Our Mission

The mission of Centenary’s Center for Family-Owned Business is to develop programming relevant to the continuity and health of the multi-generational, family businesses within our region of the south. Seminars and workshops available through the Center focus on strategic planning, growth strategies, succession planning, communication, as well as legal, management, and financial issues unique to the family-owned, closely held companies.

In addition to serving as an invaluable resource for families in business, our goal is to create and nurture a network of family business owners to share insights, fresh ideas and to address issues of mutual interest.



Membership is open to those involved in a multi-generational, family business enterprise in which the majority ownership of the company is controlled by the family. Participating family members need not be employees of their business. Membership is limited, assuring personal attention and maximum interaction among participants.

The membership fee is $1,250 per year for each family firm. Membership covers the participation of two family members in our three core programs offered annually and includes all materials, meals and cocktail receptions. Seating for additional family members or key employees may be purchased in advance of each event as space permits.



In addition to providing access to nationally recognized family business experts, members of the CFOB receive the following benefits:

  • Networking opportunities with other Center members who have experienced the unique challenges of the family-owned business.
  • Access to Centenary’s CFOB conference room for off-site family meetings.
  • Access to the Magale library and the family business collection.
  • Subscription to Family Business, a bi-monthly magazine and guide to successful business management, family relations, and asset protection.
  • Access to the Frost School faculty and staff for family/business consultation or direct referral to our network of national consultants.

Famous Families and Family Business Leaders

Each year we bring to our members a leader from a well-known family-owned enterprise to elaborate on family business challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned. Our 2016 Famous Family leaders included Clark Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs and FC Dallas, and Norma Hunt, founder of Bidwell Creek Vineyard and Perfect Season Wine.

Other past speakers have included Bruce Cakebread, President and COO of award-winning Cakebread Cellars.; Texas entrepreneur Red McCombs; Tony Simmons, CEO of McIlhenny Company. ; Matt Saurage, President and Chairman of Community Coffee. ; and Garrett Boone, founder of The Container Store.


I have spoken at many family business centers, but yours now is the benchmark for me in terms of energy, enthusiasm, critical thinking, and participation. 

– Henry Foley, Senior Partener at Cambridge Advisers to Family Enterprise & Lead Facilitator of Families in Business Exectuve Education Program at Harvard Business School

Contact Info

Pat Gallion

Jackson Hall, Suite 210