About the Family Enterprise Center

At the Family Enterprise Center, we value the Family Enterprise Community above all else. As the oldest family business center in the world, we have developed and explored a variety of strategies for enhancing the collective interests of families and businesses – in our region, and beyond.

We engage in industry-shaping research and undergraduate and graduate education through the Coles College of Business. At the core of these efforts perpetually remains our commitment to education as a crucial tool for enhancing the wealth and success of the entire community.

Center History

At the Family Enterprise Center, we value the Family Enterprise Community above all else. As the oldest family business center in the world, we have developed and explored a variety of strategies for enhancing the collective interests of families and businesses – in our region, and beyond.

Georgia’s only university-based resource dedicated to the needs of family enterprises.

Opened by Dr. Craig Aronoff with the Coles College of Business in 1987, the Family Enterprise Center (FEC) has been home to three generations of talented leadership.

And since the late 1980s, the FEC has received global attention. Under the tutelage of Dr. Joe Astrachan, the Center introduced the first Executive MBA for Families in Business. Not content to rest, we then launched the The Family Business Review, the first journal dedicated to family business interests. 

Under the attuned guidance of Dr. Gaia Marchisio, the Center continued to lead globally with recognized research, and refocused attentions on bolstering connections in the Southeast.

Now under the leadership of Dr. Mark Hiatt, the Center will continue to focus on its family business community outreach activities in the greater Atlanta area, north Georgia, and the southeast US.

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