January, 2012

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G3 and G4 Members of the Kreider Family & their CFO at the November Forum


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Upcoming Forum

March 15 Breakfast Forum...

From White Castle to the White House: The Journey fromWhite Castle Logo America's 1st Hamburger Chain to a 4th Generation Advocate for all Family Businesses


Thursday, March 15, 2012
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Radnor Valley Country Club 


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Jamie Richardson, G4 Vice President of Corporate & Shareholder Relations, 121 Jamie RichardsonWhite Castle, will share the story of America's first hamburger chain. The 4th generation business has been cultivating Cravers (ultimate fans) for its square, little burgers since 1921. Now 10,000 employees strong and represented in 12 states, White Castle has become an American icon!


Family Enterprise USA (FEUSA) is the nation's only nonprofit group advocating for a broad range of public policy issues affecting the success of family enterprises.


Ann Kinkade, President of FEUSA will discuss the importance121 Ann Kinkade of its work as the nation's most credible voice and trusted advocate of family firms and how their message is driven by the stories of America's family firms. Jamie will share how White Castle upholds its values and maintains its culture in the context of government affairs, public relations and community engagement and why they have chosen to support the advocacy work of Family Enterprise USA.

In This Issue

Taking a Leap in 2012

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Celebrating 20 Years of Learning Community Progress


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November Forum Highlights

November 17, 2011

November's Forum focused on preparing the next generation for success. Members of the Kreider family B.R. Kreider & Son, Inc., Manheim, PA and John Reininger, Chief Relationship Officer, and Julie Clemens, Organizational Development Coordinator, The Clemens Family Corporation (CFC), shared practices they are implementing to beat the odds as they move intentionally into the 4th, 5th and 6th generations!

Learning Community November Scenes: 
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John Reininger, G4, CFC
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Julie Clemens, G4, CFC
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G3 & G4 Members of the Kreider Family & CFO

Jim, Michael, Carol, Heidi, Brent, Courtney

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Anthony Bellia, G3 and Tom Bellia, G2
Bellia Enterprises
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Ross Born, G3, Just Born, Inc.

Bill Yoh, G3

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Community Champions & 15-Year Member

114, Michelle Chronister114, OliverOliver Heating & Cooling was recognized as Learning Community Champions for 2011. Congratulations, David, Bill & Oliver Family!


Michelle Chronister, G2, accepted Triangle Refrigeration's award for their 15 years of active membership in the Learning Community!

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Member Mike McVaugh, President, Laboratory Testing, Inc., Hatfield, PA, has been recognized by the ASM Philadelphia Chapter as the 2011 Eisenman Award recipient! The award is presented in recognition of dedicated service to ASM, foresight, leadership and promotion of the metals industry and metallurgical education.
Congratulations, Mike and LTI! 

Oliver Heating & Cooling, Morton, PA, (photo above) was recognized during the 2012 Christmas season by "Reaching Out & Helping Others". They gave away 4 complimentary heaters to local families in need. Thanks, Oliver, for exemplifying the true meaning of the season!

Hoober FamilyThe Hoober family, Hoober, Inc., was recently featured in the NAEDA Equipment Dealer Magazine, "Passing the Torch: What every dealer should consider as they develop a succession plan"Hoober, a Case IH dealership with five stores serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware, Hoober, Inc. is a third generation family business, founded by  "Bud" Hoober in 1941.


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LCDirectorTaking a Leap in 2012

Since 1988, we have been privileged to learn with and guide some of the

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healthiest, most forward-thinking family enterprises in our region.


Thanks to members like you, our Learning Community, one of the largest in the country, is characterized by a deep commitment for mutual learning and remarkably high levels of trust, leading to uncommon vulnerability.


2012 is a leap year, and we are leaping into new ways to enhance and refresh your engaging in and gaining value through the Learning Community. Many of you already participated in the January Virtual Forum on business agreements. Virtual Forums are one of the new offerings, as well as relevant thought leadership on subjects of interest to business families via our new website slated to launch this spring which will include blogs, videos, and more!

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Contact our office for assistance and tools to navigate the way!

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.