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Dr. John G. Fast

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Organist and Custodian

Phone: (540) ***-****  HQ Phone
Park View Mennonite Church
1600 College Ave.
Harrisonburg , Virginia 22802
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Centre for Family Business at the University of Waterloo


  • B.A.
  • PhD. , Business Ethics
    Boston University
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Web References
Meet the Staff - Park View Mennonite Church, 27 Aug 2015 [cached]
John Fast, organist and custodian
John Fast has been organist at Park View Mennonite Church since 1996. In addition he has been on the custodial staff for a number of years. He has a Master of Music degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and has taught in the music department at Eastern Mennonite University since 1975. Prior to becoming the regular organist at Park View he served as organist for a number of Shenandoah Valley churches. During his years in Harrisonburg he has been an accompanist for several local choral organizations.
Barbara Moyer Lehman is associate pastor of nurture and pastoral care, joining the staff in 2001 after serving 13 and 1/2 years as co-pastor with her husband, John, at the Orrville Mennonite Church in Orrville, Ohio.
John is a chaplain at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community.
Goshen News, Goshen, IN - Guest organist to give recital Sunday, 26 Jan 2007 [cached]
John Fast, assistant professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., will present an organ recital Sunday at 4 p.m. in Rieth Recital Hall, located in Goshen College's Music Center.
In the recital, Fast will perform "Phoenix Processional" by Dan Locklair, Bach's "Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582," "All Creatures of our God and King" by James Woodman, three global songs by John Behnke, the prelude to "Eventide" by Raymond Haan, "Abide with Me" arranged by Robert Hobby and "March on a Theme of Handel" by Alexandre Guilmant.
Fast, a member of the Eastern Mennonite University music faculty since 1975, teaches organ, piano and music theory.He also teaches piano to younger musicians in the preparatory department at EMU.A church musician, he is currently organist and choir director at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg.
As an accompanist, Fast was with the Shenandoah Valley Choral Society and the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir for many years.He is a frequent guest organ accompanist for several choral organizations in the Shenandoah Valley.
Fast is a native of Mountain Lake, Minn., where his keyboard study was with Orlando Schmidt.
The Canadian Amputee Hockey Committee, 11 May 2014 [cached]
Dr. John Fast John Fast is the author of the highly acclaimed "The Family Business Doctor. John is also the founder of The Centre For Family Business at the University of Waterloo and an international expert on family business succession and business transition strategies.
Farm Succession - The web site for farmers in transition, 28 Oct 2002 [cached]
It's not about paying less tax By: John FastFarm Succession - The web site for farmers in transition
By: John Fast
That was the message at the conference from John Fast, Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Family Business at the University of Waterloo (the first of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in North America).
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John Fast,Centre for Family Business
That complexity can lead to a lot of conflict but Fast said if family members first define their overall objectives, the process will be clearer and easier.For families in which religion is important, he's gone as far as to start meetings with a prayer dedicated to harmony, peace and love (or other values the family may have)."That way," said Fast, "if conflict arises, you can go back to the core values so that everybody can get back on track.It's important to have the family create a set of values," from which business discussions can be based.
The "Fast" system for succession planning
Fast has helped hundreds of families over the years using his technique of identifying values first, but he also uses a systematic approach that helps families "ease into" the whole process.
It begins with interviewing all family members separately to assess individual needs and preferences.Then, he brings the family together and tries to make the gathering humourous and fun."Get the real issues on the table as early as possible" he advised.
But families are not always open.Fast cautioned that advisors will run into cases where there has been abuse or mental illness in the family and in such cases it may be necessary to call in a psychologist, counsellor or other appropriate professional."I always have a list of various professionals I can call upon if need be."
In the majority of cases, the most difficult challenge, said Fast, is what he called "founderitis (founder-eye-tis): "This is a new virus I have detected in which the founder of the business cannot let go.It's usually because of fear that someone else might run the business better than they do."But the children taking over the farm are not without their fears as well.
Psychological distance
As much as the owner wants to retain an identity, the children need to have their own sense of independence and identity.
Fast put it this way: "Many of the adult children, aged 18 to 35, feel trapped.Their life task is to become independent but often, just as they get their own home and build their own families, the family farm pulls them back in."
His point?Understand the human dynamics of the family first before offering solutions.And his advice: Encourage clients to be as open as possible.
Fast said many families want a quick resolution but in fact, most succession planning takes two to five years.
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Farm Centre, 1 Dec 2002 [cached]
Dr. John FastExecutive DirectorCentre for Family Business
Dr. Fast is the founder and executive director of The Centre For Family Business at the University of Waterloo.A dynamic speaker and experienced counsellor and career coach, Fast is also president of "Family Enterprise Solutions," a management consulting and training organization, and one of Canada's leading experts on family business.
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