Jean Meeks-Koch, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant
P: 843-729-2039

Areas of Expertise

  • Family Governance
  • Organization Structure & Design
  • Succession & Continuity
  • Leadership & Next Generation Development
  • Strategic Planning & Implementation
  • Strategic Talent Management & Human Resources


Jean Meeks-Koch, Ph.D.

Jean is a senior consultant of The Family Business Consulting Group specializing in advising family enterprises facing significant organizational transitions. She has extensive experience in large-scale change management initiatives, organizational systems and restructuring. She also helps family businesses with leadership and team cohesiveness development, executive coaching, psychometric personality and competency assessments, and leadership curriculum design and implementation in various modalities.

As a recognized expert in organization structure and behavioral dynamics, Jean is uniquely positioned to help clients select strategic change initiatives that match their unique organizational characteristics. Jean collaborates with families to look beyond the immediate pressing issues and look out into the next generational horizon. She uses solution-focused design thinking to solve complex problems and find desirable solutions. This way of thinking helps families build consensus and create solutions in a more collaborative and strategically viable way.

Her heart is firmly planted in what breathes life into family-business: family, legacy and sustainability. With a vigilant eye on this triple-bottom line, Jean combines her financial acumen, organization structure and human systems capabilities to manage the human dynamics of change. 

Jean’s post-doctoral research focused on building strength-based teams. Realizing that as humans we strive for successful human relationships, Jean has taken this into the family enterprise through her work in building cohesive teams. Cohesive teamwork helps family members navigate the complexities of trust, healthy discourse, commitment and accountability. This ultimately results in reaching aspirational goals — and having fun doing it!

Before her move to South Carolina, Jean held a non-tenured joint appointment at the University of Oregon and Oregon State and was actively involved in the Austin Family Business Center. She is a long-standing member of the Family Firm Institute and has presented at the 2012 and 2016 International Conference.


  • Society of Human Resources, SHRM-SCP
  • Everything DiSC Behavioral Assessment Suite
  • 5 Behaviors of Cohesive Teams Assessment
  • PXT Select Performance Models
  • OSI Polaris Competency Model
  • Family Firm Institute – Advanced Certification in Family Business Advising – ACFBA


  • Ph.D. in Organization Systems and Behaviors, Saybrook University
  • Masters in Accountancy, Southern Utah University
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Southern Utah University


Jean is an active advocate for mental health matters and supports the end of mental health stigma. Mental health stigma prevents individuals from successfully seeking the help and support they need to leave a healthy life free from addictions.

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