Family & Closely Held Business Summit 2018

Dan Meyer, publisher of BizTimes Media; Louie Gentine, CEO of Sargento Foods Inc.; and Tom Faley, communications manager at Sargento Foods Inc. and author of "Treated Like Family."

BizTimes Media held its annual Family & Closely Held Business Summit on June 14 at the Italian Community Center in downtown Milwaukee. The event featured keynote speakers Louie Gentine, chief executive officer of Plymouth-based Sargento Foods Inc., and Tom Faley, a longtime Sargento employee and author of “Treated Like Family,” a book about the company’s history and its three generations of family leadership.

The event also included a presentation by Deb Houden, senior consultant for Chicago-based The Family Business Consulting Group. The presentations were followed by three 25-minute roundtable discussions on a wide variety of family business topics, including trust and transparency, innovation, succession planning, managing conflict, preserving the family legacy, and next generation leadership.

Photos by John O'Hara