First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Gerald Le Van is founder and managing director of the Le Van Company, a national consulting firm specializing in family businesses. He is an attorney and former law professor with over thirty years experience in estate planning.
"Analyzes the dynamics of family and business in a way that is easy to comprehend, allowing readers to apply sound management principles to their work." -- American Nurseryman 15 May 2002
"One of the genuinely interdisciplinary leaders of our field LeVan has patiently allowed his magnum opus to develop through a couple of generations, and like the best kind of entrepreneur, he has the courage, generosity, and wisdom to pass along that intellectual capital to the rest of us." -- Kenneth Kaye, Ph.D. author of Workplace Wars and How to End Them: Turning Personal Conflict into Productive Teamwork
"LeVan has made many of the complexities of family dynamics in a family business easier for insiders and outsiders to comprehend. His insights have been useful with each of the family businesses in which Sentinel has been involved. This book should be required reading for anyone who is part of a family business whether they are an owner, and employee (family member, or non-family member), advisor, or heir." -- Fort Flowers, President Sentinel Trust Company, Houston, Texas
"The Survival Guide for Business Families is yet another highly valuable contribution to the family business field. It is precise and pithy, and reflects a wealth of experience in interdisciplinary consulting to family firms. Like his prior publications, his newest book provides significant insights both to family business members and to their advisors." -- Michael Fay, Attorney, Hale and Dorr, LLP
"Le Van's approach is to tell one family's story, peeling away layers of the onion as the reader becomes more sensitive to key issues... He tells the story with compassion for all family members, as he frankly summarizes their mixed emotions... Le Van provides hope to the reader; others have traveled this road before." -- Kenneth Kaye, Family Business Review
"... offers a lot of advice and skills to help family businesses avoid some common pitfalls ... Check it out." -- Small Business Opportunities