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2023 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 catch episodes from 2023 (Episodes 72 to 95!)

Catch episodes here, on Libsyn, Apple Podcasts and Spotify! Don't forget to share your favorite episodes with others. Tag us with #thefamilybizshow!

Grab your mugs! We sat down with Lisa Smoot from San Francisco Bay Coffee. Lisa, who is a regular listener of our podcasts on her incredible daily commute, shares the incredible journey of her family's business, from a bankrupt company to a thriving $200 million enterprise. Lisa opened up about her personal experiences of entering the family business and the challenges they faced along the way, the company's strong partnership with Costco and how it has contributed to their growth and her commitment to employee development and the significance of investing in their team members' growth and well-being.

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

Andy Breuer from Hueber-Breuer Construction Company. Andy shares his journey of joining the family business and the company's 151-year legacy and we discuss the importance of maintaining a good reputation, the significance of company culture, and the role of managing a construction business. Andy highlights several community-oriented projects and the company's focus on sustainability, succession planning, leadership development, community involvement, and the challenges of running a construction business in New York State.

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

We sat down to talk to twin brother owners Eric & Scott White of Denver Machine, a family business started by their great grandfather in 1910. The brothers share their journey into the business, their outside experiences, the company's growth and diversification into various industries, and the challenges they faced, including a severe recession and a lawsuit threat. The brothers also share their future priorities, the benefits of being part of a CEO roundtable group, and the importance of industry associations. Don’t miss this episode and share with other family business owners who might enjoy! 

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

Agency 29 owner Maureen Ballatori joins us to discuss branding and marketing in family businesses. Maureen shares her background and journey into the world of branding, emphasizing the importance of clear communication and articulating a family business's value proposition. We explore the process of helping family businesses bridge the gap between generations and the role of brand strategy in adding clarity and direction. The conversation also touches on standing out in the market, financial considerations of branding, and the services offered by Agency 29 and discuss the importance of reflection, goal-setting, and effective communication in family businesses.

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

Ben Brandstetter from Brandstetter Carroll joins us on this episode of The Family Biz Show to  share his personal journey and how he joined the family business after obtaining his professional engineering license, the importance of succession planning and exit strategies for business owners, the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and the significance of vulnerability and authenticity in leadership. We also enjoyed dispelling misconceptions about family-owned businesses and the importance of celebrating successes and fostering collaboration within one’s family business.

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

On this episode of the Family Biz Show, President of NetCom Inc. Johny Roumanidakis shares his journey into the family business, initially starting as an accounting intern but falling in love with the company's culture and opportunities. He discusses the history of Netcom, the lack of a formal succession plan, and the breakdown of family and non-family members in leadership roles. Johny emphasizes the importance of trust, communication, and adaptability in a family business & shares insights on decision-making, employee accountability, and the values his grandfather instilled in him.

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

In this episode of The Family Biz Show, Shelley Taylor of Aspen Family Business/ABARTA joins us to discuss the importance of planning for the future of a family business, including the need for control and financial planning, the challenges of giving up control and the emotional attachment entrepreneurs have to their businesses. Shelley shares her experience of involving spouses in family business discussions and the value of seeking outside expertise, her thoughts on the importance of education and learning opportunities for the rising generations in family businesses.

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

In this episode of The Family Biz Show, Eric Slatten of ECS Inc. International joins us to talk about his journey into his family business, the importance of company culture, why it’s important to seek outside help, and how to build trust within a team. Eric also discusses the challenges his family business is facing and his strategies for overcoming them.

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

In this episode of the Family Biz Show, we talk to Christi Redfearn, a member of family-owned commercial janitorial company Redlee/SCS. Christi shares her journey of joining the family business and the history of the company, the struggles she faced, such as making payroll and dealing with cash flow issues, company growth and how they expanded into new markets. She also shares her favorite family traditions and how she has taken lessons in management from practicing Jiu-Jitsu!

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

In this episode of The Family Biz Show, CEO of Mac Products Eddie Russnow joins us and talks about the challenges his company has faced, including taking gambles on new products and solutions, and how they have become known for providing solutions to customers' pain points. Eddie also covers the transition of leadership within the family business, how he prepared heirs for the assets they will inherit, and the importance of company culture. Lastly, he shares his top priorities for the next 12 months, which include integrating a new acquisition and implementing a culture-wise program.

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

On this incredibly feel-good episode of The Family Biz Show, three-time returning guest Jay Hughes Jr. joins us to talk about his experience working with families and his passion for helping them flourish and evolve. Jay explains the idea behind the Family Bank and how it can help families manage their wealth and legacy, emphasizing the importance of growing spiritual and social capital within the family, rather than just focusing on the financial. Don’t miss another one of Jay’s episodes with us, as they’re always filled to the brim with family business wisdom that will transcend the age.

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

Returning guest Joey Coleman talks about his new book, "Never Lose an Employee Again," which focuses on the employee experience and the eight different phases an employee goes through. Joey discusses the importance of recognizing the emotional and mental journey of being an employee and how it is crucial to create a remarkable employee experience to have happier customers.

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

On this episode of The Family Biz Show, Kirby Rosplock, founder of Tamarind Partners, shares her journey growing up in a multi-generational family business and becoming a consultant. We covered topics such as the history of Kirby's family business, challenges faced by women in patriarchal family businesses, and planning for the future of family wealth. Kirby also discusses managing wealth and services available for families with varying net worth.

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

We talk to Dr. Jamie Weiner and discuss the challenges faced by children of successful parents, including the pressure to measure up to achievements and the importance of finding one's own path. Jamie shares stories of breaking moments that lead to personal growth and finding their own purpose that lead to their own success.

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

We sat down with local logistics giant Ken Johnson of Leonard’s Express. Ken delves into his personal life to explore his favorite family traditions and the unique ways they’ve created lasting memories and the importance of having “the right people in the right places” to scale a company.

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

Stephanie Stuckey joins us to share her story about taking back & growing the family business after a extremely successful career in law, the values that shape Stuckey’s and how important it is for family businesses to keep those values while at the same time, needing to evolve how they are presented to stay generationally relevant.

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

Returning guest Jay Hughes Jr.  talks about the powerful way family businesses can build and maintain a strong sense of purpose and legacy across the generations by utilizing philanthropic activities and create a shared vision for making positive impacts on society. Share this episode with other family business owners who are interested in the power of generational giving!

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

Listen in as we talk to Mark Bronfman from Bold Value about his journey into how he ended up helping family businesses, the specifics of strategic compensation planning why that all matters to family businesses who continue to struggle with attracting and retaining top talent!

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

Join us as we dive deep into Popeye Plans with Gary Shepherd CFP®,CBEC®,ChFC,CLU of Shepherd Financial Group as we discuss the history of and what exactly Popeye Plans are, how they work and some tips on successful business transition. Don’t miss it!

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

Join us for a packed episode with Alex Kirby & Katie Jesionowski of Total Family Management as they discuss how to apply “total family management” to the ten domains for successful family business, the importance of investing in the development of communication and trust in the family and the truly emotional (over financial) nature of succession planning.

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

Celebrate National Peanut Month with this episode from Hub’s Virginia Peanuts owner Marshall Rabil as he discusses the triggers unique to family businesses, the importance of actionable culture in his company and the story behind how Hub’s became one of Wegman’s “Danny Brands”. 

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

Fourth generation owner of Rochester favorite Giuseppe’s Marciano Chinappi joins us to talk about the history of his company, how the pandemic affected businesses around them, how they had to pivot multiple times to adapt and thrive and what his hopes are for the future of his family business. You might also find out which pizza place was the very first to ever serve pie in the Flower City.

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Our Process

Join us for a Family Biz Show first as we talk to Alaska-based fishing & processing company owners Sena & Rich Wheeler* of Sena Sea about the sacrifices that come with navigating a business when one of the owners is away for several months of the year (and the grit it takes!) the unique challenges that come with their business and how their time apart adds value and depth to the time they do spend as a family.

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Our History

In this episode, Dr. Jim Kestenbaum* joins us to talk about why consulting a psychologist for family business succession can be one of the best choices a business owner can make today, how using an in-depth leadership assessment process can identify the kind and degree of leadership development areas needed in your business and the reality that many family businesses struggle knowing which family members should do what, especially as talents from the current generation may differ for the next one.

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