Family Business Newsletter

a publication of the                                               Delaware Valley Family Business Center

                       October 2010
Family Business Learning Community:
Upcoming Events

Announcing a NEW Mini-Forum:M114 cropped 2

Energy & Solar Solutions for Your Business  

Sunny Wednesday morning,

October 27

 7:30 AM: Light Breakfast in

Sequoia Outback's Showroom 

                8:00 - 11:00 AM: Program

Location: Sequoia Outback, Hatfield, PA

             1700 Cowpath Road, Hatfield, PA 19440

Robert Bergey, G3 President, Bergey's Electric,Inc.; 
Bob Oulahan, an energy tax specialist from Kreischer Miller; and other energy experts will help you 

Reduce Use ... Reduce Cost ... and Produce Cash!

You will be introduced to a practical systematic approach to Energy Solutions for your business ... a 1-2-3 punch:

 1.  Reduce wasteful consumption of electricity while not sacrificing needs

 2.  Reduce the cost you pay for electricity by shopping for the best deal or model that makes sense

 3.  Produce cash- install solar and wind power equipment to produce the majority of your electricity needs while still having the convenience of the electricity grid. 


Sequoia Outback


The morning begins with an Indoor Patio light breakfast in Sequoia Outback's magnificent, unique showroom!



 Click here to register.   Read more.   PDF Invitation.

Does Your Property "Got Gas"? Marcelus Shale panel of speakers
Learn What You NEED to Know if Your Property has Marcellus Shale

Thursday, October 21
 7:30 - 11:00 AM
Location: Shady Maple Smorgasbord, East Earl, PA
Join us for an educational seminar and learn from a panel of experts about how your land can become a substantial form of income and what it can mean for your future!
7th Annual Dinner Meeting on  November 11: 
Ross Born
Ross J. Born

Thursday evening, November 11
5:30 PM: Hors d'oeuvres and
Entertainment by Martin Guitar
Dinner Program to follow
Location: Lehigh University's Iacocca Hall,
Bethlehem, PA

We're delighted to learn from Ross Born, Co-CEO of Just Born, Inc., a 3rd generation family owned candy business in Bethlehem, PA.  Ross joined the family firm in 1978 and shares the responsibility of leadership with his cousin, David Shaffer.
Family Business Spotlight:
Meet Chris Martin, 6th generation Chairman/CEO of C. F. Martin & Co., Nazareth, PA.  The Martin Guitar Company has been
Chris Martin
producing acoustic instruments for the past 177 years.  The evening will include the musical sounds of a Martin guitar!
Click here to read about other Family Business Learning Community Forums ... and mark your calendars!
Family Business Learning Community: 
Past Forum Highlights
CalendarHighlights from our September 23 Forum
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Oliver Heating & Cooling 

Over 115 met at Radnor Valley Country Club to learn and engage in lively discussions with two long-time member business families. The Oliver Family, Oliver Heating & Cooling (G1 and G2) and The McVaugh Family, Laboratory Testing, Inc.  (G2 and G3).

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Laboratory Testing, Inc.

Members appreciated the open "family" and "business" sharing which included discussions around family employment policiesand hiring practices, crisis planning, Family Council development, and shareholder education.


G2 Member comments:

"Thought provoking, encouraging and challenging real world stories" 

         - Sheldon Horst, Premier Custom-Built, Inc.
Celebrating Learning Community Progress
Member Progress
Lin Weaver- Shady renovations
G2 Member Lin Weaver at newly remodeled Farm Market entrance

Shady Maple Farm Market & Smorgasbord, East Earl, PA, was recently featured in the Intelligencer Journal Lancaster New Era for renovations to their Farm Market including a new entrance and carport, adjustments to the store layout, and expansions in thecafé and produce department. The work, which began one year ago, also created new space in the bulk foods and candy departments, added four checkout lanes, and enlarged some restrooms.
WelcometoNewLearningCommunityMembersWelcome to NEW Learning Community Members!  
Tramo Family

The Tramo Family  

Sentinel Process Systems, Inc.

Hatboro, PA

Kelly Family

The Kelly Family

Patrick J. Kelly Insurance Group

   Trappe, PA



Stoltzfus Family

The Stoltzfus Family

I.K. Stoltzfus Service Corporation    Manheim, PA

Hackman Family

The Hackman Family

Hackman's Bible Book Store

Whitehall, PA
And a Welcome to some Learning Community guests!

             The Meckel Family 
         Arbor Associates 
                 Vineland, NJ  
Arbor Associates

Ken Esbenshade
Esbenshade's Garden Center
Lititz, PAEsbenshades

 The Edmonds Family
B & G Manufacturing Co, Inc. Hatfield, PA
Edmonds Family
News from the Family Business Center
PresidentCornerPresident's Corner - Henry Landes Henry Landes 2010

Mentors have been very important in my life, including my grandfather and my uncle.  I thought you would enjoy these brief thoughts on mentoring by Richard Rohr:


"Mentor was the name of the man that Odysseus placed in charge of his son, Telemachus, when he went off to fight the Trojan wars. The very fact that he saw such a need created the role and the name.


A mentor has a mature sense of himself or herself. A true mentor has inner authority that gives confidence to others. She or he possesses certain "magnanimity" of soul-a generosity of heart that makes others know they will not be abandoned. Basically, they must have the care and the capacity for simple friendship, not domination or merely supervision.


If a mentor is not free to talk about going "down" as well as going up they are not a true mentor. They must have the courage to tell you that you must be in the cellar for a while, and they will show you how you can stay there and not die!" 


Best wishes as you mentor and are mentored on the journey of life!

PresidentCornerLearning Community Director - Sally DerstineSally, Cropped

As we near the end of 2010, I'd like to express deep gratitude for our Members, Clients, Partners and Associates for enriching our Family Business Learning Community in a multitude of ways, and for enhancing my own life as well. Whether it is through sharing your journeys, successes, and growth areas publicly at a Forum or reaching out to connect with and learn from another Member throughout the year, we are Community. A Community of individuals, families, and businesses that is learning together so we can each take that next step ... whether it's a baby step or a giant leap ... and the next step, which often takes some courage, some time, and getting out of our OWN way. But surrounded by a team, you are not alone. You are in good company.

Is there a topic you would like to learn more about or share with the Community? The next two Mini-Forums (on Marcellus Shale and Energy & Solar Solutions) grew out of Member suggestions. Mark your calendars for the November 11 Dinner Meeting at Lehigh University! What would you like to learn about? We want to hear from you!
In This Issue
Welcome to New Learning Community Members
President's Corner
A Word from Our Director
Henry Landes 2010
Sally, Cropped
Founded in 1988, the Delaware Valley Family Business Center is a family business advisory firm which prepares business families for generations of success.  As the premier Family Business Center in the Philadelphia area, we have served over 600 business families.  Our intergenerational team-building process, "The Lasting Legacy Process™" provides the direction, confidence and tools to grow robust enterprises, develop competent leaders and strengthen family relationships.

For more information on preparing for generations of success or to register for an upcoming event, please contact Sally Derstine at (215) 723-8413 or click here to email.