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The CMA Family Business Speaker Series is an annual event designed to provide a learning opportunity for family business owners and their advisers. Our keynote speakers generally talk for about 45 minutes on a particular topic of interest to family business owners, field questions and answers for about 30 minutes, and conduct an extended Q&A with our Family Business Forum members.

It’s a rare opportunity to hear firsthand from noteworthy family business owners about what works and what doesn’t within their family operations—taking home lessons and advice you can use to improve your own family venture.

Past Speakers

2019 – Shawn Gorman and Steve Smith, L.L. Bean

2018 – Jamie Richardson, White Castle

2017 – Tom Phillips, Weekends Only

2016 – Chris Eckert, Eckert’s

2015 – Herschend Family Entertainment

2014 – Bill DeWitt III, St. Louis Cardinals

2013 – Billy Busch Brewing

2012 – Andy Taylor, Enterprise Bank

2011 – John Tracy, Dot Foods

2010 – Drew Mendoza, efamilybusiness

2009 – Steve McCLure, Family Business Consulting

2008/2007 – John Ward, Kelogg School of Management