforts in your Family Business
*Enrollment closed for 2016. Please contact Amy Dotts to be added to the 2017 roster.
CEO Peer Group – East
July 14, 2016
3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m
Location TBD
*RSVP required
Women in Family Business Peer Group *Note date change*
July 15, 2016
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Deterring Fraud in Business & Cyberspace
Finances for Family Business Peer Group
July 27, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room TBD
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Mid-year Tax and Payroll Update for Family Business Owners
Sponsored and led by Holbrook & Manter CPAs
CEO Peer Group – West
July 28, 2016
3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m
Ohio Power Tool
999 Goodale Blvd.
Columbus Ohio 43212
*RSVP required

Welcome New Member

Komar Industries, Inc.
Larry Koenig, Mark Koenig, Debra Koenig, Dutchen Mitchell
4425 Marketing Place, Groveport, OH 43125
(614) 836-2366
Komar  Industries, Inc. designs and manufactures solutions for waste processing applications specializing in Hazardous Waste, Waste to Energy, Industrial Waste and High Volume Corrugated Processing.  Larry Koenig founded Komar Industries, Inc. in 1978, after having begun his own waste equipment distribution business in Iowa in 1971, known as Recycling Systems & Equipment.  In addition to founding Komar, Larry also started a recycling and transfer center in 1980, and purchased a waste hauling company in 1982.  In 1984, Larry divested his interests in these companies, and moved to Central Ohio to better position Komar for the Eastern and Midwestern industrial corridor opportunities. Komar Industries has over 130 U.S. and Foreign Patents. Larry became CEO and semi-retired in 2007, turning over the day-to-day operations to his son, and company president, Mark Koenig.  First generation family member Debra Koenig is the company secretary, and third generation family member Dutchen Mitchell is working in marketing.  



New Overtime Rules Are Here! Is Your Business Ready?

C&A Benefits Group
6135 Memorial Drive, Suite 103 Dublin 43017
June 16, 2015
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. (Registration from 8-8:30)

The long-awaited (and long-feared) changes to federal overtime law are out! – and they promise to have a dramatic effect on the way you pay, classify and manage your employees. Is your business ready? Do you know which of your exempt employees will be impacted? 

, attorney at 
& Murphy, will help explain the new rules and discuss the impact on your business. You will learn which employees are impacted and how to develop a plan for your business to comply with the new rules and avoid expensive fines and penalties. This is a free event.

Contact: Beth Thomas

Northwest Chapel Open House

Schoedinger Funeral & Cremation Service
June 30, 2016
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Come and see our new Northwest Chapel! 

1740 Zollinger Road, Columbus, OH 43221

Construction is complete! We would love to show you the unique features of our most innovative chapel. You are invited to take a tour of the Upper Arlington chapel on June 30th.

– Enjoy Refreshments
– Local Upper Arlington Businesses to be featured
– “Funeral Cake” Contest Fundraiser

Sales Executive Club of Central Ohio

Driscoll Learning LLC
When: Twice a month from 3p to 5p
Dublin Entrepreneurial Center
565 Metro Place South, Suite 300
Dublin, OH 43017
Contact Bryan Driscoll to enroll:
or 614-370-8400



Ricart Automotive Hosts Distracted-Driver Simulators Through June

COLUMBUS, Ohio -Ricart Automotive Group
is inviting the local community to try a pair of distracted-driving simulators through June 30 to help drivers understand the consequences of bad behavior behind the wheel.

Business Wire
COLUMBUS, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Columbus-based ODW Logistics, Inc., an integrated supply chain solutions and logistics service provider, …
The Newark Advocate
UTICA – Luconda Dager, president of Velvet Ice Cream, leads a company marked by stability in an industry that stays steady despite economic ups …
PR Newswire
COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — White Castle, America’s first fast food hamburger chain, is unveiling its summer taste sensations …

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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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