FOX Family Office Design Workshop - November 17-19, 2021

The FOX Family Office Design Workshop will cover basic principles of a well-run family office and provide tools and techniques to professionalize the office. Come and learn the basics or get a refresher on how to improve operations and take your office, or the one you are planning, to the next level. With over 30 years of collective intelligence, FOX will share best practices regarding what steps to take, when to take them, and how to avoid costly mistakes and setbacks.

What to Expect

  • Understand the critical dimensions of a family office.
  • Review the range of services that can be provided by a family office.
  • Explore the talent and team structure needed to run an office.
  • Gain insights into operational challenges and technology solutions.
  • Learn about the cost and complexity of the office and total wealth management.
  • Identify methods for oversight of the family office and measuring performance of the office.

Workshop at a Glance

The workshop includes FOX proprietary concepts and practical solutions as well as incorporates new data from our family office benchmarking survey. The program will be interactive, including presentations, case studies, discussion, and networking with your peers to share individual experiences.

Who Should Attend

Ideal for new family office executives, family members considering starting a family office, or individuals looking to improve operations of an early-stage family office.

 

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REFUND POLICY: For event registrations, refunds of payments will be offered if the cancellation is made in writing to Family Office Exchange at events@familyoffice.com five (5) or more business days prior to the start of the event. For more information regarding administrative policies please contact FOX office at: 312.327.1200.

 

Wednesday, November 17

All times listed are in U.S. Central time.
   
1:00 PM

Introductions and Expectations

   
1:50 PM

Break

   
2:00 PM

Family Office Goals and Roles
Defines and introduces building blocks and sophisticated concepts behind family offices including reasons to form and maintain an office, various types, evolution, functions and purpose, and other attributes of offices. The office’s central role as risk manager and other roles are introduced.

   
2:50 PM

Break

   
3:00 PM

Scope and Services and Service Delivery
Sets forth the universe of services provided by family offices and how they are delivered in a customized and integrated manner to meet the technical requirements of managing a family’s wealth and enhance family meetings, educate the next generation, among other benefits.

   
3:50 PM

Q & A

   
4:00 PM

Day 1 Concludes

   
   

Thursday, November 18

All times listed are in U.S. Central time.
   
10:00 AM

Organization and Team Structure
Introduces the notion that the integrity of the family office staff has the greatest impact on the office’s success. This session examines the roles and responsibilities of staff members, organizational structures, mapping of key skills to services, coordination and oversight of third-party advisors, and compensation.

   
10:50 AM

Break

   
11:00 AM

Technology to Support the Family Office
The Technology of the Family Office is a direct reflection of the family goals, office roles, and scope of services. This session will focus on the architecture of technology that integrates the core aspects of the office and how the overall hub to Technology is the family itself

   
11:50 AM

Q & A

   
12:00 PM

Break

   
1:00 PM

Complexity and Cost of the Family Office
Family offices have a wide range of costs and the important relationship between cost, breadth of service, and complexity will be explored. Total cost of wealth management will also be examined.

   
2:00 PM

Day 2 Concludes

   
   

Friday, November 19

All times listed are in U.S. Central time.
   
10:00 AM

Ownership and Governance
Provides an understanding of family office board structures and functions as well as decision-making processes in family offices, with reference to mission, leadership, and succession. Benefits of governance and appropriate degrees of formality are addressed.

   
10:50 AM

Break

   
11:00 AM

Q & A and Lessons Learned
Learn from real-life examples of families like yours that have built their own family office, why they succeeded and where they struggled.

   
12:00 PM

Break

   
1:00 PM 

Initital Design and Next Steps for Your Office
Through concepts and templates provided to participants during the session, this discussion will focus on strategies for designing and refining your family office.

   
1:50 PM

Final Questions

   
2:00 PM

Day 3 Concludes

   

 

Sara Hamilton
Founder and Board Chair  

Founder and Board Chair of Family Office Exchange (FOX), Sara is a recognized visionary in the private wealth community. While a trust officer at Harris Bank in Chicago in the late 1980s, Sara witnessed the emergence of family wealth management as an industry. Hundreds of U.S. families became centi-millionaires overnight through leveraged buyouts that spawned private financial offices commonly called family offices, to manage family assets and educate wealth owners. Sara was the first professional to recognize family offices as a complex market segment in wealth management.

Sara founded the Family Office Exchange (FOX) in 1989 as a peer network for family office executives. Within 10 years, FOX could see that families needed help with their enterprise vision and managing financial transitions. As a result, FOX evolved into a strategist for family enterprises, a platform for sharing family wealth best practices, and an industry advocate for the importance of private capital in a global economy.

Today, Sara provides strategic direction for FOX and leads the development of new programs and services supporting family enterprises, family office executives and wealth advisory firms in more than 20 countries. She was named one of the Top 50 Women in Wealth Management by Wealth Manager from 2010-2012 and 2019 Outstanding Thought Leader for Wealth Management by Family Wealth Report.

Sara is the co-author of Family Legacy and Leadership: Preserving True Family Wealth in Challenging Times and serves on the executive education faculty of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where she is an adjunct faculty member for their Private Wealth Management course, offered twice per year in Chicago. She is on the founding boards for the Private Directors Association in Chicago and the Foundation for Gender Equality in New York.

FOX has built a unique resource team dedicated to serving multi-generational families, led by 15 technical experts who are supported by a dedicated team of 20 additional employees based in Chicago, New York, and Madrid.
 

Glen W. Johnson
President of Membership 

Glen W. Johnson is President of Membership at Family Office Exchange (FOX). In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the member experience, ensuring that each family member, family office executive, and trusted advisor has an unsurpassed experience partnering with FOX by providing unique industry knowledge and insights coupled with a safe and confidential environment where members can share best practices. In addition, Glen oversees the operations of FOX and is charged with establishing and executing systems to execute FOX’s strategic plan, promoting its vision and service-centric culture, and enabling the FOX team to work together to exceed our member’s expectations.

Glen has over 30 years of experience working with family offices, business owners, and executives, first as an attorney and then as a wealth advisor, eventually founding Mirador Family Wealth Advisors – the multi-family office for Fifth Third Bank. He has worked with business owners and executives across all stages of their business life cycle including business succession.  Glen writes and speaks nationally focusing on family and business governance and the unique challenges faced during the sale and transition of closely held businesses. 

Glen earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and a Juris Doctorate degree from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, MI.
 

Gabrielle (“Gaby”) Griffin
Market Leader, Business Owners and Family Office Executives 

Gaby Griffin is the Market Leader for Business Owners and Family Office Executives at Family Office Exchange (FOX). In her role, Gaby leads the overall Family Office Council experience and manages multiple councils. She provides members the opportunities to learn from and share ideas with highly accomplished and hard-to-find peers in a confidential environment. No matter what hat she’s wearing, her goal is simple – to create value for families by providing objective guidance and timely relevant information in order to make informed decisions. Gaby takes a very personalized approach to her relationship management practice and has built client and advisory relationships that span over two decades. She also serves as a member of the FOX leadership team.     

Ms. Griffin brings 25 years of wealth management, corporate banking, investment, and strategic advisory experience to FOX and its members. Gaby recently joined FOX from Capital Group. Prior to that, she held leadership positions at LaSalle Bank NA advising business owners, their families and family offices, as well as working directly with ultra-high net worth clients as a relationship manager for Abbot Downing.  Gaby has been involved with the FOX community for over 20 years.

Gaby earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She obtained a Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA®) designation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2013. Ms. Griffin is a member of the Chicago Estate Planning Council (CEPC), Women Investment Professionals, 100 Women in Finance, DyMynd Angels, and Urban Land Institute (ULI). Gaby served on the Board of Trustees for Victory Gardens Theater from 2012-2020. Additionally, she has held several other positions in the non-profit sector.  

 

Scott Winget
Enterprise Market Leader 

Scott Winget is the Enterprise Market Leader at Family Office Exchange (FOX). In his role, Scott serves as Co-Chair for Enterprise Councils and Executive Councils, where members can share experiences, ideas and best practices with veteran peers in a confidential environment. Scott also serves as relationship manager for Enterprise Family members, in order to understand their unique needs and provide them with access to important research and objective guidance. He is as a member of the FOX leadership team, helping to develop and execute service strategies designed to meet the needs of his market segment, and also participates in new research and thought leadership meaningful to members. 

Serving families for over 25 years in the areas or family office, wealth management and estate and tax planning, Scott brings significant experience to FOX and its members. Prior to joining FOX, Scott created and led multi-disciplinary and award-winning consulting groups that provided comprehensive family office services at both Cresset and Ascent Private Capital Management. Earlier, he was a senior wealth planner at Wells Fargo Family Wealth (later, Abbot Downing) and began his career as an income tax and estate planning specialist with Arthur Andersen and EY. Scott has participated in the FOX community for over 15 years. 

Scott is a CPA and holds a J.D. from The Ohio State University, where he also earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a dual major in Accounting and Finance. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council, Colorado Society of CPAs and the Colorado Bar Association. He has also held several securities and insurance licenses and served on the board of the Mountain Area Land Trust as Treasurer and head of the Finance Committee among other roles with non-profits. 

 

Kent Lawson 
Director, Technology Integration Services 

Kent Lawson is Director of Technology Integration Services at Family Office Exchange (FOX). With 25 years of experience as a leader in the wealth management industry, and a deep focus in technology for the family office, Kent’s expertise in consulting, project management, analysis, and diligence around technology drives the FOX Technology Marketplace.   

Prior to joining FOX, Kent had an established relationship with FOX as a market leader and as a member. Through his previous role with an enterprise family office and as a contributor to FOX forums, Kent brings over a decade of experience serving at the executive level within a single family office. His expertise in wealth management spans a variety of disciplines, including investment operations, technology, and compliance via working with RIAs, the SEC, and Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS).  He also served as a business analyst and consultant for Advent Software, as COO of a trust company, and other technology solution vendors. Kent also founded an outsource COO firm in the wealth management industry providing strategic leadership as a trusted advisor.   

With a degree in Music Performance from Ball State University, Kent spent his early years performing as a jazz saxophonist and married another musician, which led him to his “day job” within the wealth industry as a part-time file clerk with an RIA. His background in creativity and thinking outside the box provided the foundation needed for designing innovative solutions in business process and technology making him perfectly suited for the family office industry.