Chicago Program | Transitioning the Family Business to a Formal Board Structure

    February 15, 2017
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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    Willis Towers Watson
    71 S Wacker Drive, 26th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60606


    Please join the Private Directors Association in Chicago on February 15th to discuss Transitioning the Family Business to a Formal Board Structure. Please note that this program will take place at 71 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606, which is NOT THE WILLIS TOWER. 


    Ashley D. Joyce
    The Duchossois Family Foundation

    Ashley Duchossois Joyce is President of The Duchossois Family Foundation. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado and her Masters from University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. She has been involved with the not-forprofit organization, Metropolitan Family Services, for over fifteen years. She is a member of the Board of Directors, is on the Executive Committee, Strategic Issues committee, Capital Campaign Committee and chairs the External Affairs committee. Ashley is a trustee for The Catherine Cook School and is on their Marketing and Communications Committee and the Nominating Committee. Additionally, she is on the Executive Committee of The Duchossois Family Council and is a board member for The Duchossois Group. Ashley lives in Chicago with her husband, Michael, and their two sons.

    Craig J. Duchossois
    Chief Executive Officer
    The Duchossois Group

    Craig J. Duchossois - Chief Executive Officer of The Duchossois Group, a privately held, family business headquartered in Elmhurst, 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. 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, Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Additionally, he is a member of the Chief Executives’ Organization, World Presidents’ Organization, 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.

    Barry Cain
    Managing Principal
    Amuleto Advisory LLC

    Experienced Corporate Director and Board Advisor, Strategic Closely-held and Family Business Advisory Services. Barry Cain is the Managing Principal of Amuleto Advisory LLC. He has served on private and public company boards for many years including participation on audit, governance and strategic advisory committees. His multi-faceted career has spanned roles as a practicing corporate attorney, strategic business advisor and senior corporate executive. Amuleto Advisory works principally with closely-held and family businesses to create an environment of strong and sustainable performance and results while protecting and enhancing a cohesive family structure for future generations. The development and enhancement of corporate boards is a significant focus. A broadly-published author, speaker, teacher and facilitator in the field of Family Business planning and counseling, Barry was cofounder and Director of the Chicago Family Business Council, a major university affiliated support and educational network to owners and heads of family businesses in the Chicago area.


    Kevin M. Harris
    Senior Vice President Managing Director
    Northern Trust Company
    Family Business Group

    Kevin M. Harris is a Senior Vice President at the Northern Trust Company, Chicago. He is the Managing Director of the Family Business Group which consists of 18 professionals who manage, value, advise and act in officer and director capacities for closelyheld entities held by Northern in either an advisory or fiduciary capacity. Mr. Harris has extensive experience in income, gift and estate tax planning as well as the administration, management and governance of closely held business entities. Kevin serves in an officer and /or director capacity in a number of companies held in the Family Business Group’s portfolio which Northern holds in a fiduciary capacity. He engages with business owners in addressing their needs and in developing strategies to assist them in achieving their goals. Mr. Harris assists Northern Trust partners in addressing the “family dynamics” that many times surround the ownership of closely held businesses. He has actively managed advisory engagements for business owners including engagements addressing strategic planning, governance, business restructurings and the marketing and sale of closely held entities. Kevin joined Northern Trust in February 2005 after having spent 12 years in the Family Office industry. Most recently, Mr. Harris served in a CFO role for a first-generation Family Office and held officer and director level positions in a number of its portfolio companies. Kevin has hands-on experience working with companies ranging from start-ups to mid-size businesses including both organizations that are growing as well as those requiring “change-management.” Previously, Mr. Harris worked in public accounting including seven years with Arthur Andersen, Chicago. Mr. Harris is a Certified Public Accountant and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®)

    Thank you to our host Willis Towers Watson! 


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