Family Governance for Business Owners


Family Governance for Business Owners

Multi-generational, business-owning families in the cousin generation and beyond are complicated. Intentional processes of family governance can create the space for mutual discernment of goals and the means of meeting goals to help create and maintain family harmony and pave the way for business continuity. Business continuity is not only important for families and employees, but also for customers, suppliers, and the communities where the business operates.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the roles of family, owners, the board, and leaders in a family enterprise
  • Explore through discussion of a brief case the implications of different owner goals and the importance of alignment
  • Explore through discussion of another brief case the use of owner vision, values, and expectations for business performance by the board and leadership
  • Understand forms of family governance and how they can contribute to family harmony, development, and business continuity.


About the Presenter:

Learn from industry expert Rob Sligh, Consultant, The Family Business Consulting Group

Meet the Presenter



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This meeting will be held at Grand Valley State University.

Address: 301 West Fulton, 210 L.V. Eberhard, Grand Rapids, MI 49504


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About the Presenter

Rob Sligh

Rob Sligh

Consultant, The Family Business Consulting Group

Meet Rob Sligh.

Rob is a consultant for The Family Business Consulting Group, helping enterprising families with business ownership and leadership succession, creating and improving family business fiduciary and advisory boards, planning and facilitating family and family council meetings, and guiding strategic planning processes.

Prior to joining FBCG, Rob spent 33 years in multi-generational family business leadership. Initially in brand management at SC Johnson Wax for several years, he went on to become Chairman and CEO and of Sligh Furniture and Clocks, a 4th generation manufacturing and marketing company with a majority-outside board of directors.

He served on more than 20 family business fiduciary or advisory boards and non-profit boards. On many of those, he served as Chairman of the Board and / or Chairman of the Compensation, Finance or Nominating Committee.

Rob is particularly experienced in family business board development. Years after creating a board, family owners often say it’s one of the best decisions they ever made. Having experienced multi-generational succession in his own family business and countless others, Rob is skilled at facilitating ownership and leadership succession processes.

He’s an experienced facilitator of peer-group meetings for family enterprise Chairs and CEOs. Rob facilitates family meetings and strategic planning retreats, as well as mentors both new and experienced NowGen and NextGen leaders.