A Family Business Advising Family Businesses

 For Business Families in the journey to build their Family’s Legacy

Our Services

Succession and Transition Planning: Successful family businesses clearly define, a timeline, expectations,  who is responsible for what, and who is responsible for sustaining the family business and the famiy legacy with accountability.


  •       Professional establishment of an advisory board:Take the guess-work out of creating an advisory board.  Forget the countless hours trying in vain to identify (and then recruit and then figure out how to pay) the right board members.  We will provide the structure and the professionals for a focused, effective advisory board, and we implement the process for you.


  • Leadership Development and Management Planning: We support family businesses to help build and maintain a robust entrepreneurial climate with both family and non-family.


  • Family Renewal and Education: We take a holistice approach with Family Businesses helping them understand they are more than the sum of their parts, and they exhibit unique behavior as a whole rather than the singular behavior of the Family system, the Business system, and the Ownership system.
  • Communication and Conflict Management: Family dynamics are complex and there is no one size fits all solution. Our facilitation helps build appropriate structures and guidelines that provide platforms to facilitate transparent dialogue and sustainability of the family buisness.
  • Coaching the Rising Generation: Building a Family Legacy requires determining what will be passed to the next generation, it is more than just financial resources.  


SKM Associates

SKM Associates Family Business Consultants exists to serve and assist family businesses as they build and preserve their family legacies.  We work with family enterprises and closely held businesses on issues such as succession planning, communication, board and family business structure development, family meetings, professional coaching and development, education, and business strategy

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Invaluable Advice

The Challenge.  Leadership is lonely.  Navigating the organization from where you are to where you want to be is hard.  Knowing where exactly you should be going can be even harder.  Large, publicly traded companies have the benefits of expensive, fiduciary boards providing oversight, expertise, and feedback.  Well-funded start-ups and VC- and PE-backed operating companies have private boards with experts helping leadership guide the organization.  Many leaders at family businesses and closely held organizations, however, are starving for input from others with outside experience and expertise, with fresh ideas for their organizations.  Even the best leaders, leaders who have great vision and skill, are sharpened by the feedback of other experienced leaders. 

What growing organizations and leaders need is an efficient team of strategic experts who are committed to the organization and its leaders.  They need a team of highly qualified leaders providing honest feedback, offering outside perspective, and helping leaders navigate the way forward.

SKM Associates offers a full service professional advisory board solution..  We do the work of advisory board creation and implementation, and you focus on using the strengths of a healthy board to drive your organization forward.  We work with you to compile a multi-disciplinary team of experienced professionals as an advisory board that is tailored to work for you.  You get access to the same expertise as larger companies, at an accessible cost, tailored to your organization, and committed to your success. 

Your advisory board comes to you with, among other benefits, quarterly meetings, monthly reviews, support in monitoring key performance indicators, connections to additional resources and new networks, and more. 

What is holding you back from the invaluable advice that will help you drive your organization to continued success? 


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20 Questions: Practical Checklists For Business Families

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"From his years of experience both working in family businesses and consulting to family businesses, Steve has a wealth of practical wisdom and insight to share. May the treasure trove of practical suggestions, which he and Aaron share in this book, bless your family and its business."
           Melissa Mitchell-Blitch, MS, MA; 
           Family Business and Executive Coach; 
           Founder of Eredita, LLC
"The authors use a series of very perceptive questions to tease out the differing views of members of a family business and also clearly explain the purpose of these questions. I would highly recommend this book to the leaders and members of all  family businesses."
          Frederick D . Lipman, author of The Family Business Guide (Palgrave Macmillan 2010)