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2022 Episodes

Running a family is hard. Running a family business is harder.

Join host Michael Palumbos and new guests every episode as they talk about everything from navigating family business transitions, business growth strategies, family conflict, leadership and team development and more.

Here, you'll find all of our episodes from 2022 (Episodes 49 to 71!)

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Fourth-generation owner of Speach Family Candy Shoppe Michael Speach Jr.* joins us to talk about his very sudden & unexpected pivot into the family business, the origins of the business and how it survived the Great Depression and the reality of “legacy guilt”. If you’re a Syracuse local, you especially won’t want to miss this one!  

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Family Biz Show - June 2nd, 2020: Guest Speaker George Isaac

In this episode, founder of Illumination360 Kristin Keffeler joins us to discuss the hidden tripwires of inherited wealth and how family business owners can identify the clutter that family money can bring.

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Family Biz Show - May 26, 2020: Guests Terry Schaefer & Tom Garrity

Guest Heenle Turner teaches us about attracting, retaining & hiring golden talent, her entry into the HR industry (and her connection to Rochester-giant Paychex), the changes the pandemic forced upon many employers in terms of work-life balance demands and what simple processes you can implement into your hiring to help get 5-star employees.

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Family Biz Show - May 19th, 2020: Guest Speakers Mike Goldman & Cathy Carroll

It’s our first Family Biz Show in the health & beauty space and we’re excited to have guest Ryan Margolin* from Professional Hair Labs introduce us. Listen in to hear about how a serious health situation with Ryan's mother led to the development of his business, the specific values that drive his company within a under-regulated industry & the systems they had that broke when they hit 7 figures. Don’t miss this one! 

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Family Biz Show - June 2nd, 2020: Guest Speaker George Isaac

Shannon Byrne Susko* joins us on this episode to talk about why mastering the "people" side of an execution strategy matters more than you know and that business coaching is so much more than business wisdom. This episode is jam-packed with actionable guidance that any CEO can pull from, especially the part about not reading her books... like a CEO. Don’t miss it! 

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Family Biz Show - May 26, 2020: Guests Terry Schaefer & Tom Garrity

Listen in as Steve Davis* of Tapecon talks about the machine that his grandfather invented that put the stage girl of yesteryear out of business, the entrepreneurial pivots that the company made over its long history & the “BYOE” (bring your own experience) family charter that drives the family business. 

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Family Biz Show - May 19th, 2020: Guest Speakers Mike Goldman & Cathy Carroll

A Family Biz Show podcast alumni returns! Listen in as guest Nike Anani* of African Family Firms talks about supporting the next generation of family business leaders through education and navigation of roadblocks and how to work on the family not for the family. This is a great episode you won’t want to miss.  

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Family Biz Show - June 2nd, 2020: Guest Speaker George Isaac

Listen in as members of the Wetzel family, Lawrence & Michael*, of Air Innovations discuss the need to constantly seek the advice of others, Michael’s unique entry into the family business and a fun story about an exciting design they developed for a major Las Vegas attraction.

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Family Biz Show - May 26, 2020: Guests Terry Schaefer & Tom Garrity

This episode is “Boulter Strong”! Join us as we talk to 5th generation owner William S. Boulter* of Boulter Industrial Contractors about why his company’s values go far beyond making sure “everyone just gets home”; that each employee knows their inherent value and worth – and how that reflects in the service provided to their clients.  

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Family Biz Show - May 19th, 2020: Guest Speakers Mike Goldman & Cathy Carroll

Join us as we talk to the 4th generation owner of New York state’s oldest brewery (and the second oldest in the entire nation) Fred Matt* of F.X Matt Brewing Company (Saranac) about the importance of discarding platitudes and truly delighting the customer to ensure your businesses longevity.

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Family Biz Show - June 2nd, 2020: Guest Speaker George Isaac

Could there possibly be any common denominators between the family room, the board room and the war room? Founder of the Gardin Group Rachel Llanes* knows so! Listen into this episode of the Family Biz Show to learn about advanced leadership concepts family business owners need to know to help their company's flourish.

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Family Biz Show - May 26, 2020: Guests Terry Schaefer & Tom Garrity

Listen in as we talk with Danielle Mercuri*, CEO of DD Hospitality Group and owner of Rise n Shine Diner & LODED in Syracuse, NY about how she inherited Rise n Shine from someone who wasn’t “blood family”, how she continues the original owner's legacy and yet makes it her own, plus sage advice for the next generation of family business owners that cannot be overlooked.

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Family Biz Show - May 19th, 2020: Guest Speakers Mike Goldman & Cathy Carroll

Listen in as we talk with 5th generation co-owner of Fee Brothers Jon Spacher* about the near-100 year long history of Fee Brothers, his transition from the insurance industry into the cocktail industry, and the necessity of trust when it comes to family business transitions.  

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Family Biz Show - June 2nd, 2020: Guest Speaker George Isaac

Listen in as we talk with father and son duo Robert* & Trevor Stevenson* of Eastman Machine Company about the evolution of their business, the hard decisions they’ve had to make regarding family members over the years and the intriguing connection they have to a very famous person in history! 

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Family Biz Show - May 26, 2020: Guests Terry Schaefer & Tom Garrity

Listen in as we talk with the DiLaura family* of CADimensions about their long history of “pivoting” well before COVID-19, the risks of trying to reinvent the wheel when difficulty strikes and their unique company (and family) mission statement they affectionately named CADLIFE.

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Family Biz Show - May 19th, 2020: Guest Speakers Mike Goldman & Cathy Carroll

Listen in as private wealth consulting behemoth Russ Alan Prince* of Private Wealth Magazine lays out the surprising mindset of many “middle-class millionaires”, the mistakes they often make and why it’s important to re-evaluate your entire advisory team every few years. 

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Family Biz Show - June 2nd, 2020: Guest Speaker George Isaac

Listen in as we talk to guests Bill & Steven Rott* of William C Rott & Son Inc. in Buffalo, NY about the draw to join the family business, favorite business memories, their family traditions and why doing everything with great love, for their clients and employees, is at the center of their business model. 

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Family Biz Show - May 26, 2020: Guests Terry Schaefer & Tom Garrity

Listen into this exciting new episode with guests Yale Levey*, Ryan Ponsford* and Scott Farnsworth* of Gateway for Good as we discuss the world-saving power of family philanthropy!  

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Family Biz Show - May 19th, 2020: Guest Speakers Mike Goldman & Cathy Carroll

Listen in as we talk to Colby Clark* and Jennifer Donahoe*, third-generation owners from Feldmeier Equipment of Syracuse, NY about the "big hairy audacious goal” that the family helped execute, the crisis the family rallied around in the mid-2000's and exactly what Feldmeier did alongside Pfizer and Moderna to help get vaccines to the world during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

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Family Biz Show - June 2nd, 2020: Guest Speaker George Isaac

Join us for one ouf our biggest episodes yet as Lisa & Jay Daniel* of Lodge Cast Iron talk with us about how to create a family council, catch some truly precious stories of how the Lodge family stays close and how their brand evolved from it’s humble beginnings. You may also catch how excited Michael is, now that he learned how to season his cast iron pans. 

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Family Biz Show - May 26, 2020: Guests Terry Schaefer & Tom Garrity

Listen in as we talk with Chris Yonker*, speaker & author, about creating a vision for transition within the family business. 

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Family Biz Show - May 19th, 2020: Guest Speakers Mike Goldman & Cathy Carroll

Listen in as we talk to Heather Maio-Smith* of Storyfile about the intersection of human emotion with technology for future generations to come and how it can help share what really matters; stories that are the foundation of a family and about the history of StoryFile; how Heather wants to provide the ability for future generations to have conversations with Holocaust survivors.

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Listen in as we talk to Brian Sessler* & Jane Shaffer* of the Sessler Companies about what they’re most proud of in the family business, how they create positive change through the generations – and the challenges they had to overcome to get there. Don’t miss out on this incredible episode!

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