Robin Letchinger interviews family business leaders, family members, board members, shareholders, academics, family advisors, and authors to uncover the importance of family businesses and how to sustain them.
Josh Kanter - Utilizing a Family Office
We often think that a family office is for the ultra-wealthy multi-generational family business. Is that true? Who really can benefit from a family office? When should you consider a family office? Do you need an independent family office or are there other options? What should you expect from a family office? Josh Kanter, who leads his own family office and works with others as well, answers these questions sharing some insightful and personal experiences in his conversation with Robin.
James Bly and an Approach to Strategy
James Bly, the national practice leader of Ernst & Young LLP’s Family Enterprise Business Services, joins Robin to discuss the importance of strategy in guiding a family-owned business. Listen in on Robin’s engaging discussion with James as they cover when to develop a strategy, key elements of an effective strategy, what to anticipate looking forward, and how the EY Megatrends can provide guidance along the way.
Bill Hudson - Mixing Family Member and Independent Directors
In your family-owned business, should you have a board comprised entirely of family members or some mix of both family directors and independent directors? In this episode of the Family Business Leadership Podcast, Robin explores that question in her interview with Bill Hudson. Bill, whose company is H. D. Hudson Manufacturing Co., is an active member in his own family business’s multi-generational board and an independent board member on other families’ business boards. Bill and Robin discuss the importance of having independent directors on family business boards and how to navigate some of the family interests that often arise on such boards.
Dick Seaman and Family Business Stewardship
In this inaugural episode of Family Business Leadership, Robin Letchinger interviews Richard "Dick" Seaman as he introduces us to the concept of family business stewardship. Through his own experience and stories, Dick shares what it took to assume leadership of the family business at a young age after a family tragedy and then both grow it and prepare it to be managed by his children and grandchildren. Dick highlights the importance of a "stewardship" mentality, family education, and family communication. He also shares his experience with professional managers and leaders. Robin and discuss these topics that Dick also shares in his recent book, A Vibrant Vision: The Entrepreneurship of Multigenerational Family Business.