Excellence in

Family Business Awards

Every year since 1988, the Center for Family Enterprise has recognized family businesses that exemplify the values we foster in our work: harmony, generational development, leadership and growth.

Our Excellence in Family Business Awards program is the only one of its kind in the region. Each year, we’re proud to honor the tremendous work of family businesses and the positive impact they make on their communities and beyond.

Our award winners are proud and honored to be recognized and grateful for the chance to take a moment to celebrate their success.

Dean's Leadership Award in Family Business

Freres Engineered Wood

Family Business Dean’s Leadership Award

2024 Winners

7Bev Corporation Ale and Cider House

Family Harmony Award

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Pacific Coast Fresh Company

Business Renewal Award

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J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.

Generational Development Award

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Student Winner

Viri Rodriguez-Medrano ‘26

Accounting and Business Administration | Student Award

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Learn more about our past winners:

Henderer Design + Build

Corvallis, Ore. | Family Harmony Award

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Koeber's Interiors

Beaverton, Ore. | Generational Development Award

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Colas Construction

Portland, Ore. | Business Renewal Award

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Award Categories

Family Harmony: Family members actively work to build connections and create a shared purpose with one another, and show a high level of trust, unity and well developed personal relationships.

Generational Leadership: The family demonstrates active and thoughtful personal and professional development of the next generation of both family and business leaders.

Business Renewal: The family works to ensure stewardship of the business that sustains growth and shareholders assets with future generations in mind.

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Nominate a Family Business

You can help us celebrate family businesses in the region when you nominate one for our Excellence in Family Business Awards.

All family businesses who are nominated for an award will be invited to complete an application and participate in a judging day once their nomination is received. 

Any family-centric business — e.g., with multiple family members or generations involved in strategic direction, business continuity, succession, management or simply employment — is welcome to apply. Nominations are open year-round.

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