Institute For Family Business

      Kent Lutz- Advisors To Families In Business
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                                        KENT LUTZ


                              Institute for Family Business                

                            Advisors to Families in Business







Seasoned executive, entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, teacher, author, private investor, financial advisor,  and philanthropist, with university administration, non-profit management, investment, financial, marketing, teaching, corporate and private real estate development, and bank trust management experience with a major university, Fortune 500 company, large private real estate developer, and private investment, entrepreneurial and consulting firm. Assumed increasing responsible assignments for both public and private corporations and assumed executive role within business college of major research university. Possess very strong leadership and entrepreneurial  qualities with team orientation and excellent communication and relationship building skills.




July 2008-Present



Advisors to families in business on matters of succession planning, governance, family councils, family meetings, family charters, conflict resolution, estate and wealth management, leadership development, communications, strategic and business planning, marketing, next generation development, and financial planning. We conduct a comprehensive assessment survey of all our family business clients to determine their strengths and identify areas where we can offer assistance. Through the Institute  for Family Business, we also offer educational opportunities, in partnership with others, aimed at assisting family and private enterprises with many of the multiple challenges they face. These educational opportunities are scheduled at different times throughout the year. IFB is also considering hosting PODCASTS  featuring family business owners, entrepreneurs, professional advisors, and community leaders in philanthropy. Lutz is also an ASSISTANT PROFESSOR of BUSINESS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP/FAMILY BUSINESS/FINANCE at THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI/BLUE ASH COLLEGE


January 1999-June 2008

UNIVERSITY of CINCINNATI-College of Business

DIRECTOR, GOERING CENTER for FAMILY & PRIVATE BUSINESS-ADJUNCT PROFESSOR of ENTREPRENEURSHIP/FAMILY BUSINESS/ECONOMICS/FINANCE-FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/HOST-HOMETOWN BUSINESS WEEKLY TV PROGRAM WCPO CHANNEL 9 CINCINNATI Complete executive responsibility for the management, development, fundraising, and strategic implementation of all Center activities and programs. First full-time Center Director. Elevated the Center into one of the leading family business centers both regionally and nationally, with over 200 member companies. Center’s focus is to assist family and closely held firms, through programs, seminars, teaching and consulting, with issues such as: succession planning; strategic planning; communications and family councils; outside boards; financial and tax planning, estate and wealth management issues; charitable and philanthropic strategic planning; next generation development; valuations; equity and ownership issues; and many other critical matters faced by family and private firms. Have developed many community outreach initiatives and partnerships that support the mission of the Center and have engaged numerous professional advisory firms that provide both financial support to the Center and professional expertise. Consulted with numerous Family Businesses on  succession planning, governance, conflict resolution, creating family councils/family meetings, family charters, estate and wealth management planning, strategic and business planning, marketing strategy, improving communications, and next generation development.


 Published a Family Business Report on a monthly basis that reached a circulation of 18,000 and readership of about 80,000.  Initiated, developed, and managed a highly successful Family Business of the Year event, honoring 12 successful family firms from the region(attended by over 600 each year). Developed an 8 month, mentored, Executive Education certificate program aimed at the family firm’s Next Generation leadership(have graduated over 160 family members and looked to expand the program into other regional markets). Developed a four month Executive Education Leadership Development program(first class graduated in 2007) aimed at enhancing leadership skills of family business owners.  Initiated numerous financial partnerships, and membership development programs to enhance financial support of the Center. Considered developing  a national speaker series featuring high profile family business owners. Developed Center web site to be interactive between members companies, advisors, Center financial partners, students, community partners, advertisers, professional associations, and other valuable resources for family firms.


Authored numerous articles on Family Business matters and been a guest speaker on Family Business issues for both local and national organizations including:  Home Builders Associations, Trailways Franchise Owners, American Bakers Association, Ohio Floral Association, Commercial Printers Association, Auto Collision Association, Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club,  Ft. Lewis College, Hanover College, Cincinnati Bar Association, and American Association of Meat Processors.


Professional Experience Prior To 1999


Lutz Financial Group, Inc. Entrepreneurial  Private Investment Firm-1988-1998

Corporate Real Estate Development-VP Mead Corporation ,a Fortune 500 Company-1982-1987

Corporate Real Estate Development-Jacobs Visconsi Jacobs-Regional Mall Development-1980-1982

Corporate Real Estate Development-Victor Palimeri-Penn Central Properties-1976-1980

Investment Banking-The Ohio Company-Investment Banker-1970-1975



Kansas State University-Post Graduate Work Financial Planning

Xavier University-MBA, Finance 1983

University of Cincinnati-BS, Real Estate 1979

Miami University-BS, Marketing 1969


Community Service and Professional Service-Past & Present


Rotary Club of Cincinnati

Hyde Park Methodist Church-Board

Horizon Community Church

Leadership Cincinnati-Board

Regional Leadership Forum-Greater Cincinnati Chamber

Mercy Anderson Hospital-Board

Institute of Real Estate Management-CPM

Family Firm Institute

Kids Helping Kids-Board President

Industrial Development Research Council(IDRC)-Board

Kenwood Country Club

Nominee Entrepreneur of the Year 2004- Non-Profit Community Service-Ernst & Young

Board Member-Zone Communications(Victory Videos)

Board Member JTM Food Group, Inc.

BOA Member Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.

United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship(USASBE)

National Association of Corporate Directors(NACD)


References Provided Upon Request

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