Amy Wirtz, CEPA
Areas of Expertise
- Shareholder Relations & Development
- Transition Implementation
- Business Planning Process
- Mediation, Communication & Conflict Resolution
- Ownership 101: Preserving Your Family’s Legacy through Education
- Preparation vs. Separation for the Next Generation
- Who am I: Helping Next Gen Find their Place in the Family Enterprise
- The Generational Push and Pull of Defining Today’s Family
- Changing Disagreement into Dialogue: How to Manage Conflicts and Enhance Communication
Amy Wirtz, CEPA
Amy Wirtz is a consultant with The Family Business Consulting Group specializing in shareholder value enhancement, business planning processes, and transition implementation of management, leadership or ownership of a business. Her passion stems from growing up in her grandparents’ second-generation business, surrounded by the wonderfully complex matters a family business presents.
Amy brings a diverse range of experience to family enterprises by serving in various roles, such as an exit-planning advisor, collaborative lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, lecturer and teacher. Drawing from 25 years as a lawyer, she believes in peaceful resolutions to complex issues by helping families learn new communication skills to resolve family and business matters. While no longer practicing law, today Amy focuses on providing creative solutions to family business engagements and presenting to relevant audiences. She also helps business owners use their advisors as a resource team to create optimal value.
Prior to joining FBCG, Amy had been a certified collaborative lawyer for over 14 years and a mediator for a nine-year period. Both of these certifications require extensive training in interest-based negotiations, listening skills, reframing and alternate dispute resolutions.
Amy has been a member of the North East Ohio Exit Planning Institute since its formation. She is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor and an instructor for the Exit Planning Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Amy serves on the Advisory Board for Newcomer Farms located in Bryan, Ohio.
She frequently speaks on the topic of business succession at conferences including the Jellystone Symposium, Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds National Conference, Carolina Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds Conference, the Ohio Campground Association Conference and the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners Conference. Other speaking engagements include Executive Women in Agriculture, Top Producers Farm Journal and the Ohio State University Extension Woman in Agriculture Conference.
- Bachelor in Secondary Education, Cleveland State Marshall College of Law and the University of Toledo
Amy is married with two children and lives in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. She teaches ethics to family counselors (PhDs, LCSWs, etc.) at Case Western Reserve University and is the Diversion Officer for Bay Village where she works with children who have a first-time brush with the law to avoid a criminal record.