The Holleman Business Succession Forumsm
The purpose of this Forum is to engage business owners in conversation about the political and emotional aspects of business succession planning. We believe that through the stories our guests tell of the real life issues and challenges, our listeners will be better prepared to build their own succession plans.
Chairman, National Geographic Education Foundation
From an early age, Gil Grosvenor met, with interest, the explorers who were visiting his father and grandfather in Washington D.C., in their work at the National Geographic Society. Although he was meeting interesting people and respected what his family was up to at the Geographic, it was not his early intent to follow in their footsteps, as they had in those of his great-grandfather, Alexander Graham Bell.
President, Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation
From a young age Michele Hagans worked for her father - her first job was working the switch board at the Dunbar Hotel in Washington D.C., at age twelve. Even then, it was not lost on Michele that her pay for that work was not in line with her co-workers or her brother who was mowing the hotel's grass.
President of Kane Company
Vernon Holleman III, CLU, sat down with John M. Kane to discuss his history in his family's transportation company and the transition of that organization from his father to him. They talk through how and when John began working in the business, what he learned and gained from both his early experience as well as working with multiple siblings, and an father who decided to "un-retire".
Chairman of the Board, Chief Creative Officer, Kolbe Corp
From an early age, Kathy Kolbe queried her father, E.F. Wonderlic, about the test he had created in the 1930's (commonly known to this day as "The Wonderlic", or formally as the Wonderlic Personnel Test, www.wonderlic.com).
Editor emeritus of The Kiplinger Letter
Vernon Holleman III, CLU, sat down with Austin H. Kiplinger in the Kiplinger Building Museum (H Street, NW, DC) in front of the replica of his father's office at the Press Club, which includes W.M. Kiplinger's desk, typewriter, telephone, and photographs. This interview is a great window to both the success of a third generation firm and the emotion and friction that can be a part of such success.
Editor in Chief and President of
Kiplinger Washington Editors Inc.
Picking up from Austin Kiplinger's suggestion (when asked about the leadership transition from him to his son), "you better ask Knight," Vernon Holleman, CLU sat down with Knight to talk to the Editor in Chief of Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc., to hear directly from the third generation Kiplinger to lead the organization.
Chairman of Walker & Dunlop, LLC
Vernon Holleman III, CLU, sat down with Mallory, in his home, to discuss the history of Walker & Dunlop, his family's real estate financial services company, his experience following his father, his development of the business, what he learned about family business continuity during his career, and the eventual transition of the firm to one of his two sons, which looked anything but probable.
President and Publisher Washingtonian Magazine
Surrounded by classic typewriters, Vernon Holleman III, CLU, sat down with Cathy, in her office at Washingtonian, which was her father's before her. Roughly four years prior, Cathy had been busy running operations for ACS Transportation Solutions and thinking very little of the publishing business.
Principal & Executive Vice President,
Kemmons Wilson Companies
On a summer morning in 1951, Kem Wilson, Jr. and his 4 siblings helped pack the car after spending the night in a motor court motel somewhere between D.C. and Memphis. Little did they know, the extra $2 they each cost their father for the privilege to sleep on the floor of their motel room, would launch an idea in Kemmon Wilson, Sr.'s mind.
Former CEO, Circuit City
Alan Wurtzel had no interest or ambition to lead the family business. with $13,000 and one TV store in Richmond, VA. Alan eventually joined the company in 1966. He became CEO in 1973, and led Circuit City to become a "Good to Great" company (one of eleven companies that Jim Collins chose to feature in his 2001 book with the same title).
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