CMA provides this radio show to help family businesses be better families and family businesses.
Tune in to KMOX 1120 AM “The Business of Family Business” at 3pm on Saturdays to hear some of St. Louis’s top family business leaders tell their stories about running a family business. It’s a great way to learn from the experience of others.
Explore past broadcasts
September 8, 2018- Tom and Kim Kutis of Kutis Funeral Homes
September 1, 2018- Jamie Richardson of White Castle Part 2
August 25, 2018- Jamie Richardson of White Castle Part 1
August 18, 2018- Pat and Ron of the O.K. Hatchery
August 4, 2018- Shane Grasser of Grasser Electric
Shane Grasser, Generation 2 CEO of Grasser Electric, describes how the stock moved from his father (G1) to his father’s three children (G2), and how Shane purchased the stock from his siblings. Shane’s story is a great success for those who don’t want to complete a college education.
June 30, 2018- Diane Butrus of Diba Imports
Listen to Diane Butrus, CEO if Diba Imports, describe how her father founded the business later in life and how she uniquely entered the business. Also listen to how the business has helped the G2 siblings become closer.
May 12, 2018- Karen O’Connor of O’Connor Insurance
Karen O’Connor, CEO of O’Connor Insurance, describes how she entered the business, was challenged to become her father’s successor, and the surprising leadership transition plan from her father to her, plus the niche served that has helped the business succeed.
February 24, 2018- Kory and Gnatt Miller of Winco Windows
Kory Miller and CEO Gnatt Miller of Winco Windows describe how a son-in-law was in and out of the business until the CEO passed unexpectedly. (Part two of two)
February 17, 2018- Kory and Gnatt Miller of Winco Windows
Kory Miller and CEO Gnatt Miller of Winco Windows describe how a son-in-law was in and out of the business until the CEO passed unexpectedly. (Part one of two)
February 3, 2018- Bill Frisella and Sarah King of Metro Lighting
Bill Frisella and Sarah King of Metro Lighting discuss this family business and the potential future of the business without a family member CEO.
January 27, 2018- Trey and Keith Kriegshauser of Kriegshauser Brothers Funeral Service
Trey and Keith Kriegshauser of Kriegshauser Brothers Funeral Services describe the family’s decades-long experience in the industry, their exit and then the re-entry into the industry in a new and different way by three brothers of one branch of the family tree.
January 20, 2018- Mark Waldman, from Laurie’s Shoes
Mark Waldman, CEO of Laurie’s Shoes, describes the founding, growth and success of this shoe retailer in a very competitive industry. Learn how the family works together and learn the uniqueness of their headquarters facility.
December 2, 2017- Tom and Abby Niebling, from Niebling Auto Repair
Tom and Abby Niebling, father and daughter duo of Niebling Auto Repair, discuss the founding of this business in the 1890s as a wagon canopy finisher and its evolution to an automotive repair business today, including the spinoff of its body repair business.
November 26, 2017- Bob McArthur, from Johnny Macs
Bob McArthur, President and CEO of Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods, talks about changes in ownership, the role of President/CEO and changes in the business. Johnny Mac’s is an iconic brand for St. Louis area youth involved in sports.
November 18, 2017- Don Eisenberg and Jessica Phillips, from The Exercise Coach in St. Louis, Part Two
Don Eisenberg and Jessica Phillips of The Exercise Coach in St. Louis, father and daughter, continue their story (Episode 2).
November 11, 2017- Don Eisenberg and Jessica Phillips, from The Exercise Coach in St. Louis, Part One
Don Eisenberg and Jessica Phillips of The Exercise Coach in St. Louis, father and daughter, describe their experience in the family’s legacy business and how/why they started their own new family business (Episode 1).
November 4, 2017- Gary Jaffe, from St. Louis-based GL group, parent company of Booksource
Gary Jaffe, President of St. Louis-based GL group, parent company of Booksource, describes how the family has managed differing interests among the siblings at his generation and how the business has grown and thrived after his father purchased the business.
October 28, 2017- Brad Sowers, from Jim Butler Chevrolet
Brad Sowers, CEO of Jim Butler Chevrolet and a G3 son-in-law, describes how he came to be the CEO of the business and how he has built the company into a St. Louis powerhouse.
October 21, 2017- Thomas Wall, from Mitchell Wall Architecture
Thomas Wall, CEO of Mitchell Wall Architecture, describes how he was pulled back to the family business and how the business survived and then thrived after the passing of his father.
October 14, 2017- Chuck and Keith Poettker, from Poettker Construction
Chuck and Keith Poettker of Poettker Construction, father/founder and son/President, discuss how all four members of G2 came into the business and how they have worked together to build and grow the business.
October 7, 2017- Rich Gau, from John Henry Foster Company
Rich Gau, President and CEO of the John Henry Foster Company, the largest, full-service pneumatic and hydraulic equipment distributor in the Midwest, discusses the generational transition of John Henry Foster and the creation of an ESOP by his father.
September 23, 2017 – Tom Thiel, from Chesterfield Fence & Deck
Tom Theil describes how he, as a son-in-law, became the leader of the business at G2 and how the business coped with the flood of 1993.
September 9, 2017 – Jim and Ed Wulkopf, from Beckner Painting & Contracting
Ed and Jim (G1 and G2 respectively) discuss the generational transition where there are two lines of business and two siblings in the next generation.
August 26, 2017 – Justin Woodard, from Woodard Cleaning and Restoration Services
Justin talks about his experiences taking over the family business on short notice.
August 12, 2017 – Tom Phillips, from Weekends Only Furniture Outlet, Part Two
Tom Phillips describes how he and his brothers reconciled their differences after directly competing against each other for several years. Duck blinds and shotguns might be involved!
August 5, 2017 – Tom Phillips from Weekends Only Furniture Outlet, Part One
Tom Phillips, of Weekends Only Furniture Outlet, describes the history of the family business across three generations and the split that happened in G3 when two brothers competed directly with two other brothers.
July 25, 2017 – Jason Shupp, from Ferguson Roofing
Jason Shupp describes how the family business moved to his father, a son-in-law of the founder, and then to Jason and his brother. The difficult roles for Jason and his brother are key, as is the role of a board in the generational transition.
July 11, 2017 – Walter Knoll, from Walter Knoll Florist
Walter Knoll describes the founding of the business in 1883 and traces its evolution to G5, which currently leads the business. Walter also describes how his business is growing in a shrinking industry.