From White Castle to the White House
Family Enterprise USA is showcasing a presentation, From White Castle to the White House in several cities around the nation in 2012. The educational session highlights the importance of family firms to our society and our economy and it references the public image and public policy challenges that inhibit their continuity. The story is told from an organizational level and features the well-told, firsthand story of White Castle, a 90-year old American icon and America's first fast-food hamburger chain.
Ann Kinkade, President of Family Enterprise USA discusses the importance of FEUSA's work as the nation's most credible voice and trusted advocate of family firms and how its message is driven by the stories of America's family firms.
Jamie Richardson, White Castle's Vice President of Government and Shareholder Relations and 4th generation in-law, shares how the company upholds its family values and maintains its culture in the context of government affairs, public relations and community engagement.
See below for a list of confirmed appearances. The program can be adapted for a variety of audiences, venues and timeframes. Contact FEUSA to host a White Castle to White House session in your area.
University of New Haven Center for Family Business
- March 6th 2012, Orange, CT.
- March 7th 2012, Fairfield, CT.
Delaware Valley Family Business Center
- March 16th 2012, Villanova, PA.
20th Prairie Family Business Conference
- March 29th 2012, Sioux Falls, SD.
Family Business Center of Wake Forest University
- February 1st 2012, Charlotte, NC.
Family Business Center of Wake Forest University
- February 2nd 2012, Winston-Salem, NC.
Family Business Forum at University of North Carolina - Asheville
- February 3rd 2012, Asheville, NC.
Family Business Council of The University of Denver
- February 16th 2012, Denver, CO.
Family Enterprise USA in Naples
- February 23rd 2012, Naples, FL.
Conway Center for Family Business
– January 19th 2012, Columbus, OH.
The Cox Family Enterprise Center at Kennesaw State University
– January 26th 2012, Atlanta, GA.
Grand Valley State University's Family Business Alliance
The 2011 Washington Family Business Awards - November 3rd, 2011
Seattle Business magazine's Washington Family Business Awards program recognizes and celebrates excellence in Washington State among family businesses. Family Enterprise USA's Ann Kinkade will give a talk about FEUSA's advocacy and commitment to inform the public and policy makers of the America's stable economic engine – family businesses! Ann will also discuss the trends concerning family businesses from FEUSA's annual nationwide survey. The keynote speaker for the 2011 Family Business Awards is Mr. René Ancinas, CEO of Port Blakely Companies, the fourth-generation family business that won the 2010 Legacy Award because of its excellent succession planning. Click here for more information about the Washington Family Business Awards.
The Rotary Club of Seattle's Wednesday Meeting Features FEUSA, November 9th, 2011
Since its founding in 1909, the Rotary Club of Seattle has been dedicated to doing good in the world. With approximately 675 members, the Seattle Rotary is currently the largest Rotary Club internationally, as well as the fourth oldest. On November 9th, 2011, Ann Kinkade will provide their membership (some of the region's most prominent business, professional, and civic leaders) an overview of FEUSA. She will share results of FEUSA's National Family Business Survey and will highlight global trends in family business advocacy. Additionally, Ann will provide information about FEUSA's other initiatives to build public awareness and impact public the policy decision-making process for America's largest economic engine and societal stabilizer – family businesses! Click here for more information about the Seattle Rotary.
Seattle Times and Rich Simmonds Associates will host Family Enterprise USA for a family business highlighting event on November 30th, 2011. FEUSA's Ann Kinkade is set to address the audience with the current issues and misperceptions family face, and FEUSA's solutions. Ann will point out that a cohesive critical mass of family businesses is needed to inform both the public and policy makers of the economic growth and stability found in family business. Additionally, Ann will provide information about highlight our annual surveys and the concerns family business have expressed. Family businesses in the Seattle area this is your time!
North American Miller's Association Annual Meeting
The North American Millers' Association (NAMA) is the trade association of the wheat, corn, oat and rye milling industries. Member companies operate mills in the United States and Canada or provide products and services to the mills. Its mission is to enable its members to grow and prosper by providing leadership through education, information and advocacy to members, policy makers, customers and suppliers in the areas of regulation and legislation, trade, supply and consumption. Ann Kinkade, FEUSA's President, will speak about "Changing the Public Image and Public Policies Impacting Family-Owned Businesses.” Click here for more information regarding NAMA's Annual Meeting agenda.
Annual Family Firm Institute (FFI) Conference – NeXt Generation. New Generations
In 2011, FFI celebrates 25 years of educating, convening, and engaging as the leading global membership association of professionals serving the family enterprise field. This year, FFI will host hundreds of professional advisors to family firms under one roof in Boston from Oct 12-15. For the Annual Conference, FEUSA initiated a workshop, Family Enterprises: Beyond the Three Circles in which Dr. John Davis, (Harvard), Jamie Richardson (White Castle) and Ann Kinkade (FEUSA) will focus attendees' attention on external issues impacting family business success. Dr. Davis will provide a "Family Enterprise Field Progress Checkup” summarizing the family business field's evolution and touching on useful and well-known frameworks. Jamie Richardson, VP of Corporate Relations and fourth generation family member of White Castle will share his firsthand perspective of external and internal family enterprise success factors. Ann Kinkade will provide a context for advisors working in the family enterprise field to consider unexplored external impacts of the family, business and ownership systems that support or disrupt family firm success and continuity. Please click here to find out more about the 2011 FFI Annual Conference in Boston.
June 2011: Alliance Gathering 2011 will be Hosted by University of North Carolina - Asheville Family Business Forum Every year university-based family business center directors from around the nation convene to share ideas and learn from each other in order to have a greater impact for their constituents - hundreds of American business-owning families. This year, Cindy Clarke, Executive Director at the UNC-Asheville Family Business Forum will host the Alliance Gathering from June 14-16. On Thursday June 16, 2011 Ann Kinkade, FEUSA President will engage these key influencers from the family business educational field in a discussion about how the work of FEUSA and their centers are both necessary to help further success and continuity of the family enterprise sector. Click here to find out more about Cindy Clarke and the UNC-Asheville Family Business Forum. May 2011: Wisconsin Family Business Awards' Ceremony Features FEUSA Keynote April 2011:
Alliance Gathering 2011 will be Hosted by University of North Carolina - Asheville Family Business Forum
Every year university-based family business center directors from around the nation convene to share ideas and learn from each other in order to have a greater impact for their constituents - hundreds of American business-owning families. This year, Cindy Clarke, Executive Director at the UNC-Asheville Family Business Forum will host the Alliance Gathering from June 14-16. On Thursday June 16, 2011 Ann Kinkade, FEUSA President will engage these key influencers from the family business educational field in a discussion about how the work of FEUSA and their centers are both necessary to help further success and continuity of the family enterprise sector. Click here to find out more about Cindy Clarke and the UNC-Asheville Family Business Forum.
Wisconsin Family Business Awards' Ceremony Features FEUSA Keynote
Virginia Family Business Forum convenes a session on Public Image and Public Policy Considerations for America's Family Businesses
The Virginia Family Business Forum at The School of Business of Virginia Commonwealth University was formed to provide education and consultative services to dynamic and progressive family-owned firms throughout the region. The Forum beings together business-owning families and experts to address many of the problems encountered by family-owned firms. On Wed April 20, 2011 FEUSA President, Ann Kinkade will address the group to discuss, Public Image and Public Policy Considerations for America's Family Businesses.
In her presentation Ann will provide an overview of FEUSA and will share results of FEUSA's recently completed national family business survey regarding public policy and public image of family enterprises. Attendees will be asked to share their input on the survey questions, as well as their reactions to the results. Additionally, Ann will provide information about FEUSA's other initiatives to build awareness and create a shared voice for America's largest economic engine and societal stabilizer – family businesses! Click herefor more informationabout the Virginia Family Business Forum.
Annual Member Meeting 2011
A 2020 Vision for Family Business in America
Family business owners from across the country converged in Naples, FL for Family Enterprise USA’s (FEUSA) 1st Annual Member Meeting on February 28, 2011. The meeting’s theme: A 2020 Vision for Family Business in America set the tone for a spirited discussion about the future of family-owned businesses in the U.S. Click here for full summary. Click here for photos.
European Family Business-GEEF's Annual Meeting
Complimentary to FEUSA, there exists an European Union-focused organization with a similar mission, European Family Businesses–GEEF's (EFB-GEEF). EFB-GEEF promotes a full understanding of the key role of family-owned enterprises in Europe's economy, presses for policies that support the creation of a level playing field for family businesses, and ensures recognition of their contribution to the entrepreneurial culture and social cohesion in Europe. EFB-GEEF also supports the next generation of entrepreneurs.
In November 2010, during EFB-GEEF's General Assembly Meeting a panel comprised of several distinguished family business owners and policy makers discussed 4 areas: strengths of family businesses, best practices, general recommendations and policy-related discussions. The discussion, which flowed from an internal to external point of view, stressed the following points:
· Strengths inherent to family firms exist that make them less vulnerable in an economic crisis and more able to survive hardships.
· The concept of responsibly-run family firms was emphasized and that responsibly-run family firms are an equal verses superior form of business and therefore deserve equal treatment.
· EFB-GEEF supports the concept of taxation being "neutral with respect to ownership form”.
· Creating a positive public image could help family firms attain neutral treatment.
· An important next step is to identify the bottlenecks and obstacles that prevent neutrality.
In a summary of EFB-GEEF's organizational progress over the last few years, a number of ideas relevant to FEUSA were shared including:
· Continue to focus on education, networking, research and advocacy
· Create position papers to increase visibility and share knowledge
· Identify elected officials with a family business background and engage them
· Create a list of policies that cause obstacles/bottlenecks and how they are relevant to family business continuity
· Ensure that FEUSA is driven by family business owners themselves
In the future, EFB-GEEF and FEUSA will continue to partner on objectives that make sense for both organizations.
FEUSA Hosts Nation's Inaugural Family Business Public Policy Panel
As part of the 2010 Family Business Network (FBN) World Summit, FEUSA will host a two-hour public policy session, "Innovation and Public Policy: The Challenges Family Enterprises Face and Why They Must Unite to Overcome Them.” Confirmed panelists for the session include:
• Laird Koldyke, 7th generation Chair of the Laird Norton Company
• Mike Garvey, Founder of Saltchuk Resources
• Dr. John Davis, Founder of Cambridge: Advisors to Family Enterprise; and of Harvard Business School
• Philip Aminoff, Chairman of EFB-GEEF and Electrosonic
The FBN World Summit is one of the most exciting events for business-owning families from around the world and for the first time in its 20 year history the conference is being held in the U.S. on September 30-October 2, 2010 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. In this 3-day educational conference attendees will learn from and network with hundreds of family business participants from some of the world's largest and most interesting family businesses. To register for the FBN World Summit go to www.fbn-i.org/summit.
Ann Kinkade, FEUSA President Teaches at the Graduate School of Banking: "The Challenges of Family Business Ownership”
Several hundred financial professionals gather every summer at the Graduate School of Banking for this rigorous two-week immersion program; many graduates then move on to positions of leadership in their organizations, community and the financial services industry. Ann Kinkade, FEUSA President taught an elective course, "The Challenges of Family Business Ownership” to about 70 junior and senior level students, many of whom come from family-owned banks and all of whom have business-owning families as clients.
Over the course of two days, a case study was covered to highlight some of the more common issues business-owning families face. The course also covered possible resolutions to barriers that prevent momentum and success in family enterprises, as well as ways that bankers can better serve their family business clients.
FEUSA Convenes Focus Group with University Center Directors from Around the Nation
FEUSA convened a group of 7 university family business center directors to hear their perspectives on how universities can collaborate with FEUSA to help benefit U.S. family businesses. University centers provide a unique service to help individual business-owning families with their internal issues such as succession planning and family dynamics. FEUSA focuses solely on addressing the shared external challenges faced by family businesses. Both organizations have expertise to share with each other for the good of the family business industry.
At the end of the focus group, FEUSA President Ann Kinkade presented a summary of the work to a larger group of center directors at the Alliance, a gathering being hosted by Mike Trueblood at Cal-State Fullerton. Subsequent to the focus group, a series of phone calls to further define the working relationship between FEUSA and university centers was established. Shared mailings to invite university center members to join FEUSA, reciprocal referrals and newsletter submissions are the initial deliverables of the collaboration.
Click here for links to university centers in the U.S.
FEUSA Support of Academic Scholarly Research - April16 – 18
For the second year, FEUSA committed 5 awards of $500 each to doctoral students for outstanding family business research submitted to Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC). FERC is a North-American based group of emerging and established scholars who are solely focused on pursuing and sharing research to expand family business knowledge. Support of the FERC awards is consistent with FEUSA's stated mission to conduct, sponsor and publish research.
Prairie Family Business Association Conference - April 22 - 23
This two day event is recognized as the #1 networking event in the Dakota region for business owning-families. This year's theme: "TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More" is consistent with FEUSA's "Enterprising Families. Working Together" mission. The conference features national educators, consultants, local experts along with local and national family business leaders who come together to share the latest research and planning tools to help your family business create a legacy to last for years.
Family Enterprise USA (FEUSA) Conducts Family Business Focus Groups
In preparation for FEUSA's launch, seven focus groups were conducted over eight weeks to read the pulse of a sample of family enterprise owners. In this qualitative research, a facilitated discussion around five core questions led to the key finding that, in spite of their sheer numbers, family enterprises do not have a shared identity. There is a clear need for enterprising families to promote better understanding of their distinctive family business perspectives and contributions.
Sunset Cruise – FEUSA Initial Brainstorming Launch
The FEUSA sunset cruise was hosted by organization's founder, Gerald Rauenhorst. Family business owners, scholars and supporters of the industry from around the country were invited to celebrate the formation of FEUSA. As part of the celebration, brainstorming took place around FEUSA's potential mission, focus, and common issuesfaced byfamily businesses in the United States.FEUSA and its Board of Directors would like to thankthe Sunset Cruiseparticipants whosethoughts and passion have helped shapethe organization.
FEUSA Supports Family Enterprise Research Conference 2009
In January 2009 FEUSA committed funding to support 5 awards of $500 each to doctoral students for outstanding family business research submitted to Family Enterprise Research Conference (FERC). FERC is a North-American based group of emerging and established scholars who are solely focused on pursuing and sharing research to expand family business knowledge. Support of the FERC awards is consistent with FEUSA's stated mission to conduct, sponsor and publish research.Ann Kinkade, FEUSA's president,presented the student awards at the 2009 conference.