We talk about ‘Best Practices’ with our clients a lot, and one that we believe in strongly is the inclusion of people outside of your daily business who can provide valuable, objective input on the business. This external perspective and wisdom can be of extreme value, and we practice what we preach!
Maddy Corson, the granddaughter of Guy Gannett, founder of the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, and other media outlets, has dedicated her life to serving the Maine community. Maddy’s career has been long and varied, starting as an elementary school teacher and later moving to the boardroom, serving as the chairman at Guy Gannett. “One thing I always say to people is to surround yourself with people who know what they are doing and you will be a success,” Corson says. Maddy has been active with the Institute of Family-Owned Business since its inception. She is also passionate about the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, the oldest children’s theater in the United States.
Jane Hilburt-Davis is an experienced family business consultant and former president of Key Resources, LLC, a Boston-based consulting firm. She is the founding chair of the innovative Certificate for Family Business Advisors, an Family Firm Institute Fellow, president emeritus of the international FFI and served as Academic Director of the FFI/GEN Program. Jane is a past Board member of the Institute of Family Owned Businesses in Maine. Jane is the author of many articles and case studies, and has trained, mentored and coached hundreds of family business advisors. She is senior author of the widely acclaimed book, “Consulting to Family Businesses” (Wiley).