WAYNE RIVERS

CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
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WAYNE RIVERS
President

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.  He has also been quoted on the subject of family and closely held businesses by Forbes, Fortune,BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur, CFO, Family Business, The New York Times, Washington Post, and by many other trade, local, regional, and national publications. 

He has written hundreds of articles for various magazines and trade publications and has produced an acclaimed blog for over 15 years.  He has done workshops and lectures for North American Home Furnishings Association, Harley-Davidson, CCA Global, YPO, ACA International, Associated General Contractors of America, National Association of Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractors, American Council of Engineering Companies, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Window and Door Manufacturers Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, University of Wisconsin, University of Pittsburgh, Wake Forest University, Virginia Tech, University of Hawaii, Babson College, UNC Asheville, and many others.

Wayne has also been honored as a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute.

Recent Posts

Attitude is Everything

While it might appear to be a hackneyed cliché, attitude IS contagious, and your attitude affects others as you come in contact with them. It’s not what happens to you that matters. It’s how you choose to respond that makes a difference, and that’s all about your...

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Tom Brady and Creative Destruction

Super Bowl 55 is in the books, but what if we turned the clock back to Tom Brady’s first Super Bowl in 2002? What can we learn about changes in the business world during that short 19 year period, and what conclusions may we draw? Most importantly, what are the...

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Today’s Estimate

The construction industry is facing a bit of a slowdown. Now that competition is tougher and there are fewer projects available, how do you play to win? For many contractors, the first tendency is to shave estimates unrealistically to win more work. But is this a...

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