"Next Gen" Panel: Developing Entrepreneurs in Every Generation.
Break-out discussion groups and report-outs
Adam Blanck is chief of staff at Wallside Windows in Taylor. He’s the third generation at the well-known home improvement company founded in 1944. A graduate of University of Michigan Law School and Ross School of Business, Adam previously was an advance associate for the White House and served on the 2012-13 Presidential Inaugural Committee. He was an associate attorney in the corporate department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn in Detroit, focused on private equity and venture capital transactions.
Jennifer M Jackson has been involved with Hungry Howie's Pizza since age 10, helping out at stores and at the corporate office during summer vacations. Jennifer officially started as a Hungry Howie's employee in 1998 as the Fundraising Coordinator and was promoted in 2000 to Director of Marketing. In 2005, she was named Director of Marketing & Franchise Development. After taking a brief hiatus to work in various other marketing and franchise positions, Jennifer returned to Hungry Howie's as the Director of Franchise Development and in 2015 was promoted to Vice President of Development. Jennifer has helped grow the now approaching 600 unit pizza concept focusing with growth in new and emerging markets.
Duncan Smith is the Vice President and COO for All Star Services, Inc., headquartered in Port Huron, Michigan with additional locations in Bad Axe, Freeland and Novi. He represents the 3rd generation in the family owned and operated business. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Economics and a Master’s in Accounting. In 2008 Duncan led the early adoption of telemetry, dynamic scheduling and pre-kitting at All Star. He continues to use technology to push All Star to be an industry leader.
NOTES FROM SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS
Next Gens: Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Reinventors
From the EY Global Survey of the World’s Largest Family Businesses -- Staying power: how do family businesses create lasting success? “Family businesses and their leaders are the ultimate entrepreneurs. They must continually innovate to grow and pass on a thriving business from one generation to the next. Our survey demonstrates how this entrepreneurial thinking across generations results in business success and strong family ties.”
Real Stories of Next Gen Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Reinventors
How Can Family Businesses Develop Next Gens as Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Reinventors?
How Can the Senior Generation Help (or Hinder) this Development?