Our mission is for business families to flourish as individuals, families, and enterprises.
Since 1988 when Henry Landes founded our Center, we have considered it a special privilege to guide business families through the incredible natural complexity they face as they yearn for family harmony and business sustainability. Using our intergenerational, team-building process, we begin with educating business families. We then help them step into delicate conversations, understand their many options, and consider implications.
We passionately collaborate together to build individual and team muscle, develop structures and policies that are in alignment with their values and goals, forge commitments, and implement decisions which transform family relationships, align shareholder teams, and build sustainable enterprises.
Our Guiding Values
Let us help you succeed to the next generation.
Less than 15% of family businesses successfully transition to the third generation of ownership, even though they account for almost 80% of companies worldwide.
Henry Landes starts Delaware Valley Family Business Center.
He grew up in a thriving second-generation family business started by his grandparents in 1929. I.T. Landes continued to grow through 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation ownership. In the 5th generation, the family elected to create an ESOP.
Sally (Landis) Derstine joins Henry to launch the Forum, a family business Learning Community serving diverse, multi-generational families throughout the tri-state area.
Sally and Henry join The Family Firm Institute, Inc., an international association of professionals serving enterprising families.
Henry establishes The Summit Group of leading national family business advisors.
Sally and Henry develop a new model of team-based consulting.
Henry serves as contributing editor of Family Business magazine, a leading international resource, until 2012.
Peer Groups are formed to accelerate the development of Rising Generation leaders.
Henry promotes Sally to Managing Director as he prepares to transition to the next generation.
Sally creates the 5 MOUNTAIN™ Process, which is the foundation of our educational, peer group, and consulting work.
Henry invites Sally to join him as a partner, another step in the intergenerational transition.
Henry, Sally, and Scott Hackman engage in an “intergenerational” planning process supported by outside advisors.
Henry transfers full ownership. Sally becomes majority shareholder and continues as the Managing Partner.
Sally’s article, Navigating Change in Family Business, was published in The Practitioner, a publication of the Family Firm Institute.
Celebrating 30 years of success serving hundreds of business families!