Atlanta | Why Would a Family Business Form a Board of Directors?

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Thursday, November 07, 2019
05:30 PM - 08:00 PM EST
The Law Offices of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
20117th Street NW, Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30363



Please join us after-work for a panel conversation about the role of boards in the governance of private and family-owned businesses. The event moderator for the evening, Michael Hollingsworth, office Managing Partner of the Atlanta office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, will guide a panel discussion that explores the merits of establishing a board of directors.





Craig Aronoff
The Family Business Consulting Group

Craig Aronoff is the co-founder and principal of The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc. Craig is a leading consultant, speaker, writer and educator in the family business field. As the founder of the Cox Family Enterprise Center and current professor emeritus at Kennesaw State University in Marietta, GA, Craig invented and implemented the membership-based, professional-service-provider sponsored Family Business Forum, which has served as a model of family business education for some 150 universities worldwide. Until his retirement in January 2005, he held the Dinos Eminent Scholar Distinguished Chair of Private Enterprise and was a professor of management in Kennesaw State's Coles College of Business. With coauthor John L. Ward, Craig is perhaps the most prolific writer in the family business field. He has authored, co-authored or been editor of more than thirty books, including the Family Business Leadership Series and is the founding editor of The Family Business Advisor. His present and past activities in civic and community organizations include: president of the Family Firm Institute (1992-94), president of the Marietta Kiwanis, vice chairman of the Cobb (County, GA) Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Cobb Transit Advisory Board, member of the Marietta Planning Commission, and president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education.


Marisol Angelini
Independent Director
Bush Brothers, The Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors

Marisol Angelini is the former VP of Marketing for The Coca-Cola Company. She currently serves on the board of Bush Brothers, a private company that markets the leading branded beans in the USA. In that role, she has been advising on a total turnaround of the senior leadership team, including the CEO, the digital transformation of the business, and a revamped and innovative product line up to address the disruptive and interdependent changes in consumers, technology, and the retail environment. She is also a Board Member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Atlanta Chapter, where she is actively engaged in the revision of the 3-year strategy and next years’ programming. Marisol belongs to the Endeavor Global Inc. network, consulting with C-Suite leaders of a broad variety of companies across many industries “scaling-up” their businesses globally and serving as an Advisory Board Member for some of them.  Marisol has a solid experience in multiple CPG categories, which she ran while working for P&G in Latin America, getting involved in multiple acquisitions and being instrumental in making these businesses profitable. Marisol holds an MBA degree from Mercer University in Atlanta and a BA degree from Georgia State University and has kept herself current by attending executive business programs at Wharton (Driving Strategic Business), UCLA (The Future of Retail), and Kellogg School of Management (CMO Program, AI & Machine Learning).


Michael Russell
Chief Executive Officer

HJ Russell & Company

Michael Russell, Chief Executive Officer, succeeded his father Herman Russell, who founded H. J. Russell & Company in 1952. A 30-year veteran of the construction and real estate development industry, Michael is responsible for the management, direction and overview of Russell’s operations. His responsibilities include the oversight of projects and monitoring all management activities to ensure that contractual and exceptional customer service obligations are met.   Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Michael spent most of his career with H.J. Russell & Company serving in a variety of executive positions, most recently as Executive Vice President where he was responsible for the management and strategic direction of the construction and program management divisions.  During his tenure, Michael held a variety of positions from Cost Estimator to Project Manager to head of Business Development.  Michael is also Vice Chairman of Concessions International (CI).  CI is a food and beverage operator primarily in leading airports throughout the United States.  CI is currently in eight major airports and operates thirty-six food and beverage concepts.  Michael serves on the boards of the following organizations: Federal Reserve Bank Board of Atlanta, Metro Atlanta Chamber (Executive Committee), Atlanta Committee for Progress Georgia Research Alliance (Board of Directors), University of Virginia Foundation Board Atlanta Rotary Club, and 100 Black Men.


Linda Owens
President & Board Chair
G&L Holdings, Inc. 

Linda Owens is President and Board Co-Chair of G&L Holdings, Inc. G&L Holdings is a 4th generation, professionally managed food company and the parent company of Grain Craft and Southeastern Mills. Grain Craft, the largest independent flour miller in the nation, offers premium bulk and bagged flours for the baking, food service and pizza industries – including custom proprietary blends. Grain Craft has 15 milling facilities spread coast to coast with over 480 employees. Southeastern Mills’ manufactures food products that deliver texture and flavor. The company markets nationally distributed retail brands including Better Than Bouillon, Louisiana Hot Sauce, Southeastern Mills and Shore Lunch. Key foodservice customers include global and regional food manufacturers, restaurants and foodservice distributors. Southeastern Mills operates three manufacturing facilities located in Georgia and Louisiana with 350 employees.  Linda has worked for the family business for over 25 years. She earned her B.S. from Florida State University and is past chair of Darlington School Board of Trustees



Michael Hollingsworth
Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Investment Management Group

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

Michael Hollingsworth is co-head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and the Investment Management Group of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLC. Mr. Hollingsworth focuses on middle-market corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures. He also serves on the firm's Executive Committee, the governing body of seven partners who oversee firm standing committees, strategic initiatives, and firm operations.