2019 Call for Presentations


Now accepting proposals for break-out session presenters – Deadline Extended: June 25, 2018
Going on its third year, the Generations Family Business Conference will feature an impressive roster of local, regional and national keynote and breakout speakers who will share personal stories and experiences regarding the issues and trials that are unique to family businesses.

Are you interested in sharing your knowledge and expertise at this multi-generational event of over 300 family business leaders and peers?   We encourage out-of-the-box thinking and interactive learning! To learn more about our presentation guidelines and submit your proposal click here.  

2018 Keynote Speakers

Eric Stille, CEO
Stille Family
Nugget Markets

“Incorporating Your Family’s Values”

Family-owned and operated for 90 years, Nugget Markets is a community based grocer offering specialty and conventional goods to guests in the Sacramento region, Marin County and Sonoma Valley. For the last 12 years, Nugget Markets’ dynamic culture has also been recognized on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list.

Mark Mariani, Chairman/CEO
Mariani Packing Company
“The Elephant in the Room”

Mariani Packing Co., Inc. is the largest family operated global dried fruit company.

Blair Trippe, Managing Partner
Continuity Family Business Consulting
“Deconstructing Conflict”

Continuity is a boutique family business consulting firm focusing on succession planning, corporate & family governance development and managing conflict when continuing relationship matter. Our work incorporates each unique constellation of business and family issues as we consider the range of options available to our clients as they move from where they are to where they want to be.

Mike Betts, CEO
Betts Company
“150 Years and Counting: Overcoming Change and Adversity”


Bill Betts, President and COO
Betts Company
“150 Years and Counting: Overcoming Change and Adversity”

Betts provides its customers with products, services and expertise to help move vehicles, products and people productively and safely through three business units: Betts Spring Manufacturing, Betts Truck Parts and Service and BettsHD. The fundamental purpose of Betts Company is to help people and things get where they’re going easier, faster and safer.

Ken Grossman, Founder
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
“Implementing Sustainable Practices”

Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada now spans both coasts with breweries in Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for craft brewers worldwide with innovations in brewhouse as well as advance in sustainability.