Marc Silverman

President, Strategic Initiatives Inc.

Dr. Marc A. Silverman has consulted to family businesses from startup to multi-nationals, from first through fifth generations and from 3 to over 100 family shareholders. He specializes in working with complex family systems of over 25 family shareholders and particularly in integrating the needs of different generations into clear succession and governance structures. Most of his clients have over 4000 employees. A frequent seminar leader, he has conducted over 100 workshops and seminars in over 14 countries including such organizations as YPO, Heckerling Institute, Financial Planners Association, Society for Trusts and Estate Planners. He has published over thirty articles on such topics as Succession Planning, Family Governance and Offices, Family Business as well as in Communication, Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Resolution. He works primarily as a Family Business Consultant and Coach to national and multi-national family businesses. He specializes with issues of succession, developing corporate and family governance structures, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution processes and family wealth preservation. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Business at Florida International University and has worked as a columnist for “Dinero” and other business publications. An early member of this relatively new field, Dr. Silverman is considered a pioneer in the field of Family Business particularly in Latin America and has been granted “Fellow” status by the Family Firm Institute. He has also been given the Richard Beckhard award for outstanding contribution to the field of Organization Development internationally. He has worked with dozens of families in various countries including several well-known family dynasties. Dr. Silverman received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration, his master’s degree in Family Systems and his Ph.D. in Organization Development specializing in Family Business from American Commonwealth University. He brings over 25 years of experience in Family Business Consultation specializing in areas of Emotional Intelligence in Family Business, Conflict Resolution Between Family Shareholders, Succession Planning, Board Development and Corporate and Family Governance. His work includes the development of Emotional Intelligence in Family Businesses, Family Business Assessment Tools, effective Boards of Directors, Family Councils and Family Constitutions and Protocols. He has served on the Board of Advisors to Association of Organization Development of Latin America, Treasurer of Psychodynamics of Family Business and as President of the International Organization Development Association for nine years.

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