FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 19, 2021

Contact: Stella Premo, Executive Director
Capital Region Family Business Center
spremo@capfamilybus.org
(916) 771‐3220

Northern California’s Largest Family Business Organization Announces New Board Leadership

Third Generation Business Leader Elected President

Sacramento, CACapital Region Family Business Center (FBC) is pleased to announce the election of Maggie Bender‐Johnson as board president and Justin Horner as vice president. Ms. Bender‐Johnson’s role as president signals a continued emphasis on the organization’s growth in serving Northern California family‐owned businesses in the Sacramento region.

Bender‐Johnson, president of Bender Insurance Solutions in Roseville, has been active in the organization for several years. As a member of her family’s third generation in the business, Maggie possesses unique insight and understands the distinctive challenges that often accompany rising to the top of family business leadership.

“Capital Region Family Business Center has been a significant resource for our family’s business, and I’m so honored to serve the board in this role. FBC and its members have played a critical role in supporting my journey as a next generation family business leader, and as a leader in our community. I hope to inspire other ‘Next Gens’ to lean into their own development and to leverage their FBC peer relationships to further their family businesses,” remarked Bender‐Johnson.

Bender‐Johnson’s term follows that of Stephen Fleming, president and CEO of River City Bank, who led the organization to unprecedented growth, hitting the 100‐member mark in 2019.

“I am delighted to hand the baton to Maggie to lead Family Business Center’s Board of Directors. As an active member for many years, she has contributed to tremendous growth in membership and quality programming. As a senior executive with one of our members, she has a deep understanding of our membership and the programming which will be most impactful,” Fleming commented.

Joining Bender‐Johnson as a board officer is Justin Horner who will serve as vice president in addition to chairing the Generations Conference, slated for January 19‐20, 2022. The two‐day conference in Sacramento will bring together family businesses from across Northern California for lectures, workshops, team building, and networking. Mr. Horner’s leadership experience will be instrumental in building out the programs and ensuring the conference’s overall success.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to be a part of FBC since 2015 and I’m looking forward to expanding on that commitment. Family‐owned businesses are the job‐creating economic backbone for our community, and I’m excited to play a supporting role in our members’ strength, prosperity, and continuity,” said Horner.

Family businesses are the lifeblood of California’s economy, accounting for 66 percent of the state’s GDP and employing 64 percent of its workforce. While these businesses have a tremendous impact, little from a traditional business model translates to the unique dynamics of working for and alongside family members. FBC seeks to fill that void through inventive programming that offers education, peer support and networking.

“I look forward to working alongside Maggie and Justin to reinforce FBC’s mission and vision while serving and growing our membership,” added Stella Premo, executive director for Capital Region Family Business Center.

Current members include such notable companies as Flyers Energy, Green Acres Nursery & Supply, Mikuni, Nugget Markets, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, River City Bank, Sacramento River Cats, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Teichert.

Board members are charged with providing direction on events, programs and topics that are timely priorities for family businesses. Events are often led by Technical Advisors, experts in the fields most pertinent to family businesses such as tax, wealth management, business management. The roster of current technical advisors includes such companies such as Wells Fargo, CAPTRUST (formerly Genovese Burford & Brothers) and HUB International, Inc.

The organization’s events include the annual Generations Family Business Conference, quarterly affinity group meetings on topics specifically geared for CEOs, ‘Next Gen’ leaders and women in business, bi‐annual half‐day family business forums that tackle common issues and challenges, and periodic social outings that bring families together for networking and fun.

For more information on FBC, visit CapFamilyBus.org.

Capital Region Family Business Center is one of the largest family business centers in the country, offering special educational workshops, round‐table discussion groups and relationship‐building social events. Its mission is to promote growth and prosperity for all family businesses in the greater Sacramento region, the guiding focus of its strategy.