ABARTA’s family business story began in 1935 and over the last nearly ninety years has included success in multiple industries, ultimately leading to a focus on expanding their core business as a Coca-Cola bottler with 15 locations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. Now in its third and fourth generation of ownership, ABARTA’s commitment to its mission “to Quench the Thirst of our Neighbors” has been supported by effective governance, including the move to a majority independent fiduciary board thirty years ago. In 2023, ABARTA was honored at the 2023 Private Company Governance Summit as one of the Private Company Boards of the Year.

Join us for a conversation with James A. Taylor, chair of the board, and FBCG consultant and board governance expert Rob Sligh, about the way the ABARTA board has supported success over time through best-in-class approaches, including:

  • How the board’s structure began and has evolved over the years,
  • Critical milestones in the company’s history and the board’s role in their achievement,
  • Purposeful support for the next generation as future directors,
  • Use of committees for board efficiency and effectiveness, and
  • Approaches to continued cultivation of the board’s culture of commitment and collaboration across family and independent directors.

ABARTA is a diversified third and fourth-generation family enterprise whose primary business is Coca-Cola distribution in Pennsylvania and parts of Ohio and West Virginia. Providing careers to over 1750 associates across the company, the company also supports family owner involvement through an active Family Council and support of owner education and mentoring.

This one-hour webinar also includes time for Q&A. Can’t make it live? All registrants will receive a link to the recording after the program.