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The Family Biz Show

Sep 8, 2023

Ep 89. The Future is Now: Talking Next Gen Family Business Readiness 

In this episode of The Family Biz Show, Shelley Taylor of Aspen Family Business/ABARTA joins us to discuss the importance of planning for the future of a family business, including the need for control and financial planning, the challenges of giving up control and the emotional attachment entrepreneurs have to their businesses. Shelley shares her experience of involving spouses in family business discussions and the value of seeking outside expertise, her thoughts on the importance of education and learning opportunities for the rising generations in family businesses. Listen in now! 



Shelley Taylor* is a Family Business Advisor who works with business-owning families on matters pertaining to governance, structure, role clarity, next generation development, generational transitions, and family councils. 

Shelley joined the Aspen Family Business Group in 2018. Until December 2017, she was the Peer Forum Director at the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence (IEE) at the University of Pittsburgh where she has worked since 2000, previously serving as both Education Program Director and Membership Director Shelley continues her affiliation with the IEE as their Family Business Consultant. 

Shelley is the Family Council Chair for ABARTA, Inc., a third and fourth generation family business that owns and operates the tenth largest Coca-Cola distribution company in the United States.  The owning family of ABARTA began its strategic family process in 1990 prior to the leadership and ownership transition from the second to third generation. The family process is currently focused on education and development of the fourth generation. 

She is an independent director for c3controls, a private family business in Beaver, PA; is a former Chair and currently serves on the board of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; and is past Chair and a board member of the Adams Foundation, a family philanthropy Shelley graduated from Cornell University (’83 Linguistics, with Distinction) She holds an advanced certificate in family business advising (ACFBA) from the Family Firm Institute and is an FFI Fellow. 


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