Center for Family Business

Leadership Graduates 2013 Leadership Development Program Graduates

Front row: Barbara Draper-Director, Center for Family Business; Peter Goedecke, Goedecke Flooring & Design; Kristin Makris, Makris Lobster & Steak House; Brandi Coulter, Skillings and Sons; Grant Kelly, New Hampshire Distributors

Back row: Blaine Davis, HR Clough; Ben Huntington, Pleasant View Gardens; Bryan Savoie, A.J. LeBlanc Heating; Warren Daigle, Daigle Plumbing & Heating; Jeff Daigle, Daigle Plumbing & Heating; Vanessa Drusak-Professor, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics (not pictured: Matt Mercier, Macy Industries)

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Comments from Leadership Graduates

“Working with the UNH faculty combined the practical aspects of operating a business with the tools necessary to deal with the unique dynamics of a family business. The peer to peer discussions of those concepts brought the experience to a higher level.”
     – Christian Rand,
       Granite State Communications

“The Leadership Development Program served as an excellent forum to explore the major elements of leadership style and enhance my abilities.
The discussion, coaching, and team building helped me be more open and supportive to
my employees.”
     – Darlene Dunn, Dunn Industries, Inc.

“I would recommend this program to any upper level manager as a confidence and knowledge builder. As the business world changes, it's nice to have a place to go where you can learn what changes to expect and how to handle them.”
     – Eric Lambert,
       Brentwood Machine Sales

“The only thing that could be done to improve the program would be to create a year two.”
     – Shane Drolet, General Linen

Leadership Development Programs

Enhancing the Leadership Skills of Family Business Owners and Their Successors

“The Family Business Forum is a great place to learn from other businesses how they tackle difficult issues and situations. I think letting go is a tough issue for the former generation. It signals life changing scenarios and a questions, ‘What do I do now?’ The Center for Family Business can help with some of those issues.”

– George E. Freese III, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing
Globe Manufacturing Company

     Select a Program to Learn More:
          » Leadership Peer Group
          » Leadership Development Program
          » The CEO Forum


About the Leadership Peer Group

The Leadership Peer Group is a confidential group of 8 to 12 leadership graduates who will meet bi-monthly, 6 times a year, to discuss business and family matters and other topics of mutual concern in a supportive and helpful environment. The goal is to foster continued learning and growth through shared experiences with peers. All participants are anticipating—or are already committed to—ownership/leadership roles now or in the foreseeable future.

The Leadership Peer Group offers:

Professional Facilitator and Guest Experts

Our facilitator for the program is Edward F. Mullen, who was instrumental in establishing the Center for Family Business and has sponsored the Center since its inception. Ed brings considerable experience to our program, having been a trusted advisor to families and business owners for over 35 years. He is an excellent process facilitator, guiding family businesses through the transition-planning phase by applying a coaching approach.

Ed graduated from the University of New Hampshire and has owned and operated a successful general agency for the MassMutual financial group. He earned a masters degree in financial services along with obtaining the professional designations of Chartered Financial Consultant and Family Business Specialist. He brings the Center an exceptional and unique level of family business experience.

During this leadership program, Ed also brings in other experts—in family psychology, finance, law, and management—to provide a challenging and useful experience to all participants.

Expectations, Meeting Times, and Cost

Members of group must be committed to participating in the peer setting and place a high priority on attending all 6 meetings. This is important because members rely on one another for follow-up, feedback, and continuity. Members will agree upon meeting times and locations.

Participation in the peer group compliments the Center for Family Business meetings by allowing members explore the issues, which often are generational, on a more personal level with their peers.

Other Possible Peer Groups

If there is an interest in developing other Peer Groups, such as Senior CEOs, Women in Family Business, etc., please bring this interest to the attention of CFB Director, Barbara Draper.

Membership is open to graduates of the UNH Leadership Development Program and family business members who have been in the business for a minimum of 5 years and who have, or expect to have, a leadership role but are not first generation owners.

Participants pay an annual fee of $995. For more information on our leadership programs, call Barbara Draper at (603) 862-1107; or email barbara.draper@unh.edu


“The UNH Center for Family Business Leadership Development Program has been hugely beneficial to my personal and professional growth. More than anything else, this program has provided me with invaluable insights into who I am now, who I want to be, and who the family business needs me to be in order to lead our company in the future.”

Joshua Robinson, Director of Sales & Marketing,
Checkmate Payroll Services

About the Leadership Development Program

The Leadership Development Program provides current owners, the next generation of owners/managers, and key non-family managers with the opportunity to sharpen leadership skills and kindle enthusiasm for the challenges of running a profitable enterprise.

The Program, consisting of eight full-day work sessions, is taught by faculty of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and experts in family business.

The next Leadership Development Program will be in the Fall of 2015.


Because much of the learning in the class is centered around real life issues stemming from the participants own family business experience, each daylong session will have a unique emphasis.

This program is intended for those family and non-family members who anticipate a move into the primary organizational leadership role. It is a highly participative program during which the participants are required to apply their learning back at home, then report their experiences in the sessions that follow. The learning, while based upon established theory and concepts, is very practical and in past sessions has been found to have a major impact on the competence, self-esteem, and leadership qualities for all who have enrolled.

Topics covered include:

Additional topics are added to address the specific interests and needs of each individual class whenever suitable.

The program meets one day per month for the eight months.

A Certificate in Family Business Leadership will be awarded to those who successfully complete the program.

Cost of the Leadership Development Program

The fee for this program is $1995 for Center for Family Business member attendee or $2450 per non-member attendee and includes attendance by a senior family member at one program. Cost includes a continental breakfast, lunch each day, and all class materials.

The Leadership Development Program offers:

For More Information:

If you would like more information about the Leadership Development Program, the Leadership Peer Group, the CEO Forum, or other programs of the Center for Family Business, please contact the office at (603) 862-1107, or email barbara.draper@unh.edu.


About the CEO Forum

The CEO Forum, established in 1997, is an outreach program of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. Created to serve CEOs, CFOs, and presidents of companies in northern New England, the Forum provides its members with opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with their business and industry peers in an informal setting. Beginning with networking time, along with a full breakfast, each meeting features a presentation by a corporate leader on a topic of current interest. This year, six breakfast seminars are being offered.

The annual membership fee is $795 and provides you and an associate access to all six seminars. For more information, email Barbara Draper, Director, at barbara.draper@unh.edu or call (603) 862-1107.

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