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Chair: $3,000.00
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The Chair Forum™

Essential Conversations for Family Business Board Leaders

April 19 - 20, 2018 | Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare

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Meet the Panelists

Our panel of seasoned chairs will share their unique stories and lessons learned as leaders of family business boards. This interactive opportunity offers a chance to dive deeper into real-world cases and apply the new concepts learned during The Chair Forum.


Nancy Goedecke

Nancy Goedecke is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Mayer Electric Supply Company, a whole¬sale distributor of electrical equipment and supplies.  Nancy and Mayer Electric have always been connected through her grandfather, Ben Weil, who founded the business, and her mother and father, Patsy and Charles Collat. Mayer Electric has 54 locations in 11 states, 1,100+ associates, and over $811 million in sales.

In addition to her role at Mayer Electric Supply, Nancy is an active member in the community. She currently serves on the boards of the Alabama Productivity Center, American Red Cross, Birmingham Business Alliance, Birmingham Zoo, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Emmett O’Neal Library, Federal Reserve Bank, Leadership Birmingham, Birmingham Rotary and UAB Leadership Cabinet. In 2015, she served as the first woman in the 93-year history of the United Way of Central Alabama to chair the organization’s annual fundraising campaign.

Nancy also served as Campaign Chair for American Heart Association’s Go Red for Woman. She has served many other local non-profits including, Collat Jewish Family Services, Girl Scouts, Junior League, REV Birmingham, Pathways, YouthServe and YWCA. She has earned several awards and honors including the Momentum Women of Leadership Award, Girls Scouts Women of Distinction Mildred Bell Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award, United Way Outstanding Civic Leader, and Central Alabama Women’s Business Center Alabama Roses Award.


miller_200x300Stephen Miller

Steve Miller is a family business veteran, co-founder of the Family Enterprise Center at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior.  Steve served as the top nonfamily executive for the Vanderbilt/Cecil family-owned Biltmore Company in Asheville, NC. During his 35-year career with the company, Steve played a key leadership role in making Biltmore the most visited historic home in the United States, with over one million visitors each year.

Steve is also president of GenSpan, Inc. in Asheville, NC where he consults on succession planning, leadership development, strategy, and governance for The Biltmore Company and a number of other large family business clients.  He serves on the board of Asheville Savings Bank, a public community bank, and is non-family chairman of the board of Draper & Kramer, a family-owned real-estate development and management firm headquartered in Chicago.  He is past chair of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Mission Hospitals, the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Board, and the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority.

Steve earned his Ph.D. in Management – Designing Sustainable Systems at Case Western Reserve University.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Undergraduate Business Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.  


Trott_Bio_2016Andy Trott

Andy is a seasoned executive with over 35 years of business experience. His experience encompasses roles in finance, accounting, operations, and general management in large public companies such as General Electric, Schneider Electric/Square D and Harris Corporation, then in privately held J. M. Huber Corporation. Industries have ranged from semiconductors, consumer electronics, industrial controls, electrical equipment, forest products, engineered materials and natural resources.

During his tenure with Huber, Andy served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Wood Products’ Sector in Charlotte, NC; Vice President and Corporate Controller at the headquarters in Edison, NJ; President of Huber Engineered Woods in Charlotte, NC; corporate role as Executive Vice-President; then President of Huber Engineered Materials in Atlanta, GA. After 17 years with Huber, Andy retired and now is on three boards of family owned companies: United Conveyor Corporation, EJ Corporation and Huber Engineered Woods LLC.

Andy has a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua Business School. In addition, Andy is a graduate of General Electric’s Financial Management Program and has been a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors since 2007.



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