Episode 35

5 Pillars of Family Business

With Guest Alan Wilson


Sugarbush Capital

Alan Wilson

For many, understanding the intricacies of family business may seem daunting…or even messy…but for Alan Wilson, CEO of Sugarbush Capital this is his sweet spot. Alan is a “connector” in every sense of the word. He is incredibly intelligent, check out his educational history, but cares deeply for people, relationships and leaving an impact which makes his talents unparalleled in today’s family business scene. He’s used his business skills since he was eight years old starting and running a lawn care business where he not only had investors but also hired out the actual mowing! From there, it wasn’t a linear path to get him where he is today and he’ll be the first to tell you it rarely ever is. But what matters is that he has effectively moved through the peaks and valleys of both the international and national world of family business to be able to serve families well. Today he shares with us his experience with family business, teaches us about the 5 Pillars of family business, and leaves us equipped with knowledge that we all need in leadership, as well as some laughs along the way. 

Today's Guest

Alan Wilson

Alan Wilson

In 2017, Alan formed Sugarbush Capital, a CEO-for-Hire entity that works with shareholders across the globe to either strengthen their market position in a given space or reposition themselves within a new market. More than a consultant, Alan’s decade-long engagement with one of the most intelligent family offices in America has provided him with the ability to work extremely efficiently within the family office environment.

Alan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Latin and History from Ball State University, a Master of Science in Information & Communication Sciences from Ball State, a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law and multiple Executive Education certifications from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

He is a Board Member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Colorado, member of Beta Theta Pi (Wabash College) fraternity, Flatirons Community Church in Golden, CO, the Illinois Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

What We Talked About

How Alan sees himself as a “continuous reinvention in progress”
The 5 pillars of family business
The challenges of family business
Why failure in the family business occurs
How all business regardless of industry is about relationships.

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