November 2017 Print

A Note From the Executive Director

FBN is continually bustling to move our organization forward and fulfill our mission to provide the best family business learning experiences – “By Families, For Families, Across Generations”.  I’d like to share my excitement about a couple things and some GREAT NEWS! 

  • FBN hosted another impressive Family Forum in Times Square!  We learned together as family, shared challenges and ideas, and enjoyed fun networking events.  One highlight was the session with Richard Edelman and Justin Blake where they unveiled their 2017 Trust Barometer Research and insights.  Click here for the recap and the presentation.
  • We held our first Annual Meeting of the members in NYC.  Chris Traut, FBN’s Chairman, gave an organizational update and members voted on the 2017/2018 slate of Directors.  I’m happy to announce the 2017-2018 FBN Board of Directors – Mike Buckley, Barbara Hurt, Andrew Keyt, Fred Sasser, Richard Seaman, and Chris Traut.  Please visit the FBN website for their complete bios.
  • Please join me in thanking Chris Traut for his dedication and contribution to FBN as Chairman, and let’s welcome Fred Sasser, our new Chairman! Fred is also a member of the FBN International Board and will strengthen our global connections!
  • To elevate involvement in FBN and to provide opportunities for development and leadership within the organization, FBN is launching two new committees.  We are looking for members to join the Membership Committee and/or the NxG Committee!  Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about these or click here to nominate yourself, or another family member.
  • I’m delighted to announce our 2018 event schedule. For dates, locations, and details click here.

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Family Business

Members Helping in Houston – THANK YOU!

Thanks to many of you for helping the Tapick family – owners of Martin Preferred Foods (MFP) – in the aftermath of the Houston hurricane. Jeff Tapick will be a featured speaker at the Family Forum in La Jolla, California, March 1-2. Jeff will share his family’s story of leading during the crisis in Houston, the importance of communication, and how they provided resources to their employees and helped their local community. Jeff’s family will also host a Family Forum social event this year. We are a truly a giving community!

Honoring the Past and Making Way for the Future

A significant gift was made from the Henry A. Jubel Foundation to Washington University as a way for Don Jubel to honor his parents, Henry and Elvira Jubel. This is a fitting tribute to the founder of Spartan Light Metal Products, as Henry received a degree in mechanical engineering from the university in 1940. Henry then went on to start an international manufacturing company.

The Jubel family set up the Henry A. Jubel Foundation to support young people seeking to improve their lives through higher education in 2011. They have made many contributions to the community to fulfil on their mission. The gift to Washington University will fund Jubel Hall, the new home of the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science. This 80,600-sq. foot building will promote the interdisciplinary nature of engineering and feature a research lab, studio space and machine shop. Jubel Hall is currently under construction.

“America needs more young people who pursue engineering and other technical disciplines to help us compete globally,” Don Jubel says. “It is my hope that this new building will create enthusiasm and attract bright students who will serve as our leaders of tomorrow.”

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Calendar of Events


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Pre-Forum Workshop:
Raising Responsible Children and Growing Goodness
February 28, 2018 - 1-5 pm (PST)
La Valencia Hotel, lA jOLLA, CALIFORNIA

Raising moral, financially responsible and independent kids is no easy feat. This engaging session with 21/64’s new tool Growing Goodness reveals science-based best practices for raising responsible and productive children.  Learn with your peers about what’s working (or not working) in their families, and before you leave you’ll identify and prioritize next steps to help you adapt these ideas to your own family.  Learn more and register.

family forum


family forum:
managing risk, innovation, and distruption
MARCH 1-2, 2018
La Valencia Hotel, lA jOLLA, CALIFORNIA

Risk, innovation, and disruption are integral to successful multigenerational family businesses. Risk and innovation are both disruptive yet often fruitful. Join families like yours as we explore the chemistry of these facets in the business, the family, philanthropy, and the family office. Hear personal stories from your closest peers that will help you successfully navigate the challenges of family and business complexity.  Learn more and register.

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FBN At A Glance

FBN-NA is the North American chapter of an esteemed, non-profit, international learning community for families with medium to large sized businesses.  We provide an intimate, confidential, and solicitation-free setting where families share experiences and learn from each other; By Families, For Families, Across Generations. 

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