October 2011

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Sally Derstine addresses the
Family Business Learning Community
at Martin Guitar.


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a publication of the

Delaware Valley Family Business Center

Family Business Learning Community:

Upcoming Forums


Family Business Breakfast Forum

November 17, 2011

G4 Drives the Transition Process ...

with the Remarkable Support of G3

The Kreider Family, B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., Manheim, PA, a G4 excavating, paving and site management contractor, will share the evolution of their bus114 BRK and Logoiness over the past 75 years, the development of their family, and their intergenerational transition to fourth generation leadership.  Non-family president, Michael Fecik, will also share his perspectives.  

Clemens Family Sustainability Team:
Preparing Next Generation Family Members for Success
John Reininger, Chief Relationship Officer, and Julie Clemens, Organizational Development Coordinator, The Clemens Family Corporation (Hatfield Quality Meats is their legacy company), will discuss how their 4th moving to 5th generation family business is developing family members for success in life, whether they join the family enterprises or not. 


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Chris Martin, G6 Chairman/CEO, Martin Guitar, shared with 100 family business members and guests about his journey in their family business, including his start at the age of 31 when the business was experiencing its most challenging financial crisis.  


Keith Lombardi, non-family President, shared the unique relationship that he enjoys with Chris, and how their complimentary skill sets and personalities have provided the synergy to work together exceptionally well.  

Members and guests enjoyed warm hospitality in the Visitors Center, exciting tours through the plant and a museum chronicling the journey of this iconic guitar and other instruments!
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Chris Martin
G6 Chairman/CEO
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113 Tour of Factory
Martin Guitar Plant Tour









Martin Guitar, PARIS Technologies

Leigh and Duane Presti, David Presti,

Bruce Robinson and Ben Presti 

G2 and G3, PARIS Technologies, Inc.














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Chris with Jesse Balmer, G3, Penn Valley Gas, with the Martin Guitar coverlet he will take home!
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Members Chris Martin and

Jeff Byers, G2, Byers' Choice showcase the new

Martin Guitar figurine.














Martin Guitar, Gulden Ophthalmics

Sean and Tom Cockley

G4 and G3

Gulden Ophthalmics, Inc.

Martin Guitar, Hilary Kane

Hilary Kane, G4

Culture Champion

Kane is Able, Inc.


In This Issue

Questions to Contemplate

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September Forum Highlights


Member to Present in California


Celebrating Learning Community Progress


Celebrating Sponsor Progress

Recommended Reading

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OtherFBEventsMember to Present in California

Brubacher Keith and RondaLearning Community Members Keith and Ronda Brubacher, G2, Brubacher Excavating, Inc., Bowmansville, PA will present Marrying in: Role of the Spouse in the Family Business at the Transitions West 2011 Conference in California. We're delighted as the Brubacher's have presented to our Learning Community and are extending the sharing of their learnings!

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Paul Essig PhotoLearning Community Member, P.W. Essig, who specializes in plumbing, heating and air conditioning, was featured in an article celebrating their 70 years in business and preparing for continued success with future generations. Congratulations!




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Member Laboratory Testing, Inc., Hatfield, PA, has been recognized as a PA Best Place to Work for the third year in a row! Congratulations, LTI and McVaugh Family! 




Kreider LogoBrent Kreider, G4 Vice President of Operations, B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., was featured in Central Penn Business Journal's 2011 Forty Under 40. The list highlights young professionals who stand out in the Central Pennsylvania community, and recognized Brent for coordinating Kreiders' "Gift in Kind" program, which encourages competitors to give back to the community by completing projects at a reduced cost for nonprofit customers.


CFC and HQM LogosThe Clemens Family Corporation (CFC), and their legacy company Hatfield Quality Meats, define Stewardship, one of their Core Values, as Building a Foundation for the Future. To them, this not only means taking care of our earth and the environment, but also enriching the communities in which they live and work. They believe they have been blessed with much, and feel a responsibility to give back and strongly encourage their team members to be involved and offer a variety of opportunities for them to do so. One of those opportunities is happening this weekend at the Indian Valley Public Library in Telford: Beyond Books is designed to teach children about all the fun the library has to offer and will feature the Philly Phanatic! Other CFC events that give back to the community include North Penn Giving Way, Help the Children Christmas campaign and Days of Caring.


Join us to hear from both of these business families at our November 17 Forum!


ModernDid you know that Kevin Connor, G1 Sibling Owner, Modern SBC, also published parenting advice? His newsletter, Raising Your Child's Self-Esteem, Helping Parents Parent More Effectively, premiered in 1993 and included articles such as: Helping to Create Resiliency, Check Your Atmospheric Conditions and Raising Citizens of the World. Talk to Kevin if you'd like to know more!

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Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell and Lupin, Family HRMML Logo No NamesBusiness Learning Community (FBLC) Sponsor, will be speaking at a Town Hall Meeting on Marcellus Shale on November 10 in Oaks, PA.  

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KM LogoCongratulations to another FBLC Sponsor, Kreisher Miller, who was recognized as a "Best of the Best" accounting firm for 2011 by Inside Public Accounting! Kreischer Miller is the only accounting firm in the Greater Philadelphia region to be named as a Best of the Best. Congratulations to Mario, Steve and the entire Kreischer Miller team!

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LCDirectorQuestions to Contemplate

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Sally Derstine,


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Henry Landes,


As we prepare for discerning the most effective leadership for our nation, it may be timely for you to consider:

Have you prepared your next generation family members to work and make decisions together? And for leadership and

stewardship responsibilities as:

  •  potential shareholders?
  • family council members?
  • potential managers and/or team membersin your enterprises?

Contact our office for more information on how to

prepare for generations of success!

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.