The Evolution of Our Growing Firm

  • 1988

    Henry Landes launches consulting practice which evolves into 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.

    In 1988, Henry founds the Delaware Valley Family Business Center, including the formation of Time Out, a peer group for presidents of family firms.

  • 1989

    Henry launches and leads multiple CEO Peer Groups.

    Henry joins Family Firm Institute (FFI), a global network of thought leaders in the family enterprise field.

  • 1992

    Sally (Landis) Derstine joins to launch the Forum, a Learning Community serving diverse, multi-generational families in the tri-state area.

    Sally grew up in a family business founded by her grandparents in 1920. Gra-Brams Meats, Inc., was a second-generation sibling partnership that included her father.  

  • 1994

    Sally joins The Family Firm Institute, Inc.

  • 1996

    Henry establishes The Summit Group, a peer learning laboratory for leading national family business advisors.

  • 2000

    Sally helps create a new model of team-based consulting to address complexities of business families.

  • 2002

    Sally becomes Forum Director.

    Rising Generation Leadership Labs (Peer Groups) are formed to accelerate the development of Rising Generation leaders.

  • 2007

    Henry purchases and renovates a house which becomes our new family-friendly office in Telford.

  • 2008

    Beth Goshow joins our team to serve as Member Support.

  • 2008

    Henry promotes Sally to Managing Director as he prepares to transition the firm to the Rising 2nd Generation.

  • 2009

    Chari Buongiovanni joins our team to serve as Financial Controller.

  • 2010

    Sally creates the 5 MOUNTAIN™ Process, which becomes the organizing framework of our educational , peer group and consulting work.

    Sally and Henry are founding members of the Kaleo Network of Family Business Advisors. “Kaleo”, Greek for “calling,” is a national collaboration of premier advisors to families-in-business and families of wealth.

  • 2012

    Sally becomes an equity partner in the firm, another step in the intergenerational transition.

  • 2013

    Henry, Sally, and Scott Hackman engage in an “intergenerational” planning process supported by outside advisors.

  • 2014

    Brenda Bishop joins our team to serve as Client Support.

  • 2014

    Henry transfers full ownership. Sally becomes majority shareholder and continues as the Managing Partner.

  • 2015

    Jared Byas joins the consultation team and chairs our Leading Generation Lab and a Rising Generation Lab.

  • 2015

    Sally is awarded Fellow status with the Family Firm Institute, recognized for her ongoing expertise and commitment to the field of family enterprise.

  • 2016

    Sally’s article, Navigating Change in Family Business, was published in The Practitioner, a publication of the Family Firm Institute.

  • 2017

    Trina Stutzman joins our consultation team and chairs our Women in Family Business Lab with Beth.

  • 2017

    Jared joins Sally as Partner.

  • 2018

    Celebrating 30 years of learning with and serving hundreds of business families as they climb their Mountains.

    Remember: Progress not Perfection!