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Family Business Forum to offer conversation on succession in businesses April 20 at UNCA
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:03

John Engels, founder and president of Leadership Coaching Inc., will lead the next UNC Asheville Family Business Forum presentation – "Succession Conversations: Who Says What to Whom, and How, and When?" – from 8 to 11:30 a.m.April 20 in the Sherrill Center's Mission Health Mountain View Room. 


“Successfully transferring family businesses to the next generation raises complex and emotion-laden problems,” says Cindy Clarke, executive director of the Family Business Forum. “We are really happy to be able to bring in John Engels, a national expert, to help family businesses in WNC start thinking about this tough issue.”


Engels has studied family systems theory at The Center for Family Process in Bethesda, Md., and the Georgetown Family Center in Washington, D.C. and sits on the advisory board of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in Washington, D.C. and is a practitioner-scholar for the Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell University. He earned his master’s degree in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., and an undergraduate degree in journalism from St. Bonaventure University. He is a popular speaker for the Family Business Forum, having spoken twice previously. 


Admission is $49 for the public; free for Family Business Forum members and first-time attendees. Registration is required for this event and is available online at


The spring 2017 Family Business Forum series will continue on May 18 and is titled, "If You Do Not Start Collecting Yesterday Today, There Will Be No Tomorrow." John Capers, who has worked with golf clubs on creating archives, and Andrew Brunk of Brunk Auctions, known for his appearances on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow, will present about preserving family history, heirlooms and artifacts. This session will be free and open to everyone from 5 to 7 p.m. at Brunk Auctions, 117 Tunnel Rd., Asheville.


The Family Business Forum is a member-driven organization located at UNCA. All forum events are based on feedback from members, and membership in the center is open to family and privately-held businesses. The mission of the UNCA Family Business Forum is to provide professional learning opportunities to help family owned businesses maximize the overall well-being of their company and to assist with transition planning for the next generation of family ownership. UNCA’s Family Business Forum is the only ongoing professional development and awareness-raising environment specifically designed for family businesses in Western North Carolina.


For more information, visit or contact Family Business Forum Executive Director Cindy Clarke at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 828.232.5091.


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