Helping Family Businesses Through Transition

We provide strategic planning and guidance for family businesses that are going through transition, whether through succession planning, ownership transfer, acquisition or merger. We understand the unique challenges that family businesses face and strive to make the process as smooth as possible for all parties involved while keeping family values and working relationships front of mind.

Our Vision

To be the trusted advisor to business owning families as they pursue their family enterprise legacy

Our Mission

We help families understand, manage, protect, and transition their family enterprise

Transitions

All businesses undergo times of change. We help families navigate through inevitable transition stages, including succession, organizational exit, role (re)negotiations, and internal organizational change needs. We emphasize preparing and advising the rising generation to become good stewards of the family enterprise.

Exit Planning

Any transition is an exit for a current generation and a transfer to someone else. Sometimes the best action for a family enterprise is to exit the business. We help you strategize and execute a plan to exit your business on your terms, focusing on developing strong value and minimizing risk.

Working Relationships

Enterprise communication is a challenge in any context, and much more so in family enterprise. We can help you develop and implement strategic communication planning to facilitate productive working relationships across internal and external stakeholder groups.

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Managing Director

Tom Fediuk

Ph.D.
Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA)
Advanced Certificate in Family Wealth Advising (Family Firm Institute)

Tom is a graduate of Illinois State University (B.S. in Public Relations and Sociology; M.S. in Communication) and received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University (Go Green) in Communication.

Tom has advised and offered strategic counsel for small and medium size enterprises, entrepreneurial ventures, family businesses, and Fortune 500 companies. He has developed consulting tools that assess and improve working relationships, collaboration and trust in team environments and was part of an organization that sought to develop a valid assessment tool to meet the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) core competency efforts. He co-founded several businesses in areas such as resource management, advising and consulting, biotech and personal health management.  Tom is a contributor and co-founder of Impact Capitalist and Impact Health.

Areas of expertice: Family business/small and medium size enterprise research and advising; Organizational development; Strategic communication (internal and external; entrepreneur and new ventures); Stakeholder relationships and trust; Research methods and statistics; Communication science; Decision making and behavior; Crisis and risk communication; Issues Management; Public communication campaigns; Message Development and evaluation (health, crisis, and issues).

The core values of our business are the principles that guide our actions. It is our belief that not only does this result in better service, but it is also the right thing to do. 

Core Values

Above all, we value our relationships with all partners and clients who have placed their trust in us. We strive to create a meaningful and satisfying experience

Our services and processes are consistent with our values of relationships. As with our clients, we are in this for the long run. Therefore, all of our decisions take into consideration the long-term implications, not short-term shortcuts.

We will always put quality of our services and advice over quantity and profits. It is the only way we know to successfully fulfill our values of long-term relationships.

For us, integrity means keeping our word and our promises. While we can not predict future events, we can guarantee that we will stick to our values and complete our desire for helping you accomplish your goals.

We believe in open and accurate communication. We are not infatuated with throwing out buzzwords and other marketing terms. We do not put value in using technical terms without taking the time to explain the meaning and implications to our clients. We have noting to hide and everything to gain by engaging in true two-way communication with our clients. We explain all of our decisions as well as our philosophy and approach.

Research is central to our approach. We engage in original research, partner with other research agents, and offer research advising services. We believe that advice and strategic guidance should be based on process and evidence, not hunches or fads. We seek to generate and apply the findings of scholarship. After all, we all stand on the shoulders of the giants that came before us.

We feel that academics is not just academic and nothing is more practical than good theory. Our approach could not be possible if others have not contributed to knowledge generation and dissemination. It is this process that allows for our evidence based, process driven approach. We are naturally curious and continue to pursue knowledge. We also communicate how advances in the field impact our own thought process of effective resource management.

We subscribe to the tenets and principles of Impact Capitalist. It is good to righteously pursue both impact and profit. Too often, business owners are portrayed as the villains in our society. This is a gross misinterpretation of capitalism and people who engage in the capitalist system. We salute families who take care of themselves by offering value to others.