"This morning's conference was great!  It was a wide range of participants on the panels and that was a great way to hear a wide view of options and ideas from the panelists!  Kevin Hancock gets my vote for most open, honest and helpful answers to questions. He was outstanding and his thoughts today were very heartfelt and honest.  Take away the layers of "facade" and discuss the truth of what it's like and how you face the issuers."
- Janet Cole Cross, Career Coach, Cole Cross Connections, LLC

Articles by IFOB Members

We have some very talented authors in the Institute so we thought we'd share some of their articles below:

Jane Hilburt-Davis - President, Key Resources, LLC

Jane on the Board of the IFOB and is the president of Key Resources, LLC, a Boston-based consulting firm. She is president emeritus of the Family Firm Institute and past Academic Director of the Global Education Network. She received the prestigious Richard Beckard Practice Award in London for her outstanding contributions to family business practice. Jane is the author of many articles and case studies, and has trained, mentored and coached hundreds of family business advisors.  She is senior author of the widely acclaimed book, Consulting to Family Businesses and co-author of Family Enterprise: Understanding families in business and families of wealth both published by Wiley. She serves as consultant and advisor to family businesses, throughout the United States, and has taught in the family business field in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia.

Below is a selection of her articles.

  1. Preparing the Family for Succession
  2. Family Businesses Have Traits to Survive  
  3. It’s Not Too Late for Your New Year’s Resolutions: 5 Essential Components in a Successful Family Business

Rob Neal – Principal, Rob Neal Consulting
Rob focuses on working with C-Suite, Executive level leaders, plus Senior Partners in private firms, and Executive Directors in the non-profit sector. This work can include: strategic planning, team development, individual development, conflict resolution, advanced level leadership development, and more.

Below is a series of articles he has written on leadership.

  1. Becoming a Leader
  2. Five Core Qualities of Great Leaders
  3. The Self Awareness Needed to Become a Great Leader

Steve Tenney - Senior Vice President, Family Wealth Management Partners
Steve graduated from Tufts University and has over 24 years’ experience in financial services in the U.S. and UK.  He leads the team’s family business consulting effort as well as investment strategy. He is a Certified Portfolio ManagerĀ® and has led the team through two successful generational transitions.

Below is a series of articles he wrote after moderating the Institute for Family-Owned Business Family Business Forum - “Learn from the Best: Challenges and Successes of the 3Gs (Generations)” held on June 17, 2015 at Husson University, Southern Campus, Westbrook.

  1. When to Go Outside for Leadership
  2. What Stands in the Way of Planning
  3. Communication in a Family Business
  4. What's Next? Take the Time to Plan the Personal Side of Selling Your Business


Patric Santerre - Co-owner, Licensed Architect - Industrial Designer, ARCADIA designworks

Patric writes about the innovative project that his company and another IFOB family business member, Hardypond Construction did with Sterling Rope called "Architecture for Training - Sterling Rope's Innovative Center for Training Specialists in the Proper Use of Their Product."

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