How and why has the Bergey family been able to work with each other and steward enterprises together for almost 100 years when most family businesses don’t make it through the second generation? What sets them apart?
The Bergey Family has been guided by the “Golden Rule” core value for generations. When Norman and Bessie Bergey went into business in 1924, they modeled a home and work lifestyle of “treating others the way we want to be treated.”
Like all of our families, the Bergeys have experienced personal, family, and business wins and losses, progress, and pain. And they’ve listened and learned. And prepared and planned. And had the courage and compassion to attend to the foundational work of multi-generational success – leaning into the crucial family business conversations with open hearts and minds and taking intentional steps forward.
With more than 30 family members out of over 1,050 team members employed in the Bergey Family Corporation, – an auto, truck and tire company – and more than 20 family shareholders, the Bergeys have been on a purposeful path as a family and in business.
Join us for dinner around the table on November 14 to learn from G3, G4 and G5 family members and non-family managers. They will share their stories and learnings on their continuing journey including:
• The values and vision that drive them
• Their family governance work including principles, practices and policies they are creating to strengthen family and shareholder muscle
• The teams and structures they are building including their independent Board of Directors
Bring your family members who are employed and not employed in the family business, including teenagers, as well as non-family key managers, to learn together about one family’s multi-generational journey of stewardship. It will be an evening of connecting, learning, and inspiration.