Family Business Advising
Vision, Mission, Council
Karen Kehr’s background includes over 25 years experience with diverse clientele from corporate executives to self-employed entrepreneurs. Her passion is to help individuals, families, and family businesses thrive. Working together with Chuck Bower, her business partner, Karen helps family businesses create and implement a game plan that reflects what they want to contribute, and how it will make a difference for future generations.
She has developed next-generation family business leaders and prepared them for the challenges of running their companies in over 20 family businesses. She has assisted in the creation of exit plans for family business clients; helping retiring business owners and executives leave their organizations and perpetuate their vision and values to their successors.
She has formed Family Councils and helped family businesses establish meaningful guidelines and resolve differences.
Please contact Karen Kehr at 574-596-3058 for more details.
We are excited to announce our next event will be on September 20th, 2016. This event will focus on the topic of business succession, with a presentation by guest speaker Barbara Dartt. There will also be a breakfast buffet. We look forward to seeing you at this event! Please visit the event page to register.
Thank you all for attending our Family Business Luncheon in April! It was informative to listen to and discuss different experiences within the world of family business. We shared resources and created contacts outside of our own network.
11/6/15: Karen attended the Family Business Transitions West Conference in Newport Beach, California, November 4 to 6, 2015. The Transitions conference is sponsored by the Family Business Magazine, and featured speakers, educational sessions and roundtables by notable family business leaders and experts from around the U.S.
About Karen Kehr:
Karen Kehr has over 25 years of experience with diverse clientele, from corporate executives to self-employed entrepreneurs. She transforms organizations, improving their talent management through coaching, family business planning, leadership development, and strategic planning. Across her career, Karen has created innovative new training delivery systems that improved quality and customer satisfaction while reducing turnover.
Karen has earned a Certificate in Family Business Advising, is a frequent speaker for Renaissance Executive Forums, and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She holds a graduate degree in counseling and human services and a degree in education. Karen is certified in Profiles International’s assessment tools and Target Training International’s assessment tools and organizational Stages of Growth programs.
"I have seen how the complexities of family members in business together can negatively affect the family, the business, or both. With 2 married sons in our 3rd generation family business, I want to avoid those potential problems. Karen Kehr has helped us to create our Family Business Council. Now we have a forum to deal with the family business issues. Karen has helped us to communicate better, and deal with the issues as we continue to build our business. The investment that we’re making is definitely worth it."
Jeff New, President, Mid-City Supply Co., Inc.Company Name: Mid-City Supply Co., Inc.Designation: President
"I have worked with Karen Kehr and Hawthorne Services for the past 5 plus years. We utilized her in a wide range of activities dealing with strategic planning, professional development, employee DISC assessments, and family business transitions. We have focused on my professional development through individual coaching sessions. Karen’s coaching sessions have improved my overall confidence and employee accountability. While working with Karen I have greatly benefited from different perspectives and information to make good business decisions."
B.J. Bonin, Vice President, Bertrand Products Inc.Company Name: Bertrand Products, Inc.Designation: Vice President
"Karen & Chuck, I wanted to reach out to you and thank you for the great experience Wiers has had working with you on the following projects with the Wiers Senior Leadership Team and Departmental Leaders: Employee development through individual coaching, assessments of style and behavior, and supervisory training; Hiring support utilizing best practices and hiring assessments; Turnover and retention analysis resulting in cultural and systems changes; and Succession planning and development of family business concepts with 3rd generation family members. Thank you so much for your advice and help. Sincerely, Tom Wiers"
Tom Wiers, President, Wiers International, Inc.Company Name: Wiers International, Inc.Designation: President"Our company engaged Hawthorne Services to facilitate a critical family business discussion amongst the multiple owners. This was a very delicate situation that required innate knowledge of the individual personalities and styles. Effective facilitation of this discussion made the process proceed very smoothly and efficiently. Without such help, this discussion could have taken much longer than needed without a detailed plan of action or results."
Dan Adams, VP & Owner, Manufacturing Technology, Inc.Company Name: Manufacturing Technology, Inc.Designation: VP & Owner