South Jersey family business leaders to discuss strategies, leadership in forum at Rowan

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High-profile young leaders of family businesses in South Jersey will explore the transitions and transformations they've experienced during "Strategic Issues in Family Business" at Rowan University.

What does it take to maintain—and grow—a family business? And how do family business owners honor their founders’ legacies even as their business models evolve in our ever-changing world?

Those are some of the topics that will be at the forefront as the Entrepreneurs Forum of South Jersey (EFNSJ) presents “Strategic Issues in Family Business” on Friday, Feb. 21, at 8 a.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center at Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro.

Tickets for the event are $10 and can be reserved at http://efsnj-feb2014.eventbrite.com.

Featuring high-profile young leaders of family businesses in South Jersey, the forum will explore the transitions and transformations experienced by local business leaders and also will discuss best practices to lead changes on legacy family enterprises.

The forum is co-sponsored by Rowan University’s Rohrer College of Business and the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce.

Anthony K. Bellia, president of Bellia Work+Space Professionals, will moderate the panel, which also will include: Ed Hutchinson, president of Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling; Mike Regina, co-founder of Big Sky Enterprises, LLC; and Ray Rastelli III, vice president of Rastelli Direct.

Bellia is the third generation to work in his family’s regional, Woodbury-based company, while Hutchinson manages the entire commercial division of the company, expanding it into new sectors of industry.

For Big Sky, a leading commercial real estate development, financing and design-build firm, Regina strategizes, oversees and performs multiple mission critical initiatives for the company. Rastelli’s work with the Rastelli Foods Group began at age 15. Since then, he has risen through the ranks, holding every position in the company as it has grown.

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