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Family Business Forum

Family Business Forum

Family Business Forum Recap


The Family Business Forum, held on March 20, 2014, was a unique two-part event focused on family-owned and small businesses.

The afternoon's first presentation, Leadership Transition: Preparing for and Implementing Your Succession, was led by Joanne B. Ladley (former owner of Kitchen Kettle). Panel participants were:



A second afternoon session, titled Best Practices for Building Multi-Generational Family Businesses, was led by John Reed of Barley Snyder and featured the leaders of three family businesses that are also the top 3 companies on CPBJ's list of privately held companies:



The day wrapped up with a dinner program, which featured keynote speaker, Ron "Jaws" Jaworski, the presentation of the "Family Business Hall of Fame Award" to S. Dale High and tenure awards for members and partners of The High Center.

Click here for photo highlights from the awards dinner.


Past Program Highlights

Generations 2014

Generations 2014
What do Utz Quality Foods, Sun Motor Cars and Knoebels Amusement Resort have in common? They're all regional family businesses. Through the years, they have grown by successfully extending their businesses to the next generations. Today, these families maintain significant ownership in their companies, and they also have family members serving at the executive level. Read on to see many more examples of local family businesses — and family businesses in the making.

Family Business Forum Photos

Family Business Forum Photos
Click on the image on the left to see a slideshow with highlights from the event, as well as a link to more photos.


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