Loyola Family Business Center
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.
New York Times bestselling author Ori Brafman specializes in new ways of looking at businesses. Following his bestsellers Click: The Magic of Instant Connections, The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations, and Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior, his latest book The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness, and Success is an insightful exploration into how organizations can drive growth and profits by allowing continued chaos and disruption to fluorish, generating new ideas that trigger innovation.
Ori Brafman has been a lifelong entrepreneur in business, government, and the nonprofit sector. For the past two years, Brafman has worked closely with perhaps the biggest and most hierarchical organization of them all, the US Army, to develop an innovative training program.
He has presented before audiences on Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Amazon, Televisa, Stanford Business School, Harvard Business School, and many others, and has written for Business Week, the International New York Times, and Fortune magazine. Brafman has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC News, BBC, National Public Radio, Fox News, CSPAN, Fortune, and Fast Company.
Director of Sales and Business Development,
Stephanie Dickson is vice president of business development for McCloud Services, a leading pest management company headquartered in South Elgin, IL that specializes in service for businesses associated with the food supply chain of custody. Stephanie has worked in the pest management industry since 1990. Her background includes technical consulting sales, pest management consulting and implementing technological management tools in the agricultural industry.
In 1994, Stephanie founded, managed, and sold GeoAg-Tech, LLC, an agricultural consulting business, which led her to McCloud Services.
In 1998, Stephanie joined McCloud services as a sales representative. Most recently, she served as director of business development and was promoted to vice president of McCloud Services in 2011.
Stephanie has a bachelor's degree in entomology from Texas A&M University. She is a graduate of the 1997-1998 Kellogg Foundation Leadership Program, a 2011 graduate of the GAP International Executive Challenge Course, and has completed the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, and Executive Program in Strategic Sales Management.
After Market Account Manager,
Paul started his career as auditor at Deloitte in Chicago. In 2012, Paul left Deloitte after six years and began working for his wife's family business, Midtronics, which was founded and continues to be run by his father-in-law. Paul works as the Sales and Marketing Manager for strategic accounts.
Board Member, Little Rapids Corp.
President, Little Rapids Corp.-Egan Family Foundation
Cybelle Egan (G3) is a member of the Egan family, which owns Little Rapids Corporation, a specialty paper business started in 1947. She will join the company board of directors in August 2014 and is currently President of the Little Rapids Corporation-Egan Family Foundation. Previously, she worked for Learjet and Bombardier Aerospace for ten years in the Human Resources Department, including positions in the US and at the headquarters in Montreal, Canada. She has also worked as an HR consultant to Bombardier Recreational Products international division in Europe. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree from the London School of Economics. She has a two-year-old daughter names Eleanor and she and her family live in Tucson, Arizona.
Bailey Egan Cloudman
Little Rapids Corp.
Director of Sales and Marketing,
Wahl Clipper Corp.
After seven years of working in the finance and marketing sectors in Chicagi, Lance Wahl returned to his family business in 2003. He is now the Director of Sales and Marketing for Professional Products--sales to barbers and hair stylists--in North America. He is actively working to cultivate the family business through clipper-cutting education in beauty schools and through their distribution network in North America and beyond. The family business is actively involved in developing new clipper and trimmer technology, and appliances in other beauty realms. Long-standing customer relations include distributors such as Sally Beauty, Cosmoprof, and SalonCentric (Loreal).
Lance Wahl's great-grandfather, Leo J. Wahl, invented the electric hand-held hair clipper in 1919. Wahl Clipper Corp. has a history of innovation and success with their products, and continues to expand and improve their business. The business sells to over 176 countries around the world, and operates a total of eight factories and 21 sales and marketing offices.
Little Rapids Corp.
Chairman and CEO,
Jim James is the Chairman and CEO at IDEAL Industries, Inc. He has 28 years of manufacturing experience across a broad range of industries including metal fabrication, aerospace, chemical adhesives, and building components. Prior to IDEAL, he spent 16 years with Illinois Tool Works (ITW) where he held many positions, ultimately acquiring the position of Group President. During his tenure at ITW he had worldwide responsibilities for the management and coordination of many different business units in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and South Africa.
Jim received an MBA from Georgia State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology (Manufacturing Engineering) from University of Wisconsin--Stout. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Master Chemical, Wall Family Enterprise and Junior Achievement--Chicago.
Jim resides in Hawthorn Woods, IL with his wife and two children.