2015 Annual Retreat
“Family employment policy, balanced engagement, and development of the rising generation of leaders, family members, and shareholders.”
- Kim Schneider Malek, President, Family Enterprise Continuity Alliance
- Blake Nordstrom, Co-president, Nordstrom, Inc.
About Kim Schneider Malek
Kim Schneider Malek (MBA, FBA, FWA) is an international consultant, speaker, facilitator and adjunct professor. She has been helping entrepreneurs, founders, multi-generational families, businesses, advisors, and supporting associations in over 50 countries navigate non-legal and non-financial aspects of succession planning, high-performance management, family continuity goals, and enterprising cultures.
The 2014 recipient of the Family Firm Institute’s Barbara Hollander Achievement Award for global leadership and educational contribution to the field of family enterprise, Kim is the founder/president of Family Enterprise Continuity Alliance and Kischma Consulting and an adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. She is a second-generation family business member and owner-entrepreneur’s spouse.
Kim holds an MBA from University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, where she was president of the Graduate Business Student Association, a BS in Communication from Boston University, where she served as Chaplain for Delta Delta Delta sorority, and certificates in marriage and family therapy, Family Business Advising, and Family Wealth Advising relative to family dynamics and governance.
About Blake Nordstrom
Blake Nordstrom is co-president of Nordstrom, Inc. and is a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Blake works closely with co-president’s Pete Nordstrom and Erik Nordstrom and the executive team to improve the customer experience in store and online. Under their leadership, Nordstrom has delivered solid financial results while taking advantage of more opportunities to serve customers. In 2014, Nordstrom achieved sales of $13.1 billion and earnings of $720 million. The company continues to invest in new capabilities to further evolve the customer experience across all channels of the business including Nordstrom, Nordstrom.com, Nordstrom Rack and the company’s online/off-price business Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook.
Blake began his career working in the stockroom in the early 1970s and was selling in the downtown Seattle store by 1975. He went on to hold various positions in store, buying and regional management. Blake was named a co-president of the company in 1995 and became president of Nordstrom Rack in 2000 before receiving his current assignment later that year.
Blake has served as a member of the Nordstrom Board of Directors since 2005. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2007 to 2012, for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Seattle Branch from 2004 to 2006, and for the Downtown Seattle Association from 1992 to 2014. He also has served on the Board of Directors for The Jim Pattison Group, Canada’s third-largest private company, since 2012.
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