Community Engagement

Bringing the Family Enterprise Community Together

The Olin Family Business Program engages the off-campus family business community by delving into topics that impact family businesses through special events, symposiums and seminars. Hundreds have attended these events, including the annual Olin Family Business Symposium hosted each spring at WashU Olin.

Our engagement with the community is a mix of larger audience symposiums for the broader community and smaller, more intimate audience engagements that target particular constituents. If you’re interested in learning more about either of these opportunities, please sign up for The Family Enterprise newsletter by the Koch Center, which will have information on these and related opportunities.

Upcoming Events

New events coming soon.

Previous Family Business Symposium Speakers

Spring 2021: Culture and Family Business

KEYNOTES

  • S. Ramadorai, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (Keynote) (6th gen)
  • Lisanne Cape Dorian, Bacardi Ltd. (Keynote) (7th gen)
  • William O. DeWitt III, St. Louis Cardinals (Keynote)
  • Tom Stillman, St. Louis Blues (Keynote)
  • Carolyn Kindle Betz, St. Louis CITY SC (Keynote)
  • George H. Walker, Neuberger Berman LLC (Keynote) (employee owned)

PANELISTS

  • Gina Hoagland, Collaborative Strategies
  • Josh Hager, Hager Hinge Co. (7th gen)
  • Chris Seyer, Seyer Industries, Inc. (2nd gen)
  • Kevin Maher, St. Charles Automotive (3rd gen)
  • Professor Peter Boumgarden, Olin School of Business
  • David Eichhorn, NISA (employee owned)
  • Michael Dierberg, First Bank (3rd gen)
  • Professor Seth Carnahan, Olin School of Business

2020

2019

2018

Spring 2017: Family Enterprise in Capital Markets

  • Bryon Trott, BDT Capital (Investment Banker)
  • Chrissy Taylor, COO, Enterprise Holdings (3rd gen)
  • John Kemper, President, Commerce Bank (6th gen)
  • Todd Schnuck, President, Schnucks Markets (2nd gen)
  • Mike DeCola, CEO, HBM Enterprises (3rd to 4th gen)
  • Kyle Chapman, Principal, BW Capital (3rd gen)
  • Tom Hillman, Chairman, Lewis & Clark Ventures (1st gen)
  • Kristi Tacony, CEO, Tacony Corporation (2nd gen)
  • Michael Amann, Partner, Oakland Capital Partners

Spring 2017: Third Annual Family Business Symposium

  • Liz Uihlein, Uline Corporation (1st to 2nd gen)
  • Joe Blomker, Maryville Technologies (1st to 2nd gen)
  • Steve Desloge, Watlow Electric (3rd to 4th gen)
  • Jim Forsyth, Motomart (4th gen)
  • Michael & Jim Dierberg, First Bank (2nd to 3rd)
  • Tim Oliver, Alter Trading (2nd to 3rd gen)
  • Morgan Costello, DeLong’s Steel, Inc. (2nd to 3rd gen)
  • Kelli Fabick & Jere Fabick, FabickCAT (3rd to 4th)
  • Chuck Drury, Drury Inns (2nd to 3rd)
  • Greg Twardowski, Whelan Security (2nd to 3rd)
  • Beau Brauer, Hunter Engineering (2nd to 3rd)
  • John Jennings, The St. Louis Trust Company

Spring 2016: Second Annual Family Business Symposium

  • Jay Shields, Schaeffer Manufacturing (6th to 7th gen)
  • Josh Hager, Hager Cos (6th gen)
  • Mollie Carter, Sunflower Banks (3rd gen)
  • Chris Herschend, Herschend Family Entertainment (2nd to 3rd gen)
  • Sue McCullom, Major Brands (3rd gen)
  • Kyle Chapman, Barry Wehmiller (2nd to 3rd gen)
  • Lynn Wallis & Rachel Andreason, Wallis Cos. (1st to 2nd gen)
  • John Stupp, Nora Coggins, John Stupp III, Stupp Bros. (6th gen)
  • John Jennings, The St. Louis Trust Company
  • John Eulich, Mark Andy (3rd gen) and Indeeco (3rd gen)
  • John Ferring, Plaze Aerosciences (2nd gen)

Spring 2015: Inaugural Olin Family Business Symposium

  • Todd Schnuck, Schnucks Markets (2nd to 3rd gen)
  • Rusty Hager, Hager Cos. (6th gen)
  • Rich and Ross Millman, Millman Lumber (2nd to 3rd gen)
  • Jim Janning, Menasha Corporation (6th to 7th gen)
  • Steve Maritz, Maritz Inc. (3rd gen)
  • Mike DeCola, HBM Holdings (3rd to 4th gen)
  • Ernie Patterson, Brown-Forman (4th gen and public)
  • Matt Madsen, Lewis & Rice
  • John Jennings, The St. Louis Trust Company

Available Media

Please find below a small subset of material from our community-facing events!

  • Dr. Nir Tsuk on “Adaptive Innovation in Times of Disruption”

  • Mike Decola interview with family leaders on succession - Link on SoundCloud
  • Dr. Liberty Vittert on Family Business and Big Data