The Goering CenterGoering Center for Family & Private Business

The Goering Center
  • John Goering

    John Goering, Founder

    Through a generous endowment, the Goering Center for Family and Private Business was founded at the University of Cincinnati with the mission to improve the vitality of family and private firms throughout the region. John Goering continues to support our mission as a continuing benefactor and active board member.   Read More

  • Mike and Buddy LaRosa

    Mike and Buddy LaRosa

    "As family-owned businesses pass ownership from one generation to the next, strategic planning is critically important. It helps align family ownership with management, and defines the core family values and survival vision for the business. These become the foundation for performance goals that unify the family with its short and long term business objectives." Mike LaRosa, CEO, LaRosa's, Inc.   Read More

  • Tara

    Tara Halpin

    "The Leadership Development Institute taught us how to identify the type of leaders we are and how to structure our communication more effectively with people who have different personality types. We also learned how to improve our relationships with our customers." Tara Steinhauser Halpin, President, Steinhauser, Inc.   Read More

  • Jonathan Theders

    Jonathan Theders

    "The Goering Center has helped me to understand myself, my management and our staff better. It has made a significant and immediate impact on the way we plan and a better bottom line has resulted." Jonathan Theders, President, Clark-Theders Insurance Agency   Read More

  • Paul Verst

    Paul Verst

    "In these challenging times, creating and implementing a strategic plan is not an option. Getting the right help with proven processes makes this mission possible." Paul Verst, CEO, Verst Group Logistics   Read More

  • LDI

    Leadership Development Institute

    Enrolling Now!   Read More

Goering Center for Family & Private Business

The Goering Center for Family & Private Business, at the University of Cincinnati, is a leading educational and informational resource center for family and closely held businesses. Membership in the Goering Center benefits businesses of every size and industry.  As a member business, everyone on your staff is a welcome constituent. Together, you can attend programs, meet the "who's who" of the Cincinnati area family and private business owners who enjoy sharing their stories and learning from one another.

With the intent of accelerating business growth and sustaining family business harmony, the Goering Center can help you address the unique and critical issues facing firms of all sizes including:

Succession PlanningLeadership Development
Communication TechniquesCompensation Issues
Strategic PlanningAdvisory Boards
Governance IssuesConflict Resolutions

The Goering Center has one of the leading programs in the country, preparing the Next Generation of family business owners to manage the family firm. The Family Business Principles Course is your key to developing a common vocabulary, language, model, and understanding of what makes family business unique. Our Leadership Development Institute is designed to address the unique challenges faced by those leading a family business.  And the Strategic Planning Institute will allow your team to take away an implementable plan on a few pages, not a two-inch binder. At the Goering Center we can help you create an outside board through our Business Boards Institute.

MEMBERSHIP: Three types of membership classifications assure a diverse and rewarding learning and networking opportunity at the Goering Center.  Learn more about membership.

MISSION STATEMENT: To nurture and educate family businesses to drive a vibrant economy.

SAFE HAVEN POLICY:  The Goering Center respects the privacy of our members, and provides a safe-haven environment. Members agree not to market to or solicit other members, but are encouraged to buy from each other. Names, addresses, and contact information are strictly confidential and are to be used only for member-to-member communications.

Contact Information:
Phone: 513-556-7185   Email:

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Principles Course - Monthly -  Designed to help you develop a common vocabulary, language, model and understanding of what makes family businesses unique.  For additional information about the Principles Course and to select a date convenient for you, click here.


2015 Family & Private Business All-Star Awards

2015 Family & Private Business All-Star Awards




For more information, click here.


3.18.15 - Executive Luncheon Seminar, From White Castle to the White House. 4th generation family member of White Castle, Vice President, Jamie Richardson, shares the values of his family business.  11:30-1:30PM, Sharonville Convention Center.  Register online here.

4.9.15 - Educational Forum, How do you get to your family business exit?  Like most business owners, you're invested in your business, both in time and money. So how do you position the business for optimal return on investment when it's time to retire?  7:30 - 11:45, Sharonville Convention Center.  Register online here.

4.30.15 Business Board Insitute Workshop. The Goering Center will guide you in developing a personalized plan to optimize an outside board.  Call Dave Bimschleger, 513-556-7409 for more information. Or register online here.



Future Programs:

Please click here for our Calendar of Events.