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Bernard Kliska, Ph.D.

Retired Consultant

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Bernie Kliska is a licensed family therapist and retired Consultant of the Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. Active in his family's 95-year-old plastic and glass container business for 23 years, eventually becoming president and CEO, he has personally experienced many of the joys and problems of family business involvement. He relinquished his position in the company to one of his fourth-generation sons when he returned to consulting, limiting his focus to the challenges of family business.

A member of the American Psychological Association, clinical member of the American Association of Family Therapists and an appointee to the Family Therapy Licensing and Disciplinary Board of the State of Illinois. Kliska is also a member of the Family Firm Institute (FFI), a professional organization dedicated to assisting family firms and family business consultants. His family's company was a founding member of the Family Business Forum at Loyola University Chicago. He is currently Chairman Emeritus at Loyola University Family Business Center at Chicago.

Among Kliska's special areas of concentration are: facilitation in assessing the family's strengths and weaknesses; improving family communication; building harmony and commitment among family members; helping successors to develop their own identities; and resolving issues raised by bringing in non-family managers. His training and expertise have helped him deal effectively with the tension and relationship problems that arise in many family business environments. He also derives meaning in his life as a husband, father, and grandfather.

After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, he attained graduate degrees in counseling and psychology from Stanford University and the University of Florida.


"With pleasure and gratitude I thank you for your excellent presentation at the Chicago Bar Association. Your clear and concise delivery was of great value to conference attendees and will substantially enhance their understanding of strategies for a successful family business."

Chicago Bar Association
Robert Johnson

"Thank you for the presentation you made at the Manufacturing Extension
National Conference. I believe attendees were well served by your insightful
speech concerning the dynamics of family-owned business."

United States Department of Commerce
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Phillip Blacherby, Co-Chairman

"Bravo! Your recent presentation to our members was a huge success. How
you ' let go' and had to adjust to new roles after retiring as CEO of your family business was extremely interesting. As you can see from the evaluation forms, your presentation received high marks."

Debbie Skutch, Director
University of Toledo

"Your presentation on 'Four Keys to Family Business Success' provided a practical roadmap in helping our clients better understand the dual perspective of family and business. Thank you for an excellent program."

Peter Riskind
Northern Trust Bank

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