Helping Family Businesses
Prosper Across Generations®


Stephen L. McClure, Ph.D.

Principal Consultant

Contact Stephen:

P. 208.342.7775
M. 208.908.3172 



Steve is a principal consultant of The Family Business Consulting Group specializing in making family owned a competitive advantage. In doing so, he assists with family communications and decision making, succession planning and implementation, and governance and management in family firms. 

His work often involves family and non-family employee teamwork, implementing advisory boards or boards of directors, family councils, successor development and management practices, such as compensation and strategic planning, tailored to family firms. His clients are primarily in North America and include financial services, manufacturing, philanthropic, distribution, construction, retail, agricultural, textile services and professional services (i.e., family offices and trust companies); all operated or owned by families.

Steve has taught business continuity planning and family business management and governance to retail networks of international manufacturers, clients of law practices, international trade groups, business advisors, and to the members and owners of family businesses, both domestically and internationally.  He is an innovator in providing unique services to private businesses and his articles on consulting methods appear in three volumes of collected works. 

He is co-author of books on family business succession, family councils, compensation and working in a family business. He is regularly quoted in media and a frequent speaker on family business topics.


  • Succession & Continuity Planning
  • Family & Corporate Governance
  • Multi-generational continuity
  • Family employment and careers
  • Sibling partnerships and cousin generation success
  • Family constitutions and protocols
  • Shareholder, family, management and board alignment

Honors and Memberships

  • Active member of the Family Firm Institute and serves as a mentor to consultants entering the field.
  • Winner of the prestigious Beckhard award for outstanding contributions to the field of family firm consulting.  

Steve earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Purdue University.

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FB_Succcession_Leadership_Series_Family Business Succession: The Final Test of Greatness
Helps to prepare for passing the family business on to the next generation. Leaders will learn how to create a succession plan; how to develop opportunities for succession candidates; how to build consensus with the family and leaders on succession plans and finally leaders will learn when and how to let go of their own role in the business.

Family_Council_HandbookThe Family Council Handbook: How to Create, Run, and Maintain a Successful Family Business Council
A Family Council oversees a family on everything from educating the family for their future responsibilities as owners, to settling disputes within the family. With this in mind, this practical manual will guide business families on how to manage how their family governs itself and relates to their business.

working_for_a_FB_Working for a Family Business: A Non-Family Employee's Guide to Success
Eckrich and McClure provide a greater understanding of what a family business really is and how they differ from other companies and work environments. Designed to provide insight into the family and its behavior and to integrate the non-family employee into its unique structure.

FB_compensation_Family Business Compensation
Compensation is one of the most discussed items in business. And in a family business it gets personal. Authors Aronoff, McClure and Ward answer the some of the most important questions when it comes to the family what is fair pay among family members? How do I determine appropriate pay for my child? What should I pay my shareholders?


  • How to Manage Change in Your Enterprising Family
  • Find and Keep the Best Independent Directors for Your Family Business
  • Leadership Models for Family Business: Determining the Right Model for Your Business
  • Family Councils: Providing Structure for Family Business Continuity
  • Foundations of Successful Transition: Family Governance, Culture and Communication


  • Family Employment and Family Compensation Agreements
  • Performance Management of Family Employees
  • Running a High Functioning Family Council
  • Getting Compensation Right in Family Firms © The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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