Family Matters is a publication of the Delaware Valley Family Business Center, February 2021
I am delighted to share and show you our 2 week old grandson, Parker, who joins sister Corbyn! Quality family time is a top priority for me, and I was privileged to spend the last two weeks with them; truly sacred time for which I am deeply grateful.

I’m also delighted to share more about what’s to come this year! Our theme for 2021 is Creating Cultures of Accountability. Our resource book is best-seller The Ideal Team Player, in which our favorite author, Patrick Lencioni, describes the 3 key attributes of team
players - Humble, Hungry and Smart - which drive the highest levels of team accountability and performance.

Through our emerging 2021 Educational Programs you will learn how our Members and other successful family firms are recruiting, selecting and nurturing Ideal Team Members in each of their 5 MOUNTAINS®: Family, Shareholder, Management, Board, Advisors.  And how they are leading, communicating, and adapting while navigating the uncertainties in which we all live. You will also learn best practices and principles from our advisory team and EDU Sponsors.
Our third program on February 25 will focus on the foundation of healthy business families – developing the Family Mountain. If you haven’t already, renew or join our Learning Community today!

Warmly, Sally
We will explore how “Humble, Hungry and Smart” (from The Ideal Team Player) starts at home and hear how successful business families:

  • “Find their voice,” leverage invaluable outside work experience, build self-awareness and self-regulation in powerful family systems;
  • Educate on the 5 MOUNTAINS® and how to navigate them;
  • Understand the freedom of clear expectations in a well-written Family Employment Policy;
  • Approach lifelong learning on the path to Shareholdership;

Join us to hear from:

Forum Webinar
Tuesday, March 23, 11 am - 12:30 pm ET
In partnership with Berks Family Business Alliance.

Family business partnerships are often created from chance (birth), not choice; family business partnerships are often slippery slopes leading into family pain and business disruption. 

Join us to learn from:

  • Steve Essig, G3 President/Shareholder, Essig Plumbing & Heating, Reading, PA. Hear his family's experiences negotiating the twists, turns, and triumphs of their family business journey.

  • Sally Derstine, Managing Partner, DVFBC. Learn healthy principles and practices derived from 30 years' experience working with business families.

Member News
Founding Member Moyer's Chicks Heading in New Direction

Congratulations to the Moyer Family, Moyer’s Chicks, Quakertown, PA, who in December successfully completed the sale of their business to Hoover Hatchery, a third generation family business in Rudd, Iowa. The Moyers - Charter Members of our Learning Community since 1992 - are pleased with their common good decision which will allow family members, employees, and their customers to continue to flourish! 
Excitement at Shady Brook Farm Light Display

The lights spelled out more than Merry Christmas for one happy couple on the display hayride. See the CBS news coverage of the memorable night.

Hankin Group - Top Workplace!

Congratulations to Members Hankin Group for being honored as one of The Top Workplaces of 2020 by The Inquirer! A fantastic achievement; well done.
Team News

Welcome Back Brenda Bishop!

We joyfully welcome Brenda Bishop back to our team, this time part-time! The last few months Brenda welcomed her first granddaughter, Jayla, and helped transition their son and family from Alaska back to our area.

Celebrating Beth and Her New Venture!

We wish Beth Goshow well as she pursues her passion and focuses on an initiative she launched, Daughters Without Mothers. Join us in wishing Beth well after her many contributions to our Center the last 12 years.

From Beth:

"I have developed an 8-week program to learn to live with grief called Permission, and it will start on January 18th. If you are interested, visit Or if you know someone who would benefit from the program, please feel free to share my information with them. I’ve also started groups for Daughters Without Moms on Facebook and Instagram.
I am grateful for how DVFBC and the Family Business Community has provided a supportive and affirming environment to me over the past 12 years. Thank you!"
To stay on top of recent PPP developments, current guidance on loan forgiveness, and preparations for a safe and healthy workforce reentry, continue to check our EDU Sponsor links on our COVID-19 Resource Page for recorded webinars, slides, etc. 
Are You Missing Our Blogs?

We publish topics, advice, and personal stories from our Team, our Learning Community, and our Educational Sponsors. Most recently is an opportunity to get to know Brenda Delp, DVFBC's Client Coordinator. Read "Small Things with Great Love" and don't forget to sign up for our Blog here!

Gratitude to our Sponsors
We are grateful to our EDU Sponsors who share our commitment to education and
provide our member and client families with a wealth of knowledge. Without their generosity and expertise, our events would not be possible.

Our Mission: Flourishing Families & Enterprises

Since 1988, it's been our privilege to guide multi-generation business families through their complex, unique journeys. We have served over 900 business families with our customized, inter-generational, team-building 5 MOUNTAIN® Process. 

We chart the path, teach the principles, develop the people, and guide the process that provides the direction, confidence, and tools to overcome the dangers, beat the odds, and reach the summit for each family member & their enterprises!