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7:30 Continental breakfast
A Celebration of Women in Family Business.
We will be featuring how women contribute their vision, energy and wisdom to family businesses.
Marjory Winkelman Epstein is Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Vesco Oil Corporation. An attorney who practiced law for many years in the tri-county area prior to joining Vesco Oil, Mrs. Epstein and her husband Donald Epstein (President and CEO) became involved in the business in 1995. Vesco Oil was co-founded in 1947 by Donald's late father Eugene Epstein. Vesco Oil, with more than 200 employees, is one of the largest distributors of automotive and industrial lubricants and supporting services in the country.
Lilly Epstein Stotland is President and co-owner of Vesco Oil. A graduate of Harvard University and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Mrs. Stotland started her career as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs. She joined the family business in 2004. For the past decade Lilly has spearheaded strategy to grow Vesco Oil through acquisitions and expanding distribution rights with key suppliers. As a result, Vesco now operates in four Midwest states and continues to grow. A proud third-generation family leader, Lilly is committed to helping Vesco Oil continue as a family-owned business for future generations. Lilly was recognized by dbusiness Magazine as “30 in Their 30s” in 2011, and was a honored by Crain’s Detroit Business as “40 Under 40” in 2015.
Jennifer Jackson is Vice President of Franchise Development for Hungry Howie's Pizza, Inc. She 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. Jennifer restructured the department and qualification process. Additionally, under her management, Jennifer has helped grow the now approaching 600 unit pizza concept focusing with growth in new and emerging markets. Jennifer was a honored by Crain’s Detroit Business as “40 Under 40” in 2014.
Jana Kirlin Brownell is President and CEO of The Kirlin Company. For more than a century, The Kirlin Company’s mission has been to lead the lighting industry by designing and manufacturing superior quality, high performance and innovative luminaires. The oldest family-owned and -operated lighting business in the nation — its doors opened in 1895 — Kirlin proclaims its products are “100% designed, manufactured, and assembled in the USA.” Kirlin has created lighting for a range of famous customers, including the New York Stock Exchange, Google, Boeing, San Francisco’s BART public-transportation system, General Motors World Headquarters, New York’s Grand Central Station, and even the White House. Mrs. Brownell received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 1983.