Walsh College

Family Business

Family Business Success Story

Walsh College alumnus Lou Schmidt was interviewed by the Detroit Free Press just before speaker at the Leadership Center luncheon. Read the news story here.

Read about Past Family Business Success Stories

  • White Castle
  • Hiller's Markets
  • Garden Fresh Gourmet Salsa
  • Two Men and a Truck
  • Carhartt


Family Business Honor Roll

The Family Business Honor Roll was created to bring family businesses into the spotlight.  These companies are members of the Walsh Leadership Center.  It is our intent to bring these family businesses to the attention of one another, in the hopes that they will help each other continue to succeed from one generation to the next. A number of these companies have second generation leaders, and some of them are in transition to the third generation:

Atlas Wholesale Food Co. 
CIA Financial Group
Conti Corporation
Dealers Supply Co.
Demorest Law
DMS Moving Systems
Garden Fresh Gourmet
GraphiColor Systems Inc.
Harvey Hohauser & Associates
Hercules & Hercules, Inc.
HMS Mfg. Co.
HMS Products Co.
HoneyBaked Ham

JB Cutting Inc.
Margot European Day Spa
Mastermind Solutions
Monahan Media
Painters Supply and Equipment Co.
Prefix Corporation
Re-Source Partners Asset Management
Rehab Pathways Group ®
Royal Aluminum & Steel, Inc.
Simple World of Golf
John Tagle Associates

Honorary Members

White CastleFamily Enterprise USA

How do you get your company name on the Family Business Honor Roll?
Companies on the Family Business Honor Roll are members of the Walsh Leadership Center. Membership information is available here. The Walsh definition of a family business requires that the business employ one or more family members including the owner; more than one family member may own the business; or a married couple who are in business together. Once the business has passed to the next generation, the business may have only one family member employed. Contact Jan at jhubbard@walshcollege.edu if you're interested in membership. 

The Leadership Center offers a variety of educational opportunities for members and leaders working in a family business. Click on the links for more information. 

Affinity Groups

Females in the Family Business
Wives, daughters, aunts, sisters, and mothers in a family business are invited to attend. Women who own, are partners in, or work for family businesses meet to discuss and share solutions in a non-threatening, non-competitive, non-sales roundtable. This group meets at 8 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Troy campus. Moderators are Ursula Scroggs, CPA, and Jennifer Coon, CPA, DKSS CPAs + Advisors.

Next Generations
Those poised to be next in line to lead a family business or small enterprise, discuss the legal as well as the personal issues in succession planning. Members are peers who hash out the problems of dealing with the leading generation as they develop leadership skills in preparation for their next role.  This group meets the fourth Friday of the month at 8 a.m. and is moderated by Mike Kotsis, owner, GPS for Small Business. 



For more information about programs to increase the success and sustainability of Michigan's small and family businesses, email Jan Hubbard.




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   Jan Hubbard

   Cindy Rush