Richard Beckhard Practice Award

The Richard Beckhard Practice Award was established to honor a founding member and distinguished practitioner in the family business field.

It recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of family business practice.

Submit

  • nominees do not have to be members of FFI.
  • nominees may not nominate themselves or the organization where they are employed or in which they have a business interest.
  • the awards committee may directly solicit nominees for any award.
  • nominators are responsible for securing the willingness of the nominee to be considered.
  • candidates will remain on the committee’s active list for two years following the year of nomination.

Submission Deadline: The deadline for submissions for awards is April 15 of the award year.

Award Notification: Nominees will be notified of the decision in writing by August 15 of the submission year. Winners are expected to be present at the FFI annual conference.

Application Guidelines: The application should be submitted electronically as a PDF document to awards@ffi.org. Any supporting material should be mailed to FFI Academic Awards Committee, Family Firm Institute, 200 Lincoln St., #201, Boston MA 02111 USA.

Application must include:

  1. Name of award for which individual is being nominated:
    • Richard Beckhard Practice Award
    • Barbara Hollander Award
    • Interdisciplinary Award
    • International Award
  2. Name and contact information of individual or organization being nominated.
  3. Background of nominee. Attach a one or two page rationale that includes the following:
    • how this candidate fulfills the criteria for the award
    • nominee’s history in field
    • nominee’s contributions to the field
    • nominee’s relevant publications
    • nominee’s involvement with FFI (optional)
    • nominee’s additional relevant accomplishments
    • attachment of nominee’s CV/resume
    • additional supporting materials of no more than 10 pages may be included. (These materials will not be returned unless requested and at the nominee’s expense.)
    • two or three sentences that can be used in the program for the awards ceremony if your candidate receives this award
  4. Name and contact information of nominee.

Criteria

Candidate is to be engaged primarily in the practice of advising and consulting with family businesses, and one or more of the following:

  • significant contribution to the delivery of advising or consultancy services to family businesses as demonstrated by published and unpublished materials.
  • excellence in delivery of a client intervention as demonstrated by a case study, video or other documentation.
  • development of widely applicable and successfully tested consultancy or advisory tool or method used to assist family businesses.
  • leadership within FFI in the promotion of responsible and excellent practice.

Award Recipients

2018

Kirby Rosplock

2017

Drew Mendoza

2016

John Davis

2015

Jared Kaplan

2014

The Center of Entrepreneurial Families (CEFEM)

2013

Marion McCollom Hampton

2012

Nancy Drozdow

2011

Peter Leach

2010

Leslie Dashew

2009

James Olan Hutcheson

2008

Jane Hilburt-Davis and Jeffrey Rothstein (posthumously)

2007

Kelin Gersick

2006

Dennis Jaffe

2005

Michael G. Shulman

2004

Renato Tagiuri

2003

François M. de Visscher

2002

Fredda Herz Brown

2001

Miguel Gallo

2000

Joseph Astrachan

1999

Stephen L. McClure

1998

David E. Bork

1997

Craig E.Aronoff

1996

Ernesto Poza

1995

Ivan Lansberg

1994

John L.Ward

1992

Richard Beckhard