CASE STUDY: When Married Owners Strategies Differ

Tom wanted to grow the business rapidly with outside investors and Nancy preferred downsizing the business to retain majority ownership and control

The Thompson Companies is a specialty retailer of children toys. Tom and Nancy Thompson founded the business in 2002, together shortly after they were married. The business started out as a hobby, but rode the wave of a strong economy and flourished enough for both of them to leave their full-time careers and dedicate themselves to the new business. As the business grew, both were in agreement on most business issues.

The business came to a crossroad. More…

Turning Sibling Rivalries into a Positive Force for Business Success

Turning Sibling Rivalries into a Positive Force for Business SuccessNortheastern University

Family Business Quarterly

“When sibling relationships are going well, they can be the most wonderful thing in a business. When they are not, they can mean the end of the business.”

That observation by Shari Wyner Narva, a consultant with Genus Resources Inc. of Needham, Massachusetts, wasn’t disputed by any of the sixty or so attendees at a recent session of the Northeastern University Center for Family Business on “How Relatives Relate: Siblings in Business Together.” Narva presided over a panel consisting of two sets of siblings from family businesses: Matthew and Andrew Hayes of Bernett Research Services and John and Brendan McSheffrey of MIJA/Bestek. More…