About

History

For more than thirty years, the Family Firm Institute (FFI) has been engaged in educating, connecting, and inspiring professionals who serve family enterprises. FFI is the leading association worldwide for family enterprise professionals and the organization of choice for the advisers, consultants, educators, and researchers who help perpetuate trans-generational family business enterprise. In adopting a multidisciplinary and global perspective, FFI understands family enterprise as a fundamental driver of global economic growth, prosperity, and stability.

For its global network of professionals, educators, researchers, and family enterprise members, FFI provides opportunities to participate in multidisciplinary educational programs and earn professional designations; enables collaboration at conferences, seminars, and online; and creates a single space for cross-pollination of ideas, expertise, and perspectives to further the field of family enterprise.

While families have been in business for most of recorded history, a dedicated field of family business is relatively new. For example, formal research devoted to family business only emerged in the 20th century, and it was only through the vision of pioneering thinkers such as Barbara Hollander and Richard Beckhard that a multidisciplinary field was established with the founding of the Family Firm Institute in 1986.

Board of Directors

Chair

Debbie Bing

2022

CFAR
Boston, MA USA

Vice Chair

Carlo Salvato

2020

Bocconi University
Milan, Italy

Secretary

Asher Noor

2020

AlTouq Group, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia

Sandra McNeely, FFI Board member headshot.

Treasurer

Sandra McNeely

2020

The Abbey Group
Rapid City, SD USA

FFI Fellows

FFI Fellow status was established in 2001 to recognize individuals who demonstrate ongoing expertise and commitment to the field of family enterprise.

View the distinguished list of FFI Fellows from around the globe.

Members of the Family Firm Institute (FFI) are encouraged to maintain the highest standards of professionalism. The Best Practices described are recommendations for FFI members to consider in conducting their practices.

Committees

Academic Awards

Best Dissertation

Dianne H.B. Welsh, chair

Best Unpublished Research Paper

Nadine Kammerlander, chair

Achievement Awards

Panikkos Poutziouris, chair

Executive

Debbie Bing, chair

Family Business Review

Best Article

Jeremy Short, chair

Outstanding Reviewer

Tyge Payne, chair

Nominating

Fabian Bernhard, co-chair
Dan Frosh, co-chair

2020 Conference Program

Linda Bourn, co-chair
Marta Widz, co-chair

To ensure its continued leadership in providing cutting edge educational programming for the field, the FFI board of directors established the Legacy Fund in 2009. This non-restricted fund is used at the discretion of the FFI board to further the educational goals of the organization.

Chapters & Study Groups

Shannon Zur, chair

David M. Paradise, chair