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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.

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EY - Family Business in North America: facts and figures

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


Family Business at the 2016 US Strategic Growth ForumTM

“Entrepreneurial thinking across generations” is the theme of the Family Business program at this year’s US Strategic Growth Forum, which will be held in Palm Springs, CA, November 16-20, 2016.

In this special session, which will take place Wednesday, November 16, multi-generational family business leaders will share how they’ve fostered an entrepreneurial mindset over generations to create a lasting legacy for the business and the family.

Learn more about the program and how to receive an invitation.


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.

EY - Family Business Services

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
EY - Family Business Services

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.

EY - Family Business Services

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.

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.

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

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.

Insight from EY’s Family Business practice

EY Global Family Business Yearbook
Celebrating excellence in family businesses, the third edition of the EY Global Family Business Yearbook looks at 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. It also includes profiles of our EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Family Business Award of Excellence winners in 25 countries.

Family business philanthropy: creating lasting impact through values and legacy
Conducted as part of a large-scale international survey of family business owners and managers, which encompasses 525 responses from 21 countries, this report sheds new light on key themes such as how family businesses approach philanthropy, what drives philanthropic decisions, the role that government incentives play and how effectiveness is measured and evaluated.

In harmony: Family business cohesion and profitability
Our report In harmony highlights initial findings from a global survey of the world's largest family businesses.

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?

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.

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.

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: 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 NextGen Academy

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.

Download the NextGen catalog.
For more information visit www.ey-nextgen.com.