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2017 Family Business Day: Your Career Advantage

Close to half of Inc. Magazine's fastest growing companies were started by CEOs who grew up in a family business.  Whether or not you are from a family business understanding privately-held enterprises helps you become more competitive as a business owner, executive or as a financial advisor.  Hear from some of Oregon's best family-owned and family-inspired businesses along with accomplished financial and legal advisors to discover insights that will help your career.

  • What does it take to be a trusted advisor to Oregon’s most successful business owners?
  • How can my family help me start my own business?
  • How do I start the conversation about taking over my parents’ company?
  • How do I know if joining the family business is right for me?

Open to all majors
Food and beverages will be available
Please RSVP online or contact Melissa Elmore at 541.737.3326


Friday, April 14th Austin Hall, OSU College of Business

Noon | Advise a Family Business | Austin Hall 100, Bailey Family Classroom

A panel of business advisors discuss how their expertise in advising privately held business owners helps firms succeed for generations. Moderated by Jared Moore, Associate Professor, Accounting.

  • Kathleen Kee, Partner, Confluence Wealth Management
  • Elaine Harvey, Vice President, Relationship Manager, KeyBank
  • Mary Dougherty, Attorney Brownstein Rask LLP


1 P.M. | Lead a Family Business | Austin Hall 183, Stirek Auditorium

Executives from retail, distribution and construction discuss the challenges and rewards of leading companies started by their parents and grandparents. Moderated by Anthony Klotz, Assistant Professor, Management.

  • Andrew Crouse, Vice President, Quality Management Systems, David H. Sutherland & Co., Inc.  
  • Ashley Duncan, Project Manager, General Sheet Metal
  • Jeff Kelly, President, Kelly's Home Center


2 P.M. | Start a Family Business | Austin Hall 183, Stirek Auditorium

A founder tells his story of being inspired by three generations of entrepreneurs before launching an iconic Oregon beverage company with his brother.

  • Travis Boersma, President and Co-Founder, Dutch Bros.