Center for Family Business

Greg McCann
Greg McCann
Family Business Advisor,
International Speaker and Author

Shawn Gorman

Shawn Gorman, Chairman, L.L Bean

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“The Center for Family Business 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

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2017-2018 Program Schedule

For more information about membership and to join now, click here.

To download a brochure describing the 2017-2018 CFB brochure, click here.

To reserve space for the programs below, click on the link in each program description.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
I. How Birth Order Impacts Your Family Business
II. Managing Difficult (Beastly) People

Jack Agati, Speaker and Trainer
The Derryfield Country Club, Manchester, NH
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - Noon: Program
Noon—Lunch and Networking

Part I. This presentation will help you gain insight into how and why people behave as they do. Each position in the birth order brings unique characteristics that influence how a person deals with decision- making, manages conflicts and communicates with others. Learn how to avoid potential conflicts between family and employees by understanding the role birth order plays in your family business.

Part II. We all manage difficult people in our lives; however, what do we do after we've tried the usual conflict resolution methods and these people don't respond but become worse in their behaviors? They've gone beyond being difficult, they're acting beastly and adversely affecting all around them. Allowing them to continue would cause great harm. They need to be dealt with now.

Jack Agati has over 25 years of experience as a professional speaker and trainer and has earned a reputation for useful, relevant information combined with humor that makes learning fun.

To reserve space, click here.

Annual Combined CFB and CEO Forum
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Family Business Executive Loses His Voice and Finds Balance

Presenter: Kevin Hancock, CEO, Hancock Lumber
Location: Huddleston Hall, UNH Durham
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.: Registration and Networking
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.: Full Breakfast
9:00 - 10 a.m.: Presentation
10:15 am.-Noon:
Conversation with Kevin (Family Businesses only)
Noon—Lunch and Networking

Kevin Hancock is president of Hancock Lumber Company, a 6th generation family-owned business established in 1848. Kevin never planned to join the family business but for the last 20 years he has very successfully led the $155 million company with 14 retail stores, three sawmills, 12,000 acres of timberland and 475 employees.

Kevin is a true believer in team-oriented, bottoms-up problem solving and will share the Hancock Lumber story and lessons learned along the way. His talk will focus on finding our own unique voice, which can sometimes be a challenge in a family business, and the idea of leaders doing less not more. Kevin is an advocate of strengthening the voices of all individuals through listening, empowering, and shared leadership. His enthusiasm for the stewardship of the family business is contagious.

Hancock Lumber is a multi-year recipient of the "Best Places to Work in Maine" award, past recipient of the Maine Family Business of the Year Award, the Governor's Award for Business Excellence and, out of 7500 national lumber firms, was named Pro-Sales 2017 dealer of the year.

To reserve space, click here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Keeping the Digital Wolves at Bay: Cyber Security for Family Businesses

Presenters: Discussion led by a panel of experts
The Grappone Center, Concord, NH
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.: Registration and Continential Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - Noon: Program
Noon—Lunch and Networking

Today all businesses are at risk of cyber threats, attacks, and fraud. While large corporations have extensive in-house IT protection or retain industry-leading specialists, smaller businesses must find cost effective ways to protect themselves from those same threats. The risks from not developing effective IT protections are even greater for family businesses as the line between company and personal data is often blurred, and the economic security of several generations of family members can be at stake.

A panel of experts will give an overview on the importance of protecting your company from cyber threats, and latest ways to determine how vulnerable your systems and data may be and how to best protect it on both the internal and external fronts. The panelists will discuss how smaller businesses can manage these risks and issues that family businesses in particular need to consider.

To reserve space, click here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Enterprise Value: What It Is and Why It's Important to Family Business

Presenter: Stephen McGee , Managing Director, Bigelow LLC
Puritan Conference Center, Manchester, NH
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.: Registration and Continential Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - Noon: Program
Noon—Lunch and Networking

Every family business should understand the importance of Enterprise Value whether planning to keep the business in the family for generations to come or planning for an eventual sale. How should you plan for the long-term sustainability of the company beyond your personal ownership? The session will explore how family business owners build their fortune, capture their company gains, and create their legacy.

Stephen R. McGee is a managing director at Bigelow LLC, an independently owned mergers and acquisition firm in Portsmouth. Stephen has been advising clients on acquisitions, divestiture, capital raising and refinancing for over 20 years.

To reserve space, click here.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Leading Change Within a Family Business

Presenter: Peter Lane, Ph.D.
The Derryfield Country Club, Manchester, NH
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.: Registration and Continential Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - Noon: Program
Noon—Lunch and Networking

One of the few constants in business today is that things are continually changing—competitors, customer demographics and needs, technology, and marketing channels. While this creates challenges for any business, it creates both unique challenges and unique opportunities for family businesses. In some ways it may be easier for family businesses to change, but in other ways it may be more difficult. This workshop will review the best practices for leading organizational change and then dig deeper to understand how those practices should be adapted when the business is owned and managed by family members. The workshop will introduce tools and processes to help you better handle business-driven changes. Working with these tools and processes as part of your leadership toolbox will also help you prepare to deal with future family-driven changes such as generational transitions.

Peter Lane is a Professor of Strategy and Technology at UNH Paul College of Business and Economics.

To reserve space, click here.

Membership Information

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Additional Programs

Leadership Development Program
The Center also offers a Leadership Development Program that helps the next-generation of management assume greater leadership roles in family businesses. Participants develop stronger leadership skills, reflect on their own abilities, talents and opportunities in the company and build a peer network of support. It consists of eight (8) full-day classes taught throughout the year by UNH Business School faculty and family business experts.
For more information about the Leadership Development Program click here or call (603) 862-1107
To download a brochure describing the 2017-2018 Program,
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CEO Forum
The CEO Forum, established in 1997, is an outreach program of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and the Graduate School created to serve CEOs, owners, and presidents in northern New England. The Forum provides its members with opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with their peers in business and industry in an informal setting. Beginning with networking time, along with a full breakfast, meetings feature a presentation by a corporate leader on a topic of current interest. Five breakfast seminars are offered each year. The annual membership fee is $795 and includes breakfast for you and an associate at all five seminars. For further information email or call (603) 862-1107. Click here to download the brochure listing this year’s CEO Forum programs or go to:

For More Information

If you would like more information about the Center for Family Business and its programs, or if you know someone who is interested in joining, please contact the office at (603) 862-1107, or email

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