Andrew D. Keyt
Andrew Keyt, MSMFT, is the Executive Director of the Family Business Center of Loyola University Chicago, President of the Family Business Network North America (FBN-NA), and the President and Founder of Keyt Consulting, a private consulting firm.
As Executive Director, Andrew has been involved in the Center's research efforts, including: The Loyola Guidelines for Family Business Boards, Emergency Management Transition, Family Influences on Strategic Planning, Non-Family CEOs and the Family Business, Family Shareholder Buyouts, and The American Family Business Survey. Andrew's research and writing has been increasingly focused on the critical role of family business as an essential, but undervalued contributor to healthy communities.
Having served as a manager in two family-owned firms, and as member of his own family partnership, Andrew has experienced the challenges of family business firsthand. As a consultant he specializes in dealing with family conflict and communication, working with adult sibling/cousin teams, succession planning, strategic planning, and emergency management transition.
A frequent speaker on family business topics, Andrew has spoken for such diverse groups as The Chicago Bar Association, The ABA National Trust School, The Seeley Conference at Cornell University, The Northern Trust Corp., Harris Bank, The Family Firm Institute, and several industry associations. As a leader in the field of family business, he has been published in magazines and journals including Families in Business, Family Business, and Family Business Review. He is frequently quoted by news media such as Chicago Tribune, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, Smart Money Management, National Public Radio, ABC World News tonight, CNBC.com, and Business Newsmakers with Jack Taylor.
Andrew received his MBA in Family Business from Kennesaw State University where he graduated with honors and was inducted into the business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. In addition, Andrew has completed a Masters in Family Systems Theory from Northwestern University with a concentration on family business, and is a cum laude graduate of Kenyon College. With a certificate in Family Business Advising, Andrew is a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute, the international professional association for family business advisors. Outside of the family business world, he currently serves as a deacon at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago.
Marketing & Programs Director
Erin Kuhn-Krueger has a broad background in marketing communications, project management, branding and event planning, with a strong focus on the business-to-business world. With her creative style and detail-oriented mindset, she has directed and implemented comprehensive marketing campaigns, advertising, direct mail, web, public relations, and more. Erin has also planned and executed promotions and logistics for trade shows, educational conferences and seminars, awards competitions and receptions, and gala benefits.
Before joining the Loyola Family Business Center as the Marketing & Programs Director, Erin served as Director of Marketing for the In-Store Marketing Institute and Hoyt Publishing Co. She has also worked with several non-profit organizations, including the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO), and as Communications Manager for Physicians Against Land Mines. Erin earned her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University where she majored in Advertising and Marketing.
Ryan Sinon joined the Family Business Center in 2010 as Operations Assistant. A consummate professional, he is committed to working with the team to deliver the highest level of quality, service and support to the organization and its members. Ryan received his MFA in creative writing and is an adjunct faculty member teaching fiction writing at Columbia College.
Anne K. Smart
As Membership Director of the Loyola Family Business Center, Anne Smart works with business-owning families to build and sustain a member community of multi-generational family owned businesses. Anne oversees the implementation of a comprehensive membership program, including the recruitment and integration of new members and custom program participants. She is responsible for ensuring a rich member experience and comprehensive delivery of member benefits to the community. Additionally, Anne leads the Peer Advisory Group program, (professionally facilitated groups of members, matched by life stage, role in the family, and the size of business) supports the facilitator team, and facilitates three of the Center’s eleven Peer Groups. Anne’s mission is to sustain and continue building a robust FBC membership community, and finding new and meaningful ways to enhance the personal connections and shared experience of its members.