The Private Company Governance Summit 2018
Boards & Business Disruption
How private and family businesses build an engaged and effective board of directors to copilot through today’s turbulence, including blockchain, sexual harassment, cybersecurity, the ‘Amazon’ effect, and more.
Learn from directors, business owners, investors and experts who have been there and can guide you on the governance path to success.
Reserve your seat at the governance conference for directors, owners, and advisors of family-owned, closely-held and private-equity owned businesses of all sizes.
Wednesday May 16
- what board structures they choose (advisory or fiduciary, fully or partially independent);
- how they find and compensate directors,
- lessons they learned and how they adjusted to create high-functioning, strategic boards?
Speaker: David W. Henderson, President and CEO, Samaritan Medical Center
5:30-6:30 PM Opening Session
- How do you create the best ABCs—attitude, behavior and candor—within your board?
- How to teach directors about family/private company history, and dynamics to build understanding?
- How do you manage that board most effectively?
6:30 pm-7:15 PM Keynote Interview
Thursday, May 17
The Private Board’s Role in Shaping Corporate Culture
Tone at the top, the culture of management and the culture of the company are all areas where the private company board can and should have significant impact. Successful private boards establish a culture that allows the company to deal successfully with reputational risk, the impact of key social issues, and crises.
• The culture spectrum, from good to toxic, including understanding red flags and warning signs of cultures at risk.
• Organizational metrics and information sources that create a tangible view of corporate culture.
• Leading practices for effective director oversight and committee responsibilities, including supporting tone at the top, establishing clear governance channels and reporting requirements, and guiding the organization’s culture.
Host: Bob Rosone
Presenters: Maureen Bujno and Carey Oven
- Defining board roles: chairman, corporate secretary, lead director, committee chairs
- Engaging private equity and other outside investments
- When to sell all or part of the business
- Cybersecurity Primer for Boards
- Advisory vs Fiduciary Board?
- Planning for the most effective board meeting
- The Board and Succession Planning
- What's Blockchain, and why should I care?
3:00-3:15 PM Networking Break
Friday, May 18
Chairwoman and CEO, C.H. Briggs Co.
Julia H. Klein is Chairwoman and CEO of C.H. Briggs Co., a value-added distributor of specialty building products headquartered in Reading, PA. Past and current Board service includes C.H. Briggs, Hedwin Corporation, Arbill Safety Supply, Reading Health System, Reading Physicians Network, Berks County Community Foundation, and the National Association of Wholesalers. She is a frequent speaker on technology, governance, entrepreneurship, and womenâs issues, has a particular interest in closely held and family enterprises. Julia Klein is a Chairwoman & CEO, Board Director, and leader in the building materials distribution industry. As C.E.O. and Chairwoman of C.H. Briggs Company, she transformed a local business into a super-regional, professionally managed platform company. With expertise in strategy, governance, mergers and acquisitions, technology and supply chain solutions, and the residential and commercial construction industries, Ms. Klein has led C.H. Briggs for over 20 years. The Company is one of the nationâs largest independently owned distributors of specialty building materials. Customers include manufacturers, architects and designers of specialty interior products. Ms. Klein has successfully integrated 6 acquisitions expanding the C.H. Briggs footprint throughout the Middle Atlantic and Southeast. Strategic use of new technology has established the companyâs reputation as an innovator and Ms. Kleinâs reputation as a thought leader in the industry. Over the last 20 years Briggs has achieved top quartile performance in its segment, and is among the nationâs top 100 women-owned businesses. She has served as C.E.O. and Chairwoman of C.H. Briggs since 2007. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of Hedwin Corporation in Baltimore, Reading Physician Partners, the Reading Health System, Springboard Enterprises, Arzu Studio Hope, the Advisory Board of Modern Distribution Management, and is Co-Chair of the Committee of 200 Northeast Region. Most recently, Ms. Klein was elected to The College of Woosterâs Board of Trustees. She is a former member of the Advisory Boards of Quaker Maid Meats, Inc. and Arbill Industries, Inc. She and C.H. Briggs have received numerous industry and community awards. Ms. Klein was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year AwardsÂ© in Greater Philadelphia, and was honored with the Junior Achievement Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame Award, the Athena Award, and as a Distinguished Girl Scout Alumna by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. She also received the SmartCEO magazine Brava Award and Best Managed Companies in Philadelphia. Ms. Klein is actively involved in numerous professional organizations. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the NAW (National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors) Institute for Distribution Excellence, the Board of Directors of the North American Building Materials Distribution Association, and the Cabinet Industry Distribution Association, which she helped establish. She is a member of Women Corporate Directors, World Presidentsâ Organization (WPO) and a former member of the Young Presidentsâ Organization (YPO); she is also a member of the Committee of 200, an international organization of women entrepreneurs, executives, and board members. She was a member of the Board of the Berks County Community Foundation for 11 years, served as Chairwoman and continues as a member of its Governance Committee. Ms. Klein served on the Governance Committee of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and was a founding member of BEP. She earned a M.A. in Public Policy as an Urban Scholars Fellow at the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Ms. Klein and her husband have a college-aged son and live in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Director, Chair, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc.
Timothy E. Ellsworth joined EBI as a summer employee in 1968 and is a permanent employee in 1976. After various executive roles at EBI’s Darworth Company, Ensign-Bickford Optics, Corporate Development and Corporate Research units, Mr. Ellsworth formed and led Ensign-Bickford Coatings Company and was CEO of Advanced Glass Treatment Systems (AGTS). In 1994, he resigned from the Company, acquired AGTS from EBI and joined the EBI Board of Directors as a fifth generation family member and successor to his father, John E. Ellsworth, former President and Chairman. Mr. Ellsworth serves on the Audit and Proxy Committees and formerly chaired the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. In addition to his Board work for EBI, Tim is CEO of The Peak Experience, LLC, a real estate investment company, and participates on various other corporate and non-profit boards. He is also a former member of the Simsbury Economic Development Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. Ellsworth holds a BFA degree from St. Lawrence University and completed his MFA and MBA degrees at R.I.T.
President and CEO, Samaritan Medical Center
Located in the heart of our nation’s capital, The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center is a vibrant hotel that captures the city’s dynamic spirit. The hotel has recently completed a multimillion-dollar transformation that has included dramatically-redesigned accommodations; public areas, including the lobby and a new 24-hour fitness center; meeting venues; and Fringetree, the new signature restaurant. The 406 newly-transformed guest rooms and suites are designed with your comfort in mind. Sleep well in the Heavenly® Bed and refresh in the Heavenly® Bath. Mini-refrigerators and 50-inch LCD flat screen TVs add a touch of aesthetic functionality. Every room also offers wireless High Speed Internet Access and 24-hour room service. Reenergize in the all-new 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, featuring state-of-the-art weight machines, free weights, and cardio equipment. Blending modern design with healthful menu offerings, Fringetree is an innovative restaurant and lounge that provides the ideal atmosphere for a delectable meal or handcrafted cocktail. Fringetree’s grab-and-go counter serves Starbucks® coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and light fare. The Westin Washington D.C. City Center’s central location makes it easy to appreciate the world-renowned buildings and historical monuments found throughout the city. The hotel is served by two metro stations: McPherson Square on the Blue/Orange lines and Farragut North on the Red line. The Washington Convention Center is just five blocks east, and the White House is five blocks south. Shops, restaurants, and nightclubs are just four blocks west on Connecticut Avenue.
A limited number of rooms are available at a special conference group rate of $299 per night which includes complimentary guest room internet, plus taxes which are presently 14.5% and subject to change. Reservations must be made prior to the cut-off date of Tuesday, April 25, 2018. Reservations may be made online here.
Reservations may also be made by calling 1-888-627-9035 and reference “Directors and Boards”
The hotel is located close to three airports: Reagan National Airport, 4 miles; Dulles International Airport, 27 miles; and Baltimore Washington International Airport, 32 miles.