Business Renewal: The family works to ensure stewardship of the business that sustains growth and shareholders assets with future generations in mind. Winner: Sisters Coffee Company; finalist: Roby’s Furniture and Appliance; finalist: Henderer Design + Build.
Generational Leadership: The family demonstrates active and thoughtful personal and professional development of the next generation of both family and business leaders. Winner: CRB Manufacturing; finalist: City of Roses Disposal & Recycling; finalist: George Morlan Plumbing Supply.
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 developed personal relationships. Winner: Heritage Specialty Foods; finalist: Brown Butter Bakery; finalist: Dutch Bros. Coffee.
Student Award: Christopher Hockley, a senior finance major whose family owns Consolidated Supply in Portland.
PING Golf parent company Karsten Manufacturing Corporation was founded in 1959 by a Norwegian immigrant, Karsten Solheim. Karsten, while employed at General Electric, used his after-work time to design a putter to improve his golf game. His prototype putter produced a unique “ping” that gave the product its name. Production continued in the garage on evenings and weekends with youngest son, John, and wife, Louise, helping. Karsten stayed with GE until 1967, the same year that professional golfer Julius Boros won a high-profile tournament using a PING putter. The subsequent orders for Karsten’s revolutionary putter required manufacturing to be moved out of the garage and into a small production facility in Phoenix, where building golf clubs finally became Karsten’s full-time job.
Accepting the award on behalf of the family is Dawn Grove, general council, Karsten Manufacturing and third-generation family business member, who shared this sentiment: "Our grandfather taught us in life as in golf we must 'play the ball where it lies.' We need not bemoan or cast blame for erroneous shots, instead we strategize and make the best shot for the ultimate goal we can achieve in this moment. Read more.
Since 2008 the Dean’s Award for Family Business Leadership has recognized significant family enterprises. The recipients represent successful businesses with deep family legacies and continuing commitment to their community.
Mary Jesse, Forest Hills Farms
Terry Kuenzi, Kuenzi & Company, LLC
Ben Sheppard, C.M. & W.O. Sheppard Inc.
Steve Smith, Tec Laboratories
Chuck Toombs, OSU College of Business
Started in 1988, the OSU Austin Family Business Program Excellence in Family Business Awards were the nation’s first, competitive peer-reviewed awards focused solely on the accomplishments of family-owned businesses.
Applications were rated by our panel of judges as well as with an automated scoring process. The highest scoring applicants were required to make a 20-minute presentation to the judges. The selection of award winners was based on the presentations.
Business Renewal: Winner, Forest Hills Farms, Inc., Cornelius | Finalist, C&R Remodeling, Salem | Finalist, Paddington Station, Ashland
Family Harmony: Winner, Tec Laboratories, Inc., Albany | Finalist, Abbott & Associates Professional Placement, Inc., Portland | Finalist, Nicholas Restaurant, Gresham
Generational Development: Winner, C.M. & W.O. Sheppard, Inc., Hood River | Finalist, Lee Farms, Tualatin | Finalist, Stehn Family Funeral Homes, Inc., Milwaukie
Dean’s Family Business Leadership Award: Port Blakely, Seattle
Student Award: Madeline Mullins, Western Precision Products, Inc., Tualatin