Family Business Club Conference 2015

As an annual tradition, the Family Business Conference is our flagship event for the year. The Conference provides the ideal opportunity to discuss the common issues and challenges facing family businesses in a discreet yet inclusive setting, surrounded by our peers as well as industry experts.

This February, the Family Business Conference successfully hosted our second annual conference at the Faculty House. This year, we focused on the unique set of challenges facing family businesses in transition, especially regarding family succession and its impacts on the family business. The conference featured several distinguished speakers and panelists, including: Richard Edelman President & CEO, Edelman. Richard’s father, Mr. Daniel Edelman, founded Edelman in 1952. Richard took over as CEO in 1996, and has since grown Edelman into the world's largest Public Relations firm. Edelman is currently ranked by Forbes as the 7th best company to work for. Andrew Taylor Executive Chairman, Enterprise Holdings. Andy Taylor is Executive Chairman of Enterprise Holdings, founded in 1957 by his father, Jack Taylor. Still owned and operated by the Taylor family, Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in the world today, and is consistently ranked by Forbes as one of America’s Largest Private Companies.


8:30 AM – 9:15 AM // Conference Registration and Breakfast

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM // Opening Remarks (Lily Oswald ’15, President, CBS Family Business Club)

9:30AM – 10:15 AM // Opening Keynote (Richard Edelman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Edelman PR)

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM // Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM // Morning Panel Discussion “Fathers,Sons,and Family Business” Jack and Bob Mitchell, Steve and Ben Grossman ’06 Moderated by Professor Michael Preston

12:00PM – 1:30PM // Sponsored Lunch Platinum Sponsors: Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) Wealth Management discussion led by BBH Executives

1:30PM – 2:30PM Concurrent Breakout Sessions

1.Family Advisors and their views on the new generation - Henry Hutcheson ’94,Devin Bird,Fran Lotery,PhD Moderated by Prof. Patricia Angus
2.Legal concerns relevant to the new generation - David Guin & Chi-Yu Liang Moderated by Family Business Club Board Members

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM // Coffee Break

2:45PM – 3:45PM // Afernoon Panel Discussion “The New Generation Reflects” - Jon Sebastiani ’12, Mark Mini ’13, Nicholas Logothetis, Maya Rodale, Moderated by Family Business Club Board Members

4:00 PM – 4:45PM // Closing Keynote ( Andrew Taylor, Executive Chairman, Enterprise Holdings)

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM // Closing Remarks CBS Family Business Club Board Members

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM // Networking Reception With Andrew Taylor

Keynote Speakers