Tue. 10/18
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Chamber Event
Join everyone at Nash Family Event & Conference Center
2121 George Halas Dr NW
Canton, OH
Questions? (330) 456-7253
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The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management present the second annual Financial Legacy Symposium. The next generation of multi-generational family businesses have unique opportunities and challenges ahead. Join leading local experts as they share common experiences and trending topics including Building a Family Legacy, Transformational Growth and Passing the Family Torch.

Cost: $75
Includes lunch and a cocktail reception at the conclusion of the Symposium.

Keynote featuring:
Michael Sirpilla, CEO, Society Brands

As CEO, Michael led Society Brands to raise $205MM to continue its rapid consolidation in the e-commerce sector. This milestone serves as one of the largest early stage funding rounds raises in Ohio’s history.

A Canton native, Michael has been in and around retail his whole life and has extensive M&A experience. Throughout his career, he's founded several successful businesses, including a financial services wholesale agency, which he built to a multi-million-dollar business. He also partnered in a population health management business and scaled it from $0 to $150MM in revenue within five years.

In this keynote, Michael will share about his family roots, challenges and successes, and what’s in store for Society Brands.

About Society Brands:
Society Brands is a tech enabled consumer products platform that acquires e-commerce native brands that primarily sell on Amazon and their DTC sites. They provide meaningful liquidity to the entrepreneur with the ability to join “the society” by rolling equity into a powerhouse brand. They are building a community and eco-system of entrepreneurs that have the skill and energy to grow with their brand. With nearly 100 employees to date, the company has performed 6 acquisitions of high growth consumer product brands with plans to acquire another 8 companies by year end. 


PASSING THE TORCH // When the time comes to pass the torch, there are multiple options and these panelists will share their perspective on the unique approach they took.

Jim Barbera, President

Barbco Inc.

John Fether, President

Hilscher-Clarke Electric

Dennis Thomas, President

Brechbuhler Scales, Inc.

BUILDING ON A FAMILY LEGACY // Building a company and preserving family legacy is an art of true balance. Hear how these panelists find the balance among the competing influences of today.

Zach Coblentz, Chief Operating Officer

HRM Enterprises, Inc.

Katherine Gessner, President

Betsy Sterling, Vice President
Matt Sterling, Executive Vice President

Beaver Excavating Company

TRANSFORMATIONAL GROWTH // These companies have experienced rapid growth. Hear their stories and successes, what they learned, and what they wish they would have known early on

Mike Conny, CEO

MAC Trailer

Douglas J. Sibila, President & CEO

Peoples Services, Inc.

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