Advisors to family owned businesses come from a variety of professional backgrounds. FOBI is providing this list for family business leaders.
If you are a family business advisor and want to be listed, please contact the FOBI Director.
Co-founded what is known today as the Fountain Hill Center for Counseling and Consultation in 1974. Built on an entrepreneurial model, Andy worked at the Center for 33 years as a Pastoral Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and as the Center's Executive Coordinator. He began working with entrepreneurs and their family owned businesses in 1995 and yet spends about 50% of his time in that field. Andy continues his work as a therapist and leadership coach working with a dozen different businesses every month, "helping them to get along, and get ahead." To learn more about Dr. Atwood go to www.andyatwood.com.
Joe is a Principle in the Family Business Consulting Group specializing in family business succession planning and strategic business planning. He is a strong advocate for incorporating innovation into family businesses, blending family and non-family execs into effective leadership teams, developing the next generation leaders, creating effective governance structures (boards of directors), and facilitating family meetings. Joe assists family-owned succession and the resolution of complex family business issues. For more information about Joe, or to contact him, visit www.thefbcg.com/schmieder.
Miller Johnson’s Family Owned Business practice group works collaboratively and creatively to address the needs of family owned businesses. The attorneys in this practice group focus their work on assisting families in navigating the unique challenges associated with active family participation in the business, including coordination with estate and tax planning, succession planning, investment and growth, and employment matters. Their experience -- both in advising and owning family owned and closely held businesses -- allows them to be especially suited to provide effective advice to such businesses and their owners.
If you would like to discuss any issues regarding your family business, contact any of the members of the Miller Johnson Family Owned Business team below.
For more information about the following advisors, or to contact them, visit www.millerjohnson.com.
Serves as the Chair of the Firm’s Business Section. He regularly advises family owned businesses on matters regarding structure, shareholder agreements, succession, supply chain and other corporate matters. The challenge for many business families is that family, ownership and business roles involve different and sometimes conflicting values, goals, and actions. For over 15 years, Bob has guided his family-owned business clients through such issues so that their businesses are well-preserved for generations to come.
Is a member of the firm’s Business Section and focuses his practice on advising family-owned and other closely held businesses in business and corporate matters, with a special emphasis on succession planning, growth and mergers and acquisition opportunities. Dustin’s family-owned business clients play a vital role in the economic success of West Michigan.
Is a member of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Section. She collaborates with her employer clients to manage employee relations positively and productively. Mary brings to her employment practice a deep personal understanding of the challenges of successfully growing a family business in West Michigan. As the Chairperson for a fourth-generation family-owned business started by her great-grandfather, Mary uniquely understands the opportunities and complexities facing family owned businesses.