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Family Business Conference

Family Business Conference Culver Photo

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

On Nov. 11, the University of Northern Iowa will host the first-ever Family Business Conference! Hosted at the EFCO family's headquarters in Des Moines, this one-day event is designed to connect, educate and provide helpful resources to Iowa family businesses.

Featuring keynote speaker Craig Culver

Craig Culver and the restaurant chain bearing his last name are truly a Wisconsin success story now spanning across 24 states. But, it wasn’t always that way. Hear Craig as he talks about the early years when too few cars were in the parking lot and there were too many doubts as to whether the little restaurant was going to survive the tough competitive landscape. Through faith, unwavering determination and a can-do attitude, Culver’s single restaurant turned into a growing franchise. In fact, today, there are over 600 locations. Join the conversation with Craig as he shares Culver’s recipes for success, the home runs they hit over the years and the obstacles that had to be overcome. 



9:15 – 10 a.m. | Registration

10 a.m. | Welcome

10:10 a.m. | Morning keynote address from Tom Hubler, president of Hubler for Business Families, Inc.

10:45 – 11 a.m. | Break

11 a.m. – noon | Breakout session

Noon – 1 p.m. | Lunch and keynote address from Craig Culver, Culver's co-founder and chairman of the board

1 –1:15 p.m. | Break

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. | Breakout session

2:15 – 2:45 p.m. | Break

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. | Breakout session

3:45 p.m. | Cocktails and networking, closing remarks, and optional tour of EFCO facilities


Members: Early bird $50 per attendee (increases to $75 after Oct. 1)*

Non-Members: $175 per attendee

*Please note that each member of the UNI Family Business Program will receive two complimentary tickets. Ticket costs are applicable to any attendees in addition to these two complimentary tickets.

If you have questions, please contact Jayne Kielman at or 319-559-0050.


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Confirm your Iowa Family Business 2021-2022 Membership and receive two complimentary tickets!


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EFCO founder

Special thanks to our hosts, Economy Forms Company (EFCO)
Economy Forms Company was incorporated in 1936. An engineer by trade with an entrepreneurial gift, W.A. surrounded himself with others who carried the same passion for engineered solutions. During the 1950’s, this powerhouse team recruited W.A.’s three sons, Ralph, Al, and Don to bring their talents to the business. During the 1960’s, Ralph entered sales and set the stage for EFCO’s growth with a contract to provide special formwork for 1200 Minuteman Missile Silos that would dot the Midwest and Great Plaines. Al led manufacturing and the fabrication of those special forms for Peter Kiewit’s silo project. Don Jennings cut his teeth in in the family business working on one of the Minuteman Missile sites his older brothers sold and manufactured. The success of the Minute Man Silo project led to the design and development of the EFCO PLATE GIRDER, EFCO’s flagship concrete forming panel; Ralph Jennings is credited with the patent. The PLATE GIRDER panel blazed a trail of opportunity for EFCO to develop the civil market as it exists today in North America. Through the decades, the EFCO team evolved into what it is today, now led by fourth generation great grandson, Scott Walter. Scott’s philosophy is simple: stick to the basics, employ the best, treat the customer fair, and remember where we came from.

EFCO specializes in manufacturing, designing, engineering, drafting, shipping, and providing support for construction projects all over the globe. Their team’s passion lies in providing best-in-class service to those responsible for the construction of our world’s concrete structures enhancing the value of those structures for the benefit of society by supplying them with safe, productive, timely, high-quality, cost-efficient concrete formwork and shoring solutions to provide what we call the Lowest In-Place Concrete Costs (LIPCC).

EFCO is the generous family business hosting the first UNI Family Business Conference. Learn more about EFCO at