30th Anniversary Gala Celebration

2017 marks the 30th Anniversary launch of the Cox Family Enterprise Center (CFEC) at Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business. We are in the midst of planning for a gala celebration of the Center's past, present and future on November 7 at Flourish Atlanta. We have some very special Family Business guests. HINT: two are from Forbes Top 50 Largest Private Companies and one is a world renown family business author, speaker, researcher and advisor.

Please join us for this dazzling celebration and an unforgettable evening!

Date: November 7, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Place: Flourish Atlanta - 3143 Maple Drive; Atlanta 30305

Click here to visit the 30th Anniversary Gala website.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

If you would like more information on sponsorship opportunities please contact Michael Clark at 470-578-6045 or Michael_Clark@Kennesaw.edu.

The Advisor Studio:

In order to serve the professional advisor market, we have created the Advisor Studio. The Studio is a place for professional advisors to come together for meaningful dialogue, shared learning and professional growth. Through community building, we support advisors in creating greater connections with other like minded professionals in order to support the development and growth of their practices. Through education, advisors can expand awareness and strengthen their skills in working with family enterprise clients. The goal? A network of Family Enterprise Advisors dedicated to putting the needs and goals of business families first.

We will have a lineup of three receptions for the Fall and three dates for the Spring. We hope you will join us!

Fall Dates:

September 6, 2017 - Family Offices: Yesterday Today and Tomorrow

October 19, 2017 - Multi-Generational Stewardship: The Role of the Non-Family Executive
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
City Club of Buckhead - Mark Twain Room
3343 Peachtree Rd #1850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Topic: Multigenerational Stewardship: The Role of the Nonfamily Executive
Topic: Multigenerational Stewardship: The Role of the Nonfamily Executive

Multigenerational stewardship is no simple task. It requires clarity and dedication, and in a family business, a nonfamily executive can either make or break its success. When nonfamily employees understand the values and history of the family and the business, as well as have a keen grasp of the business, it’s a good indicator that things will work well. Given that in any family business, there are far more nonfamily members than family members, it is critical to choose the right ones.

Join us for an engaging dialogue with two leading executives from Larsen and Shaw: John Larsen, board chair and fourth-generation steward, and Mary Jane Bushnell, nonfamily CEO as they discuss what makes their partnership successful.  They will explore how, over the years, their working relationship has not only created a successful business but also supported the needs of the family.

Larsen and Shaw was founded in Walkerton, Ontario, Canada in 1919. They are a leading manufacturer of top-quality custom hingesstandard continuous hinges, and architectural products, as well as a wide variety of other hinges, hardware, and metal stampings. Referred to as the hinge people®, Larsen and Shaw is a fully integrated business—they build the tooling in-house; handle the global sourcing of material; and oversee every aspect of production, including the plating, electropolishing, passivating, and finishing. In 2017, to fulfill its growth strategy, Larsen and Shaw expanded its operations to Rome, Georgia with a new division under the name of Carlsen Precision Manufacturing

Carlsen Precision Manufacturing, Rome, GA, is an expansion of the 98 year old, successful family business, Larsen & Shaw Limited of Ontario, Canada.  While Larsen & Shaw is known as The Hinge People, Carlsen is a precision manufacturer working closely with regional customers to produce an expanded product line.    The company has a solid knowledge of metal stamping, tool & die design, automation, plating, electro-polishing, finishing & lean manufacturing and has a well-established technical training program.  They serve OEMs and distributors in the industrial, vehicular, medical, commercial and architectural markets.

Carlsen is built as a Center of Excellence from site development, building construction, state-of-the-art equipment & processes and the selection of the finest staff that align with the Values of the company.

John Larsen

John graduated from Western University with a BSc in Chemistry in 1976. He applied this education in the food and nuclear power generation industries until joining Larsen and Shaw in 1993. Since then, his career mission has been to contribute to the ongoing success of the company and to ensure a successful ownership and leadership transition to the next generation. He retired from the role of president and CEO in 2013 and currently serves as chair of the board. In addition to continuing a company priority of being a good corporate citizen, John’s community involvement has included serving on the board of the Walkerton Hospital Foundation, including two years as chair. John and his wife, Gert, have been married 39 years and have three children and five grandchildren.

Mary Jane Bushnell

In her 29 years with Larsen and Shaw, Mary Jane has served in many roles. She started in the administration and logistics department before moving into the accounting department, where she focused on credit and collections. She was then promoted to the sales department, with primary responsibility for key new accounts as well as establishing the company’s first website, and later promoted again to sales manager. When Larsen and Shaw started the Lean Manufacturing journey in 2003, her role was expanded to sales and value stream manager. This included learning and applying value stream mapping, which exposed her to the operations side of the business and gave her an opportunity to more closely align some of these areas with customer needs. In 2007, when the general manager retired, Mary Jane was promoted to vice president/general manager. In 2013, she succeeded John Larsen when he retired from day-to-day operations. The experience gained from exposure to a variety of functions across the company has been an advantage, as has the mentorship of key executives, including Carl Larsen, Roger Larsen, Ash Puri, and John Larsen. Mary Jane is married to Dennis and has two daughters and one grandchild.

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December 5th, 2017 Guest Speaker: John A. Warnick -- Founder of the Purposeful Planning Institute and initiator of the Seven Keys of Purposeful Trusts & Gifts and the Six Paradigms of Purposeful Planning.
7:15 am - 9:15 am
Buckhead Club - Ballroom III
3344 Peachtree Rd NE #2600
Atlanta, GA 30326

Spring Dates:
Dates and Topics for the spring series

Individual seat: $75.00
Fall 2017 - Series of 3 - $165

For MORE INFORMATION  contact us at 470-578-6045 or cfec@kennesaw.edu

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