DC Family Business Forum

About DC Family Business Forum

The mission of the DC Family Business Forum is to promote and foster the growth and ongoing success of family businesses through learning, sharing and creating effective solutions regarding the critical issues and challenges confronting family businesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Presentations and seminars are supported entirely by multi-disciplinary sponsors who are involved in working with family businesses as part of their routine practice.

Attendance to lectures and presentations sponsored by the DC Family Business Forum is offered by invitation only to a limited number of family-owned businesses. Participation in activities is restricted to invitees and sponsors. An invitation is extended by sponsors to family businesses who have the ability to benefit from and participate in the lecture series. Invited businesses will generally have a family member with controlling interest in the business and at least one family member currently employed in the business.


Baker Tilly short bio
Cardinal Bank short bio
Greenberg, Wexler & Eig, LLC short bio
J.P. Morgan short bio
Reed Smith short bio

John Kane

A disconnect exists between the optimistic belief of today’s family business owners and the reality of the challenges family companies face to survive through the generations. Where and why does it go wrong?

John Kane, previous owner of The Kane Co., will walk attendees through a variety of factors that play into why family business don’t survive, with the number one leading causes being lack of communication, followed by liquidity issues and absent preplanning on the owners’ part.