Upcoming Events

See below for a list of upcoming Pacific Family Business Institute seminars, workshops, affinity group meetings and other events. Please check back regularly for updates.

To ensure a high-quality experience for all attendees, 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: Preparing the Next Generation [Register]

Spanning over 100 years and four generations, Wilcox Family Farms has grown from a 240-acre farm established in 1909 by founders Judson and Elizabeth Wilcox, to over 1,800 acres in the foothills of Mt. Rainier. One of the keys to Wilcox Family Farm’s success has been the company’s ability to strategically adapt in the face of a changing market and economy. In 2005, they revised their commitment to sustainability, and in response to the growing demand for organic and cage-free eggs, as well as the company’s desire to sustain the land, community, and company for the future, they began to transition to 100% cage-free systems and organic raising methods for their chickens. Since 2005, they have made steady progress toward the 100% cage-free and organic goal. In 2008, they closed the dairy business to focus on egg production.

The fourth generation recently took the helm of Wilcox Family Farms. In this presentation, Barrie, Jim, Brent, Andy, Chris, and State Representative J.T. Wilcox, will discuss how family businesses can prepare the next generation for success and capitalize on innovation without sacrificing the traditions and legacy of the family business.

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Location:  Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200, Seattle, Washington
Audience: This event is intended for family business owners and operators only.


Family Business Study Group: The 2014 Northwest Family Business Survey 

The Pacific Family Business Institute (PFBI) conducts comprehensive surveys of family businesses to better understand the benefits and liabilities of owning and operating a family-owned business in the Pacific Northwest. The 2014 Northwest Family Business Survey captured the views of 195 leaders representing family businesses in more than ten industry sectors in Oregon and Washington. Survey questions covered business history and future, management and governance structures, and the influence of multiple generations on family-owned businesses. PFBI co-directors Rich Simmonds and Mark T. Green will discuss key insights derived from the survey findings.

Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 
Time: 4:30-5:00 p.m. registration & networking, 5:00-6:00 p.m. program followed by reception
Location: Bing Lounge, 1210 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
Audience: Family business owners, executives, family members, and advisors


FERC: Family Enterprise Research Conference [Register]

In 2014 FERC returns to Portland to celebrate 10 years of research progress in the family business field. The Austin Family Business Program will be hosting this popular and well established family business research conference.

Date: June 6-8, 2014 
Location: The Nines, 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204
Audience: Family business owners, executives & family members