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Entrepreneurial thinking across generations

Multi-generational family businesses are by definition entrepreneurial, and EY is the world leader in advising, guiding and recognizing entrepreneurs. We know that the spirit of innovation that characterizes successful entrepreneurial companies must be present within family businesses if they are to thrive, prosper and compete effectively from one generation to the next.

To help you plan your growth journey, we'll channel our experiences with some of the world's most successful entrepreneurs together with our work with global family businesses from the past three decades.

We can help you:

  • Grow your family business to succeed for generations
  • Increase your personal wealth
  • Capitalize on the unique benefits of family ownership
  • Plan for succession
  • Manage risks
  • Protect the financial value of your legacy

Our Growth DNA Model for Family Business

We know that each family business is unique — yet successful family businesses have much in common. Through our ongoing research with family business leaders, and the knowledge we have gained
from long-term service to entrepreneurs, we have identified common factors that shape the strengths and weaknesses of family businesses. Understanding the success factors underpins the Growth DNA Model for Family Business.

EY - Our Growth DNA Model for Family Business

Each key service supports the personal, financial and sustainability agendas of family businesses. The strands of the Growth DNA Model represent areas where we can help by linking to a range of services.

Family Business at the US Strategic Growth Forum 2015

How do successful family businesses maintain success from one generation to the next? At the 2015 Strategic Growth Forum, held in Palm Springs, CA November 11-14, the EY’s Family Business held special sessions that focused on the factors for creating a lasting legacy for success.

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Looking forward while looking back: how do next generation leaders take the family business to a new level of lasting success?

This panel, moderated by Marc Jacobson of MARC JACOBSON & ASSOCIATES, takes a personal look at leadership.

  •  R.J. Melman, Managing Partner, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
  • Amish Shah, President/CEO, Kem Krest
  • Lindsey Ueberroth, President & CEO, Preferred Hotels & Resorts
  • Richard Cohen, Managing Director, Benco Dental
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Going back to your roots: how do you rekindle your family's legacy?

J.B. Pritzker of the Pritzker Group talks to Andy Serwer, Editor in Chief of Yahoo Finance, about extending the family business legacy into new ventures.

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Family business secrets for lasting success: how do you unlock your family's potential?

David M. Sokolsky of Daisy Brand and Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, Inc. share insights into how they’ve overcome common challenges that often plague family businesses.

Learn more about all the sessions at the Strategic Growth Forum 2015

2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Family Business Award winner

Recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate the country’s most innovative business leaders. Our Family Business category recognizes leaders who have demonstrated how a family business can succeed from generation to generation by skillfully implementing new thinking. Congratulations to the 2015 Family Business Award winner and finalists.

Winner, US Family Business Award

EY - Andrew D. Peykoff II Andrew D. Peykoff II
President & CEO
Niagara Bottling, LLC

Finalists, US Family Business Award

EY - Lou Gentine, Louie Gentine Lou Gentine, Louie Gentine
Sargento Foods Inc.
EY - Robert M. Beall Robert M. Beall
Beall’s, Inc.
EY - Edward Weisiger, Jr. Edward Weisiger, Jr.

Learn more about the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program.

Insight from EY’s Family Business practice

EY - Coming home or breaking free? Succession intentions of next-generation family business members Coming home or breaking free? Succession intentions of next-generation family business members

Family business owners have a strong desire to keep their company under family control across generations. But who is best suited to take over, and which factors encourage succession within the next generation?.


EY - Family governance: issues, concerns and the strategies Family governance: issues, concerns and the strategies

Family businesses that continue to prosper from one generation to the next often do so because they have robust governance structures. Nevertheless, many family businesses have not given enough thought to governance. Learn some of the more common governance problems that can arise within family businesses and how having a family charter can help alleviate those issues.


EY - Worldwide Family Business Tax Guide Worldwide Family Business Tax Guide (2013-2014)

This comprehensive reference guide provides at-a-glance and detailed information on tax legislation, compliance and risk information for family business owners and managers in 41 countries.


EY - Cybersecurity: protecting a family office Cybersecurity: protecting a family office

This paper explains the cyber security challenge for family offices, describes the most common risks they face, and offers a measured approach to address the challenges.


EY - Preserving wealth through generations Preserving wealth through generations

When your family’s wealth is at stake, you want to do everything right. This is precisely where we come in. We support you and your family office in all areas by providing you with answers to the most important questions.
EY - Family Office Guide EY Family Office Guide: pathway to successful family and wealth management

This is our comprehensive guide and integrated approach designed to help family offices structure their wealth and preserve it for future generations.

EY Global Family Business Yearbook

EY - Family Business Yearbook 2014

Our first EY Global Family Business Yearbook is now available. Celebrating excellence in family businesses, the yearbook looks at issues facing family firms and provides a glimpse of what is going on inside some of the world’s greatest family businesses in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. You’ll also find profiles of Entrepreneur Of The Year Family Business Award of Excellence Winners and key data and trends that highlight the contribution that family businesses make to local economies.

Find out more about our Global Family Business Yearbook here.

Learn more about Family business facts and figures in North America.

To receive a hard copy of the Family Business Yearbook, please email,

EY NextGen Academy

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Developing the next generation

The EY NextGen Academy Program is our unique one-week training event designed for the next generation of young successors in family businesses. This program helps them explore their potential and introduces them to the challenges of running a family business.

For more information, please contact Andrea Baars.

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