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Helping Family Businesses
Prosper Across Generations®

Drew S. Mendoza

Managing Principal

Contact Drew:

P. 773.604.5005



As managing principal of The Family Business Consulting Group, Drew specializes in assessing the needs of enterprising families having completed thousands of intake assessments since the firm's founding in 1994 and hundreds more before that as the founding director of a leading university based research and learning center for family businesses. His assessment skills provide a unique springboard to the success of the firm's engagements. 

In addition to helping families define their challenges, he also listens for clues about their culture and value system to be sure the solutions provided are a proper fit to the culture, values and their family mission and vision. As the company's chief executive, he oversees strategy as well as the platform which supports the firm's clients and consultants.

He is co-author of Siblings and the Family Business, has appeared on PBS, CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio's Marketplace and has been quoted in the Philadelphia Enquirer, New York Newsday, Chicago Tribune and multiple internet media outlets.  His work has been published in Family Business Magazine, Family Business Review, Family Business Advisor and Trusts and Estates Magazine. He has lectured and delivered workshops internationally to universities, YPO, trade associations and professional service organizations. Drew also provided expert testimony to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on the impact of estate and gift taxes on family firms.

In 2017, Drew received the prestigious Richard Beckhard Practice Award by the Family Firm Institute for his outstanding contributions to the field of family business practice.  He also is a former member of the Family Firm Institute board of directors and past associate editor of the Family Business Review. He served on the trusts and estates advisory board committee of Trusts and Estates Magazine. Before joining FBCG at its launch in 1994, he was the founding director of the Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center.

Drew resides in Chicago with his wife, Eloise, and their two children. 


  • Assessing Family Needs
  • Communication & Conflict Resolution
  • Strategy
  • Leadership & Management
  • Mission, Values & Culture


Winner of the prestigious FFI Richard Beckhard Practice Award for outstanding contributions to the field of family firm consulting.  


A graduate cum laude of the State University of New York at Buffalo, he completed graduate studies at the University of Chicago as well as post graduate executive education studies at Harvard University.  

Family Business Advisor Articles:

Blog Posts:

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Other Publications:

9780230116153Making Sibling Teams Work: The Next Generation
Where a business was once almost invariably handed from father to son, it is now increasingly passed from a founder to a next-generation sibling team. Brothers and sisters own and run businesses together in relationships that can be characterized by strength, joy, love and support or by dysfunction, disharmony and disaster. 

SiblingsSiblings and the Family Business: Making it Work for Business, the Family, and the Future
The family business becomes much more complex as it goes from the founder to next generations. As more family members work together several challenges become apparent and can threaten the business if not addressed. This book shows the family members how to confront the problems and how to create solutions.



  • Family Business Transition
  • Continuity Planning for Your Privately Owned Company
  • Family Business Continuity: How to Overcome Tension & Strategize Family Legacy
  • Wisdoms & Lessons Learned from Multi-Generational Businesses & Asset-Owning Families
  • Business Succession Planning in the Family Context
  • Working in and with a Multi-generational Family Business

“Drew Mendoza’s presentation is by far one of the best most educational event I’ve ever attended in my career working with family businesses.  He absolutely possesses a mastery of the topic of multi-generational family businesses.”

Robert Cherry
Dermody Burke & Brown
NY Family Business Center Program, January 2012

"Drew Mendoza came to Grand Rapids to speak at our 6th Annual Family Business Forum. My expectations for this event were not only met, but very much exceeded! I have never received as many compliments as I did for Drew’s presentation from any of our other quarterly events. Thank you, Drew, for making the Family Business Alliance look really, really good!"

Ellie Frey, Director of the Family Business Alliance
Grand Rapids, MI

"You did another great job at our family business presentation in Las Vegas."

Norman Cohn
Advertising Specialty Institute

"I think Drew did an excellent job both with my family business group and with my advisory board. He put together an excellent program at Loyola. He was a real spark plug for the group."

Joan Gillman, Director
University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Thank you for the great program on 'family business meetings' presented to The University of Akron's Center for Family Business. The group was quite pleased with the content of the program as well as the group interaction that your talk stimulated."

Susan Hanlon, Director
The University of Akron

"Thank you for your personal contribution to the success of the 1999 CALU Annual Meeting. The response from our members has been very, very positive with this year's Annual Meeting setting a new record for attendance. Your participation was a key component in our efforts to provide members with a well-rounded set of presentations and workshops. Thanks to you and your contributions of time and expertise, we succeeded in providing programming that equipped and motivated our members to prepare for the changes and competition in the financial services marketplace."

Ronald L. Hansell, CLU
Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting

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