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NAIFA NH Kick Off Meeting

 & Legislative Update 

October 5, 2016

Manchester Country Club

Our Day At A Glance:

7:30 am Registration - Doors Open!

7:45 am Full Breakfast (Buffet) Opens

8:00 am Legislative Update Guest Speaker: Congressman Frank Guinta

8:45 am Coffee Break

9:00 am Keynote Speaker(s)

Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared                                            Wealth and Power...NAIFA NH Welcomes Blair Trippe

10:30 am 

It’s not just four years, it’s a future....Are you going to drive a                                                     $200,000 decision with emotion, or strategy?...NAIFA NH                                                             Welcomes Adam Metsch.

11:45 am         Adjourn

NAIFA NH Welcomes our keynote speakers...

Deconstructing Conflict; Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth & Power

Blair Trippe, Managing Partner, Continuity Family Business Consulting

Advisors to families who share ownership and management of businesses or other assets often find themselves mired in intractable family conflict making it difficult for them to make progress on the issues at hand. Attendees will leave this presentation with an understanding of:

  • Why conflict in family business often is so extreme and intractable
  • Identity-based conflict when continuing relationships matter
  • The reasons and triggers for conflict
  • Why typical approaches to managing conflict (mediation, litigation) are insufficient for family businesses
  • How to effect sustainable change in family business systems

The first 25 NAIFA members to register will receive a copy of their new book! Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth and Power is the new book by Continuity partners Doug Baumoel and Blair Trippe. It is the ultimate guide to managing conflict in family business and in families who share significant assets.  Deconstructing Conflict looks at family business conflict, or conflict over shared wealth, as one example of a broader category of conflict: identity-based, systemic conflict among stakeholders who share important continuing relationships.  

Blair Trippe, MBA

Blair Trippe’s expertise as a negotiator, mediator, and family business consultant is grounded in the study of strategic management and conflict resolution methodologies. She brings a highly specialized approach to the understanding of family systems and the relationship challenges encountered when families work and own together.

In addition to her experience with Continuity clients, Blair was a Marketing Specialist at Prudential Bache Securities, Marketing Associate for Boston Catalyst Group – where she served in a dual role of managing the HR function and marketing software products to the higher education sector, as well as Director of Product Development and Industry Affairs on the start up team of The Straumann Company, a U.S.-based Swiss medical device company.

Blair is the co-author, with Continuity Founding Partner Doug Baumoel, of Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth and Power. This recently published work is the ultimate guide to Continuity’s unique developmental approach to conflict management in family enterprises. She also co-authored the book, Mom Always Liked You Best – A Guide to Resolving Family Feuds, Inheritance Battles and Eldercare Crises. The practical guidebook helps family members become better decision-makers, mindful negotiators, and more effective communicators.

Her leadership in the mediation field helped create a new specialty through the development of “Elder Decisions” – a division of Agreement Resources LLC, a consulting firm she co-founded. Agreement Resources provides conflict resolution, mediation, and training services to families and a variety of organizations. It is also an approved services provider to probate courts in several counties of Massachusetts.

As a workshop facilitator and trainer, Blair has conducted sessions for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Judge’s Institute, American Bar Association, Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises, National Association of Geriatric Care Managers, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Northeastern University Center for Family Business, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Northeast Human Resource Association, Dartmouth Hitchcock Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease, Just a Start House, and the Family Firm Institute, among others.

Blair earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management with a concentration in marketing and finance, and a BA in psychology from Connecticut College.

Adam Metsch, founder and President of The College Advisor of New England, Inc.

You’re invited to attend this extremely insightful session, lead by Adam Metsch. Adam is the founder and President of The College Advisor of New England, Inc. with offices in Massachusetts and NY. Lorenzo is its Metro West Regional Director with offices located in Holliston. Since 1994 they have helped thousands of families through the college selection, admissions, financial, and decision-making process. Adam is a Certified Educational Planner  

which is the highest credential in the field of educational consulting, and he is a past Board member of the Independent Education Consultants Association, an international association comprising the top professionals in the field. To date, their team has personally visited over 500 college campuses nationwide. Their approach is to help students discover and understand what they want from their college experience - to develop their voice, broaden their perspective, and find the right schools where they can succeed, and that their parents can support.

In addition to strengthening students options, they identify cost saving strategies and merit scholarships. They effectively address issues students and parents may not see objectively and offer solutions families may not have considered. This takes much of the anxiety out of the process and helps the college search become more of an adventure and less of a burden; all the while, saving families thousands of dollars in the process.

₂ No products or services will be sold. Future services are available.  Fees for any future services vary and are based on level of assistance if engaged.

Legislative Update & Guest Speaker: 

Congressman Frank Guinta

Frank Christopher Guinta (born September 26, 1970) is an American politician who represents New Hampshire's 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as the Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire from 2006 to 2010. Guinta was also the U.S. Representative for New Hampshire's 1st congressional district from 2011 to 2013, serving one non-consecutive term prior to his current occupancy of the same seat. He is identified by National Journal as a moderate.

Guinta worked in the insurance industry before being elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives, where he served from 2000 to 2004; he also served as a Manchester alderman from 2001 to 2005. He resigned from the State House in 2004 to work as senior policy adviser to Republican Congressman Jeb Bradley. In 2005, he ran for Mayor of Manchester and defeated three-term Democratic incumbent Robert A. Baines. He was re-elected in 2007 but did not run for a third term in 2009. Instead, he ran for Congress in 2010, defeating Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter. In a rematch in 2012, Shea-Porter defeated Guinta to reclaim her seat. Guinta defeated Shea-Porter for a second time in 2014.


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