About Us

Family Business Roundtable (FBR) of the Greater Baltimore Area

Who We Are

The Family Business Roundtable (FBR) of the Greater Baltimore Area is a peer support and advisory group for leaders of multigenerational family-owned and operated businesses. Started in 2009, the FBR was founded based upon two observations:

Family businesses are unique
By virtually every measure, family businesses are the most successful of businesses; however, they also have challenges beyond those of non-family entities. What makes family businesses great makes them the most challenging. In a family business, it’s not just about growing a successful business. It’s also about keeping a family intact and leaving a legacy.

Learning from  peers can have a dramatic impact on the business
Research shows that leaders learn best from their peers. When applied to business owners in regularly occurring roundtable settings, the sharing of experiences and support that peer groups afford offer solutions to current  problems, ideas for future growth, and support that such leaders are indeed “not alone.”

The FBR is a forum for leaders of multi-generational family-owned and operated businesses to meet on a regular basis and, in a relaxed and confidential setting, exchange ideas and information and learn from each other — secure in the knowledge that other members  understand  their  unique  challenges  and  will  offer  unbiased  and  practical insights and information based on common experience.

Who Can Join

  • Family member in top tier position of responsibility in a family-owned business of at least two generations. 

  • At least two family members are active in the business.

  • The organization must be run by a first or second generation family member and have been in business at least 10 years.

Meet Our Advisors

Michael N. Mercurio

Michael Mercurio

Offit Kurman, P.A.

Denise O'Neill

The Alternative Board - Baltimore Washington Corridor
Owner & Executive Coach