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The Family Biz Show

Dec 31, 2020

What you will learn: 


This week’s episode is one you won’t want to miss. I have asked Courtney Pullen to join us and work with me and my parents, Marty and Maureen Palumbos – they hesitantly agreed.  My parents and I have massaged and updated their estate plan for several years.  At a high level the plan is for a portion of their estate to be divided among their four kids, a portion to fund a family foundation and then there is a life insurance trust designed to cover the expenses for Palumbos Family Vacation (PFV) for many years after my parents pass.  They have personally funded PFV for over 20 years as a way for the family to be all together for at least one week a year. 


During this year’s family meeting, it became evident that potentially not everyone wanted to continue PFV when my parents are gone – there were over 25 family members in attendance this year.  My parents are curious as to how to figure out what they should do and how do they have the conversation with the family.  They know that without a conversation PFV won’t last.  So, what’s next? 


The idea here is to pull back the curtain and give you a glimpse at what good family coaching looks like.  I am removing myself from the advisory role and Courtney will be facilitating the entire conversation…we will see what happens. 


Since I just learned in our 30-minute pre-show call that my mother isn’t totally happy with their current estate plan, I’m a bit nervous and excited to see where this goes.  Now you know why we are calling this Family “Business” Unscripted.  

This week’s guests: 


Courtney Pullen, M.A. 

President, Pullen Consulting Group* 


Courtney Pullen M.A. is the President of the Pullen Consulting Group.  He has more than 25 years of experience in individual and family coaching, business and management consulting, leadership development, communication and team building. 

Courtney received his graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1983.  He was a Clinical Associate at the School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado at Denver.  Courtney also spent 17 years as a Senior Consultant with Conversant Solutions a Communication and Collaboration Consulting firm to Fortune 100 Companies.  

Courtney has lectured frequently, conducted numerous workshops and been published in the areas of individual and organizational change, behavioral finance, communication and family wealth dynamics.  He is a former contributing editor to the Journal of Financial Planning and the Journal of Practical Estate Planning and is a faculty member of the Sudden Money Institute.  He also holds Fellow status in the Purposeful Planning Institute and is a graduate of the Newfield coaching program.  

He has spoken at regional and national conference of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), Investment Management Consultants Association, (IMCA), and Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), as well as estate planning symposiums and family foundation conferences. 

His primary focus is as a consultant to financial services firms and affluent families.  He recently published, Intentional Wealth: How Families Build Legacies of Stewardship and Financial Health.  He is also on CPWA faculty at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 



*Not affiliated with Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. 


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