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Family Business Reunion Tour

What do you get when you combine a relaxed setting, families, food…and information? The Family Business Reunion Tour! Postcard

Locations throughout Iowa are being selected and family business topics coordinated that feature Iowa family business sharing their stories of success, challenges and opportunities. Gather with other family business members and learn, relax and have fun with one another!

July 25 | Edgewood Locker Conference Center | Edgewood, IA 

11:30AM—1PM | $25 per person //includes lunch
Speaker Rob McDonald | A.Y. McDonald
Rob McDonald, 5th Generation President of A.Y. McDonald Mfg. will be discussing his experiences with family governance, working with family members inside and outside the family business, and building a successful culture and work environment.

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July 25 | Huber Supply | Mason City, IA 

4:30—5:45pm | $25 per person //includes hors d'oeuvres
Panelists Daniel Hanawalt and Mark Hanawalt | United Equipment Accessories
Succession as a Team Effort and Mentoring the Next Generation: It takes a village to transition succession and grow the next generation to step into a leadership position. The team that plays an important role include the transitioning CEO, executive team, the family members/council and the board. 

This discussion will include both Daniel Hanawalt (3rd generation) and Mark Hanawalt (2nd generation) discussing their experiences with succession and growing United Equipment Accessories as they look ahead and plan for transition.

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July 30 | Cedar Ridge Winery | Swisher, IA 

11:30AM—1PM | $25 per person //includes lunch
Panelists Brian Duffy, Per Mar Security | Gavin McGrath, McGrath Chevyland | Josie Rozum, Dan and Debbie’s Creamery

Learn about creating infrastructure that is necessary to transition from one generation to the next and the challenges of having multiple generations involved. Getting family together is difficult enough for a social eventmultiply the stress, coordination and emotions when trying to get a family business structured and moving forward! Learn from the panel things that have worked and changes they are making to create an organization that will stand the test of time.

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August 27 | Jasper Winery | Des Moines, IA 

3:30PM—5:30PM | $25 per person //includes hors d'oeuvres
Chris Vernon, Vernon Company | Heidi Vermeer-Quist, Vermeer Quist Consulting 

At the beginning of the life cycle of a business the founder calls all the shots. As the business matures and generations of family become involved decision making becomes more challenging. Later generations, when multiple family members have ownership stakes, consensus building is imperative. However past or present family conflicts can make consensus difficult to achieve. Panelists will share their experiences, offering suggestions on what has worked for them.

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August 29 | Hansen Dairy Farm | Hudson, IA

3—5PM | $25 per person //includes ice cream and dessert

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