Bridging The Gap Between: Children and Parents

by John McAlister and Chris Beringer Majority shareholders in a family owned business enterprise are faced with a key decision regarding the future success or failure of their enterprise: Keep, Sell, Grow. When there are children working in the business, the “Keep, Sell, Grow” decision can become monumental. Today we begin a series of Whitepapers[…]


Protecting the Golden Goose: What we have learned over the past 37 years about shareholder conflict in family businesses – and what to do about it

by John McAlister and Chris Beringer The objective of this white paper is to suggest ways for family businesses to maximize financial objectives while minimizing family conflict.  There are inherent conflicts between active and inactive shareholders.  There are also deep seated emotional conflicts that may go back generations.  These issues can be dealt with, but[…]


Effective Boards for a Private Enterprise

EFFECTIVE BOARDS FOR A PRIVATE ENTERPRISE The creation of a customized board of directors can prove beneficial to the continuous improvement of the private business. For a family-owned enterprise an effective board strives to improve business governance and perpetuate family control. This active board should include qualified, experienced outside directors. An effective director’s only interest[…]

Complex Puzzle

Leadership, Governance and Family Business Sustainability

“Rags to riches to rags in three generations?” You have something else in mind? The Beringer Group has identified some Key Success Indicators for your consideration.  Identify future leaders from within and outside the family Find leaders early and invest in them Approach CEO succession proactively Preserve an enduring sense of clearly defined family values[…]


The Art of Stewardship in Family Business

Is one generation enough time for your family business to realize the company’s mission and objectives? Would you like to successfully transition the family business to your heirs for generations to come? Consider implementing the “Art of Stewardship” in the near-term and as a key part of training and developing future generations. Cultivate a commitment[…]



A large fraction of all privately owned businesses will be exited through either succession or sale during the next decade. Yet, most entrepreneurs are currently NOT deeply engaged in a transition and succession planning process. Most indications confirm that personal, family and psychological factors deter business owners from getting started on this critical planning. Most[…]


Passing the Torch

Few events are more thoroughly planned than the World Olympics. All potential host locations are examined for worthiness and careful thought is given to the iconic ritual of “the passing of the torch”. OK…..we realize the transition planning process for your private company is not the Olympics. But, you will someday be passing a torch,[…]