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.