Monthly Message - March 2017 - Conway Center for Family Business

Monthly Message – March 2017



How to Save and Transfer Wealth for Generations
Sponsored by: 

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 methods and tips for saving wealth through transactional relationships and how to transfer it to next gens. Led by Dan Gusty, Portfolio Manager of
Johnson Investment Counsel
, this session will provide many tangible take-aways to help you hold on to your hard-earned cash! You’ll hear from Steve Harmon of
Spartan Logistics
and Steve Arnold of the
Strait & Lamp Company
. Don’t miss it!
*Please note that we will be meeting at the White Castle Training Center.*

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!

Now What?  Life After Succession
Sponsored by: 

April 20, 2017 – 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Ohio Dominican University Alumni Hall
1215 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH 43212

Joel Guth of
Gryphon Financial Partners
will present on the challenges and opportunities facing family business leaders in retirement. We are working hard at persuading a few of our members who are now in Florida and Arizona to join us on the panel.

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 


Spring is in the air which means the Conway Center staff is busy planning our full summer schedule. 

Check out what we have lined up so far:
June 5 –  Family Business Night at the Columbus Clippers
June 16 – Breakfast with Business First, co-hosted by Ohio Dominican University
July 17 – 4th Annual Golf Outing & Silent Auction
August 10 – Family Business Tour & Networking Event at
CitiCom Print
Save these dates and look for more information soon! These are fun, informal relationship building events that are always well attended and well regarded by our members. We hope you’ll join us.
Dick and 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 

Women’s Peer Group
March 14, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 276 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Trust Details – Not Just Boilerplate
Leadership Development Peer Group – Note Location Change for March!
March 21, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Integrated Leadership Systems
501 W. Schrock Rd., Suite 200

Westerville, OH 43081
Topic: Creating & Changing Culture
Business Development Peer Group – Note Location Change for March!
March 23, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
120 Northwoods Boulevard
Columbus, OH 43235
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
March 23, 2017
3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Advance Sign Group 

5150 Walcutt Court

Columbus, OH 43228

*RSVP required
Online Strategy Peer Group
April 5, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Adept Marketing

855 Grandview Ave., Suite 140

Columbus, OH 43215 

Topic:  Conversion Optimization: The Missing Link in Your Marketing Program

Women’s Peer Group
April 11, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 276 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic:  Understanding Accounting and Corporate Finance
Leadership 2.0 Peer Group
April 12, 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 – Note LOCATION Change
April 12, 2017
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Room 276 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Parental and Sibling Relationships in the Family Business (guest facilitator – Bea Wolper, Conway Center co-founder)
*Enrollment closed for 2017. Please contact Amy Dotts to be added to the 2018 roster.
Succession Planning Peer Group
April 13, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Wealth Transfer & Philanthropy

Sponsored by Graystone Consulting
CEO Peer Group – East
April 13, 2017
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location TBD
*RSVP required

Welcome New Member
King Business Interiors, Inc. 
Darla King, David King, Christopher King, Chelsea King
1400 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212
(614) 430-0020
King Business Interiors, Inc. is an office furniture and flooring business started by husband and wife team, Darla and David King in 1998.  Their children, Christopher and Chelsea, grew up in the business and contributed to the company’s thriving success.  Chris is in sales, and Chelsea began in their design group and has become their design and marketing rep.  King Business Interiors has an office location in Worthington, and a distribution department in Columbus.  

Welcome New Member
Combs Insurance Services Agency, Inc. 
Chris Combs
8500 Cotter Street, Lewis Center, OH 43035
(614) 846-6962

Combs Insurance Services Agency, Inc. was started in 1959 by Dick Combs, grandfather of current president, Chris Combs.  Chris’s father, Rick Combs, headed the agency from 1992 until 2014 when it was passed to the third generation of family ownership.  With one location in Lewis Center, Combs Insurance Services provides insurance solutions for families and small to medium-sized businesses in Ohio and surrounding states. 

Welcome New Member
Southeastern Equipment Company, Inc.  
William L. Baker, Thor Hess
10874 E. Pike Rd., P.O. Box 536, Cambridge, OH 43725
(740) 432-6303

William L. Baker, along with wife Nancy Baker, founded Southeastern Equipment Company in 1957. He continues to serve as the company’s CEO, Owner, and Chairman.  His grandson, Thor Hess, is involved in all aspects of the business as Executive Vice President. Southeastern Equipment Company specializes in construction equipment sales, service, and rentals with 18 locations throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan and 230 total employees.

Special thank you to Bea Wolper, of Emens & Wolper Law Firm, for referring Southeastern Equipment Company, Inc. to the Conway Center for Family Business! 

Thank you to the following Conway Center members who referred family businesses in 2017!

Bea Wolper, Emens & Wolper Law Firm
Tom Flynn, FocusCFO
Your support helps further our mission to promote family business success to the next generation! 

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 by Conway Center member Royal Document Destruction and Cuco’s Taco Truck!

Our recycling partner is
Community Computer Alliance


Member & Service Provider News


Columbus Dispatch
Business-interruption insurance kept Burton Metal Finishing Inc. & Powder Coating in business after a fire in 2013, said Scott Burton, vice president of …
Construction Equipment Guide
Southeastern Equipment
has been selling, servicing and renting heavy machinery since 1957. The company has 18 locations throughout Ohio, …
IT Business Net
, Inc., a global manufacturing resources and supply chain management company that uses data analystics as the basis for many of its …
Columbus Business First
A startup making 3D-printed pizza has reincorporated in Ohio because of a $1 million investment led by Donatos Pizzeria LLC and Grote Co. founder …

Family Business Consulting Group – 
Kelly LeCouvie, Ph.D.
“I just want my kids to be happy and to get along.” We often hear this sentiment expressed among senior-generation members of a family business. Parents endeavor to create conditions…

Ohio Dominican University
1216 Sunbury Road,  
Columbus, OH 43219


J. Richard Emens, Executive Director

Jill Hofmans, Managing Director


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