Myths and Mortals - Family Business Next Generation Leadership by Andrew Keyt


Quinlan School of Business
Lead Clinical Faculty for Family Business Institutes

Andrew Keyt, MSMFT, is the Lead Clinical Faculty for Family Business Institutes, president of the Family Business Network North America (FBN-NA), and the president and founder of Keyt Consulting, a private consulting firm.

For 18 years, he served as the executive director of the Family Business Center of Loyola University Chicago, and is still actively involved with the center. Andrew has been involved in the center's research efforts, including: The Loyola Guidelines for Family Business Boards, Emergency Management Transition, Family Influences on Strategic Planning, Non-Family CEOs and the Family Business, Family Shareholder Buyouts, and The American Family Business Survey. Andrew's research and writing has been increasingly focused on the critical role of family business as an essential, but undervalued contributor to healthy communities.

Having served as a manager in two family-owned firms, and as member of his own family partnership, Andrew has experienced the challenges of family business firsthand. As a consultant he specializes in dealing with family conflict and communication, working with adult sibling/cousin teams, succession planning, strategic planning, and emergency management transition.

A frequent speaker on family business topics, Andrew has spoken for such diverse groups as The Chicago Bar Association, The ABA National Trust School, The Seeley Conference at Cornell University, The Northern Trust Corp., Harris Bank, The Family Firm Institute, and several industry associations. As a leader in the field of family business, he has been published in magazines and journals including Families in Business, Family Business, and Family Business Review. He is frequently quoted by news media such as Chicago Tribune, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, Smart Money Management, National Public Radio, ABC World News tonight,, and Business Newsmakers with Jack Taylor.

Andrew received his MBA in Family Business from Kennesaw State University where he graduated with honors and was inducted into the business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. In addition, Andrew has completed a Masters in Family Systems Theory from Northwestern University with a concentration on family business, and is a cum laude graduate of Kenyon College. With a certificate in Family Business Advising, Andrew is a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute, the international professional association for family business advisors. Outside of the family business world, he currently serves as a deacon at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago.

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