Family Business Center of Hawaii

Equipping, educating and celebrating families in business

Shidler College of Business

FBC Event

2018 Annual Retreat

“Creating Your Family Business Future: Leading Through Innovation”

Why we must innovate!
One of the indicators of long-term family business continuity is the degree of innovativeness of the family business. Please join us to learn how you can build upon the creative ideas that have helped other family firms prosper across generations. Joe Schmieder, a principal from the Family Business Consulting Group (FBCG), will be sharing numerous examples and knowledge gained from working with hundreds of family businesses and conducting research for his book “Innovation in the Family Business.” This workshop format is meant to move quickly from the theory of innovation to real-life practical examples that will challenge each family member participating to look deeper at their own business. Participants will leave the retreat with meaningful takeaways that can quickly improve their family business.

Dana Telford, another principal at the FBCG, will assist with facilitation and be present for offline topics you may wish to address.

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Saturday Innovation Panelists Announced:

  • Lia Hunt, President of Goldwings Supply Service, Inc.
    Lia has a lifetime experience in the aviation industry. From an early age, the airfield was her backyard while father Frank started an aircraft parts business called Goldwings Supply Service, Inc. She is a Baccalaureate graduate of Mid Pacific Institute and went on to Santa Clara University where she was a stand-out athlete leading the Broncos toward back to back championships in the West Coast Conference, earning honors all four years. Shortly after, she received her Aviation Maintenance Technician certificate and Private Pilot’s license; then spent several years competing professionally on the AVP Beach Volleyball Tour. She returned to Goldwings and in 2007 served as Director of Operations and Strategic Development. In 2015, she was named President and Goldwings received our 8(a), SB, WOSB, HUBZone and DBE certifications. This same year, Goldwings was recognized as a finalist for Pacific Business News “Innovative Company of the Year”. Lia’s title of Chief Educational Officer reinforces our corporate culture, emphasizing education as a core asset.Lia with her husband Ian, daughter Gisele and son Sage reside in Honolulu, Hawaii and spend nearly every weekend in the ocean. She continues to serve the community by training beach volleyball players and is a board member of the University of Hawaii Family Business Center and the Honolulu Community College Department of Aeronautics. In 2017 she was a recipient of Pacific Business News “Women Who Mean Business” award.
  • Stanley Lau, Founder of Hawaii Tech Support
    Stanley Lau is the Founder of Hawaii Tech Support, a technology company focused on helping businesses effectively utilize technology. Stan has twenty years of experience in technology in areas including systems administration, software development, project management, and technology consulting.  He leads the IT consulting firm that was twice recognized as one of Hawaii’s Fastest 50 growing companies.  Stan earned his B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from UCLA and was recognized by PBN as one of Hawaii’s 40 under 40.
  • John Morgan, President of Kualoa Ranch
    Born and raised in Hawaii, John Morgan is a sixth generation Hawai‘i resident. John graduated from Punahou High School in 1974 and went to both Oregon State University and the University of Hawai‘i, majoring in Economics, before working full time at Kualoa Ranch.He started his work career at Kualoa Ranch in 1971 as a part time laborer. He became manager of the family owned company in 1981, when the company employed 8 people. He started a diversified outdoor recreation operation at the ranch in 1985 and since then, Kualoa Ranch has grown to employ over 300 people. Its primary endeavors are cattle ranching, diversified agriculture, outdoor recreation, education and real estate.John has been active in the community for many years, and is presently on the boards of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, and the Oahu Cemetery. Some of his past board affiliations include the State Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Hawaii Trust for Public Land, the Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society, the Bishop Museum and the Hawaii Nature Center.Over the years, John and Kualoa Ranch have been the recipients of numerous awards, including: Kama`aina of the Year, Business Leader of the Year, Tourism Legacy Award, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Environmental Stewardship Award, and more.John has been married to his wife Carri since 1981 and the couple has three children, living in California, Hawaii and Auckland, New Zealand.


Family business members may register a total of four people free-of-charge. Non-family business members may register a total of two people free-of-charge. The non-member fee is $700.00 per person. Registration does not include lodging accommodations.

Lodging Accommodations
The Sheraton is offering a fantastic group rate of $214 per night (plus taxes) with a discounted $15 resort charge (plus taxes). The resort charge includes high-speed WiFi in the guest room and public areas; and 2 bottled waters replenished daily. Overnight parking is complimentary. Rates are available 3 days prior and 3 days after the event.  Rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To book a room, call 808-921-4611 and reference the “Family Business Center.” The group desk is open M-F from 7 AM to 5 PM and on Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM.