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Thank you to our
Berks FBA Sponsors


  Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys

  First Priority Bank
  Fraser Advanced
      Information Systems
  Mosteller & Associates

  Canteen of Berks County
  Dolan Construction
  Paul W. Essig
  Hitchcock Clean & Restore
  The Loomis Company
  R.M. Palmer Company
  Redner's Markets, Inc.
  The Standard Group
  VA Productions
 • Looking Forward to the 2018-2019 Program Year!
 • A Recap: Summer Symposium with the Gulati Family – Success & Succession
 • -Peer Discussion Groups – Join One Today!
 • Subject Matter Experts
Looking Forward to the 2018-2019 Program Year!

Speaking of next year, we have already begun to plan our calendar for 2018- 2019. For our Fall Forum launch we have great news & want to introduce…

Brad Szollose! Brad is a TEDX Speaker, international bestselling author, international management consultant, and the foremost expert on Cross-Generational Leadership Development. As a Web Pioneer, Brad co-founded K2 Design, Inc., the first dot-com agency to go public on Nasdaq.

Mr. Szollose has been featured in Forbes, New York Magazine, Inc., Advertising Age, and The International Business Times to name a few. Companies like MasterCard Worldwide, Allstate, Liquidnet and Tony Robbin's Research have engaged Brad for workshops, webinars and keynotes showing their people managers how to ignite the power of a new type of workforce.

YES, through an amazing opportunity, the Berks Family Business Alliance will host Brad Szollose on November 8th, 2018 at the Doubletree Hotel for a breakfast forum. Mark your calendar to hear this International Speaker and Author! See his website here for some of his great videos & podcasts as a teaser to what's to come! Much more to come as be bring Berks Szollose to Berks County!

Here's to a wonderful Summer!

A Recap: Summer Symposium with the Gulati Family – Success & Succession

The Gulati Family Entrepenuerial Story of Success & Succession

Over 80 were in attendance to hear the Gulati story from Jack with sons Michael and Chuck. Ray Melcher facilitated the conversation. Both sons explained how they came to oversee their portion of the family collection of businesses while Jack offered a presentation on his views on leadership and succession planning. There were a lot of laughs and excellent feedback from the event. Thank you to the Gulati family for joining us, and hosting us, at Stokesay Castle!

Thank you as well to Berks FBA sponsors Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys, RKL and First National Bank for joining us with a table!

Peer Discussion Groups – Join One Today!

Confidential, non-competitive, professionally led, peer discussion groups give you the opportunity to meet and solve the challenges of running a family enterprise in very competitive, disruptive times. For over three years, Berks FBA has hosted these discussions, which are facilitated by professionals in the field. Participants' experience has confirmed what research has shown for years: these peer groups provide family businesses with an edge.

"The FBA peer group has become an invaluable tool in my development as a family business leader, employer and person. It provides honest and confidential discussion that I find relevant not only for my particular family business, but rather for all business. The camaraderie, intelligence and wisdom of the group is unparalleled. There is something to be gained from each session."
-  Mike Duddy WORLD Electronics

We allow only one participant per group from each industry segment in order to avoid competitive concerns. To promote camaraderie and trust, enrollment is designed for a designated individual (not meant for a company to send different people at different times). Enrollment is limited to Chamber members. Peer groups meet a minimum of 8-10 times per year and the annual participation fee is $400. For more information or to register, contact Karen Marsdale, 610.898.7772.

Subject Matter Experts

Meet a few of our experts who are here to ASSIST you with issues that are CRITICAL TO YOUR BUSINESS SUCCESS! These professionals can offer up to two hours of one-on-one consultation at your office or their location. Contact us to get in touch with an expert TODAY!

Individual Sales & Office Technology Solutions


Tom Lodato
Reading Branch Sales Manager
Fraser Advanced Information Systems

Life Insurance & Financial Planning


B. Douglas Trainer, LUTCF
Investment Counselor
BB&T Investment Services, Inc.

Mergers & Acquisitions


Barbara H. Pattison
Senior Vice President


Ryan P. Hurst, ASA
Business Consulting Services Group, RKL

In addition to working in an ever-changing business climate, family-owned companies face a host of unique challenges that often complicate the day-to-day running of the business. Berks Family Business Alliance (FBA) was created to address these pressing issues, helping businesses to find solutions to the complex issues that families working together often struggle to overcome. GRCA strives to provide programming that is beneficial to our members. We hope you will take advantage of all the opportunities FBA has to offer!

Greater Reading Chamber Alliance
Tel: 610.376.6766
606 Court Street, Reading PA 19601
Fax: 610.376.4135
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