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NACD: The Family Business Board

  • Washington Athletic Club 1325 6th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101 United States (map)


More than ever before, family businesses, especially those with significant growth aspirations and/or complex and challenging dynamics, need an effective board. Reasons include the demand for rapid innovation, the need to compete for outside talent, and a growing urgency to prepare for lead­ership succession and transfer of ownership across genera­tions. It is estimated that with the transition of the boomer generation, 40 percent of current leaders of family-owned companies will retire in the next five years. Our discussion will be geared for leaders and owners of family businesses who are looking to help the company meet these challenges either by building a board or by advancing the capability of the one they have.

Attendees receive the NACD Director's Handbook Series, The Family Business Board, Volume 1.

Member Price: $45
Non-Member Price: $60

Speaker Spotlight

Elizabeth Bastoni

Board member and Global Executive with cross-functional and cross-industry experience, Elizabeth Bastoni brings a broad perspective from diverse businesses and cultural environments in privately held, publicly traded and state owned companies. Mrs. Bastoni is currently a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees for Societe BIC (Paris), a leading brand in high quality, innovative and affordable consumer goods, including pens, razors and lighters. She previously served as Chair of the Compensation Committees for Carlson Wagonlit Travel and for The Rezidor Hotel Group. Elizabeth has more than 10 years serving Boards in executive and director capacities on matters such as governance, CEO succession and development, and Executive compensation. Elizabeth brings over 25 years of global HR expertise in the consulting, investment, hospitality/travel, high-tech and consumer goods industries to the Boards and Executive teams she serves. She focuses on fostering dialogue and informed decision making by using a combination of critical thinking, expert technical knowledge and consulting skills. Elizabeth has held a variety of leadership roles. Most recently Chief HR Officer for BMGI, an investment management firm in Kirkland, WA. Prior to joining BMGI, Elizabeth was Chief HR and Communications Officer for Carlson, a family owned global leader in the travel and hospitality industry with more than $38B in system revenues, operating in over 150 countries and territories around the world. Prior to her role with Carlson, Elizabeth held leadership roles with The Coca-Cola Company, Thales, and Suez Environment.

John Clearman

John Clearman has served as member of number of Boards of Directors of Public, Private and Family owned business such as Alpac Corp., Pinnacle Publishing, Barclay Dean, GTDevelopment, Pacific Northwest Title Insurance Co., and Oberto Brands. John was former interim CFO and advisory to the Board at Milliman, USA and past president and CEO of NC Machinery

Tomoko Moriguchi Matsuno

Tomoko Moriguchi Matsuno is Chief Executive Officer of Uwajimaya, Inc. in Seattle, Washington. Uwajimaya Inc. has $105M in annual sales from three Uwajimaya Asian Food & Gift Markets, and Food Services International, a wholesaler to Asian restaurants. Company operations are located in Seattle, Bellevue Washington and Beaverton Oregon. Uwajimaya, Inc. employs approximately 400 people. Tomoko is currently a board member of Peach Foundation, Seattle Downtown Association and Teatro ZinZanni.

Rich Simmonds

For more than 25 years, Rich Simmonds has been working with family businesses and their advisors. As a Seattle-based family business consultant, he assists Northwest family-owned businesses in the development of next-generation family members, development of their business and family boards, and transitioning from one generation to the next. Rich is involved with the family business initiatives at Oregon State University and Gonzaga University, as well as the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Board of Central Washington University. He is on the boards of several Northwest family-owned businesses and the Family Enterprise Research Council, an international nonprofit that conducts and promotes family business research. In 1995, Rich cofounded Tyee Asset Strategies, a company that grew from start up to $4 billion in assets. Tyee was a wealth management company located in Seattle, Washington. He served as its Chairman until Tyee until 2004, when it was acquired by Laird Norton Company, a seventh-generation family business.

Joe Weinstein

Partner of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Joe Weinstein represents companies in corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and other business transactions. He focuses particularly on transactions involving family or closely held businesses, private equity funds, and international businesses. Joe has substantial experience in the food-related industries and assists clients with the purchase, sale and finance of such companies. Joe's clients include: Endeavour Capital, GenNx360, Merck & Co., National Frozen Foods Corp., Joshua Green Corp., and Westward Seafoods, Inc.