Greetings Fellow FBC Members,

Summer is upon us!   As a representative of a family business organization, I hope it goes without saying that the season of graduations and weddings, family barbecues and outings, and vacations and pool time is one I look forward to all year.  I hope these next few months bring you an opportunity to share some special time with the important people in your life.

Speaking of family time, family business member Gorrill Ranch, an important name in the California rice industry and agriculture as a whole, is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary this month.  We congratulate the family on this important milestone and encourage you to read about the company in this issue.

I know that our social outings are a valued benefit for our members.  As such, members were overjoyed to spend a beautiful sold out evening with family at our annual Night at the River Cats.  Not only did we witness a River Cats victory and Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner in action, but the evening temperature topped in the 70s. (For those that call Sacramento home, you know that’s a victory, as well!)  A casual time to socialize and celebrate was appreciated by all.

Thank you to Dave Boyce and Ben Brown of BFBA, LLC who keynoted last month’s Affinity Group-1 meeting for our founders, presidents and CEOs.  This discussion answered the important question “What can you do now to ensure that your business continues to thrive?”, a top-of-mind issue for many of executives as they begin to consider a transition to the next generation.

Looking ahead, plans are in full swing for our fall Family Business Forum in October, December’s holiday social, and, of course, the Generations Family Business Conference in February 2019.  We hope one or all of these events will connect you with other members and continue to answer those important questions.


Steve Fleming

Board President