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Magnus International Group was proud to return as patron sponsor of this month’s Smart Business Family Business Conference at Signature of Solon. The Conference was a networking breakfast and interactive workshop that provided actionable insights for running and transitioning a family enterprise.

The key to successful succession planning for any family business is building – and sticking to – a formula that works. A dynamic lineup of panelists shared real-life examples of what separates success stories from failures, including Hoby Hanna (Howard Hanna), Jeff Heinen (Heinen’s), Mike Malley (Malley’s Chocolates) and Gwenay Reaze-Coniglio (The Coniglio Company). Jodi Berg, president and CEO of Vitamix, was the keynote speaker.

The 2015 Family Business Achievement Awards presented at the event recognize organizations that best demonstrate a strong commitment to both business and family. This year’s winning companies are engaged in innovative practices and strategies designed to enhance the family business dynamic:

Marc Brenner, President & CEO, Ohio Technical College

Walter K. Chapman, CEO & Director, Chapman and Chapman

Umberto P. Fedeli, President & CEO, The Fedeli Group

Fred & Greg Geis, Principals & Co-Owners, Geis Companies

Carol Gilligan, President, Health Aid of Ohio, Inc.

Norm Kotoch, Jr., President, Security Self Storage

Fred Loschiavo, Owner, Loschiavo Restaurant Group, LLC/Antonio’s Real Italian Pizza

Michael Forde Ripich, President & CEO, AT&F

Jim Schultz, Chairman, President & CEO, Great Lakes Integrated

Robert Titmas, CEO, ABCO Fire, LLC

Dr. Kristin Tull, President & Corporate Secretary, PRADCO

Noreen Koppelman-Goldstein, President, Brian Robbins, CEO, Bradley Robbins, Vice President, MidWest Materials