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10:15am-3:30pm  |  April 16, 2024
Sioux Falls, SD

10:15am-3:30pm  |  April 16, 2024  |  Sioux Falls, SD

Launch or improve your family business board at this transformative event for business owners, next-generation leaders, and board members.

This impactful experience will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to create high-performing boards, advisory teams, or fiduciary units and connect you with other family businesses looking to do the same.


Board Bootcamp is the perfect opportunity to start or enhance your business' board and network with family business peers. Register today to secure you spot!

dr thomas epperson

Dr. Thomas Epperson

President InnerWill Leadership Institute 

Andrew Keyt

Andrew Keyt

Founder & CEO, Generation6

What to Expect:

Engaging Workshops

Participate in interactive workshops led by industry experts, where you'll gain insights into effective family business governance and leadership.

Networking Opportunities

Connect with like-minded individuals in the family business community looking to build, maintain, and improve their boards.

Best Practices

Learn best practices for achieving excellence in board structure, recruitment, compensation, and performance.


10:15am – Welcome & Introductions


10:45am – Panel: Common Issues Boards Face Along the Board Journey

﹒De Vee Dykstra, First Bank & Trust, Board of Directors
﹒T.J. Russell, Cloverdale Foods, Chair of the Board and Shareholder


11:15am – Workshop Style Discussion


12:00pm – Lunch


12:30pm – Panel: Ensuring Board Effectiveness as the Board Evolves
﹒Christie Ernst, Lloyd Companies, Shareholder
﹒Ken Karels, Valley Queen Cheese, Chair of the Board
﹒Dennis Kessler, Former Shareholder, Fel-Pro Incorporated, Founder, Midwest Family Business Advisors


1:15pm – Workshop Style Discussion


2:00pm – Recap & Goal Setting


2:15pm – Goal Setting in Family/Board Units


3:00pm – Each family/board presents next steps
﹒Conclude by 3:45 pm


christie ernst

Christie Ernst

Lloyd Companies


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TJ Russell

Cloverdale Foods

Chair of the Board and Shareholder

DeVee Dykstra

De Vee Dykstra

First Bank & Trust

Board of Directors

Ken Karels

Ken Karels

Valley Queen Cheese

Chair of the Board

Dennis Kessler

Dennis Kessler

Former Shareholder,
Fel-Pro Incorporated

Founder, Midwest Family Business Advisors

A Don't Miss
Pre-Conference Experience

Board Bootcamp is your chance to prepare for our marquee 2024 Annual Family Business Conference —one of the most well-respected family business gatherings in the country.


Kick off your conference experience by participating in this dynamic pre-conference event.

"No matter what stage your family is at with a Board - from not having a Board at all to having had a formal Board with independent outside directors for years - your family will benefit immensely by attending Board Bootcamp! The level of expertise the facilitators have to offer is priceless. It is well worth the investment in your family business!"

– Past Bootcamp Attendee


"A board brings calmness to the boardroom in a family business."

This one-day bootcamp can help your family businesses develop a board, either advisory or fiduciary, or help your existing board become even higher performing.


Whether you've never thought of having a formal board, are in the early stages, or have had a developed board for years – you will walk away with actionable steps to start or improve your family business board.

Are you interested in serving on a family business advisory or fiduciary board?

Let us know and we'll connect with you to hear more about your experience.

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