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Historically, family business owners have relied on their own entrepreneurial skills and prowess for success. In instances where they have need for specific expertise, they have sought out traditional advisors (e.g. CPAs, attorneys, bankers, and/or financial planners). Due to their relatively narrow focus, such specialists alone are insufficient for many family businesses because they fail to recognize and deliver solutions that address issues beyond financial or technical components.

Your long term success requires a well-balanced look at not only the typical financial structures of the family business, but also the structures which deal with operations and management of the family owned business and how well or poorly people in the system function together. Our experienced consultants take a unique, collaborative approach that focuses on balancing interpersonal, operational, and financial issues to help family and closely held businesses achieve breakthrough success.

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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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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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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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

Navigating Workplace Dynamics

Keeping employees out of harm’s way on the jobsite is a top priority for any construction business. One key aspect of wellbeing is that of mental health which includes psychological safety. Today’s successful contractors foster environments where employees can thrive...

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The Seductiveness of “NO”

A distressed contractor called us with a sticky situation: he and his business partner were deadlocked over an issue, and every time he went to him with a pathway beyond deadlock, the partner replied, “NO!” Why are there so many people in organizations who reflexively...

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