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Garvey Schubert Barer is proud to co-host its 3nd Annual Family and Closely Held Business (FCHB) Summit with Bader Martin, BMO Capital MarketsPillar International Insurance Advisors and Key Private Bank to be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle, Washington.

With the top 50 family-owned businesses in Washington being responsible for more than $9 billion in revenue, these businesses are the economic engine that drives our state and the overall Pacific Northwest.

This year’s Summit will provide an intimate setting for peer-peer networking, engagement with the ecosystem of advisors and presentations from experts and actual family business owners. The half-day event will delve into the most pressing topics surrounding family-owned and closely held businesses via an advisor roundtable, two riveting keynotes and an executive panel.  

Last month on January 24th, 2017, the Puget Sound Business Journal hosted an extremely successful Family Business Symposium, inviting the leaders, employees and partners of businesses in the region that are owned and operated by members of the same family to discuss issues ranging from formal succession planning to the personal insights that come from operating a firm alongside multiple generations of the same family.

Garvey Schubert Barer represents dozens of family businesses and was proud to be a sponsor of the event. We were excited to see hundreds of attendees show up to hear from some of the region’s most successful family businesses.

Garvey Schubert Barer is proud to co-host its 2nd Annual Family and Closely Held Business Summit with USI Kibble & PrenticeBader Martin, and BMO Capital Markets held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Hyatt at Olive 8 in Seattle, Washington.

The Pacific Northwest has the highest concentration of family owned and closely held businesses in the country. Perhaps this is due to the vestiges of the frontier spirit, which is still visible in the culture of entrepreneurship that is characteristic of our region. The Summit will consist of national keynote speakers and top-level family and closely held business advisors, and is geared towards providing actionable, practicable information for family or closely held businesses. It will address the pressing issues impacting these enterprises now and in the future, including the pertinent issues surrounding the outcome of the upcoming presidential election.

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Garvey Schubert Barer and strategic partners Bader Martin, C.O.O. Services, Greene Holcomb Fisher, and USI Kibble & Prentice held the inaugural Family and Closely Held Business Summit at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle on November 5th, 2015. The summit addressed pressing issues that family and closely held business owners face today and will face in the future as they seek to grow sustainably and ensure that businesses remain a positive opportunity for generations.

The summit included presentations from professional advisors within various sectors, such as law, accounting, consulting, investment banking, private equity and insurance, as well as an interactive panel to stimulate ideas and discussion. GSB’s Hal Snow and Rochelle Haller presented on the topic of “Estate Planning for Business Owners – You Made it…Do You Want to Keep It?”, and David Smith presented “Privacy in the World of Hackers: Preventing and Responding to Security Breaches”, as part of the panel discussion on “Cyberattacks on the Rise: How Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Can Manage Risk and Survive a Breach” along with Michael Basilicato from Bader Martin and Scott Summers from USI Kibble & Prentice.

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Other presentations included:

- How to Plan for the Transfer of a Business

- Preserving Value: Tax Considerations in Family Business Transitions

- Business Transitions, M&A, Recapitalizations, and Other Available Transac­tions for Liquidity and Transferring Ownership

- When Legacy Matters — A Succession Plan that Protects a Business

5Cyberattacks on the Rise: How Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Can Manage Risk and Survive a Breach panel

- Security Panel: Protecting Your Business from Cyber Threats

- Cyber Attacks on the Rise: Insurance Perspective and Recommendations

Attendee reaction was very positive, and sentiment indicated that the event should be expanded to include a full day of topics in 2016. The GSB FCHB Practice Group is already working on the next year’s event!

For questions, please contact Hal Snow at 206.816.1418 or hsnow@gsblaw.com, Rochelle Haller at 206.816.1416 or rhaller@gsblaw.com, and David Smith at 206.816.1392 or dsmith@gsblaw.com.

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