Family Business Center
For Family Businesses - Getting the Most from Your Family Business Board
Friday, April 5, 7:30 AM
Family business experts often recommend utilizing a family business board. Join us for this session, moderated by a St. Thomas faculty member, to learn best practices for determining which kind of family business board works for your family, how to get one started or maximize the effectiveness of a current board.
Local family businesses will share how their family business board has developed over the years, policies and practices they use and a success or failure that really helped them at a key point in the development of their board.
*A note to Family Business Advisors*
The Breakfast Series is restricted to members of family businesses.
Family Business Panelists:
Geoffrey Carlson, Carlson Companies
President/Owner at Geoffrey Carlson Gage
Geoff founded Geoffrey Carlson Gage Brand Communications in 1999, after leaving his VP, Branding post at Gage Marketing Group. He and his wife Kelly own the agency, which is operated by Geoff. Under Geoff's leadership, the agency has developed long-standing relationships with clients in a wide variety of industries, delivering exceptional branding and/or communications results in both the strategic and creative arenas.
Prior to starting his agency over thirteen years ago, Geoff wore multiple hats, including VP of Branding and Communications over a number of years at Gage Marketing Group. Prior to Gage (which he joined as a "start up") he worked in a number of Branding and Communications roles including Copywriter, Creative Director, Strategist, and Account Manager - at Campbel-Mithun Advertising, Grant and Palumbo Advertising, and River Road records/Lakefront Entertainment (as both the business and brand manager).
Geoff has lead or served on many corporate and public-service boards and/or advisory committees, many of which he continues on today. These include: Carlson Companies Inc., Carlson Holdings, Minnesuing Acres, Gage Marketing Group, The University of St. Thomas, the Carlson Family Foundation, The World Childhood Foundation, Excelsior Rotary, Augsburg College, and others.
Geoff's formal education includes a Master’s in Business Communication from the University of St. Thomas and a B.A, in Communications with a Psychology minor from Augsburg College. He has received additional certificates from the Kellogg School at Northwestern, and, the University of Minnesota.
Geoff has been a speaker/presenter on a number of occasions at the University of St. Thomas, University of St. Catherine's, Rotary, and the "Makin' Bacon" business network amongst others. He is also (aside from his own agency) a proud part-owner of Carlson Companies and Gage Marketing Group. As well as being a past part-owner of River Road Records/Lakefront Entertainment, and, the MN Wild.
Harry G. (Paddy) McNeely, Meritex Enterprises, Inc.
CEO & Chairman, Meritex Enterprises, Inc.
Meritex is a national real estate investment and management company that invests in industrial real estate. The company owns property in 7 states from MN to TX, and GA to CO. Mr. McNeely was elected CEO/COB in May 2001. In the 10 years prior to 2001 he had various responsibilities at the company from managing properties to other senior executive tasks.
Meritex is a 90 year old company owned by 3 generations of the McNeely family. The Company has twice been named the Minnesota Family Business of the Year.
Prior to working at Meritex, Mr. McNeely worked as a commercial banker at National City Bank of Minneapolis for 10 years.
Mr. McNeely is active on several non-profit and for-profit boards, including serving as the Board Chair of the Family Business Center at the University of St. Thomas.
Meghan Brown, Murphy Logistics
Senior VP and Human Resources Director for the Twin Cities, Bremer Bank
Previous to Bremer, Brown worked at Target Corporation, where she held several human resources positions including director of human resources. Prior to Target, she spent 10 years working in human resources at Tapemark Company in St. Paul. Brown began her career at Lutheran Social Service in communications and human resources. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s of business administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
Brown is very active in the community and currently serves as a director for Murphy Warehouse Companies in Minneapolis. She has also served on the board of directors for the Melpomene Institute Minneapolis and the Convent of the Visitation School. Additionally, she has served on advisory committees for Working Family Resource Center, the United Way’s Success by 6 and Minnesota School Readiness. Brown has also been an instructor for Minnesota Business Venture with Best Prep.