Family Business Boards: Who Should Be On Them & Who Shouldn’t

What Every Family Business Owner Should Know!

Event 12 Overview



Tuesday Sept. 29, 2020|  5:00 pm | EDT


Web Interactive Connect with Computer and Camera


Member:            Complimentary

Non-Member:   $30


Hear the Secrets, Stories, & Best Practices from Three (3) Board Directors, Family Business and Governance Experts.  Prepare to Ask the Experts Your Theories or Questions!


Who Is This For?

  • Board Directors & Chairs
  • Emerging Board Directors
  • ESOP Executives and Leaders
  • Family Office Professionals
  • Family Board Members
  • PE/VC Operators
  • CEO’s and Owners
  • C-Suite Executives
  • Shareholder Representatives
  • Financial Service Providers 
  • Lenders

What Will You Hear?

We will explore the area of Family Business Board membership. Like most professionally run boards, membership is critical to the success of the organization. Family Businesses are no different. Where it is different, is in the complexity of selecting the right board members and managing the dynamics of the family at the same time. David Karofsky, Principal with The Family Business Consulting Group, Caleb White, Principal with CFAR and Denise Brookhouse, family member and CFO of Koopman Lumber will run an interactive session exploring these concepts in the world of Family Business Board membership.


  • Who should be members of family business boards
  • Who should not be on family business boards
  • Best practices for building family business board member

    Agenda for the Event

    •  5:00  PM EDT    Intros & Presentation
    •  5:20  PM EDT    Interactive panel
    •  6:00   PM EDT     End

    In this Peer Led – you will be able to ask your questions directly of these exceptional leaders and network and meet your peers  So, be prepared.

    Private Company Board Director Panelists

    Frances West

    Founder, PDA Boston

    Speaker and Author ... see more
    Frances West is an internationally recognized thought leader, speaker, strategy adviser, and women-in-technology trailblazer known for her work in innovation, technology, and business transformation. She is the author of "Authentic Inclusion™ Drives Disruptive Innovation" and founder of FrancesWestCo, a global strategy advisory company focused on operationalizing inclusion as a business and technology imperative.  Her insightful knowledge and "human first" approach come from her personal journey as a first-generation, non-English speaking immigrant and her career as a technology executive, which includes being IBM's first Chief Accessibility Officer. Frances' expertise has been highly sought after by governments, businesses, nonprofits and startups. She was invited to be the sole IT expert witness to testify before the US Senate on the need to pass the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. 
    She recently was appointed as an instructor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Massachusetts in Boston in recognition of her work in accessibility, research, and digital inclusion. Frances was born in Taiwan and educated in Hong Kong and the US. She is married with two sons and currently resides in Newton, Massachusetts.
    Frances West
    Denise Brookhouse

    Koopman Lumber

    Board Director, Owner, C-Suite Exec ...see more

    Denise is currently the CFO of Koopman Lumber in Whitinsville, MA. She graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI where she majored in Accounting. After graduation she worked for Rehmann Robson, a regional accounting firm in Michigan where she earned her CPA certification.  She then worked for Herman Miller in Zeeland, MI in the internal audit division. 

    She returned to Koopman Lumber in 1996 with her husband who also started working in the business. Denise, her husband, Tony, and her brother, Dirk Koopman, make up the third-generation leadership team at Koopman Lumber.  Denise lives in Whitinsville with her husband and four children. She is a member of the Board of Directors at Unibank for Savings. She also serves on the Board of Trustees and the Finance committee at Milford Regional Hospital.

    Denise Brookhouse
    Denise Brookhouse
    David Karofsky

    Founder, PDA Boston
    Principal, FBCG

    Family Business Owner, Board Director, Management Advisor, C-Suite Exec ...see more

    David Karofsky is a principal consultant with The Family Business Consulting Group specializing in advising family businesses around the challenges and opportunities inherent to the family business. His client work is focused on building alignment around communication, executing the transition of ownership and leadership, conflict resolution, strategic planning and forming governance structures for family businesses. The recipient of multiple achievement awards, David has been a guest speaker internationally and is co-author of So You’re in the Family Business: A Guide to Sustainability.

    David Karofsky
    David Karofsky

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