Evening Program

Arrivals and Reception - 5:00 - 6:00

Program & Dinner - 6:00 - 8:30

Optional - Dessert Reception to Follow

Business/Cocktail Attire

Gala Featured Speakers and Guests

  • Alex TaylorEVP and COO

    Cox Enterprises

    Alex Taylor is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Cox Enterprises, a private, family-owned company based in Atlanta, Georgia with more than $20 billion in annual revenue and 60,000 employees worldwide.


  • Chris HerschendVice Chairman of the Board

    Herschend Enterprises

    Chris Herschend is Vice Chairman of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed attractions company in the US. Separately, Chris is also the majority owner and President of Ride The Ducks International, the world’s largest operator and licensor of amphibious sightseeing tours with 7 locations across the United States & Guam.


  • John WardWorld-wide family business pioneer, author, educator and Consultant

    John Ward teaches and studies strategic management, business leadership, and family enterprise continuity, and has been an active researcher, speaker and consultant on continuity, ownership, governance, and philanthropy.


  • Ken HarmonProvost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Accounting
    Kennesaw State University

    Dr. Ken Harmon is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kennesaw State University.  Prior to this appointment, he served as dean of KSU’s Coles College of Business.  Harmon also has served on the faculty of seven business schools across the United States and has held administrative appointments at five of those institutions.


  • Craig Aronoff (Founder Cox Family Enterprise Center and The Family Business Consulting Group)

    Co-founder and principal of The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc., Craig

    Aronoff is a leading consultant, speaker, writer, and educator in the family business field.


  • Joseph H. AstrachanExecutive Director
    Cox Family Enterprise Center 2007 – 2014

    Joe Astrachan is Wachovia Eminent Scholar Chair of Family Business, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, former executive director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center, and a founder of the internationally accredited Executive MBA for Families in Business at the Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, Georgia, USA.


  • Gaia MarchisioExecutive Director
    Cox Family Enterprise Center 2014 - present

    As a tenured Associate Professor of Management at Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business Gaia developed several curricula for family business classes, and teaches undergraduate and MBA courses on family business, management and behavioral sciences, and consulting services.