Webinar | Family Business Boards: Who Should be on Them & Who Shouldn’t

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM CST

02:00 AM - 03:00 AM (Pacific)
03:00 AM - 04:00 PM (Mountain)
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM (Eastern)

Zoom Invitation Will Be Shared the Day of the Event



This interactive event will explore the area of Family Business Board membership. Like most professionally run boards, membership is critical to the success of the organization. Family Businesses are no different. Where it is different, is in the complexity of selecting the right board members and managing the dynamics of the family at the same time. David Karofsky, Principal with The Family Business Consulting Group and Caleb White, Principal with CFAR will run an interactive session exploring these concepts and facilitating breakout groups to dive deep into the world of Family Business Board membership.

Value to Audience

  • What Problems or questions are being solved
    • Who should be members of family business boards
    • Who should not be on family business boards
  • What Goals are Being Met
    • Networking with other PDA Boston members
    • Education of family business boards
  • What Solutions will be discussed
    • Best practices for building family business board member





Caleb White
CFAR, Inc.

Caleb White is a member of CFAR’s Owner-Led business practice and member of its board. Caleb’s work with family businesses is informed by his experience in his 6th generation family business, Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. (EBI) He is particularly attuned to high stakes shareholder issues and complex multi- generational family business dynamics. Prior to joining CFAR, Caleb was CEO of EBI, a privately held portfolio of diversified manufacturing companies, where he furthered expansion and spearheaded nearly ten acquisitions helping transform the portfolio into new areas. Caleb has deep experience with family business boards and currently serving on four: Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc.,The Lee Company, Brokers International and Milton's Distributing. Caleb received his MBA from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and BA from Yale University.


Denise Brookhouse
Koopman Lumber

Denise is currently the CFO of Koopman Lumber in Whitinsville, MA. She graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI where she majored in Accounting. After graduation she worked for Rehmann Robson, a regional accounting firm in Michigan where she earned her CPA certification.  She then worked for Herman Miller in Zeeland, MI in the internal audit division.  She returned to Koopman Lumber in 1996 with her husband who also started working in the business. Denise, her husband, Tony, and her brother, Dirk Koopman, make up the third-generation leadership team at Koopman Lumber.  Denise lives in Whitinsville with her husband and four children. She is a member of the Board of Directors at Unibank for Savings. She also serves on the Board of Trustees and the Finance committee at Milford Regional Hospital.



David Karofsky
The Family Business Consulting Group

David Karofsky is a principal consultant with The Family Business Consulting Group specializing in advising family businesses around the challenges and opportunities inherent to the family business. His client work is focused on building alignment around communication, executing the transition of ownership and leadership, conflict resolution, strategic planning and forming governance structures for family businesses. The recipient of multiple achievement awards, David has been a guest speaker internationally and is co-author of So You’re in the Family Business: A Guide to Sustainability.