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aronoff_200x300Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and 
Principal Consultant

Contact Craig:

P.  678.277.9865



Co-founder and principal of The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc., Craig Aronoff is a leading consultant, speaker, writer and educator in the family business field.

As the founder of the Cox Family Enterprise Center and current professor emeritus at Kennesaw State University in Marietta, GA, Craig invented and implemented the membership-based, professional-service-provider sponsored Family Business Forum, which has served as a model of family business education for some 150 universities worldwide. Until his retirement in January 2005, he held the Dinos Eminent Scholar Distinguished Chair of Private Enterprise and was a professor of management in Kennesaw State's Coles College of Business.

As a consultant, Craig has worked with hundreds of family companies in the U.S. and abroad on issues including generational transitions, developing business and family governance processes and structures, finding and articulating family missions and value, facilitating decision making and conflict resolution, managerial development, family compensation and dividend policies, family meetings, and more. As an inspiring, informative and entertaining speaker on a variety of family business topics, he speaks regularly to trade and professional groups and has lectured at over 100 universities.

With co-author John L. Ward, Craig is perhaps the most prolific writer in the family business field. He has authored, co-authored or been editor of more than thirty books, including the Family Business Leadership Series and is the founding editor of The Family Business Advisor.

His present and past activities in civic and community organizations include: president of the Family Firm Institute (1992-94), president of the Marietta Kiwanis, vice chairman of the Cobb (County, GA) Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Cobb Transit Advisory Board, member of the Marietta Planning Commission, and president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education.

Craig grew up in a family business. He and his wife Jane live in Marietta, Georgia and are the parents of three grown children and grandparents of three grandchildren.


  • Transition
  • Governance
  • Missions and Values
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership Development


  • Family Firm Institute's Beckhard Award for Outstanding Contributions to Family Business Practice
  • The Freedom Foundation's Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education
  • National Federation of Independent Business Foundation's Outstanding Educator Award
  • The Aronoff Professorship of Family Business at Kennesaw State University is named in his honor

Craig received his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, his Masters from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

Family Business Advisor Articles:

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Blog Posts:

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FB_Succcession_Leadership_Series_Family Business Succession: The Final Test of Greatness
Helps to prepare for passing the family business on to the next generation. Leaders will learn how to create a succession plan; how to develop opportunities for succession candidates; how to build consensus with the family and leaders on succession plans and finally leaders will learn when and how to let go of their own role in the business.

FB_Governance_Family Business Governance: Maximizing Family and Business Potential
Strong family governance can create an environment of smooth decision making, cohesiveness, effective conflict resolution and a directive that moves the business forward. Authors Aronoff and Ward show leaders why a strong governance is critical to taking families from one generation of success to the next.

Family_Meetings_Family Meetings: How to Build a Stronger Family and a Stronger Business
Regular meetings help build a strong family. And a strong family has a much better chance at long term success. In Family Meetings, authors Aronoff and Ward show that holding regular meetings is one of most important ways of ensuring less conflict and more collaboration.

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  • The Chair Forum: Essential Conversations for Family Business Board Leaders


  • Board Engagement: Maximizing Value from Family and Independent Directors


  • Sustaining the Advantages of Family Ownership Across Generations
  • Ten Strategic Questions for the Next Generation
  • Influence of Faith on Family Firms
  • Ownership in the Next Generation
  • Putting Values to Work in Your Family Business
  • Deciding to Join the Family Business

"By encouraging and recognizing those companies which stress family values in business, you have made an important contribution to our society."

Former U.S. Senator, Sam Nunn

"Craig helped us with a range of issues - governance, board and generational transition issues, strategy, and defining and addressing shareholder interests - and was very effective. I doubt you can find anyone better."

Chair and CEO of a sixth generation manufacturing company

"Thank you. You made it possible to aim high and succeed." 

Family Council Chair, 4th generation real estate business

"Having you as a vital part of our kick-off conference at The University of San Diego Family Business Institute was wonderful! Your presence gave us added legitimacy and energy. Your enthusiasm, humor, and warmth gave families attending the comfort level they needed to begin sharing."

Peg Eddy
Principal, Creative Capital Management
San Diego, CA


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