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 advisors, consultants, educators, and researchers who help perpetuate trans-generational family enterprise. In adopting a multidisciplinary and global perspective, FFI understands family enterprise as a fundamental driver of global economic growth, prosperity, and stability.

FFI’s mission is to be the most influential global network of thought leaders in the field of family enterprise. We provide research-based learning and relevant tools for advisors and consultants, academics and family enterprise members to drive success.

Board of Directors
Debbie Bing
Boston, MA USA
Vice Chair
Carlo Salvato
Bocconi University
Milan, Italy
Kenneth McCracken
MFBC Limited
Edinburgh, UK
Sandra McNeely, FFI Board member headshot.
Sandra McNeely
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 and learn more about eligibility criteria.
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.
Academic Awards
Best Dissertation
Dianne H.B. Welsh, chair
Sami Alwuhaibi
Claudia Binz Astrachan
Francesco Barbera
Massimo Baù
Carlotta Benedetti
Achievement Awards
Daniela Montemerlo, chair
Denise Federer
Lisa Morel
Preston Root
Debbie Bing, chair
Carlo Salvato, vice chair
Michael Connolly, counsel
Judy Green, president
Sandra McNeely, treasurer
Kenneth McCracken, secretary
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.
Virtual Study Groups (VSGs)
Keng-Fun Loh, chair
Natalie McVeigh, chair
Elle Hansen, co-chair
Daniel Lorenzo, chair
Richard Lutringer, chair