Family Business Newsletter

a publication of the                                               Delaware Valley Family Business Center

                       November 2010
Family Business Learning Community: 
Past Forum Highlights
Scenes from our 7th Annual Dinner Meeting at Lehigh University's Iacocca Hall, Bethlehem, PA, featuring Ross Born, G3
Co-CEO of Just Born, Bethlehem; Family Business Highlight:  Chris Martin, G6 Chair of C. F. Guitar, Nazareth, PA.
ADM Program Group
ADM Buffet

Recognizing "15 Year Community Members"


ADM Berks Packing

G3 Boylan Family

Berks Packing Company, Inc., Reading, PA

ADM B.R. Kreider

G3 & G4 Kreider Family

B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., Manheim, PA


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G2 Leber Family

G.T.R., Inc., Hatfield, PA


G2- G3 Balmer Family

Penn Valley Gas, Inc., Telford, PA

"2010 Champion Family Business Learning

Community Builders"


Congratulations to Mike & Joan McVaugh, G2 siblings, from Laboratory Testing, Inc., in Hatfield! Mike serves as the President, and Joan serves as the Finance Manager. The McVaugh Family has been active Members in our Community for the last 16 years and have graciously presented to the Community on several occasions.
Scenes from our October Mini-Forum:
Energy & Solar Solutions for Your Business 
 hosted by Community Member, Bergey's Electric, Inc., at
Sequoia Outback in Hatfield, PA
Energy MF 4


Energy MF 2Energy MF 1

ADM robert bergey
Energy MF 3

Scenes from our Marcellus Shale Mini-Forums:

           ADM Marcellus Shale Panel
ADM Marcellus Shale Winner

ADM Shale
Marcellus Shale Group shot 

Celebrating Learning Community Progress
Welcome New Community Member Malmark New Member
Welcome to Joann Malta. G2 and Tim Schuback, G3, of Malmark, Inc., Plumsteadville, PA!

Malmark was founded in 1973 and
has earned a reputation as the world's leading manufacturer of handbells and accessories.

Please contact Sally if you would like to learn more about how our Family Business Learning Community can help your business family prepare for another generation of success! 
News from the Family Business Center
PresidentCornerPresident's Corner - Henry Landes Henry Landes 2010

Age 64, Thankful and Dying


I can't believe I'm already in my 65th year of life ... and loving it!  During this season of Thanksgiving, I am overwhelmed by the generous support, counsel, and feedback from my family, friends, our Learning Community Members, colleagues, and my broader spiritual community.


This is also a sobering time for me.  While we know all of us are going to die, the prospect of death becomes much more real when we face a life-threatening illness or accident. 


Read more.

PresidentCornerLearning Community Director - Sally DerstineSally, Cropped

The Strength and Support of Community


The last 7 years our Annual Dinner Meeting has served as our "grand finale", and this year was no exception!  Gathering together every November at different venues for an evening of conversations and learning together is a greatly anticipated "community builder"!  The sense of "intergenerational" community was demonstrated by the 166 family members including spouses, dozens of "20 and 30 somethings" ...  and our youngest member, 4-month old Sarah Kulp (daughter of Matt Kulp, Legacy Planning)! 


Read more.

In This Issue
Celebrating Learning Community Progress
President's Corner
A Word from Our Director
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.