The 2018 Excellence in Family Business Awards event will take place on November 15th at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018
4:00 pm - Networking reception
5:30 pm - Awards ceremony

Third generation family business owners and siblings, Gabrielle and Dylan McEntee of Mo's Seafood and Chowder, will emcee this year's event. 

Program tickets are $75 per person; reception only $45. Table sponsorships are available for $1000 and come with 8 tickets.
A table for both the Excellence Awards and Executive Insights program is $1200.

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2018 Honorees

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

Family Enterprise Executive Insights 

Thursday, November 15, 2018
1:00 to 3:45 pm

Join us earlier in the day for an insightful seminar on one of the most difficult decisions a family business can face: "Should we hire a non-family CEO?"

Top advisors and family executives will share their experiences and insights about addressing the family vs. nonfamily CEO question. Family business shareholders, professional advisors and consultants, and next generation family business leaders should not miss this opportunity to network and learn from some of the top businesses in the northwest.

For complete registration and panelist information visit "Executive Insights: Family and Nonfamily CEOs" 


About the Awards

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. Unlike other programs, the EFBA recognizes businesses across all industries, regardless of size or revenue, as long as they meet the basic criteria of a family business and demonstrate excellence in family business principles. Over the years the program has honored a wide variety of family firms. Read the 2017 EFBA Tribute Magazine online.

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 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.

The Dean's Award for Family Business Leadership

Since 2008, ten distinguished family businesses and individuals have been recognized for their leadership in the essential family business elements of exemplary business practices, a strong family focus, and a commitment to their communities. View the past recipients of the Dean's Award for Family Business Leadership.