Dear Members,

It’s my pleasure to share with you in this newsletter the stories of philanthropy from some of our members. I hope they inspire you to examine your own, share your thoughts on how your business tries to break through ‘the noise’ and make a difference in your community, and take our new philanthropy survey.

As we hope you have noted by now, the 2020 Generations Family Business Conference will be in April. The Programs + Events Committee is excited to implement some conference programming changes and currently working on next year’s event calendar. I’m looking forward to sharing the new lineup with you including a trip to Chico for a Family Business Tour and adding a few more social events.

We are growing our reach and increasing awareness to other family businesses in our region and we need your help. If you work with another family business that is not a member, will you tell them about us and our programming? Maybe invite them to be your guest at a future program? Our programs are at the highest level of quality only when we have a diverse membership in attendance.

A big THANK YOU to Trevor Kern, Zeller Kern Wealth Advisors, Nathan Torinus, GBB, and John Whitfield, Moss Adams for helping get all the member Thank You Bags stuffed and ready to be delivered. 

The Membership Committee has a few new committee members; please welcome Mike Rivera with Bank of the West and Gary Orr of Orr Consulting, who will be joining the member recruitment sub-group and helping us grow our membership. The Committee, including all Ambassadors, are making their annual visits to members and delivering ‘thank you’ gifts to each of you. We appreciate this program and the opportunity to meet with you face-to-face, but this will be our final year delivering the bags. Now with over 100 members, we are designing a new way to say thank you and continue to get your feedback. Stay tuned for what’s next!

Do you follow us on social media? If not, please consider not only following us but also including us in your social media marketing. We love sharing with the world all the good stuff our members are up to and when you share your news with us, we will also share, tag and post. And, we’d love it if you did the same. We are on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, so please find us, friend us, like us and let’s help each other keep the algorithms in our favor.

We are very grateful to you as members and strive to deliver interesting programs that will make a difference for your family business. If you have programming ideas that you think would be helpful to you, please reach out to me at 916.771.3220 or by email at I’d love to hear from you!


Stella Premo – Executive Director

Capital Region Family Business Center