The Virginia 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 businesses whose family ownership spans two or more generations. The annual membership fee is $1,500 and permits participation by all owners, family members and non-family executives of the member business. Please contact Sam Davis, Director of the Family Business Forum, for additional information.

2017-18 Forum Programs

September 2017
The Right Stuff: Identifying, Developing and Advancing Family and Non-Family Executives

Rich Reinecke | Co-founder, Fahrenheit Group

October 2017
Selling the Family Business Doesn’t Mean the End of the Family Legacy

Mark Williams | Former President & CEO, Richmond Corrugated Box Co.

November 2017
Family Philanthropy

Whitney Van Der Hyde | Board Member, Perdue Family Foundation

December 2017
Ten Traits of a Winning Workforce, Today & Tomorrow

John Martin | CEO, SIR

January 2018
Building High Performing Teams in Family Enterprise

Margaret Wilson | Fellow, FFI, Founder of Tandem Partners

February 2018
The Impact of New Tax Legislation on Family Enterprises

Mark Strong | EY; Dean Williams | Mitchell Wiggins 

April 2018
Shareholder Agreements

Ben English | Hirschler Fleischer; Patrick Beale | Invincia Insurance

May 2018
Taking Stock – a film about a family business in South Africa

Ben Stillman | Filmmaker 


  • Anderson Oil
  • Bliley’s Funeral Homes
  • H.F. Bulifant & Sons Inc.
  • Electrical & Mechanical Resources
  • Endeavor Capital   
  • First Class Limousine     
  • Genesis Properties
  • HandCraft Services, Inc.
  • Kelleher Heating & Cooling
  • Kenmore Envelope Company
  • Lansing Building Products           
  • Luck Companies
  • Puritan Cleaners
  • Ross Publishing
  • Siewer's Lumber & Millwork
  • 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