Helping Family Businesses
Prosper Across Generations®


David P. Ransburg, Jr.

Former Senior Consultant

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David Ransburg, a senior consultant with the Family Business Consulting Group, has a rare combination of expertise in both business and psychology. He brings strong relationship skills, deep business knowledge, and broad-based experience in executive assessment, coaching, and group facilitation to his family enterprise engagements.

With over a dozen years of business experience in industries such as real estate, financial services, marketing, and manufacturing, he is adept at strategic as well as financial analysis of business opportunities. Additionally, David has been formally trained in interpersonal relationships and systems theory to motivate individuals, resolve intra-organizational conflict, and build an effective team-oriented organization.

Additionally, David has served on the faculty of Kellogg’s “Leading Family Enterprises” course as well as Loyola University’s Family Business Next Generation Leadership Institute. He was formerly a staff therapist at the renowned Family Institute at Northwestern University.

David recently co-authored the book Human Resources in the Family Business with Wendy Sage-Hayward and Amy M. Schuman. Filled with case studies, frameworks and practical tools, this book shows how HR practices can help family firms achieve their values-driven goals as a family and a business.

His is also a contributor to The Family Business Advisor newsletter and a frequent speaker known for his energetic and engaging style.


  • Communication & Conflict Resolution
  • Next Generation Leadership
  • Executive Coaching
  • Group Facilitation 

David received a BA in Economics from Stanford University, an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University.

Family Business Advisor Articles:

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Blog Posts:

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Other Publications: 

HR_in_the_Family_Business_Cover2Human Resources in the Family Business: Maximizing the Power of Your People
This book will help HR managers and founders/owners develop a formal process within the company and also provide insights from family firms on how to manage sensitive topics ranging from family member compensation; family member appraisal, etc., and serves as a guide to HR managers struggling to get a "seat at the table" in family firms



  • How HR Practices Can Set Family Employees Up for Success
  • The Transition Process: Preparing the Next Generation and Passing the Torch
  • Developing the New Leaders of Your Family Enterprise


  • Managing Conflicts and Enhancing Communication
  • Proven Strategies for Generational Transitions for Family Business
  • Improving Communication Skills (Non-Violent Communication)
  • Tools for Dealing with Communication Gridlock
  • Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • Recruiting and Engaging the Non-Family Manager and Leader
  • Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution in Your Family Business
  • Uncommon Thread of Success in Family Business

"With David's help, our family made significant progress toward successful transition of ownership and management. We couldn't have gotten here without him."

-- 2nd generation owner and board member
of a professional services company

"We all felt that you did a terrific job facilitating our family meeting. Please accept our sincere thanks for your help in making our meeting productive and our weekend fun."

-- John Doyle, 4th generation
President & CEO of Doyle Security Systems © The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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