KSU’s Cox Family Enterprise Center to honor excellence in family business


Annual program will recognize family businesses for success, sustainability

KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 8, 2019) — Kennesaw State University’s Cox Family Enterprise Center (CFEC) will celebrate the significance and success of family businesses at its 25th annual Georgia Family Business of the Year Honoration on Feb. 28 at Flourish Atlanta.

The program will include recognition of several family businesses and remarks by guest speakers from successful family-owned organizations. The CFEC, part of Kennesaw State’s Coles College of Business, is the oldest family business center in the world.

“Individuals, families and businesses establish wonderful initiatives to enhance individual growth, strengthen family bonds and create more sustainable business models,” said Gaia Marchisio, executive director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center. “Our goal always is to showcase and celebrate these positive behaviors in a way that inspires others in the family business community to grow and reach new heights.”

The CFEC will present its annual legacy award, honoring a family enterprise that has thrived in business for at least 100 years. In addition, two new recognitions will be given this year: one for a business that has demonstrated innovative sustainability practices to benefit the broader community, and one celebrating a resilient family that overcame some type of adversity. Also, for the first time, the CFEC will recognize business advisors who are serving and supporting family enterprises.

One of the guest speakers, businesswoman and author Mitzi Perdue, will share her experiences as part of two well-known family businesses – the Sheraton Hotel chain and Perdue Chicken. Also scheduled to speak are Sarah Riggs Amico, the executive chairperson of Jack Cooper Holdings Corporation, and Marc De Kuyper, an 11th-generation family member and former CEO of the De Kuyper Royal Distillers.

Click here for more information about the Georgia Family Business of the Year Honoration or to register to attend.

– Paul Floeckher

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.