Goering Center News Steve Hater, Goering Center membership director, catching up with father and son leaders of Scherzinger Pest Control, Steve and Eric, at a luncheon. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC Creative Services

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First things first. We are thankful to welcome two new members this April. Welcome to the community, STEM Talent Solutions and Valley Metal Works!

one of our favorite things about THE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE is the new friendships that can form. Members Introduced THEMSELVES TO ONE ANOTHER AT THE BEGINNING OF March's kick-off SESSION.


"Work on your business, not in your business..." but how?

Doug Meyer, Managing Director, Brixey & Meyer

As a business leader we often hear the phrase, "you need to work on your business, not in your business.” I firmly believe this to be true – the challenge is that it is hard to actually do! Although it is a simple concept, many, including myself, struggle with implementing this into action. I've personally had to invest time and effort into implementing this in my own business.

Securing your legacy to the third generation

Tara N. Adams, CTFA, VP of Trust Services and Compliance, Johnson Family Office Services

We know that ensuring the transfer of a family’s wealth, legacy and values is usually of utmost importance to the first generation. Unfortunately, 70 percent of wealthy families lose their wealth by the end of the second generation and 90 percent by the end of the third generation. It is intuitive that thoughtful estate planning documents are critical for those families who hope to defy the odds.

Planning beyond the buy-sell: ownership structure considerations for closely held business owners

Andrea Costa Laden, Senior Associate of Frost Brown Todd LLC
Todd Wilkowski, Member, of Frost Brown Todd LLC

Most closely held business owners recognize that a properly drafted and current buy-sell agreement is an important document that addresses what happens to an owner’s interest in the company in the event of divorce, disability or death. What is not commonly known is that how owners hold their respective interests in the company also requires close consideration.

Power poses!

Dr. Jane Sojka, Carl H. Lindner College of Business, leading more than 120 members in power poses at our recent "Women in Sales" breakfast.

Member spotlight

New Riff Distilling is this month's member spotlight! New Riff is one of our newest members joining in 2019. New Riff is a family owned business that was founded in 2004 and specializes in distilling bourbon. This month they brought home double gold medals in five different categories from the 2019 San Francisco's World Spirits Competition. Way to represent, Congrats!

New Riff Distilling (newport, ky)

Volunteer spotlight

Mike Sipple, Jr., President, Centennial, Inc.

Mike Sipple, Jr.'s company, Centennial, has been a member of the Center since 2007. Mike has been an engaged volunteer over the years - he is an active member of our Board of Advisors and Program Committee, has spoken as a panelist and is an advocate for our mission. Mike, thanks for serving in this community! Mike also hosts a cool podcast called the Talent Magnet Institute - have a listen!

Rising Leader

Lori Hallmark of PwC is the newest semi-finalist for the Rising Leader Award. Lori was recognized for customizing the company's audit approach to make it suitable for stakeholders of private and family businesses. Read more about Lori's recognition and nominate your Rising Leader, here.

Congrats, Lori!
Carabello coffee accepting a 2018 family & private business award at jack casino.

Nominations now open for the Family & Private Business Awards!

Do you know a family or private business in the Greater Cincinnati region that has contributed to our economy, community growth and reflect best business practices? If so, nominate them for a chance to win an award. Nominations close May 15, 2019.

Paul Spiegelman is one of our featured speakers this month.

April 25 - Luncheon: Small Giants

Paul Spiegelman, co-founder of the Small Giants Community, will be speaking about the courage it takes to be a purpose-driven leader. Paul will ignite your passion for values-driven leadership, inspiring you to let purpose and people drive your business strategies. Also hear from local purpose driven leaders, Joe Motz President & CEO of The Motz Corporation, and Tim Rettig CEO & Founder of Intrust IT.

May 16 - Social & Learning Event: Inclusive Capitalism

Join us at Rhinegeist next month to hear local business leaders share how capitalism for all has impacted their business and contributed to the region's economy. Walk away inspired and empowered to become part of the rising tide movement.

Panel update: Meghan Cummings, Executive Director of the Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, will be joining the rest of our panel to discuss this subject.

throwback: jane grote abell, chairwoman of the board, donatos, speaking at our 2017 social & Learning event at rhinegeist.

Upcoming events

  • April 25 Luncheon - Small Giants: Be Great, Not Big REGISTER
  • May 16 Social & Learning Event - Inclusive Capitalism REGISTER
  • June 4 Overview Breakfast - Communication & Culture Institute REGISTER
  • June 6 Luncheon - Business Risk: Workplace Civility & Drugs REGISTER
  • June 13 Strategic Planning Institute - Kickoff Session REGISTER
  • June 13 Principles Course REGISTER


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