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Family Business Legacy Series: Leadership and Innovation

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200 Seattle, WA 98101 USA (map)

The history of Cowles Company spans over a century in Washington State. William H. Cowles came to Spokane in 1891 to be the business manager of the newspaper The Spokesman, which was founded less than two years before.  He soon bought The Spokesman from his partners and in 1894 he bought a rival paper, The Review, merging the two papers into The Spokesman-Review.   William H. Cowles’ grandson, William Cowles III, ran and expanded the business until he died suddenly of a heart attack in 1992.   His brother then stewarded the business until turning the reigns over to his nephew and niece, W. Stacey Cowles and Elisabeth Cowles. Today, Cowles Company is a diversified media, forest products, insurance and real estate company with a presence in more than 10 states. Join fourth generation family business members Betsy and Stacey in a discussion about dealing with sudden leadership change, preparing the next generation, and the need for reinvention. Please note that the Legacy Series is intended for family business owners and operators only.