2012 Retreat Review
Families Speaking to Families:
Transitions in Family Enterprises
Dan Smith, CEO
Hot Dog on a Stick
This year's retreat involved an array of different topics spread across 20 different workshops and seminars. A collection of issues pertinent to closely-held and family businesses were addressed, including: succession planning, managing risk, tax planning, mergers & acquisitions, social media, and many more. In between workshops, there was built in time for networking amongst all the attendees, where valuable introductions and relationships were established.
The weekend culminated in a Gala Dinner with keynote speaker Dan Smith, CEO of Hot Dog on a Stick. Smith spoke to the crowded ballroom about the 20 years since the company transitioned suddenly from a family business to 100% ESOP. Guests were able to see how the company and its strong culture have evolved since the days of their charismatic founder, and the thought process of a CEO trying to grow an already established company into something even bigger and better.