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

Three PROFOUND Questions

Contractors toil long and hard at their jobs. Sometimes the thankless, hurry-up, “what have you done for me lately?” nature of construction causes people to become myopic: “I just want to get through this week, Wayne! I’ll worry about next week and next month when...

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Ditch Diggers

This week we are featuring, with his permission of course, a powerful poem and video by a young man named Eric Borden. We first saw this at an AGC Convention, and among the few thousand attendees, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. We’d like to hear what you think...

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Leadership Excellence

Few contractors enter the industry with great leadership skills. Rather, most start with good technical skills or education. As one increases his/her responsibilities over time, they make the transition from managing tasks to managing people. Therefore, they must...

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