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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Family Offices and Legacy: Michael Vlasic, Vlasic Investments

By Hampton S. Barclay  ▪  MBA Candidate Class of 2013  Students in Family Business II: Governance and Leadership were treated to a special presentation Wednesday when the class hosted Michael Vlasic of Vlasic Investments who spoke about carrying on the legacy of a family business and preserving wealth through active diversified investments. You may know the Vlasic name from the pickle aisle at the grocery store, but Mr.Vlasic and his family have long since moved away from cucumbers and vinegar. In fact, as Mr. Vlasic pointed out, even at the outset, pickles were just a small part of his entrepreneurial grandfather’s business empire, which encompassed everything from an office equipment leasing business to a radio station. As Mr. Vlasic explained to the class, “My grandfather saw Read More

Professor Shackelford On Transfer of Corporate Assets: PLAN

By Josh Cooke, MBA 2013 Estate Planning is a huge concern for many family businesses.  Every family wants to maintain a lasting legacy that can be passed on to future generations.  Doug Shackelford, the Associate Dean of MBA@UNC and Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation, recently stopped by class to discuss the topic of Transfer, Estate, and Gift Tax Planning.   His manner and humor made this rather dry material engaging and entertaining! He discussed many of the pros and cons around donating an estate to charity, which pays no estate tax, versus passing a business on to the next generation, a pertinent topic in Family Business II. To be clear, the Estate Tax is a tax on the transfer of wealth from Read More

Richard Boyatzis Visits Kenan-Flagler: Resonant Leadership

By Joshua L Gentine  ▪  MBA Candidate Class of 2013 The Family Enterprise Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler brought in Dr. Richard Boyatzis, the dynamic, renowned specialist in leadership, who impressed our audience of MBA and BSBA students as well as family business owners and invested community members.  Dr. Boyatzis was impressive!  In addition to his energy and enthusiasm, (he was, at one point, crawling on the floor to make a point!) Dr. Boyatzis walked us through his talk on Resonant Leadership: Inspiring Yourself and Others through Emotional Intelligence.   Aretha Franklin’s RESPECT started the talk which quickly morphed into a discussion about what effective leadership truly is.  We started by individually writing down leaders in our own lives who made a significant positive Read More

Family Enterprise Center Webinar II: Entrepreneurship in the Next Generation

Next Generation Leadership(II): Entrepreneurship in the Next Generation Wednesday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m. EST. We are pleased to host Kenan-Flagler’s own Ted Wentz, MBA class of 2008 as our next guest participant.  Professor Steve Miller will lead a lively conversation with Ted about entrepreneurship in a family business. Ted will share his experience with entrepreneurship within his family’s enterprise, Quadratec, that led to founding his own venture, FireCraft, in Pennsylvania, USA. Registration fee: $35 (free for current UNC students) Register here. Presented in cooperation with UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Family Enterprise Center & the Kenan Institute’s Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER). Miss our first webinar?  Click here to listen to our first webinar, Next Generation Leadership: Webinar I - Considerations for the Next Generation of Read More