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Our team of consultants are trained to meet the needs of your business and family.  Each one has extensive experience in family business operations to help you find the answers to your most difficult questions.

Our Team

WAYNE RIVERS

WAYNE RIVERS

Wayne Rivers is the co-founder and President of The Family Business Institute, Inc.  He has authored four books on the subject of business families the latest of which is Our Family Business Crisis and How It Made Us Stronger.  Wayne has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, "BusinessWeek: WEEKEND" and on the Retirement Living Network. Wayne is a Wall Street Journal Expert Panelist and has also been honored as a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute.

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KEVIN ALBANESE

KEVIN ALBANESE

Kevin Albanese has a lifetime in construction having grown up in a three-generation family construction business. Kevin specializes in working with executives and their leadership teams on complex issues such as strategic planning, succession planning, corporate governance, and labor relations.
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MARY ALSTON

MARY ALSTON

Mary is the Administrative Assistant to all the FBI consultants. Prior to FBI, she spent 20 years with Macy's in New York City in various roles.
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FRED AMPOLINI

FRED AMPOLINI

Fred Ampolini has three decades of business, manufacturing and engineering expertise and has lived the engineering adventure of a lifetime! Fred's skillset includes strategic planning, forming high functioning teams, leadership development, process analysis and improvement, coaching, and high level business analysis and improvement. As an inventor, he holds more than 35 US and international patents.
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BILL BABB

BILL BABB

Bill Babb is a family business consultant who has devoted his 31 year career to helping successful business owners sort through the intricacies of advanced wealth management.
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DENNIS ENGELBRECHT

DENNIS ENGELBRECHT

Dennis Engelbrecht is a family business consultant who has devoted his life and career to creating, improving, building, and coaching entrepreneurial pursuits and business success. He has seven successful business ventures of his own to his credit.
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MIKE FLENTJE

MIKE FLENTJE

Michael Flentje is a highly accomplished business and military leader with over four decades of delivering high value impact to organizations while serving in leadership roles as a business practice leader, management consultant, and nuclear submarine officer.
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TRAVIS HENDRICK

TRAVIS HENDRICK

Travis Hendrick is an experienced construction professional with over 20 years in industry management and leadership roles. Travis has worked in estimating, engineering, project management, finance, and accounting positions.
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ROB HOOVER

ROB HOOVER

Rob is an experienced business consultant who specializes in executive coaching, facilitation, and change management strategies to help clients reach their full potentials. His areas of expertise include team building, high-quality project deliverables, business modeling, strategic planning, and crucial conversations.
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CHARLOTTE KOPP

CHARLOTTE KOPP

Charlotte is the Business Development Manager at The Family Business Institute. She started her career as a middle school teacher before electing to stay home and raise her children. During that time, she created a catering business which allowed her to enjoy her passion of cooking while simultaneously gaining sales and marketing experience.
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JOHN MAYES

JOHN MAYES

John Mayes grew up working in his family's business. He learned firsthand about the commitment and dedication that it takes to operate a successful family-owned business.
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DOUG MCCRIGHT

DOUG MCCRIGHT

Doug McCright has an extensive business background. He grew up on his family's farm in Iowa, graduated from Southern Illinois Magna Cum Laude, and embarked on a career in agribusiness. He has experience in agribusiness, construction, the food sector, franchising and other industries.
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MOLLY MCDANIEL

MOLLY MCDANIEL

Molly McDaniel is a CEO Roundtable Project Leader and has the responsibility for managing The Contractor Business Boot Camp processes. She loves people and enjoys being a part of the mission to build better contractors.
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KAREN MCKEE

KAREN MCKEE

Karen McKee was FBI's first employee after its founding. She has filled pretty much every role in the company as it has evolved.
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BEN NORTHEY

BEN NORTHEY

Ben Northey has enjoyed a four-decade career in construction from digging ditches to corporate boardrooms, and he has loved it all. Along his journey, Ben occupied and excelled in virtually every management position in the industry. He spent most of his career in Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific northwest markets.
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SARA OLSON

SARA OLSON

Sara Olson is a tremendous asset serving as a CEO Roundtable Project Leader and as FBI's Financial and Office Manager. She truly enjoys working with FBI's clients, helping improve their businesses, contributing to their meetings, and working with their teams.
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BILL PROVETT

BILL PROVETT

Bill Provett is a family business consultant who has been active in a variety of domestic and international industries including construction, manufacturing, electronics, telecommunications, and automotive as a consultant and agent of change.
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SHARON REECE

SHARON REECE

Sharon Reece is one of FBI's talented peer group leaders. She enjoys the rewarding experience of watching the lives of construction company owners and their teams improve with every peer group meeting.
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JOHN STUMP

JOHN STUMP

John Stump is a Performance Roundtable Facilitator and Family Business Consultant. He most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for LMG Holdings, a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock company with operations in 47 states and Canada.
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JOHN WOODCOCK

JOHN WOODCOCK

John Woodcock is a Performance Roundtable Facilitator and Family Business Consultant. An experienced executive with nearly thirty years in the building and contracting industries, John's business expertise is practical and extensive and includes strategic planning, business operations, risk management, finance, and business development.
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Recent Posts

10 Things I Learned Over My Business Career

This week’s vlog is very special indeed as Dennis offers his FINAL video message. Yes, after a long and illustrious career including 21 years helping The Family Business Institute grow and prosper, Dennis is hanging it up for good. Reflecting on a most productive and...

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Goal Achievement and Unanticipated Consequences

We’ve been saying for years that goal setting for your business is critical to your long term success. Because he is an authentic example, Dennis set a very specific goal in 2023: to become the #1 tennis player in the USA in his age group. That’s a BHAG: a big, hairy,...

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One Key to Inspiring Employee Loyalty

According to a recent LinkedIn poll, there is one employer tactic that could inspire increased loyalty among 94% of your employees! WOW! What is this behavior, and how can you maximize the benefit for your people and your company? Please tune in this week as Wayne...

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