Upcoming Events

Below are upcoming seminars, workshops, affinity group meetings and other events of interest to family businesses. Please check back regularly for updates. To ensure a high-quality experience for all attendees, please note that some events are capped in size or are limited to individuals or companies that share similar objectives.

We welcome ideas for future topics and new affinity groups. If you would like to suggest a topic, be involved in forming a new peer-to-peer group or have questions about an event, please contact us.

Family Business Legacy Series: Governing of the Family Business

Governance is perhaps the most significant challenge for a family business.  Please join a panel of experts as they discuss key considerations in the effective operation and oversight of a family business including:

  • The value of a board of directors
  • The differences between fiduciary boards and advisory boards
  • The importance of outside directors in the family enterprise
  • The recruitment and compensation of directors

The panel includes Neil McReynolds, President of McReynolds Associates, Inc., a Seattle-based firm that advises corporations, non-profit organizations, and trade associations on how to increase the effectiveness of their boards;   David Schooler, the Chairman of the Board and former CEO Sterling Realty Organization;  Steve Clifford, the former CEO of King Broadcasting Company and a member of the Boards of Directors of Harbor Properties, Todd Pacific Shipyard and Laird Norton Company and Tom Kelly, the CEO of Neil Kelly, a second generation family business.     

Date: Friday, November 13, 2015
LocationDavis Wright Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200, Seattle
Audience: The Legacy Series is intended for family business owners and operators only.

Family Business Awards Gala

Join Seattle Business magazine in honoring Washington's top family businesses. Winners will be honored at an awards banquet in November. Awards will be handed out in numerous categories honoring multigeneration family enterprises large and small, plus special categories such as stewardship, best practices and lifetime achievement.

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Location: Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121