The founders of the family business must impart their vision and leadership to succeeding generations. Preparing those generations for leadership is challenging and encompasses a lifetime. Aronoff and Ward’s strategy for a smooth transition prepares successors for their role in the future of the firm.

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“The ideas and suggestions that I heard John Ward proffer during a seminar, and then later express with Craig Aronoff in Preparing Successors for Leadership channeled our thinking about successors and succession in our third generation and soon-to-be second generation companies into exactly the right directions. Now, our succession plans in both companies are moving smoothly ahead; one is complete and one is in progress. Without the inspirational influence provided by John and Craig it is certain that we would not have carried out our succession planning half as well as we have.” – Barton S. Mitchell, E. Stewart Mitchell, Inc., Baltimore, MD and Superior Paving Corp., Gainesville, VA

“An excellent real life approach on how to pass the torch to the next generation. This series provides the critical questions that all family business owners should consider. Preparing Successors for Leadership is not only a must read for family business owners, but just as importantly for their advisors.” – Louis Tuck, Warren Averett, Kimbrough & Marino, LLC, Birmingham, AL

Preparing Successors for Leadership is an excellent guide to one of the most important issues family businesses face helping successors develop attitudes and abilities that maximize their leadership qualities.” – Doug Brown, CEO, Fresh Products, Inc., Toledo, OH

“Questions of leadership succession are likely to be key strategic concerns for any enterprise going forward. Family owned business bring unique challenges and opportunities in this important question. Preparing Successors for Leadership provides an extremely effective framework for thinking about and assisting family succession issues. It will provide great insight both to family members and other leaders with whom they work.” – Ralph Christensen, Sr. VP, Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO