This time of year brings a flurry of activity, both in our respective workplaces and personal lives, as well as the planning efforts of FBC staff and volunteers. Holiday events, and, of course, programs for next year, including the upcoming Generations Conference, are keeping us all busy! With that in mind, I am delighted to share a few details of what’s in store for the FBC in 2019:
Growth in Membership: We are about to hit a key milestone with 100 Family Business Members! We know that FBC is only as strong as its membership. To us, that means representing an array of industries and businesses of all sizes, but all being family owned. Kudos to our membership committee, a group of volunteers that takes FBC into their networks for the benefit of us all.
3rd Annual Generations Family Business Conference: In response to our dynamic keynote speaker and breakout session line-up, registrations and sponsorships continue to outpace our projections for February’s Generations Conference. Limited space is still available; we encourage you to take advantage of this unique local opportunity to hear from industry leaders on the issues that matter to you…succession planning, handling family conflict, taxes and estates, and more. Remember, our Family Ticket Packages enable you to bring multiple members of your team to the event at a discounted rate. We look forward to seeing you there! If you are interested in joining the planning effort for the following year’s (2020) conference, please contact Conference Chair Amber Holwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Board Members: I am delighted to report that Justin Horner and Meghan Baker have agreed to join the FBC Board. Justin is the Director of Business development with DCA Partners, a leading local investment bank based in Roseville. In his spare time, he led our efforts with the planning of the Spring Family Forum and has been Vice-Chair in planning the upcoming Generations Conference. Meghan is a successful partner and attorney with Downey Brand, most relevant for us, has been making a huge contribution to the FBC via the Programming Committee, including taking the lead in planning the upcoming Spring Family Forum. I would be remiss, also, if I didn’t thank our departing directors: Cathy Aronson, Tom Dille, Tim Schultz, Duffy Segale. Each of these folks made a huge contribution to the FBC while on the Board, but we expect to see them remain actively engaged with the FBC.