Overall, facilitators add value and inspire participants to take action- specific steps in the journey of generational transition. The program is NOT designed for the transition plan to take place over the seven month period. Rather, the sessions become “tools in the toolbox” to review as the family makes progress on this journey. Facilitators are also ‘cheerleaders” to encourage participants to make attendance to the sessions a key priority, complete assignments between classes, and develop a pace of progress in developing their plan.
Carol grew up and worked in a family business in Maryland, Butler's Orchard, which started in 1950 and is now in the process of developing transition plans for the third generation.
David Kiihnl is President of David Kiihnl & Associates which specializes in developing sustainable business strategies, implementing successful succession plans, and providing advice to Presidents and Owners of mid-size and small companies.
Kermit is an executive in product, business development and operations with extensive experience in communications and technology leading the development and implementation of products, programs and processes.
Throughout his 30 year career, Mark Matthews has successfully led distribution businesses ranging in size from green field start-ups to a billion dollar business unit of a Fortune 500 corporation.
Upon graduating from Bowling Green State University, Jim began his career as a tax accountant at international CPA firm, Arthur Andersen, where he primarily served closely held and family owned businesses.
Mike served as President/CEO of Gold Star Chili for seven years and subsequent to that served as a consultant to Gold Star’s Board of Directors, working with the new CEO on strategic direction and succession projects.
After receiving his MBA from the University of Cincinnati, in under 10 months, Rik has over 41 years of sales and marketing experience with six different companies, two of which are Fortune 500 companies.
Dr. Wood (Dr. Frank), Founder and CEO of Thriving with Stress, has developed an innovative cutting-edge training course designed to manage and mitigate stress in the workplace, in relationships and with life.