Why Compensation for Family Members Should be at Market Value

Why Compensation for Family Members
Should be at Market Value

Family Ink
Summer 1996

by Bernard J. D’Avella, Jr., Esq.

One of the greatest struggles of operating a family business is separating the family from the business.Oh yes, there are many great benefits to having family in the business and to being a family member in a family business, but the most difficult problems result when “family values” and issues take over, leaving business values and needs wanting.There is no greater source for family business problems–nor more fertile ground for their cure–than the family business compensation system.

Starting with the premise that family members’ compensation should be a market value, let us look at the various considerations–often conflicting–in a family business, which will in turn demonstrate that this premise is correct. More…

Credibility for the Family Business

Credibility for the Family Business
Family Business Forum News
by Jim Klaes

“Business is simple,” Tom Monroy told students and others in McNeill Auditorium at UTEP’s College of Business this past June.”We over-think and make it harder than it has to be,” said the Ph.D. from Baldwin-Wallace College.

“I myself learned everything I needed to know from my grandmother, who started our family business,” be said.”It was not until 1943,” he pointed out, “that Harvard Business School taught the first course…ever…in general business management.”

Monroy named six disciplines a company leader must have to establish credibility: discovering personal strengths and weaknesses, appreciating those who do the work and supply the goods, affirming shared values, developing capacity (of the individuals and, therefore, the company), serving a common purpose, and sustaining hope that the shared goals will be achieved. More…