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Ed Hart...from the Hart…

Center for Family Business Hall of Fame Launches; Celebrating our 20 Year Anniversary!

As another academic year comes to a close, the Center for Family Business has seen our best year ever, as far as growth, workshop ratings, and overall exposure is concerned.

With the introduction of the Family Business Hall of Fame in January, we were able to honor four family businesses for their committed efforts in their communities, and to their businesses and employees. Cascade Pump, Hill Brothers, Hydraflow, and States Logistics were the inaugural inductees into our newly formed Hall of Fame. A wall honoring these families is being established inside the Center for Family Business suite here at Mihaylo Hall. All future inductees will be recognized on this wall, as well.

Los Angeles Lakers President and co-owner Jeanie Buss dazzled nearly 250 guests at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda with stories of her father, the late Dr. Jerry Buss, and what it is like to take over such a tremendously successful organization.

Center banking partner City National Bank has recently committed to be the title sponsor of the Hall of Fame event for another 3 years, and the 2nd Annual Family Business Hall of Fame induction is scheduled for March 2016, again at the Nixon Library.

Several new families have joined the Center this year, as well as two new sponsors, The Rainier Group, and the law firm of Shulman, Hodges & Bastian LLP. With our current active roster of members at its all-time high, the Center is positioned to provide programs and services to family businesses not just in Southern California, but around the country.

We are celebrating our 20 year anniversary this year, and will have a series of special events this Fall, commemorating the efforts of those who were the pioneers of this Center. Watch for more details in the coming months.


Ed Hart
Director, Center for Family Business

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