A retired Senior Advisor of the Family Business Consulting Group, Inc., Norb Schwarz was raised in a family business started by his father and has been working with family businesses for over thirty years. His consulting has focused on estate and financial planning, management, strategic planning, outside boards of directors, and succession planning in multi-generational environments. In addition to his consulting background, Norb has held positions of chairman, chief executive officer, and chief financial officer in a variety of industries including manufacturing, food processing, transportation, agriculture, commercial banking and insurance. His management experience has been in both public and privately held companies ranging from start-up to over $1 billion in sales.
In addition to speaking before executives and professional groups on a variety of business and economic issues, Norb has written articles for Nation's Business, The Journal of Commercial Bank Lending and The Midwest Banker and has been quoted in The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times. Norb is also the author of Family Business by the Numbers: How Financial Statements Impact Your Business.
An MBA graduate in finance of the University of Wisconsin, Norb also completed the Kellogg Graduate School of Management's Executive Program in Strategic Financial Management and the American Bankers Association's graduate schools of banking and international banking. He has been an elected delegate to two White House Conferences on Small Business, has served on the Economic Advisory Committee of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, and currently serves on the boards of several family-owned businesses. He and his wife Carol live in Chicago and have three children and five grandchildren.