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

The forum is housed at the VCU School of Business. Monthly seminars feature 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. 

2019-2020 Forums

Breakfast is available at 8am, and programs are 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

September 11, 2019

Dan Hatzenbuehler, E. Ritter & Company (ERC)

Although not a Ritter by blood, Dan has always had the best interests of both the family and the business in his heart. Dan has navigated the work of being the first in-law to lead the business, the professionalization of the ERC Board of Directors, the development of a family council, and at his retirement, the introduction of the first nonfamily CEO of ERC. 

October 9, 2019

We are excited to welcome back Sam Davis! Sam will join us to moderate a panel of family business owners from the community. Together the group will discuss the topic of Succession Planning from a variety of perspectives. We look forward to hearing the perspectives of family business leaders at various stages of planning for leadership transitions.

November 13, 2019

Jim Wood, Executive Director for Family Enterprise Services for EY will present for our November meeting. Jim will continue our work on Succession Planning with his talk “From Family Business to Business Family: Integrating Non-Family Executives (NFE) into the Family Business”.

Save the dates for the remainder of the season. 

  • December 11, 2019
  • January 8, 2020
  • February 19, 2020
  • March 11, 2020
  • April 8, 2020
  • May 13, 2020
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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.