Family & Closely Held Business Summit

Join other family & closely held companies as we navigate the complex issues of maintaining a successful, sustainable family or closely held business. It’s your opportunity to learn and network with others who are on the same journey as they strive to build wealth and create a lasting legacy.

Leadership, culture and growth for the next generation

Join BizTimes Media and a panel of family and closely held business owners for idea sharing and hands-on learning to help you navigate your way through the challenges of growing and leading your business.

The program begins with a keynote conversation, followed by a panel discussion, concurrent breakout sessions and a networking and cocktail reception.


  • Richard Bemis, Director and Past Chairman / CEO, Bemis Manufacturing Company (1)
  • Vesla Hoeschen, Chair of the Board, Bemis Manufacturing Company (2)

Moderator: Bill Edstrom, owner, Edstrom Consulting Group (3)


  • George Baumann, President and CEO, Great Lakes Industrial – 3rd generation (4)
  • Anne Cookson, Co-Owner, Baker’s Quality Pizza Crusts & Crustology – 3rd generation (5)
  • Jeannie Cullen, Co-President, JP Cullen – 5th generation (6)
  • Matthew Powell, President, Century Fence – 4th generation (7)

Breakout Sessions

Raising Outside Capital: A Guide for the Next Phase of Your Company’s Growth

Raising outside capital from investors can be a daunting task, but it can also provide the necessary funds to grow your business. Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols s.c. attorneys will guide you through the otherwise complex process and steer you clear of potential pitfalls and landmines that subject you to risk.

The Role of Culture in Generational Transition


Jun 07 2023


2:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Brookfield Conference Center
325 S Moorland Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005
BizTimes Media


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