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2018 Mid-Year Conference

Thursday, November 8 - Friday, November 9


AFHE is hosting its 2018 Mid-Year Conference & Membership Meeting in Atlanta, GA.  This year's educational content will be filled with stimulating and enlightening sessions presented by some of the most knowledgeable speakers in their fields.  This year's conference will feature Eric Allyn, Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Welch Allyn, Inc., as our keynote speaker.  

Mid-Year Conference Agenda



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Thursday, November 8, 2018

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. AFHE Strategic Planning Session (Board Members Only)

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. High Museum Tour (Optional/Additional Fees apply)

5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Opening Dinner at The Woodruff Arts Center (Included in registration fee)

Friday, November 9, 2018

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. “Transforming Your Life, and Everything You Touch”
Presented by Don Scott

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. “How Four Families Achieved Success Working with Family Enterprise Advisors”
Presented by Christopher McKenna

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. “Building Sustainability: A Bright Future for Family Businesses”
Presented by Jeff Ahola

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Family Firm Institute & Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises Updates

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. “Selling the Family Business...When You Don't Want to Sell the Family Business”
Presented by Eric Allyn

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Closing Reception at The Lawyers Club of Atlanta 

Hotel Location


Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
75 Fourteeth Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Please call the hotel directly at 404-253-3853 and mention "Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises" when making your reservations.  Room rates are $250 per night.  Deadline for hotel reservations is October 19, 2018.

Meeting Location


Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
Promenade, Suite 3100
1230 Peachtree Street N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309

Keynote Presentation


The Case of Welch Allyn, Inc. - 100 Year-Old Privately Held Global Medical Device Company

"Selling the Family Business...When You Don't Want to Sell the Family Business"

Presented by
Eric Allyn
Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of 
Welch Allyn, Inc.

For four generations, Welch Allyn, Inc. was a medical device manufacturer. It was a public company that employed some 2,800 people world-wide, and whose products were found in virtually every hospital and medical office in the United States. Welch Allyn was acquired by Hill-Rom, a larger Public company, in 2015.

Eric Allyn began his Welch Allyn career as an employee in 1982, working in a variety of positions including sales, marketing, business development and leading the Company's operations in foreign countries. In 2010 he joined Welch Allyn's Board of Directors, ultimately serving as Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Family's Voting Trust, until the Company's acquisition by Hill-Rom in 2015.

Outside of Welch Allyn, Eric serves on the Board of Directors of GOJO (makers of Purell), Pharma Tech Industries, Eagle Dream Health, and several smaller private companies. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Auburn Community Hospital (past Chairman),The Hospital Trustees of New York State (Chairman), The Gifford Foundation, (Investment Committee Chairman), and The Allyn Family Foundation (Investment Committee Chairman). He is past board member at Hand-Held Products, Eagle Dream Health, NYS Business Council, Family Firm Institute (FFI) and Family Enterprise USA (FEA USA). In addition, he is an LP Advisor to Armory Square Ventures, and is Founder and Managing Partner of two private Investment Funds. Eric is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on the topics of governance, family enterprises, and investment management.

Eric holds a bachelor's degree Dartmouth College, and earned his MBA from University of Virginia (Darden School). He lives in Skaneateles, NY.

Optional Activity (Thursday)


Before the conference, attendees are invited to register for a docent-guided tour at Atlanta's High Museum.  The High Museum of Art is the Southeast’s leading art museum and home to a renowned collection of historical and contemporary art, special exhibitions, and celebrated architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano.


The tour will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 8th.  Cost is $15 per person.  

The Mid-Year Conference Opening Dinner is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. at the Woodruff Arts Center, which is located within the High Museum.  

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