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CFB Family Business Conference 2017

DCU Centre for Family Business

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 from 08:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Family Business 28 Feb 2017 €50.00 €0.00
Current DCU Staff/Students
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1 Mar 2017 Free €0.00
Non Family Business 28 Feb 2017 €100.00 €0.00
Alumni 1 Mar 2017 €25.00 €1.87

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Succession in Family Business Series: The 'S' word: Navigating succession in Family Business

Keynote address by Mr Paul Darley, 3rd generation family member & Ms. Audrey Darley, 4th generation family member from W.S.Darley & Co, USA.

Two interactive breakout sessions facilitated by industry experts and academic speakers

  •  Choosing a successor
  •  Preparing to let go
  •  Exit styles

Networking opportunities with Irish Family businesses.

Who should attend: Family business owners and managers, next generation, family business advisors. Others with a general interest in best practices for family business growth and sustainability are also welcome. 

Keynote speaker: 


Mr Paul Darley-Member of the Board of Directors, W.S. Darley & Co

Paul C. Darley is Chairman, CEO & President of W.S. Darley & Co. He is a Past President of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association (FAMA). He has visited fire services in over 80 countries. He holds a BS Degree in Marketing and Finance from Marquette University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He recently earned a two year post graduate degree in Emotional Intelligence from the University of Illinois.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for several civic, corporate and charitable organizations. In 2010, W.S. Darley & Co was named the Loyola University Illinois Family Business of the Year and was recognized by Marquette University as Alumnus Family Business of Year in 2009.  He has numerous family business speaking engagements including “Resolving Sibling Conflict in Family Business” at the annual Family Business Magazine Conference. 


Ms. Audrey Darley-Director of Vendor Relations (Defense Division)

Audrey Darley is the Director of Vendor Relations for Darley Defense, W.S. Darley & Co.’s rapidly growing Defense Division.  Audrey, a 4th generation family member, joined the business in September 2014.  Prior to transitioning to Vendor Relations in October 2015, Audrey worked as an OEM and Dealer Accounts Manager in the Fire Pump Sales Division. Audrey graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010 with a B.S. in Finance.  Upon completion of her undergraduate program, Audrey went on to comply with the Company’s employment policy which requires family members to gain outside work experience before joining the business.  She accepted a position at MB Financial Bank in Chicago where she served as a Commercial Credit Analyst from 2010-2012 followed by a Relationship Manager from 2012-2014.  

Conference schedule: 

08.00  Registration and networking

08.30  Main plenary: keynote address and panel discussion

10.30  Coffee break

11.00  Breakout sessions

13.00  Closing remarks and Q&A

13.15  Networking Lunch


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Wednesday, 1 March 2017 from 08:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

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DCU Centre for Family Business

DCU Centre for Family Business is the first centre of excellence and learning in Ireland, translating leading Irish and international research into best practice, for incumbent and future generations of Irish family businesses.

We are committed to developing a centre that achieves international recognition as a hub of expertise and advice for family firms.

DCU Centre for Family Business I I I 01 700 6921


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