Monthly Message - June 2017 - Conway Center for Family Business

Monthly Message – June 2017


Conway Center Monthly Message – June 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017 – Shotgun start at noon
Join us at our 4th Annual Golf Outing at the beautiful Little Turtle Golf course! Registration deadline is JULY 3 and will sell out so sign up your golfers soon!  

All Conway Center members (family businesses and service providers) and any Central Ohio family-owned business leaders may participate.  

Golf scramble begins at noon – lunch provided on your cart.
Reception and Silent Auction following golf!

For more information and to register, click
. For sponsorship opportunities, including donations to our Silent Auction, click

Sponsored by:

Founder Level Sponsor:  


Leader Level Sponsors: 

Next Gen Sponsors:

Program & Sign Sponsor:  

Ice cream at the turn provided by:   

Save the Date!

August 10, 2017 – 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a fascinating “behind the scenes” look at  Citicom – a highly successful family-owned business in Central Ohio. Enjoy food, beverages, and mingling with other family and community business leaders.
  • EXPLORE the Citicom offices and production facility on a guided tour.
  • LEARN how Citicom grew from a company with no sales force to a business now operating 24 hours a day in order to produce over 1 million images each day.
  • CONNECT with Central Ohio family business leaders, including Citicom owners Kevin and Michael Oakes.
This event is free to family businesses but an RSVP is required by August 1st to

Directors’ Insight 


We had a great time at our recent Family Business Night at the Columbus Clippers. Thank you to the over 200 family business and community leaders and employees who joined us. We thank Gerri Speer of
Corporate Interior Concepts
for throwing out the first pitch and we even had the rare treat of witnessing a grand slam homerun! We have more great events coming up and hope that you will join us:

Meanwhile, save the date for our 19th Annual
Family Business Awards & Expo
a deserving family business – including your own – for this wonderful celebratory event on November 8th.
Our monthly programming will kick off again in September. As always, you can find information about all our programs and events on our

The Conway Center greatly appreciates Graystone Consulting and White Castle for providing financing to the Center for ODU rent and space usage this year!  It was a shock to us when we were told after seventeen years that the Center would have to begin paying ODU for space; the Center thanks White Castle and Graystone Consulting for this wonderful “extra” support!
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 our Event Coordinator, Amy Dotts at or visit 

June 22, 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. 
Focus on sales, marketing, PR, goal setting.
June 22, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Escape It & The Avenue
*RSVP required

June 27, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Room 274
– Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Problem Solving/What’s Next?

Member News
Smart Business
Lisa Ingram, president and CEO of White Castle, seeks to not only empower her 10,000 team members, but also bring them together to explore ways to honor the company’s core while expanding to new audiences.

Business Wire
COLUMBUS, Ohio Hylant, one of the nation’s largest privately owned insurance brokerage firms, is proud to announce Vanessa…

The Newark Advocate
Having been surrounded by Velvet Ice Cream since I was born, I have seen many changes in the 103-year history of my family’s company. But change …
Columbus Monthly
Charles Penzone’s
latest concept, the Royal Rhino Club Barbershop and Lounge, has definitely broken with tradition. And it starts with the 400-pound …
The Columbus Dispatch
Ricart Automotive
opened Rabid Customs on Friday to try to grab a share of a surging market for modifications to high-performance vehicles, including …

Interesting Reading

The National Law Review
members often transfer family-business ownership interests or other assets between each other. Their discussions sometimes progress from …
According to the Root, WT Stevens Construction, a black-women-owned family business, will be in charge of replacing the city’s more than 18,000 …

Regardless, many experts see an impending crisis affecting locally-owned businesses. With only a small percent of family-owned businesses being …

Beef Magazine
Are you ready to have the tough conversations needed to create a shared vision for the family ranch? Here are 10 questions to answer at your next …

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1216 Sunbury Road,  
Columbus, OH 43219


J. Richard Emens, Executive Director

Jill Hofmans, Managing Director


Amy Dotts, Event Coordinator 


Hyla Skudder, Publications Director 

Heather Howell, Administrative Coordinator

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