Andrew D. Keyt
Andrew Keyt is the Executive Director of the Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center. In addition, he is the President & Founder of a private consulting firm, Keyt Consulting. The Loyola Family Business Center is widely recognized as a leading think tank in issues unique to business owning families. As Executive Director, Keyt has been involved in the center’s research efforts including:
- Emergency Management Transition: How to Prepare
- Family Influences on Strategic Planning
- Non-Family CEO’s and the Family Business
- Family Shareholder buyouts
- The American Family Business Survey
Having served as a manager in two family owned firms, and as member of his own family partnership, Keyt has experienced the challenges of family business firsthand. As a consultant he specializes in dealing with family conflict & communication, working with adult sibling/cousin teams, succession planning, strategic planning, and emergency management transition. A frequent speaker on family business topics, Keyt has spoken for such diverse groups as The Chicago Bar Association, The ABA National Trust School, The Seeley Conference at Cornell University, The Northern Trust Corporation, Harris Bank and The Family Firm Institute. As a leader in the field of family business, Keyt has been published in magazines and journals including Family Business and Family Business Review. Keyt is frequently quoted by news media such as, Chicago Tribune, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, National Public Radio, ABC World News tonight, CNBC.com, Smart Money Magazine, and Business Newsmakers with Jack Taylor.
A cum laude graduate of Kenyon College (B.A.), Keyt completed a Masters in Family Systems Theory from Northwestern University with a concentration on family business. Outside of the family business world, he currently serves on the Alumni Council of Kenyon College. An active volunteer with the Leukemia Society of America, Keyt has completed six marathons while raising money for leukemia research. An avid singer, Mr. Keyt currently performs with the Chicago Choral Ensemble and the Clubhouse Quartet.
Marketing & Programs Director
Erin Kuhn-Krueger has more than 15 years of experience in marketing communications, branding and event planning, with a strong focus on the business-to-business world. With her creative style and detail-oriented mindset, she has directed and implemented comprehensive marketing campaigns, advertising, direct mail, web, public relations and more. Erin has also planned and executed the promotions and logistics for trade shows, educational conferences and seminars, awards competitions and receptions, and gala benefits.
Before joining the Loyola Family Business Center as the Marketing & Programs Director, Erin served as Director of Marketing for the In-Store Marketing Institute and Hoyt Publishing Co. She has also worked with several non-profit organizations, including the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO), and as Communications Manager for Physicians Against Land Mines. Erin earned her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University where she majored in Advertising and Marketing.
Ryan Sinon joined the Family Business Center in 2010 as Operations Assistant. A consummate professional, he is committed to working with the team to deliver the highest level of quality, service and support to the organization and its members. Ryan received his MFA in creative writing and is an adjunct faculty member teaching fiction writing at Columbia College.
Anne K. Smart
Anne Smart serves as the Director of Membership for the Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center. Anne manages the Center's 10 peer groups (along with their respective facilitators) and is responsible for helping create a supportive, confidential community where individuals and families can connect and learn from one another. Her affinity for group management and conflict resolution allows her to effectively communicate with a diverse range of individuals.
Her professional background includes alumni board management and development, fundraising, and financial services marketing. Additionally, Anne consulted for a global talent solutions company that provided career transitions, leadership consulting, and workforce strategies to a variety of clients. Her broad view of group dynamics and effective leadership styles is a result of having worked in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. All of this, along with her own background in family business, led her to pursue peer group facilitation and group process within the family business community.
Anne holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from St. Xavier University with additional coursework in Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University.
Carol Wittmeyer, Ed.D is assisting the Loyola Family Business Center with research and curriculum development projects.
Carol is an assistant professor of management at St. Bonaventure University where she teaches corporate and nonprofit strategy, and family enterprise.
For two years she served as President of the Raymond Family Business Institute, dedicated to serving family business owners. Along with colleagues from the Kauffman Foundation, London Business School, Babson College, and Kennesaw University, she coauthored projects in the 2003 Global Entrepreneur Monitor and the 2003 American Family Business Survey. She has had several family business case studies published and is conducting research on family business philanthropy.
With extensive development experience, Carol is principal of the Meliora Group LLC, a firm devoted to serving leaders passionate for philanthropic success. She has been active in this area for decades and has national clients including colleges and universities, foundations and non-profits.
Carol was awarded the 40 Under 40 Business Leader Award from Buffalo Business First in 2001 for professional and service accomplishments.
Carol earned her doctorate from the University of Rochester where she has endowed a scholarship in honor of a deceased classmate. Her dissertation was: Decision-Making Processes of Private College Trustees. She has served as a visiting research fellow at Babson College, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Rochester.
She earned her MBA specializing in Accounting and her BBA in Accounting from St. Bonaventure. She earned management certificates from Harvard University and Wharton’s Strategic Management Program.
Gary S. Shunk
Gary S. Shunk, MSW, is a Family Business Consultant, Wealth Counselor, Executive Coach and Educator. He speaks and consults nationally to families in business, financial families and the advisors who serve them. His expertise focuses on the family and emotional dynamics that accompany affluence. He has a special interest in serving philanthropic families.
With over 20 years of experience in the fields of social work, psychology, family therapy, addictions treatment, organizational consulting, and leadership development, Gary’s primary mission is helping families create trusting and innovative relationships. He has published articles in Private Wealth Magazine and The Wealth Management Exchange, and been quoted in The New York Times, Private Asset Management, Investment News, ABC News and Radio New Zealand LIVE.
Gary is a certificate holder in Family Business Advising and Family Wealth Advising with the Family Firm Institute. He is a licensed psychotherapist with an MSW from the University of Illinois. He maintains consulting and clinical practices in Chicago.