BizTimes to host Family & Closely Held Business Summit

Best-selling author will keynote

The leaders of family-owned and closely-held businesses sometimes face unique challenges while attempting to grow their companies and leave a sustainable legacy. The Family & Closely Held Business Summit, presented by BizTimes Media, will feature a panel of four family business leaders who will talk about their strategies for navigating complex issues and recognizing new opportunities.

The event will be held on Thursday, June 2, from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Italian Community Center at 631 E. Chicago St. in Milwaukee.

Thomas Deans, author of the New York Times best-seller “Every Family’s Business” will be the keynote speaker and all attendees will receive a copy of the book.

The panel discussion with local business leaders will include: Scott Larson, president and chief operating officer of Pewaukee-based Gustave A. Larson; Deborah Anguil, COO of Milwaukee-based Anguil Environmental Systems Inc.; Eric Olesen, owner and president of Racine-based O&H Danish Bakery; and Theodore Perlick Molinari, component assembly and brewery fittings supervisor at Milwaukee-based Perlick Corp.

Gustave A. Larson, founded in 1936, is a family-owned wholesale distributor of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. The company started with a single storefront in Madison, and has since expanded to include 52 locations in 20 states.

Anguil Environmental is an air pollution control, water treatment and energy recovery system provider. Over the past 38 years, the company has won several awards for its company culture and environmental efforts.

O&H Danish Bakery has been serving up kringles and other Danish pastries in Racine since 1949. The bakery was started by Christian Olesen and Harvey Holtz. Olesen’s grandson, Eric, now runs the business.

Perlick Corp., founded in 1917, is a manufacturer of refrigeration, underbar and beverage dispensing systems. The company has been family-owned for nearly a century and offers a variety of products that have evolved with changes in the bar and brewing industries.

The Family & Closely Held Business Summit will conclude with 20 roundtable discussions on family business and closely-held business topics. Each attendee can participate in up to four of the roundtable discussions.

For more information or to register for the Family & Closely Held Business Summit, visit

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