Throwback Photo: Steve and Stella at the 2019 Spring Family Forum.

Dear Members, 

This time of year usually brings a flurry of activity, including the 2021 planning efforts of FBC staff and volunteers.  As such, normally we would be touting our Holiday events, programs, and, of course, the organization’s signature event, the Generations Conference.  But something else was planned for this year and we have all been forced to adjust course. 

In reaction to the social isolation and economic shutdown which began in March, we are so proud that our programming team immediately responded with relevant information that paved the way for reassurance, calm, and progress:


  • We gathered virtually for a fun Family Dinner Night (Sushiology) class hosted by FBC member, Mikuni owner (and local celebrity) Taro Arai. Don’t worry if you didn’t catch this one, we may have another opportunity for our members in the spring.
  • Our Family Forum and Affinity Groups were all held online and gave our members an opportunity to see each other face to face, even if it was only virtually. Being able to share our experiences about the pandemic and other topics was informative and even a bit therapeutic.

Looking ahead to 2021, we are excited to follow along with a new sitcom pilot on ABC based on our member, the Sacramento River Cats, and their CEO Susan Savage. The dramedy, starring Felicity Huffman and Zack Gottsagen, will tell the story of how, after tragically losing patriarch Art, Susan and their son Jeff Savage took the reins of the company and became a leading family business in the Sacramento community.

We are as committed as ever to creating engaging programming to efficiently educating and nurturing our region’s family businesses. None of this could be possible without the dedication of our volunteer board of directors and committee members. We sincerely thank each of our volunteers for their strong commitment to the Family Business Center.

We would especially like to thank Grant Deary of Nor-Cal Beverage. Grant has been a part of the FBC since 2009 and recently termed off the Board after an 11-year stint. We thank him for his many years of service, vision, and leadership that have helped the FBC to the growth that we enjoy today.

We wish you and your families a safe holiday season and look forward to opportunities to work together in the new year.

Happy Holidays!

Stephen Fleming, FBC Board President
Stella Premo, Executive Director, FBC