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Joe Schmieder

schmieder_200x300Joe Schmieder

Principal Consultant

Contact Joe:

P. 616.288.6026
M. 616.299.0340



Joe is a principal consultant of The Family Business Consulting Group assisting family-owned organizations increase their value through the careful guidance of family succession and the resolution of complex family business issues. He is a strong advocate for incorporating innovation into family businesses, blending family and non-family execs into effective leadership teams, developing next-generation leaders, creating effective governance structures and facilitating family meetings. 

He is the author of the book Innovation in the Family Business: Succeeding through Generations and numerous family business articles. He presents family business topics around the world, including FBCG's annual program for board leaders: The Chair Forum. 

Prior to joining FBCG, Joe spent over 25 years leading multi-generation family businesses as a non-family executive. He served as chief operating officer for Custer Workplace Interiors, an office furniture dealer with exclusive territory rights for Steelcase products. Joe successfully guided the family-owned dealership through the industry’s most severe downturn, working with the founder and his three sons, adjusting the organization, and diversifying product and service offerings to remain profitable and rebound with 20% growth.

He also served as divisional president at Oliver Products Company, a 114-year-old family business serving the medical, food and graphics markets. He was responsible for the global performance of the largest business unit and reported to the second-generation family chairman while leading the third generation in their career development. Under Joe's leadership, the blended team of family and non-family executives achieved significant international results in both operational improvements and profitable business growth which helped to unify the family business.

In addition to his consulting practice, Joe serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame teaching Family Business Strategy courses. Joe serves on a number of family business and community boards, including: Burke E. Porter (chair), Custer Workplace Interiors, Via Design (treasurer), The Mayline Group, EJ, YPO-WPO, St. Mary’s Foundation and JDRF. 


  • Succession & Continuity Planning
  • Strategic Business Planning
  • Next Generation Leadership Developmnet
  • Family & Business Governance

Joe earned his Masters of International Management degree from Thunderbird Global School of International Management and a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University.

Family Business Advisor Articles:

Blog Posts:

Other Publications:

Innovation_BookInnovation in the Family Business: Succeeding Through Generations
Schmieder shares a broad range of tools and pathways that family businesses across sectors use to stimulate, execute, measure, and reward innovation. The 50-plus family stories cited in this book will inspire any family enterprise to create a strategy and environment that can stimulate success for many generations to come.


  • The Chair Forum: Essential Conversations for Family Business Leaders


  • Driving Innovation in the Family Business



  • Leadership & Ownership Transition
  • Should I Go into The Family Business?
  • Succession: Growth and Sustainability
  • Innovation in the Family Business
  • What Legacy Are You Leaving Behind?

“Joe is experienced, knowledgeable and dynamic.…a pleasure for me to not only listen to his presentation, but also swap ideas in the airport.”

Rich Carrigan, President
United Displaycraft

“The Leadership/Ownership Program really worked well as all the participants were greatly engaged in the session.”

Virginia (Ginny) DeRoze
Director of Education and Training
Truckload Carriers Association

“Joe has been facilitating our strategic planning process for three years, and now facilitates our family meeting. He is really good at helping guide us through a balanced approach to both entities.” 

Tim Schad, Chairman
Nucraft Furniture Company

“Joe Schmieder was very good at going from the introduction into the body of the presentation. Joe had all the tables and attendees contributing throughout the program. There was so much interaction and energy we had to make adjustments but Joe got it all done and on time and delivered all of his content. We had founding members present that have been active here for 15 years who have had a lot of education in the family business area and they all stayed to the end of the program.”

Patrice Persico
Family Business Forum at King’s College

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