February 2011

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a publication of the

Delaware Valley Family Business Center

Family Business Learning Community:

Upcoming Forums

2011 Theme: Cultivating Innovation 


February 17 Webinar:

This Lacher & Associates Academy session will provide you with take away knowledge regarding key objectives for your recruitment process:

Efficient and Effective Recruitment Strategy

Sourcing Tools and Tips

Best Practice Interviewing and Selection Techniques

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Learning Community Member, Jeff Westphal, G2 CEO, Vertex, Inc., Berwyn, PA will share his evolving 20-year leadership journey at Vertex, a global tax solutions enterprise that employs over 600 professionals. 

Join us to hear from Jim Ethier, G3

Chairman and CEO, Bush's Beans, Knoxville, TN.


Martin Guitar will host our Learning Community with tours of the plant, the Museum, and breakfast! 

Learn from Chris Martin, G6 Chairman/CEO.

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Recommended Reading

Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Everyday of Your Life by Mary Jane Ryan is a collection of short, easy to read essays to help nurture gratitude every day of your life, even during times of pain and hardship.

Celebrating Learning Community Progress

Brubacher Excavating, Inc., was recognized as a "2010 Excellence Winner" by the Eastern Brubacher Award PhotoPennsylvania Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. (ABC) in the "Heavy Construction - Sitework Over $5 Million" category for their work on the Pope John Paul II High School in Montgomery County. Brubacher Excavating has been a Learning Community Member since 2005 and have contributed with multiple presentations related to their own generational transition journey as well as to the Marcellus Shale conversations. Read entire article.


LTI Emerson Lukens

Emerson with grandparents

Luann and Mike

Learning Community Member Laboratory Testing Inc., was featured in an article in the Intelligencer, recognizing them for their success and emphasis on family and employees as assets. Click here to read article. Also, LTI is proud to announce the newest member of their 4th Generation.....Emerson was born on January 8 to proud parents Brittany and Nick. Congratulations! 


Media Partner Family Business Magazine and Stetson University's Family Enterprise Center are pleased to extend a special early bird registration rate for you and your family members to attend "Transitions 2011: Family Governance, Legacy, Wealth and Generational Change," to be held in Orlando, FL on April 7-8, 2011.  Family Business Learning Community members and presenters like Ross Born, Phil Clemens and Jim Ethier will share.  Click here for the full conference program.

PresidentsCornerNew Leadership Lab Members!

LTI February 2011

Learning Community Members since 1996, two members from Laboratory Testing, Inc. (LTI), are now joining our Leadership Labs!


Mike Hiller, G3, Field Supervisor of the Calibration Department at LTI, joined Leadership Lab 2. Brandon McVaugh, G3, Customer Service Supervisor at LTI, joined our Leadership

Lab 3. Pictured L to R are Mike McVaugh, G2 President, Brandon, Mike and Joan McVaugh, Financial Manager.


Click here for more information on our Leadership Labs, or contact Sally for information on joining!

PresidentsCornerPresident's Corner - Henry Landes 

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The Significance of Celebrating


Regardless of what's going on in our lives right now, we all have much to celebrate and be grateful for.  Sometimes the best thing to celebrate is the mere fact that we've made it to this point in our lives, especially if things have been challenging, which we have all experienced from time to time.  It's that practice of having a thankful heart that will strengthen us for the journey ahead.


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LearningCommunityLearning Community Director - Sally Derstine

Cultivating Innovation in Family FirmsSally, Cropped


What is your family business "known for" in your community and beyond? Reliability, long-term relationships, and a solid reputation?  While these are admirable and coveted qualities, family businesses too often operate by the mantra, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" and are satisfied with the status quo. 


So what about innovation?  Has your firm's strategy led to a transformation in the strategy, the culture, the products/services, and the way you "do business"?  Family businesses tend to become more risk-adverse as the company matures.  In that process, the concept of innovation often does not get proper focus, support, or funding.