Monthly Message - May 2017 - Conway Center for Family Business

Monthly Message – May 2017



Profile of a Family Business Success Story: 
Worthington Industries
Sponsored by:

May 18, 2017 – 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
The Community Room at Alumni Hall 
Ohio Dominican University
1215 Sunbury Rd.
Columbus, OH 43219

Conway Center co-founder Bea 
Emens & Wolper Law
is moderating a fascinating discussion with John McConnell of
Worthington Industries
. This is a rare opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of this very successful family business – now a public company – and how their commitment to the Golden Rule laid the foundation for one of the strongest employee-employer partnerships in American industry.
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.

Networking and light breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

Program begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.

Upcoming Events!

Family Business Night at the Clippers 

Monday, June 5 – 7:05 p.m.
Huntington Park

The 9th Annual Family Business Night at the Columbus Clippers is coming up soon so mark your calendars!  Root for your home team as the Clippers take on the Louisville Bats, while you enjoy an evening with your family, employees, clients, and others who care about family business. 
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. We have a block of tickets in Sections 2 & 3. Tickets can be purchased independently through the box office for other available sections. Stop over even if you aren’t able to sit with us at the game!  
Contact Heather Howell
  or call 614-253-4820.  

Breakfast with Business First 

at Ohio Dominican University
Friday, June 16, 2017 
7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Partners since 2000, the Conway Center for Family Business and Ohio Dominican University prepare and support business leaders in Central Ohio. 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. The nonprofit Conway Center offers family business leaders educational programming and resources, peer group opportunities, social and networking events, and an annual awards program.
  • 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.
  • Pitch story ideas to Columbus Business First editors and reporters.
  • Register to win great door prizes!
  • Take advantage of a special subscription rate.
Register with Business First

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:  


Program & Sign Sponsor:   

Ice cream at the turn provided by:  

Directors’ Insight 


We our ending our Fall and Spring educational series with a very rare opportunity for you to hear from John P. McConnell of Worthington Industries. Please join us!
We will take a break from our monthly meetings so that you can enjoy summer with your families and at our many social activities. We hope to see many of you at  
A fun and easy way to support the Conway Center is by donating a Silent Auction item to our Golf Outing. Let Jill know and she’ll come pick it up.
Our monthly programming will kick off again in September. As always, you can find information about all our programs and events on our
Remember to nominate a deserving family business – including your own – for our 19th Annual Family Business Awards & Expo on November 8. It’s fast and easy – just click

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 

May 23, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Change Management
May 24, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Room 276 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Lonely at the Top: What Do You Do When You Don’t Have a Life Outside of the Family Business?
Philanthropy Choices, Hobbies, Retirement

Sponsored by SG Financial Services
May 25, 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.
May 25, 2017
3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location TBD

*RSVP required
June 8, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 274 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: What are the Rights, Responsibilities and Roles of Inactive Family Shareholders?

Sponsored by Graystone Consulting
June 8, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location TBD
*RSVP required
June 13, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Room 276 – Griffin Center
Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Disaster Management: Handling illness, loss of family member, aging founders, etc.
June 14, 2017
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
O’Brien & Associates
47 W. 3rd Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
Topic: Understanding & shaping the culture of your family business
*Enrollment closed for 2017. Please contact Amy Dotts to be added to the 2018 roster.

Member Events

Google Partner Connects
May 17, 2017

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
will co-host a “Google Partners Connect” event with Google to help home services providers learn how digital marketing can help them boost their online presence and reach their customers in the right place at the right time.

120 Northwoods Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43235
Free, but space is limited, and registration is required. Attendees may RSVP at

Welcome New Member

CloudCover LLC

875 Jason Way, Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 500-4195

CloudCover LLC was founded by husband and wife team, Brent and Holly Kenreich in 2012 after Brent’s success in IT consulting.  They wanted to run a successful business that would allow them the freedom to work together and take care of their family.  CloudCover LLC provides IT support and services with 8 total employees and 1 location in Columbus. Brent is co-owner/CEO, and primarily runs the business, while Holly is co-owner and helps with writing policies. Brent and Holly have 2 small boys, and hope that they will join the family business in the future.  
Special thank you to Angela McDermott, of Kaiser Consulting, for referring CloudCover LLC to the Conway Center for Family Business! 

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Ohio Dominican University
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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