Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Story of a Family Business CEO Transitioning:

Philip A. Clemens, Chairman and CEO of the Clemens Family Corporation

As the Clemens Family Corporation moves into the seventh generation of ownership, the family has a goal of continuing to build the family legacy that started in 1895 by John C. Clemens. Phil Clemens stated the key to their owners’ satisfaction is the functioning and nurturing of what they call their “Trust Triangle.” This ‘Trust Triangle’ is comprised of the Owner’s Advisory Council, the Independent Board of Directors, and the Management team operating their businesses. Clemens stated the unique relationship of these three groups is built on Core Values the Clemens family has adopted for the family and the business. The Core Values of Integrity - doing what I say I will do; Ethics - doing the right thing; and Stewardship - building a foundation for the future.

What are the hidden issues in developing the next generation for leadership?

How do you choose a successor when the family has over 500 members?

How do we keep the family & the business intact through the transition?

Phil has spent his entire working career with the family business. He began working in the legacy business, Hatfield Quality Meats, on a part time basis while going to school. He began his full-time
career in 1967 while attending Peirce College. His career has allowed him to work in all areas of the business. He began on the clean-up crew and worked his way to be the CEO of the Company. He began both the Data Processing and Human Resource Departments. He spent 20 years of his career in Human Resources and 7 years as CEO and President of the legacy business. The Corporation has annual sales of $750 million, employs about 2,200 people, and markets products all over the US with a concentration in the northeast part of the US.

Active in his community and other organizations, Phil serves on many non-profit boards and on the boards of several family owned businesses.

Phil is a national and international speaker on family business issue and has a passion to teach leadership skills to next generations.

Join The Network of Family Businesses for a virtual educational Webinar on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time, with Phil Clemens.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

For Immediate Release


Aaron Moyer Joins SKM Associates, LLC

            SKM Associates, LLC is pleased to announce that Aaron Moyer has joined its team. 

Prior to joining SKM Associates, Aaron practiced employment law at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In his practice, Aaron counseled employers on a variety of employment matters – such as issues with individual employees, policies and practices, handbooks, severance agreements, employment agreements, wage and hour issues – and defended employers in litigation brought by former and current employees under various federal, state, and local laws.  His work in these areas includes experience in federal court, state court, the EEOC, and other federal, state and local agencies, as well as the investigation of such claims.  Aaron has extensive experience enforcing and defending non-compete  and restrictive covenant agreements.  He has worked on teams with corporate lawyers and other specialists providing due diligence and labor and employment advice for mergers and acquisitions.  Aaron has also provided a broad range of pro bono legal counsel to recently started non-profit organizations in Philadelphia. 

Aaron earned his B.S. in Business Management from Grove City College and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.  While in law school, Aaron was a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review and the Vanderbilt Moot Court Board, and he graduated Order of the Coif.

Aaron is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, especially with his wife and three daughters. 

            For more information, or to discuss how SKM Associates may be able to serve your organization, SKM Associates can be reached at, or 215-256-5997.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Talkin' 'Bout My G-G-Generation

Generations Working Together in the Family Enterprise

If you got the reference in the title to the famous song by The Who, you were likely a Baby Boomer in your teens or early twenties when the album (and The Who) made its debut. Possibly you are a Gen X-er exposed to the album a decade or so later. Maybe even a Gen Y/Millenial riding the recent wave of retro rock popularity.

For the first time in the history of humans, it is quite common for 4 generations of family members to be alive at the same time. This creates challenges and opportunities for enterprising families.

This webinar will present:

An overview of the 4 generations (Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y/Millenials), their life experiences and the characteristics of their members.

How to handle the challenges and face the opportunities presented by these diverse groups owning and managing together.

Simple and effective best practices for enterprising families working together across generations.

Read the October White Paper and join The Network of Family Businesses for a virtual educational Webinar on Thursday, October 24th 2013 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time, with Jeff Savlov.

Jeff Savlov is a principal at Blum & Savlov, LLP, a consulting firm serving family businesses, high net-worth families, family offices and their advisors with a focus on balancing family dynamics with ownership and management of shared assets across generations. - See more at:

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