The Private Company Governance Summit 2018

Business Disruption and the Effective Private and Family Company Board

How private and family businesses build an engaged and effective board of directors to copilot through today’s turbulence, including blockchain, sexual harassment, cybersecurity, the ‘Amazon’ effect, and more.

Learn from directors, business owners, investors and experts who have been there and can guide you on the governance path to success.

Reserve your seat at the governance conference for directors, owners, and advisors of family-owned, closely-held and private-equity owned businesses of all sizes.


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Early Registration Pricing (before March 25, 2018)
Private company owners, shareholders, managers and investors, and public and private company board members:
$1,675—First attendee
$1,250—Additional attendees from the same company/board
Past attendees of the Private Company Governance Summit or the Transitions Conferences qualify for an additional discount on their registration fees:
$1,507.50—First Attendee
$1,125—Additional attendees from the same company/board
All other attendees: advisers, consultants, others allied to the field:
$2,350—Each attendee
Standard Pricing (after March 25, 2018)
Private company owners, shareholders, managers and investors, and public and private company board members:
$1,895—First attendee
$1,395—Additional attendees from the same company/board
Past attendees of the Private Company Governance Summit or the Transitions Conferences qualify for an additional discount on their registration fees:
$1,705.50—First Attendee
$1,255.50—Additional attendees from the same company/board
All other attendees: advisers, consultants, others allied to the field:
$2,350—Each attendee

Wednesday May 16

4-5:00 PM Session

Starting and building the private company board: Getting ahead of business disruption

Business disruption is fast and furious today, and boards can play a key role to help private companies manage and capitalize on the turbulence. Get practical and actionable advice from those who know this first hand.

This session spotlights private companies whose boards bolstered their success. They will also offer practical steps they took to build their boards and how they managed the transition from a family/insider board to a professional board. Learn the nuts and bolts of their board journeys, including:

  • what board structures they choose (advisory or fiduciary, fully or partially independent);  

  • how they find and compensate directors, 

  • lessons they learned and how they adjusted to create high-functioning, strategic boards?​

Speakers:  David W. Henderson, President and CEO, Samaritan Medical Center; Roger Koch, Principal and Co-Chairman, Koch Development Company; Jon Peterson, CEO, The Peterson Companies


​5:30-6:30 PM  Opening Session

Board Dynamics in Private Company Governance: Moving beyond “yes men”

Private company boards are only as effective as company owners and shareholders allow them, and support them, to be.

This session offers practical advice and real examples of how to build collegiality and effectiveness without “yes men” or disengaged directors.  It will answer a host of board dynamic questions:

  • How do you create the best ABCs—attitude, behavior and candor—within your board?  

  • How to teach directors about family/private company history, and dynamics to build understanding? 

  • How do you manage that board most effectively?

Speakers:  Julia Klein, Chair and CEO, C.H. Briggs Co., Director, Eastern States Group; Robert E. Chappell, Former Chairman and CEO, Penn Mutual; Director, Quaker Chemical, The South Chester Tube Company, CSS Industries; Chris Herschend, Vice Chairman, Herschend Entertainment

Moderator:  Dottie Schindlinger, Vice President and Governance Technology Evangelist, Diligent Corporation


6:30 pm-7:15 PM  Keynote Interview

Speaker:  Eric L. Motley, Executive Vice President, The Aspen Institute; Board member, Barry-Wehmiller Companies

Lessons from Government Service and Private Company Board Membership

7:15-9:00  PM Networking reception and dinner

Thursday, May 17

7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast

8:30-8:45 AM Conference Introduction

Business Disruption Shaping Private Company Governance for the Next Five Years

Speaker:  Deborah DeHaas, Vice Chairman, Chief Inclusion Officer, and National Managing Partner, Center for Board Effectiveness, Deloitte LLP


8:45-9:15 AM Keynote Interview

Speakers: Craig J. Duchossois, Charman and CEO, the Duchossois Group; Ashley D. Joyce, President, the Duchossois Foundation

Succession Strategies and Goverance of a 102 year old Business

9:15-9:30 AM Networking Break


9:30-10:30 AM  Session

Best Practices in Private Company Governance

What makes a successful private company board?  There’s no one answer, and one approach doesn’t work for everyone.  That creates complexity as owners and directors strive for the best possible governance that meets the needs of the company.  This session will look at three different board structures that work for their private companies, and explore how those board structures serve their governance and growth needs.

Speakers:  Timothy E. Ellsworth, Director, Chair, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc.; Manuel Diez, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Diesco Ltd.; Roberta Sydney, President, CEO and Board Chair, Sydney Associates, Inc.

Moderator:  Theo Sharpe, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry Hay Group

10:30-11:00 AM Networking Break


11:00-12:00 PM Workshop  

The Private Board’s Role in Shaping Corporate Culture

Tone at the top, the culture of management and the culture of the company are all areas where the private company board can and should have significant impact.  Successful private boards establish a culture that allows the company to deal successfully with reputational risk, the impact of key social issues, and crises.

• The culture spectrum, from good to toxic, including understanding red flags and warning signs of cultures at risk.

• Organizational metrics and information sources that create a tangible view of corporate culture.

• Leading practices for effective director oversight and committee responsibilities, including supporting tone at the top, establishing clear governance channels and reporting requirements, and guiding the organization’s culture.

Host: Bob Rosone

Presenters: Maureen Bujno and Carey Oven


12:00-12:15 PM Networking Break


12:15-1:30 PM Lunch and Keynote Conversation


1:30-3:00 PM  Expert Briefings (repeated twice)

Defining board roles:  chairman, corporate secretary, lead director, committee chairs

Who does and should do what on the private company board?

Private board compensation:  Theo Sharpe, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry Hay Group

How do you adequately compensate private company directors for their service?

Engaging private equity and other outside investments

When and how to sell all or part of the business to build shareholder and corporate liquidity.

What private company directors need to know about cybersecurity

How do private company directors protect themselves, and the shareholders they serve, in case of cyberbreach?

The Mechanics and Dynamics of the Effective Board Meeting:  Dottie Schindlinger, Diligent Corporation

Create a successful meeting structure that gets at the real issues facing the company

The Board and Succession Planning

The board's role in building a solid CEO and senior executive succession plan.

What's Blockchain, and why should I care?

Ah, Blockhain.  Everyone's talking about it and few know what it is.  Should it matter to the company you serve?

3:00-3:15 PM Networking Break


3:15-4:15 PM  Session

The Owner-Board Relationship: Creating Effective Shareholder/Family, Management and Board Interaction

A private company board can only be effective with trusted and solid relationships between company management/owners, family members and directors.

This session will offer real-world best practices on how to create effective family or owner governance (through family and owners’ councils) and develop systems for effective communication between shareholders and the board.  Solid business governance needs solid ownership governance.

Speakers: Ronda Ritter Ray, Lead Family Director, E. Ritter & Company; Andrew D. Pitcairn, Chair, Pitcairn Family Council, Board Member, Pitcairn; Rebecca Peterson, Board Member and Family Council Member, Sasser Family Holdings 


4:15-5:15 PM Concurrent Workshops

Preparing the Next Generation for Board Service

Identifying, developing and training management and family members for board roles

The Evolution of Ownership and Governance in a Family Enterprise

When a successful family business evolves into a sophisticated family enterprise, the complexity of what the family owns increases as the family grows or the entities expand.  Family decisions about complexity and about ownership will impact how you structure the governance process and how decisions get made that are trusted by the family.  Board members need to understand these ownership structures when making board decisions, since the shareholders could be individuals, family trusts, holding companies, investment partnerships, or philanthropic entities with future rights to ownership.  This session will show you how governance evolves through the generations for complex families, and why a variety of governance structures are used by sophisticated families who have different goals and financial commitments.  This session helps family members look into the future so they can understand better where their family enterprise may be heading.

Session Leader:  Sara Hamilton, Founder and CEO, Family Office Exchange

Board Performance, Evaluation and Re-nomination

How to evaluate your board's performance, refresh your board and build the most effective diversity of experiences and background. What should your board look like?  What skills do you need--M&A experience, technology, strategy or more? How diverse should your board be in terms of gender and ethnicity?


6:30-9:00 PM Group Dinner and Private Boards of the Year Awards

Friday, May 18

7:30-8:30 AM  Breakfast


8:30-9:15 AM Keynote Address

Speaker:  McKeel Hagerty, Chief Executive Officer, Hagerty

Our Board Journey, and Why I Hired My Own "Boss"

9:15-9:30 AM Networking Break


9:30-10:30 AM Workshop 

Setting your Private Board's Priorities


10:30-10:45 AM Networking Break


10:45-11:45 AM Session

The Private Board’s Role in Digital Disruption and Risk:  Your co-pilot through turbulence

All private companies need to push management to address the impact of digital disruption on their companies, whether it’s the ‘Amazon’ effect, cybersecurity or such emerging technologies as blockchain.

This session will offer real-world guidance on how the board can maintain ‘noses in, fingers out’ with management, and still develop ensure the shareholders they represent have solid strategies for the digital future, while minimizing the risk involved.

Speakers:  Joanna Peters, Managing Principal, StratConGlobal; Ivy Silver, Director, Fulton Bank, CIMG; Larry Putterman, Member, Board of Advisors, IPC Global Solutions

11:45 AM Conference close

Confirmed Speakers

Julia H. Klein

Chairwoman and CEO, C.H. Briggs Co.; Director, Eastern States Group

Julia H. Klein is chairwoman and CEO of C.H. Briggs Co., one of the nation’s largest independently owned distributors of specialty building materials, and a director of Eastern States Group. She is a leader in the building materials distribution industry who transformed a local business into a super-regional, professionally managed platform company. With expertise in strategy, governance, mergers and acquisitions, technology and supply chain solutions, Klein has led C.H. Briggs for more than 20 years, serving as CEO and chairwoman since 2007. Klein has successfully integrated six acquisitions expanding the company’s footprint throughout the Middle Atlantic and Southeast regions. Strategic use of new technology has established the company’s reputation as an innovator and Klein’s reputation as a thought leader in the industry. Briggs has achieved top quartile performance in its segment, and is among the nation’s top 100 women-owned businesses.

Klein was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Greater Philadelphia, and was honored with the Junior Achievement Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame Award, the Athena Award, and is a Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Distinguished Girl Scout Alumna. She also received the SmartCEO magazine Brava Award and Best Managed Companies in Philadelphia.

Klein is a former board of directors member of the National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors Institute for Distribution Excellence, the North American Building Materials Distribution Association and the Cabinet Industry Distribution Association, which she helped establish. She is a member of Women Corporate Directors, World Presidents Organization, the Committee of 200 – an international organization of women entrepreneurs, executives and board members.

Other board service includes Hedwin Corporation, Arbill Safety Supply, Reading Health System, Reading Physicians Network and the Berks County Community Foundation.

She earned a M.A. in public policy as an Urban Scholars Fellow at the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Ms. Klein and her husband have a college-aged son and live in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Timothy E. Ellsworth

Director, Chair, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc.

Timothy E. Ellsworth joined EBI as a summer employee in 1968 and is a permanent employee in 1976.  After various executive roles at EBI’s Darworth Company, Ensign-Bickford Optics, Corporate Development and Corporate Research units, Mr. Ellsworth formed and led Ensign-Bickford Coatings Company and was CEO of Advanced Glass Treatment Systems (AGTS).  In 1994, he resigned from the Company, acquired AGTS from EBI and joined the EBI Board of Directors as a fifth generation family member and successor to his father, John E. Ellsworth, former President and Chairman.  Mr. Ellsworth serves on the Audit and Proxy Committees and formerly chaired the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.  In addition to his Board work for EBI, Tim is CEO of The Peak Experience, LLC, a real estate investment company, and participates on various other corporate and non-profit boards.  He is also a former member of the Simsbury Economic Development Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.  Mr. Ellsworth holds a BFA degree from St. Lawrence University and completed his MFA and MBA degrees at R.I.T. 

David W. Henderson

President and CEO, Samaritan Medical Center

Dave Henderson has almost 30 years of management experience and community involvement. He has been President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center, a family-owned business in San Jose, Calif., since 1988. His responsibilities include strategic planning, leasing, and developing medical office properties. Currently the portfolio consists of over 300,000 square feet of premier medical office buildings serving more than 250 physicians and health care professionals. On most days over 3,500 patients will visit the medical campus for care. The business is 50 years old and has grown to include 42 owners over four generations. Prior to joining Samaritan Medical Center, Dave held the position of General Manager with Arrow Electronics both in Salt Lake City (1983-1984) and Chicago (1985-1988). Arrow is a worldwide supplier of electronic components. 
As part of his family business interest, Dave is a guest presenter at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business several times a year where he engages students involved in family businesses nationally and internationally.
Dave has served as a Board member of the Stroke Awareness Foundation, American Cancer Society and Wells Fargo Bank Advisory Board. He was also instrumental in the founding of Cancer CAREpoint, a local nonprofit organization that provides support services to cancer patients, their families and caregivers.  
Dave has a bachelor’s degree in Business from Pennsylvania State University (1973). He has been married to Noelle for over 38 years, has three grown children and two grandchildren. They currently reside in Los Gatos, Calif. Dave enjoys traveling, playing golf, attending Broadway shows and visiting Presidential libraries.

Ronda Ritter Ray

Lead Family Director, E. Ritter & Company

Ronda Ritter Ray is a fourth-generation family owner of E Ritter & Company and currently serves as lead family director on the board of directors following three years as president of the Ritter Family Council. A teacher for 20 years in Arkansas and in Wisconsin, she most recently worked as an adjunct instructor in the secondary education department and subsequently as director of clinical experiences for the College of Education and Professional Studies at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL.

Roger Koch

Principal and Co-Chairman, Koch Development Company

Roger, along with his brother, Paul, grew up in a home building tradition. Their grandfather and father were both home builders. While still in college the brothers each formed their own businesses and started building homes themselves. Between classes at Washington University in St Louis they would drive down to the subdivisions and check on the status of homes under construction, meet with subcontractors, and do whatever pickups the crew needed for the job to run smoothly.
After undergraduate and graduate schools, Roger (BSBA and MBA) and Paul (BSBA, MBA and Law degree) spent several years in the Air Force in the late 1960’s. By 1970 both were back in St Louis, consolidated their individual businesses into one and have moved forward together for the past 50 years.
Throughout this period they occupied top executive positions in their companies and were truly owner-operators. However, around the year 2000 they realized that they needed a new model for running the company that included the inclusion of a senior executive core that could take the burden of day to day management off the shoulders of the brothers and their wives (who were always active in the business). They also decided that an advisory board could bring new thinking to the company and help in shaping the strategic path forward. 
Subsequently, after attending The Private Company Governance Summit in 2013 the family decided that the next step was to form a legal board which they did in 2013. The legal board now plays a very active leadership role for the shareholders and company. Since its formation they have led the way to a more efficient and focused company. The shareholders have given the board real authority and supported their efforts.
This transition of the company has allowed the family to pursue philanthropic activities. Roger and Fran (Roger’s wife) have education, medicine and housing as philanthropic interests. Currently, among several not for profits they support are the Assisi House’s in St Louis that provide small setting housing for the homeless transitioning to self-supporting community members. In addition, they have just recently, along with Paul and Elke Koch (Paul’s wife), established the Koch Center for Family Business and an Endowed Professorship in Family Business at Washington University in St. Louis. They have also provided funds for an Endowed Professorship in Law and Medicine also at Washington University in St. Louis.
Roger holds BSBA and MBA degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. He served as an officer in the United States Air Force specializing in logistical systems auditing. He is a Life Member (CPM) of the Institute of Real Estate Management and has extensive professional education including all course work required for the MAI designation. Roger served as Chairman of the Board of Mark Twain South County Bank for 16 years and was a member of the Mark Twain St. Louis Bank board. He has served as member and President of the Crossroads School Board, member of the board of the Purnell School in Pottersville, N.J and board member for Archways, a drug and alcoholic rehabilitation center for patients unable to afford care in traditional settings, as well as in various leadership capacities in his church.

Joanna Peters

Managing Principal, StratConGlobal, Inc.

Joanna Peters is the Founding Managing Principal of StratConGlobal, Inc, a strategic advisory firm based in New York City, with a proven track record of build outs and turnarounds in emerging and global markets.    She has driven rollups in Asia and the United States, appointed interim COO/CFO on new private equity ventures in the offshore oil and gas sectors as well as advisor in the Australian livestock sector.  She has extensive experience in Asia Pac, including India, Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam as well as Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.  Her industry sectors include asset management, financial services, energy and agriculture. 
Joanna is a best practice industry speaker here and abroad, participates in various governmental and private sector forums including the Peterson Institute and Volker Alliance and serves on private boards. Educated in Australia where she captained the women’s ski team, as well as England, she is also admitted to the bar in New York and Australia.

Robert E. Chappell

Former Chairman and CEO, Penn Mutual; Director, Quaker Chemical, The South Chester Tube Company, CSS Industries

Robert E. Chappell was the Chairman of The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, a mutual life insurance company providing life insurance and annuity products, from January 1997 to June 2013 when he retired; its Chief Executive Officer from April 1995 to February 2011; and its President from January 2008 to March 2010. 
Mr. Chappell has significant experience as a leader and director of multiple publicly-held and privately-held companies.  A former director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, he currently serves as a director of the Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR), where he is the Chairman of the Governance Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.  He also serves on the boards of privately-held  South Chester Tube Company, publicly-held CSS Industries and as a trustee of The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company.
Mr. Chappell served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1969. He earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 and graduated in Chemistry from the Gettysburg College in 1966.

Ivy Silver

Director, Fulton Bank, CIMG

Ivy Silver is dedicated to change that has a purpose. Ivy is known for helping boards effectively evaluate risk, ensure governmental compliance, guide new alliances, advance business model iteration and lead governance processes that emphasize purposeful change. She has served in multiple leadership roles on public and private boards including Fulton Bank, Abington Health System, Recovery Record – an eHealth mobile app, Photo Review Publications, Academy of National Sciences of Drexel University, Oda Foundation in Nepal, DesignPhiladelphia and Greater Philadelphia Culture Alliance. She co-founded A Chance to Heal Foundation that was recognized as a leader in advancing a critical medical condition into the national public health agenda and whose program is now assimilated into the Harvard School of Public Health. 
Always fascinated by innovation, Ivy recently founded two companies focused on the “creative economy”, businesses that generate revenue from creative activity. Sparkplug Innovations is a strategic visioning firm, and Mily-on is a product development and public arts installation company recently award its fourth patent for scalable commercial lighting technology that uses contemporary manufacturing techniques and materials. 
An entrepreneur who had her first profitable business at age 14, Ivy went on to build a corporate employee benefits consulting company, The Commonwealth Consulting Group, which she grew into a major niche player.  She sold her company to Gallagher Benefit Services where she served in an executive role for several years. Ivy is recognized for designing and implementing new product concepts and structures in traditionally conservative markets. She was recognized by the National Mediation Labor Relations Board for facilitating groundbreaking contractual and operational changes in Amtrak’s Health and Welfare Plans by fostering evidenced based decision making within a collective bargaining environment. 
Ivy has received the NACD Governance Fellow Designation, is certified by The Institute for the Future as a practitioner of Forecasting, and received a Bachelor’s degree from The Wharton School. She is a sought-after speaker, is regularly interviewed by the media, and has appeared in articles in Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Family Circle, Employee Benefit and Compensation Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well being a guest on such shows such as Good Morning America

Manuel Diez

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Diesco Ltd.

Manuel Diez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, United States, with a bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Computer Science. From 1986 to 1988 he worked as Financial Analyst at Philip Morris in New York City, and then moved to Chicago and graduated from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University with an MBA degree in Marketing and Finance. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his significant contributions to the quality of life of the university’s students. 
After working at the marketing department in the Puerto Rico Office of Procter & Gamble he worked with Leo Burnet & Co. advertising agency as Brand Coordinator on the Kraft account in Chicago for two years. He moved back to Santo Domingo in 1992, where he initiated his leading career in the Marketing, Sales and International Commerce Departments of Polyplas and Termopac, then part of the Petroquímica group and leaders in their fields in plastic packaging. 
Today, Mr. Diez is the Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Diesco Limited. The group performs business regionally in the Caribbean, Central America and the southeastern United States. Diesco operates in four main business segments: Plastics Packaging represented in its companies Termopac Industrial and Polyplas Dominicana; Manufacturing and Distribution of Non-Alcoholic Beverages with its leading company Pac-Tech International; Real Estate and Project Management with Interra and Investment Services represented by Advanced Management Group. 
Mr. Diez has served in multiple business associations. He was the President of the Dominican National Business Council (CONEP), the leading business association of the private sector for two consecutive periods (2010-2012 & 2012-2014). Prior to this role, he was President of the National Industrial Association (AIRD, also for two consecutive periods 2007-2008 and 20092010. In 2004, he served as President of the Young Entrepreneurs Association (ANJE).  
He is also founding member and President of the Board of Trustees of Barna, the first independent school of management in the Dominican Republic. He has also served as member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (AMCHAM); Dominican-Guatemalan Chamber of Commerce, Dominican Stock Exchange (BVRD) and Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia (FINJUS). He served as Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Dominican Chapter for 2006-2007 and for the Caribbean Region in 2008-2009.

Andrew D. Pitcairn

Chair, Pitcairn Family Council; Board Member, Pitcairn

Andrew D. Pitcairn is a fourth generation Pitcairn family member and descendant of Harold F. Pitcairn. Andrew is the Chair of the Pitcairn Family Council, a role he has held since 2010, and has served as a member of the family council since 2007. A member of the Pitcairn Board of Directors, he serves as a co-trustee of Pitcairn family trusts and is chair of the Nominating Committee and advisory member to the Capital and Governance Committees.
Andrew is a frequent speaker at family business and family office forums on topics related to family council and engaging the next generation in family businesses. Andrew is the co-author of the articles, “Why, What & How: Questions Every Family Leader Should Ask” and “Beyond ‘Cohesion’: Why Terminology Must Evolve through the Generations,” published in Family Business magazine. He is also the founder and Chair of the Family Council Concepts group, a US-centric, collaborative peer group of eight family council chairs. Discussions cover the challenges, concerns, and successes of multi-generational families with current and post operating companies.
Andrew has been an owner and operator of small businesses from 1999 until 2008. He is a Trustee on the Meadowbrook School Board of Directors, a non-profit organization. Andrew attended Temple University and has completed the Cannon Trust Fundamentals course.

Deborah L. DeHaas

Vice Chairman, Chief Inclusion Officer, and National Managing Partner, Center for Board Effectiveness, Deloitte LLP

Deborah L. DeHaas is vice chairman, chief inclusion officer, and national managing partner of the Center for Board Effectiveness for Deloitte LLP. As chief inclusion officer, Deb drives Deloitte’s strategy to recruit, develop, and promote a diverse workforce and foster an inclusive environment where leaders thrive. Deb is also responsible for Deloitte’s boardroom programs supporting corporate boards and directors in fulfilling their governance-related responsibilities. Deb was named to Accounting Today’s “Top 100 Most Influential” list in 2013 and 2014 and was included in the 2015 and 2016 National Association of Corporate Directors Directorship 100, which recognizes influential leaders in corporate governance.
Deb serves as the lead client service or advisory partner on a number of Deloitte’s most significant clients and is a member of the Deloitte US executive committee. She previously served as a member of the board of directors of Deloitte LLP and as the US firms’ representative on the Deloitte Canada board of directors. Deb also serves on the Trinity Board of Visitors at Duke University and on the board of trustees and Kellogg Global Advisory Board at Northwestern University. She is the immediate past chair, board of directors, for the Executives’ Club of Chicago.

Maureen Bujno

Managing Director, Center for Board Effectiveness, Deloitte LLP

Maureen Bujno is a managing director in the Center for Board Effectiveness for Deloitte LLP. As a subject matter resource on a variety of corporate governance topics, Maureen works closely with boards, committees and executives on governance challenges, rule developments and leading practices. She addresses timely topics such as emerging board governance topics, the board’s role in risk oversight, strategic risks assessment, boardroom agenda items, and audit committee leading practices. 
Maureen is the governance liaison to several Deloitte clients, and provides education for boards and audit committees. She leads client board labs for new board and audit committee members, as well as transitioning board members taking on board or committee leadership roles. In 2016, Maureen was recognized by NACD Directorship magazine as one of the top 100 influential professionals in corporate governance and in the boardroom.  Maureen has over 26 years of business experience with Deloitte including work with the Mergers and Acquisitions Services group and the Audit practice.
Maureen is former President and ex-officio member of the Fairfield University Alumni Association and board of directors. She is also a former member of the board of directors of the YMCA, West Side, New York City. Maureen is a CPA in New York and a member of the AICPA.

Chris Herschend

Vice Chairman, Herschend Entertainment

Chris Herschend is a third-generation shareholder and Vice Chairman of Missouri-based Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned themed attractions company in the US. HFE properties span 26 locations and 10 states, employing over 10,000 men & women who collectively host over 13 million guests annually at properties including Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN, Darien Lake in Buffalo, NY, and the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters. Chris is also the majority owner and President of Ride The Ducks International, the world's largest operator and licensor of amphibious sightseeing tours with 8 locations across the United States & Guam.
Chris has been elected by the shareholders to serve on the HFE board of directors since 1997 and has served on the audit & compensation committees of the board. Prior to joining Herschend, Chris worked for Coca-Cola, Cox Communications, and an Atlanta venture capital firm. He earned both his BA (1995) and MBA (2003) from Emory University in Atlanta.
Chris and his wife Ashley have four young children and live in Atlanta, GA. Chris' current & past community/industry service roles include the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA), the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Durban Youth Missions, Atlanta Youth Academy, The Church of the Apostles (Atlanta), the Georgia Center for Opportunity, and Blue Skies Ministries.

Rebecca Sasser Peterson

Board Member and Family Council Member, Sasser Family Holdings

Sasser Family Holdings (SFH) is a family-owned 4th generation transportation asset management leasing company based in Schaumburg, Illinois.  Established in 1928 as a rail car leasing company, SFH recently hired their first non-family CEO when Fred Sasser (G3) moved into the Executive Chairman role of their fiduciary board.  

Rebecca Sasser Peterson is one of three non-independent directors on the board of eight members and  currently serves on both the Governance and Compensation Committees.
Prior to her board service Rebecca chaired the Sasser Family Council and remains involved in family governance. She also serves on the Loyola Family Business Center's Advisory Board. While originally from Chicago, Rebecca and her family now live in Elgin, IL. 

Craig J. Duchossois

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Duchossois Group

Craig J. Duchossois is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Duchossois Group, a privately held, family business headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

The principal operating companies are The Chamberlain Group, Inc. (garage door openers, gate operators and related access control products); Controlled Products Systems Group (perimeter access control systems); and Duchossois Capital Management (the family’s private investment firm). 

Craig serves on the Board of Directors of Amsted Industries, and Churchill Downs, Inc.  He also serves as an advisory board member for The Edgewater Funds and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.  His not-for-profit board memberships include Culver Educational Foundation, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, University of Chicago Hospitals, World Business Chicago, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Additionally, he is a member of the Chief Executives’ Organization, World Presidents’ Organization, Executives’ Club of Chicago, Economic Club and the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago. Craig is a past-Chairman of the Board of Visitors for the United States Naval Academy.

Craig holds a BBA and MBA from Southern Methodist University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1968-1971.

He and his wife Janet have two children and five grandchildren.


Ashley D. Joyce

President, The Duchossois Foundation

Ashley Duchossois Joyce is President of The Duchossois Family Foundation. She received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Colorado and her Master’s degree from University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. Ashley has been involved with the not-for-profit organization, Metropolitan Family Services, for over twenty years.  Currently, she is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, and serves on their Executive, Strategic Issues, External Affairs, HR, and Capital Campaign Committees. Ashley is also a trustee for The Catherine Cook School and Co-chair of the Nominating Committee. As a Director for The Duchossois Group, Inc., she serves on the Compensation, Nominating, and Shareholder Committees. Ashley was recently selected for the 2018 class of Leadership Greater Chicago and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.  Additionally, she is on the Executive Committee for The Duchossois Family Council and the Advisory Board for the Duchossois Family Office.
Ashley lives in Chicago with her husband, Michael, and their two sons.

Roberta Sydney

Board Chair, Sydney Associates, Inc.

Roberta Sydney is an independent board director and entrepreneur.  Roberta chairs the Compensation Committee and serves on the Board of Plaxall, Inc., and serves on the Advisory Boards of several private real estate technology companies, including Rental Beast, Embue, and Doorbell. She also chairs the Sydney Associates Board and Investment Committee, skillfully managing the complicated dynamics surrounding family succession and transition. 
In addition, Roberta is a member of the following organizations:
  • National Association of Corporate Directors, Governance Fellow
  • Private Directors Association, Founding Member and City Chair, Boston Chapter
  • American College of Corporate Directors, Masters Professional Director Certificate
  • C200, Treasurer and Board Member
  • Beth Israel Deaconess, Board of Overseers Executive Council and Member, Neuroscience Advisory Committee
  • Marathon Daffodils, Co-founder
  • Massachusetts Women’s Forum
Roberta received a BA from Wellesley College, holds an MBA from Harvard University, and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from MIT.


Larry Putterman

Member, Board of Advisors, IPC Global Solutions

Larry Putterman was CEO, chairman and board director of SafeData, LLC, a data backup and recovery solutions company serving corporate clients that he sold to Data Storage Corporation (OTCBB: DTST) in 2010. Subsequently, he has served on Data Storage Corporation’s board of advisors and directors and was an active member of its Mergers and Acquisitions Committee. 
Prior to SafeData, Larry was founder and president of both American Sports Company and Pan American Sports Company in the Dominican Republic, for more than 20 years. These two companies became the largest independent contract manufacturers of men’s and women’s shoes and components in the Dominican Republic with 1,500 manufacturing employees. Clients included well-known brands like Timberland, Sperry Top-Sider, Sebago, Polo, LL Bean, Nike and New Balance. 
Larry also honed his management skills in family business as the chief operating officer of Milton Shoe Company in Milton, Pa. and Cinderella Shoe Company in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. These companies made over 15,000 pairs of shoes per day that were sold through major retailers.
His extensive current and previous board experience include IPC Global Solutions, CDC Software LLC, Audio Ops LLC, Data Storage Corporation, Northern Central Bank, SafeData LLC, American Sports Company, Pan American Sports Company, Milton Shoe Company, Cinderella Shoe Company, and Susquehanna Investment Network. Larry is a member and holds a Masters Professional Director Certification from The American College of Corporate Directors.

Eric L. Motley, PhD

Executive Vice President, The Aspen Institute; Board Member, Barry-Wehmiller Companies

Eric L. Motley, Ph.D., is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, responsible for Institutional Advancement and governance.  He previously served as Vice President and Executive Director of National Programs and prior to that he served as Vice President and Managing Director of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program. In addition to managing the Henry Crown Fellowship Program, he served as the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute-Rockefeller Foundation’s Commission to Reform the Federal Appointments Process, an independent, nonpartisan effort to evaluate the Federal government’s vetting and clearance procedures. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, he served as the Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors within the bureau of Public Diplomacy. In 2003, he became Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Presidential Personnel, where he managed the appointment process in the White House for over 1,200 presidentially-appointed advisory board and commission positions. He joined the White House staff as Deputy Associate Director, Office of Presidential Personnel in 2001. 
Eric serves on the Board of Directors of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, The James Madison Council of the Library of Congress, the Library Cabinet for the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mt. Vernon, jury member of the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize, The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s National Council, The John F. Kennedy Centennial Memorial Task Force, National Advisory Board of Honored, Young Concert Artists, Advisory Board of Planet Word Museum, Board of Overseers of Samford University and is a former member of the Chapter Board of the Washington National Cathedral. He is a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, DC and the Grolier Club of New York City. Eric is a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International Foundation and Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He is an avid book collector of first editions and rare books with a concentration on the English writer and lexicographer Samuel Johnson. In February 2017, he published a memoir Madison Park, A Place of Hope telling the story of the small community he grew up in Montgomery, AL, that was founded in 1880 by a group of freed slaves.  
Eric earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Samford University. As a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, he earned a Master of Letters in International Relations and a Ph.D. as the John Steven Watson Scholar. 

Jon M. Peterson

Chief Executive Officer, The Peterson Companies

Jon M. Peterson is the Chief Executive Officer of Peterson Companies, one of the largest and most admired privately held real estate companies in the Washington DC area.  Founded 53 years ago, the company is responsible for some of the most prominent and successful mixed-use retail, residential and office developments in Northern Virginia and Maryland including Fairfax Corner, Fair Lakes, National Harbor, Virginia Gateway, Downtown Silver Spring, RIO Washingtonian, Burke Centre and Tysons McLean Office Park. 
In 2016, he assumed the role of Chairman of the Executive Committee which oversees all aspects of the retail, residential, commercial and mixed-use development and management. Prior to that, Jon served as Senior Vice President of Commercial and Business Development which allowed him to develop close ties to the entire metropolitan real estate community.
Jon and the Peterson Family believe passionately in giving back to the communities they serve.  Jon has served on numerous philanthropic boards and committees including Joe Gibb’s Youth for Tomorrow and Inova Hospital’s Life With Cancer.  He currently serves as Vice Rector of the Board of Visitors for George Mason University, a member of the Board of Trustees at Inova Health Care Systems.  He is a member of The 2030 Group, Northern Virginia Transpiration Alliance and NAIOP.  

McKeel Hagerty

Chief Executive Officer, Hagerty

McKeel Hagerty is Chief Executive Officer of Hagerty. He considers it the company’s purpose to be the source for people who love cars. His passion for classics has driven the company to a leadership position within the automotive industry. The company is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners
From the beginning of his career with Hagerty, McKeel has been a fearless innovator, constantly pushing for new ways to connect with collectors, hobbyists, enthusiasts and anyone who loves cars. This vision has resulted in Hagerty evolving into an international business supported with youth programs to engage and ignite the passion in the next generation of collectors, an organization that helps protect and celebrate the automobile as a significant part of our culture and a credible sense of authority on the subject. Under McKeel’s direction, Hagerty quickly became the most recognizable brand in classic car insurance, with marketing that injected humor, excitement and passion. 
McKeel’s knowledge and enthusiasm have given him a reputation as an authority within the automotive industry. He is the youngest judge ever to have served for the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a position he has held for over a decade. He represents the classic car community on numerous boards and advisory groups and makes frequent appearances as a trusted automotive and car market expert on ESPN, Speed, Discovery and CNBC.
Outside of Hagerty, McKeel has had the honor of serving as the 2016-2017 Chairman of Young Presidents Organization. YPO is the world’s premier peer-to-peer network of Chief Executives and convener of more than 25,000 businesses worldwide. McKeel has been an active member of YPO since 2000 and his pledge to be a lifelong learner and to help other leaders unlock their potential fits well within YPO’s mission.
McKeel attended Pepperdine University, Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary and Boston College, completing graduate work in philosophy and classics. 


Early Registration Pricing (before March 25, 2018)
Private company owners, shareholders, managers and investors, and public and private company board members:
$1,675—First attendee
$1,250—Additional attendees from the same company/board
Past attendees of the Private Company Governance Summit or the Transitions Conferences qualify for an additional discount on their registration fees:
$1,507.50—First Attendee
$1,125—Additional attendees from the same company/board
All other attendees: advisers, consultants, others allied to the field:
$2,350—Each attendee
Standard Pricing (after March 25, 2018)
Private company owners, shareholders, managers and investors, and public and private company board members:
$1,895—First attendee
$1,395—Additional attendees from the same company/board
Past attendees of the Private Company Governance Summit or the Transitions Conferences qualify for an additional discount on their registration fees:
$1,705.50—First Attendee
$1,255.50—Additional attendees from the same company/board
All other attendees: advisers, consultants, others allied to the field:
$2,350—Each attendee

Conference Hotel

Located in the heart of our nation’s capital, The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center is a vibrant hotel that captures the city’s dynamic spirit. The hotel has recently completed a multimillion-dollar transformation that has included dramatically-redesigned accommodations; public areas, including the lobby and a new 24-hour fitness center; meeting venues; and Fringetree, the new signature restaurant. The 406 newly-transformed guest rooms and suites are designed with your comfort in mind. Sleep well in the Heavenly® Bed and refresh in the Heavenly® Bath. Mini-refrigerators and 50-inch LCD flat screen TVs add a touch of aesthetic functionality. Every room also offers wireless High Speed Internet Access and 24-hour room service. Reenergize in the all-new 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, featuring state-of-the-art weight machines, free weights, and cardio equipment. Blending modern design with healthful menu offerings, Fringetree is an innovative restaurant and lounge that provides the ideal atmosphere for a delectable meal or handcrafted cocktail. Fringetree’s grab-and-go counter serves Starbucks® coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and light fare. The Westin Washington D.C. City Center’s central location makes it easy to appreciate the world-renowned buildings and historical monuments found throughout the city. The hotel is served by two metro stations: McPherson Square on the Blue/Orange lines and Farragut North on the Red line. The Washington Convention Center is just five blocks east, and the White House is five blocks south. Shops, restaurants, and nightclubs are just four blocks west on Connecticut Avenue.

A limited number of rooms are available at a special conference group rate of $299 per night which includes complimentary guest room internet, plus taxes which are presently 14.5% and subject to change. Reservations must be made prior to the cut-off date of Tuesday, April 25, 2018. Reservations may be made online here.

Reservations may also be made by calling 1-888-627-9035 and reference “Directors and Boards”

The hotel is located close to three airports: Reagan National Airport, 4 miles; Dulles International Airport, 27 miles; and Baltimore Washington International Airport, 32 miles.

About Conference

Directors & Boards, Family Business Magazine and Private Company Director invite owners, shareholders and board members of privately-held companies to the Private Company Governance Summit 2018, May 16-18, 2018, at the Westin City Center, Washington, D.C.
The sixth annual Private Company Governance Summit is the only national conference focused exclusively on the unique governance challenges of privately-owned businesses, including closely-held companies, family-owned companies and private equity-owned companies.
Directors and Boards
Private Company Director
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