Loyola Family Business Center
Andrew Keyt is the Executive Director of the Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center. In addition, he is the President & Founder of a private consulting firm, Keyt Consulting. The Loyola Family Business Center is widely recognized as a leading think tank in issues unique to business owning families. As Executive Director, Keyt has been involved in the center’s research efforts including:
- Emergency Management Transition: How to Prepare
- Family Influences on Strategic Planning
- Non-Family CEO’s and the Family Business
- Family Shareholder buyouts
- The American Family Business Survey
Having served as a manager in two family owned firms, and as member of his own family partnership, Keyt has experienced the challenges of family business firsthand. As a consultant he specializes in dealing with family conflict & communication, working with adult sibling/cousin teams, succession planning, strategic planning, and emergency management transition. A frequent speaker on family business topics, Keyt 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 Corporation, Harris Bank and The Family Firm Institute. As a leader in the field of family business, Keyt has been published in magazines and journals including Family Business and Family Business Review. Keyt is frequently quoted by news media such as, Chicago Tribune, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, National Public Radio, ABC World News tonight, CNBC.com, Smart Money Magazine, and Business Newsmakers with Jack Taylor.
A cum laude graduate of Kenyon College (B.A.), Keyt completed a Masters in Family Systems Theory from Northwestern University with a concentration on family business. Outside of the family business world, he currently serves on the Alumni Council of Kenyon College. An active volunteer with the Leukemia Society of America, Keyt has completed six marathons while raising money for leukemia research. An avid singer, Mr. Keyt currently performs with the Chicago Choral Ensemble and the Clubhouse Quartet.
Loyola University Chicago
Mike is a Senior Instructor at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. He concentrates his teaching on strategy, leadership, microenterprise and law at the undergraduate, graduate, and Executive MBA levels. He was the Director of the Executive MBA program at Loyola from 2007 until 2012. Prior to teaching, Mike spent 23 years in the Law Department at The Quaker Oats Company. During the last six years of his tenure with Quaker, Mike was Vice President – Legal Services and managed the company’s law department. Prior to Quaker, Mike was an associate at the law firm of Winston and Strawn. Mike is a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for Africa and the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation. Mike earned his B.S. in Marketing and his J.D. from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. He and his wife, Sara, reside in Chicago and have two children.
Author of Culture Blueprint
Former Culture Strategist, Zappos.com
Robert Richman is a culture architect and author of the Culture Blueprint. Robert worked for years as a manager and culture strategist for Zappos.com, the company known for being a Top 10 Place to work in America, and #1 in Customer Service, as rated by American Express customers. Robert developed the business model to share the culture with the world, providing training and inspiration to Business leaders, managers and entrepreneurs. He has spoken to Google, Toyota, Whole Foods, Eli Lilly and many other game changing companies.
Prior to joining Zappos, Robert developed digital marketing strategies for brands including Tony Robbins, Sony, and best-selling business authors. He is also a Georgetown-trained leadership coach, and created a business incubator in Washington DC called the Affinity Lab that graduated over 150 businesses.
Richard Seaman (G2)
A committed believer in the vitality of entrepreneurship, Richard's career has been focused on the creative development of the business enterprise. His vase experience in a wide range of creative business initiatives access multi-functional disciplines serves as a valuable resource to many business and community involvements.
- A successful career in growing his small family-owned business from $2 million in annual sales to greater than $100 million in the challenging industrial fabrics industry.
- Has served as CEO of Seaman Corporation since 1976 and increased its size by more than ten-fold.
- Has developed and implemented many successful business process that contributed to Seaman Corporation's profitable growth.
- A robust Strategic Planning Process that engages his management team in identifying growth opportunities and implementing successful strategies to achieve growth objectives.
- The development of a CARE Quality Initiative process that focuses on the customer and provide best-in-class quality and service.
- Supported implementation of LeanSigma throughout the entire organization which not only reduces waste, but increases organizational capability. In 2012, Seaman Corporation was presented the "Perfect Engine" award by TBM Consulting, its highest LeanSigma recognition.
- Management succession planning that meets on a semi-annual basis and aligns management growth and development with strategic objectives.
- A family business succession planning process that focuses on family stewardship and uses and active shareholder model to assure multi-generation ownership succession.
- Served as a Director of FirstMerit Bank, an $11 billion leading regional institution in Northeast Ohio. Served on the Audit and compensation Committees for more than ten years and was actively engaged as a Board Member during the 2008-09 financial crises.
- Serves as a Trustee of the College of Wooster and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA.
- Is a Trustee and Secretary/Treasurer of the Morgan Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to straightening the free enterprise system by investing in organizations and institutions that foster the entrepreneurial spirit.
- Is a founding member of the Vinyl Building Council, a public advocacy construction industry.
- Recognized in 2012 as a Honored Life Member of the Industrial Fabrics Association International for his lifelong contribution to the industry.
- Was appointed in 2012 as a Commissioner to Ohio's Third Frontier program, a multi-million dollar economic initiative investing in the creation of a statewide technology focused entrepreneurial ecosystem.
- Stays engaged with the global economic issues and leading edge business thinking by annually attending the CEO Harvard program that engages 150 CEO's from around the world.
Ray Neiswander (G3)
President, Raynor Worldwide
Assistant Professor of Management,
St. Bonaventure University
Carol Wittmeyer, Ed.D is assisting the Loyola Family Business Center with research and curriculum development projects.
Carol is an assistant professor of management at St. Bonaventure University where she teaches corporate and nonprofit strategy, and family enterprise.
For two years she served as President of the Raymond Family Business Institute, dedicated to serving family business owners. Along with colleagues from the Kauffman Foundation, London Business School, Babson College, and Kennesaw University, she coauthored projects in the 2003 Global Entrepreneur Monitor and the 2003 American Family Business Survey. She has had several family business case studies published and is conducting research on family business philanthropy.
With extensive development experience, Carol is principal of the Meliora Group LLC, a firm devoted to serving leaders passionate for philanthropic success. She has been active in this area for decades and has national clients including colleges and universities, foundations and non-profits.
Carol was awarded the 40 Under 40 Business Leader Award from Buffalo Business First in 2001 for professional and service accomplishments.
Carol earned her doctorate from the University of Rochester where she has endowed a scholarship in honor of a deceased classmate. Her dissertation was: Decision-Making Processes of Private College Trustees. She has served as a visiting research fellow at Babson College, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Rochester.
She earned her MBA specializing in Accounting and her BBA in Accounting from St. Bonaventure. She earned management certificates from Harvard University and Wharton’s Strategic Management Program.
Ron Lucchesi (G3)
Gonnella Frozen Products
Ron has worked in his family business, Gonnella Baking Company, for over 40 years. In 1973 Ron graduated from Northern Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts. Ron earned an MBA from Loyola in 1981. Ron currently serves a Board of Director and President of the Frozen Products Division.
Professor of Human Resources,
Loyola University Chicago
Dow Scott, Ph.D. is a Human Resources professor at Loyola University and a management consultant. Dr. Scott helps business leaders create high performance organizations and teams, design effective compensation and incentive plans, hirer high performing employees, control attendance, develop leaders and evaluate the effectiveness of HR programs.
Gretchen Hoffer Farb (G3)
Director of Supply Chain Management,
Hoffer Plastics Corporation
Gretchen Hoffer Farb (G3) is the Director is Supply Chain Management at Hoffers Plastics Corp. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Gretchen worked in public accounting for 8 years with a focus on REIT and 501©3 audits and a minor focus on tax preparation. In January 2004, Gretchen started at Hoffer Plastics, serving in the materials market department. Over the last decade, she has created and implemented an employee recognition program, comprehensive recycling program and a sustainable resin program. Gretchen is also the Secretary for the Hoffer Foundation and manages all incoming grant requests and communications.
Gretchen is currently enrolled in the Family Business Center’s Next Generation Leadership Institute and participates in a Peer Advisory Group. She graduated in 1996 from the University of Illinois with a BS in Accountancy and received her CPA Certificate in 1998. She and her husband Adam have 2 girls: Anya (7 years) and Rayna (2 years).
Charlotte Hoffer Canning (G3)
Director of Marketing,
Hoffer Plastics Corporation
Charlotte Hoffer Canning (G3) is the Director of Marketing at Hoffer Plastics Corp. Charlotte worked as a marketing associate and Foodservice Area Manager for PepsiCo for 6 years. In 2006, she joined Hoffer Plastics’ Sales Department, focusing on the company’s packaging industry. In 2011, Charlotte transitioned to Director of Marketing where she manages the Hoffer brand and marketing functions, including public relations.
Charlotte currently participates in one of the Family Business Center’s Peer Advisory Groups. In 1999, she graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Management and Marketing. She and her husband JC have one daughter, Colbie (age 3.5 years), and a baby due November 2, 2013.
Alex Hoffer (G3)
Hoffer Plastics Corporation
Alex Hoffer (G3) is the Sales Manager-Packaging at Hoffers Plastics Corp. He began his career at Hoffer in 2008, strengthening relationships with existing customers in the consumer, industrial, medical and packing markets. In 2010, Alex became Hoffer’s Business Development Manager, helping the business grow in the packaging market while overseeing the Trust-T-Lok and Trust-T-LokR product lines.
Alex graduated from Purdue University in 2004 with a BA in Liberal Arts. He also attended DePaul University as a graduate student, with a concentration in Education and History. Alex and his wife, Sarah have a son, Will, and are expecting their second child in November 2013.
Lecturer, Loyola University Chicago
Amy Kyhos is a Lecturer at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. Her teaching is concentrated in the areas of strategy, leadership, management, and international business. In addition, she is an independent consultant focused on employee and business communications needs for a wide array of corporate, agency, non-profit, and association clients.
Prior to teaching, Amy worked at the top communications consultancies FleishmanHillard and GolinHarris, and was a member of Allstate’s corporate relations team. Amy holds a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri, and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business. She is a wife, mother, dog lover, and baseball fan.