Growing up in a family business was indeed a life lesson. My father and his brothers took over grandpa’s auto parts store, and ended up selling it off when their expectations of the next generation weren’t met. That’s why when I was given the opportunity to become the administrator for the Walsh family business educational program, I jumped at the chance. Gathering the resources to help family businesses succeed is my pleasure, and something I wish my family had. So every year for the past eight years, The Walsh Leadership Center has highlighted the contributions of family business to the area’s economy by featuring a success story. Our past Success Story speakers include:
White Castle, Jamie Richardson, Fourth Generation Board Member
Two Men and A Truck, Melanie Bergeron, Second Generation President
Carhartt, Jennifer Piscopink, non-family executive of third generation family owned business
Garden Fresh Gourmet, John Latella, non-family executive of family owned business
Hiller’s Markets, Jim Hiller, Second Generation President
Crain’s, Keith Crain, Second Generation Owner
Weight Watchers, Florine Mark, Owner
Chelsea Milling, Howdy Holmes, Eighth Generation President
Last year we launched the Family Business Honor Roll, in recognition of our family business members, and to foster communication between them.
On June 6, 2013 we will host our next success story as we welcome Lou Schmidt, Jr., president of HoneyBaked Ham and a Walsh College graduate. He will discuss how the third generation business became a household name and how the family has evolved in the business.
Along with his role in the Troy-based headquarters, Lou is also the head coach of the Brother Rice High School Hockey Team.
We invite everyone in the metro Detroit area who works in a family business, or with a family business and especially those who own a family business, to join us at the Troy Campus on Thursday, June 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a HoneyBaked lunch, and lessons from this success story. More information is on our webpage: http://www.thewalshinstitute.com/lcsuccessstories.