The VCU Family Business Forum provides educational programs, leadership affinity groups and networking opportunities to family-owned businesses throughout the region. 

The forum is housed at the VCU School of Business and offers access to faculty and university resources. Monthly seminars feature leading experts on topics of value to owners and members of family enterprises. Topics include succession planning, governance, family communications, leadership development, conflict resolution and other matters unique to multi-generational family businesses.

Membership is open to all family businesses. The annual membership fee is $1,500 and permits participation by all owners, family members and non-family executives of the member business. 

2018-19 Forum Programs

September 26, 2018 (Snead Hall B3114)
Reinventing the Family Business After the Sale
Panel presentation by Bobby Ukrop, founder, his two sons-in-law, and his CFO | Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods

October 24, 2018 (Snead Hall B3114)
Multi-generational Success in a Highly Competitive Industry
Rick Holtz | H.J. Holtz & Sons

November 14, 2018 (Snead Hall B3189)
Engaging the Next Generation:  Guidelines and Practices
Danielle Oristian York, Managing Director | 21-64, a nonprofit organization providing training and tools for family enterprises

December 19, 2018 (Snead Hall B3114)
Transferring Assets to Future Generations
Holly Isdale | Founder, WealthHaven

January 23, 2019 (Snead Hall B3189)
Values Based Leadership Development
Tom Epperson, PhD, President | Inner Will Leadership Institute

February 20, 2019 (Snead Hall B3189)
From Family Business to Business Family:  How to Successfully Integrate Non-Family Executives into the Family Business
Jim Wood, Executive Director | EY

March 20, 2019 (Snead Hall B3114)
ESOPs are Back!  Continuing the Family Business Through a Sale to Employees
Ron Gilbert, President | ESOP Services, Inc.

April 17, 2019 (Snead Hall B3189)
Your Family Legacy
Thayer Willis | author, speaker, family wealth advisor

May 22, 2019 (Snead Hall B3189)
Women in the Family Business

Panel of women from family-owned businesses


  • Bliley’s Funeral Homes
  • E. Ritter & Company
  • Endeavor Capital   
  • Genesis Properties
  • H.F. Bulifant & Sons Inc.
  • HandCraft Services, Inc.
  • J. D. Miles & Sons Roofing
  • Kelleher Heating & Cooling
  • Kenmore Envelope Company
  • Lansing Building Products           
  • Luck Companies
  • Ross Publishing
  • Siewer's Lumber & Millwork
  • Stone's Office Equipment
  • Ukrop's Homestyle Foods
  • Valley Proteins
  • Woodfin Heating, Inc. 
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  • The Family Forum has been very beneficial to our company. We have obtained many ideas from the seminars, and the networking among the members has been invaluable.
    Richie Siewers
    Siewers Lumber & Millwork
  • If you want your family business to remain in the family and still be run like a business, generation to generation, your interests are aligned with the VCU Family Business Forum. I recommend the VCU Family Business Forum programs.
    Joe Kelleher
    Kelleher Corp.
  • It is so wonderful to listen to members of other family businesses and realize that most of us experience the same problems no matter the size or nature of the business. The guidance we have received in being able to handle these problems has been worth far more than what we could have afforded independent of the forum.
    Lynne Rabil
    Hubbard Peanut Company