Monthly Message - November 2017 - Conway Center for Family Business

Monthly Message – November 2017


Managing Sibling Relationships 
During the Succession Planning Process

November 16, 2017 – 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Ohio Dominican University Alumni Hall
1215 Sunbury Rd. 
Columbus, OH 43219

Holbrook & Manter
 facilitates this insightful program on siblings and succession. Join Kevin and Michael Oakes of 
 and Bruce and Leo Lackey and Christine 
Happy Chicken Farms
 to learn how their families navigated the process with multiple siblings involved. We’ll hear stories of sibling rivalry 
 sibling revelry. Don’t miss it!

or RSVP to Amy Dotts at or 614-253-4820.

Round Table: A Closer Look – 
 Employee Engagement

November 20, 2017 – 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Ohio Dominican University

Griffin Student Center – Room 258* (room change)

1215 Sunbury Rd.

Columbus, Ohio 43219

Jonathan McKay from Path is back to answer your questions and provide insight into practical applications and best practices in employee engagement. Join us for this hour long session on how to engage and retain your employees in this tight job market.

or RSVP to Amy Dotts at or 614-253-4820.

Save the Date! 
Difficult Conversations: 
Dealing with Entitlement Issues

December 21, 2017 – 7:30-9:00 a.m.
Ohio Dominican University Alumni Hall
1215 Sunbury Rd. 
Columbus, OH 43219

Join us for a thought provoking discussion on entitlement and privilege and how it impacts the family business. Ethan Martin from Integrated Leadership Systems will facilitate.

or RSVP to Amy Dotts at or 614-253-4820.

Directors’ Insight: November
Our 19th Annual Family Business Awards & Expo was held on November 8th, and was an outstanding celebration of the accomplishments of Central Ohio family businesses. The Expo was a unique way to meet other Center members and find out about their businesses. A great time was had by all! We would like to thank our sponsors for making the event possible: Columbus Business First, First Merchants Bank, Gryphon Financial Partners, Ricart, Rider + Reinke Financial Group, Taft/, and White Castle.
With winter coming, we’d like to remind you of our adverse weather policy. We typically only cancel for a Level 2 or if the University shuts down. In the event that we do cancel a program, we will notify media outlets and will send an email notification to our members by 6 a.m. You can also check the event page on our website and ODU’s website.
We wish you and your families a very happy, healthy, and harmonious Thanksgiving.

Our best,

Dick & Jill

Upcoming Conway Center Peer Groups

If you are considering participating in a peer group, would like to 
observe one, or have any questions, contact Amy Dotts, Event Coordinator, at

A full list of programs can be found
Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. 
Room 276 – Griffin Center Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Emotional Intelligence
Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.  
CMax Advisors
Topic: Influencing Family Members
*Enrollment closed. Please contact Amy Dotts to be added to the 2018 roster.
Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 
Room 274 – Griffin Center Ohio Dominican University
Are you a family member in a business interested in joining the Next Generation Leaders Peer Group in 2018?  Attend this Orientation session to meet the facilitator, Dr. Thaddeus O’Brien, and find out what to expect in the year long program.  This group meets monthly to discuss issues specific to next generation leaders as they navigate the process of assuming greater leadership roles in their family.  Lunch provided.
Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.- Lunch provided   
Topic: Marketing Strategy

Thursday, December 7, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
*RSVP required
Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 
Panera – Easton
Topic: Planning Session for Next Year!
Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 
Location: TBD
Topic: Case studies/open discussion 
Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 
Room 276 – Griffin Center Ohio Dominican University
Topic: Pros and cons of gifts vs. sales to the next gen; why an appraisal is important.

Member Events & Community Resources
here to see what exciting opportunities our members are offering and for other resources and events in the community you can access. 

Member News & Other Interesting Reading
to find out which celebrity is the latest to be inducted into White Castle’s Cravers Hall of Fame, why Dublin Cleaners decided cash is not king, and more.

On the heels of our ESOP Roundtable facilitated by Huntington Bank is an article on ESOPs as an exit strategy and there is a timely article on sibling rivalry that is a good read prior to our November 16 ed program. Those articles and more can be found

J. Richard Emens, Executive Director
Jill Hofmans, Managing Director
Amy Dotts, Events Coordinator
Heather Howell, Administrative Coordinator 
yla Skudder, Publications Director

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