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Dr. Craig E. Aronoff

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Local Address: Marietta, Georgia, United States
The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc.
2835 N. Sheffield Ave Suite 237
Chicago, Illinois 60657
United States

Company Description: We help your family gather information, choose the avenues that will work best, plan a course of action, and implement your chosen strategy. Because we realize that...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Ph.D.
  • Doctorate
    University of Texas at Austin
  • bachelor's degree
    Northwestern University
  • Masters
    University of Pennsylvania
  • bachelor�s degree
    Northwestern University
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Established in 1994, Family Business ..., 22 Mar 2014 [cached]
Established in 1994, Family Business Consulting Group® co-founders Craig E. Aronoff and John L. Ward had worked together on various projects and initiatives since 1975.
Concerned that the rush of people promoting themselves as family business consultants and experts did not always provide the experience, professionalism and integrity that they believed family businesses deserve, Ward and Aronoff sought others who shared their philosophy and who wished to hone their abilities serving business-owning families.
Four other experienced professionals joined the group at the beginning: Joseph Astrachan (who worked with Craig at Kennesaw State University), Drew Mendoza (who worked with John at Loyola University Chicago's Family Business Center), Norbert Schwarz of Chicago (whose experience included banking and being a non-family executive in several family businesses) and Phil Sidwell of Atlanta (an industrial psychologist who had been working with family firms for thirty years).
FBCG acquired Business Owner Resources from John and Craig, renaming the publishing arm Family Enterprise Publishers, a division of the Family Business Consulting Group, Inc.
"You always start a business or ..., 8 Sept 2013 [cached]
"You always start a business or create a partnership with that wonderful sense of optimism and invulnerability, and that's always an illusion, whether you're a spouse or not," says Craig Aronoff, co-chairman of the Family Business Consulting Group and founder-director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.
"The problem in the case of a spouse is the potential emotional boomerang. Usually what happens is, if it doesn't work out, the employee leaves and you never see them again," notes Aronoff.
"In some ways, the problems are more on the side of what it does to the marital relationship than what it does to the business relationship," says Aronoff.
Aronoff suggests you start by taking a hard look at your own motivation for wanting to work together.
"Going in, you've got to make sure you're not following the let's-have-a-baby-to-save-our-marriage model," he warns. "Going into business together to try and save a marriage is, generally speaking, a terrible idea. If you don't have a strong relationship going in, don't do it. It's that simple. It's not therapeutic, it is very stressful, it adds complexity and difficulty to the relationship."
Similarly, Aronoff says it's foolhardy to throw in together just because one of you needs a job or your business needs another employee; the risks far outweigh the rewards.
Aronoff says that's a good way to try on your "business hats."
"Be aware of what hat you're wearing when," he says.
Dr. Craig ..., 2 Aug 2012 [cached]
Dr. Craig Aronoff
Co-founder and principal of The Family Business Consulting Group, Inc., Craig Aronoff is a leading consultant, speaker, writer, and educator in the family business field.
As the founder of the Cox Family Enterprise Center and current professor emeritus at Kennesaw State University in Marietta, GA, Aronoff invented and implemented the membership-based, professional-service-provider sponsored Family Business Forum, which has served as a model of family business education for some 150 universities world-wide. Until his retirement in January 2005, he held the Dinos Eminent Scholar Distinguished Chair of Private Enterprise and was a professor of management in Kennesaw State's Coles College of Business.
As a consultant, Aronoff has worked with hundreds of family companies in the U.S. and abroad on issues including generational transitions, developing business and family governance processes and structures; finding and articulating family missions and value,; facilitating decision making and conflict resolution, managerial development, family compensation and dividend policies; family meetings, and more. As an inspiring, informative and entertaining speaker on a variety of family business topics, he speaks regularly to trade and professional groups and has lectured at over 100 universities.
With co-author John L. Ward, Aronoff is perhaps the most prolific writer in the family business field.
Listed in Who's Who and widely acknowledged for his work in the area of family business, Aronoff has received, among other honors: the Family Firm Institute?s Beckhard Award for Outstanding Contributions to Family Business Practice, The Freedom Foundation's Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, and the National Federation of Independent Business Foundation's Outstanding Educator Award. The Aronoff Professorship of Family Business at Kennesaw State University was named in his honor.
His present and past activities in civic and community organizations include: president of the Family Firm Institute (1992-94), president of the Marietta Kiwanis, vice chairman of the Cobb (County, GA) Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Cobb Transit Advisory Board, member of the Marietta Planning Commission; and president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education.
Aronoff grew up in a family business. He received his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, his Masters from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. The parents of three grown children, Craig and his wife Jane live in Marietta, Georgia.
Ethics Today, Charity Motorcycle Rally Kick-off AAMGA Annual Meeting in Orlando [cached]
It will feature a presentation on "Transitioning the Family Business for Success Across Generations: The Family Challenge," with Craig E. Aronoff, Ph.D., principal of the Family Business Consulting Group.
Two Sunday afternoon sessions begin at 1 p.m. Course three will be "Risk Management Plan," with Mike Jones, president of Mike Jones & Assoc.; and a concurrent session will be on "Family Business Strategic Planning, in which Aronoff will discuss "Transitioning the Family Business for Success Across Generations: Ownership and Financial Challenges."
Our People - Georgia Oak Partners, 24 July 2013 [cached]
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