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Kent B. Rhodes, Ed.D.

Senior Consultant

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M. 949.422.3762



Senior consultant Kent Rhodes is a leading expert in the field of conflict management in family owned businesses. He brings firsthand experience equipping executives and sibling/cousin management teams with leadership skills that build value, diminish discord and leverage personal capacity for success. He works with some of the most successful family owned companies in the world, helping them plan for change and implement ownership and management continuity strategies.
Kent also maintains a successful executive coaching practice for a variety of privately held and family owned enterprises both domestically and internationally. A politically savvy guide, Kent is an Organizational Development expert who cultivates emotional, social and business intelligence, helping senior-level leaders become more effective. He is lead author of Managing Conflict in the Family Business: Understanding Challenges at the Intersection of Family and Business published by Palgrave-Macmillan.
Kent founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of OnCourse Network, Inc., an Internet Education Company. He negotiated the sale of the company to a Silicon Valley publicly traded corporation and subsequently, served as managing director with that company in San Jose, California until successfully completing its acquisition and integration growth strategies in 2001.
In addition to consulting, Kent serves as core faculty with Pepperdine University’s Doctoral Programs in Organization Leadership and the Master of Science in Organization Development. He served as an Ombudsman for Pepperdine for more than a decade and is a guest lecturer for the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution with the Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, the Institute for Conflict Management with Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee and numerous Family Business Centers across the U.S.
Kent’s business background combines with a unique appreciation of the links between personal development, giving back to the community and fulfillment in life and work. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for several organizations including Shanti OC, an AIDS services organization based in Orange County, California, Lamukani, a community-based organization in Kenya that focuses on sustainable crop and water source development.
Raised in Lubbock, Texas, Kent currently makes his home in Orange County, California. 
  • Communication & Conflict
  • Succession & Contiuity Planning
  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Strategy

Kent is a member of the Academy of Management and The Family Firm Institute.

Kent earned his doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University and a master of education at Texas Tech University in Counseling. 


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51oykYywoCL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Managing Conflict in the Family Business: Understanding Challenges at the Intersection of Family and Business 
Family Business Conflict Archetypes, Frames, Roles, and Tactics are discussed in this book with a view toward educating readers to the common conflict cycles that family businesses encounter. More specifically the book will address twelve conflicts that are common in family owned businesses, how to spot them and how to resolve them.


  • Conflict Resolution: When Do We Negotiate, Mediate, or Celebrate
  • Sibling Revelry
  • Preparing Future Leaders for the Family Enterprise
  • Creating a Sustainable (and Effective!) Family Business Culture
  • Role Transitions: Stepping In, Stepping Up and Stepping Out


  • Training and Development for the Next Generation in the Family Firm
  • Aligned Vision and Planning in the Family Business
  • Financial Management for the Family Office
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Managing Conflict in the Family Business

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