Leading Families, Sustaining Enterprises

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  • Understand family businesses, their challenges and opportunities
  • Recognize the possibilities to promote entrepreneurship in the family business
  • Discuss alternative approaches to governance in the family business
  • Develop the fundamental tools to develop and implement the Family Protocol


Based on the lessons learned from the successful application in countless Latin American companies, the faculty will present global best practices to improve the competitiveness of family businesses and, above all, guide participants on how to apply principles according to their reality and within a local scenario.



  • Owners and members of family businesses
  • Members of different families that share ownership of the same company or business group
  • Senior managers of family businesses
  • Executives of the family business
  • Professionals and consultants who, due to their activity, must relate to this type of companies 



Esteban R. Brenes - Academic Director

Ph.D., University of Florida

Strategy and entrepreneurship full time professor, holder of the Steve Aronson Chair of Strategy and Agribusiness, former Minister of Science and Technology, and former Minister of Agriculture of the Government of Costa Rica. For 10 years, he served as Visiting Professor of Strategy and International Business at the Business School of the University of Michigan and, most recently, visiting professor at Cotrugli Business School, in Croatia. He has lectured on executive programs and on the campus of the University of Chicago, Duke University and the Business Schools of the University of Michigan. In addition to his academic work, he is a consultant in commercial strategy, mergers and acquisitions, development of new companies, family business administration and food policy.


Daniel G. Van Der Vliet

M.Ed., University of Vermont

Executive Director of John and Dyan Smith Family Business at Cornell University Family Businesses of John and Dyan Smith at Cornell University. As director of the Family Business Initiative at the University of Vermont(UVM), he worked with the owners and their successors to find solutions that work for both families and businesses. He developed and taught the Leading and Managing the Family and Closely Held Business course at the University of Vermont. As founding director of Vermont Business Center, he oversaw the launch and growth of executive education and management development seminars.


Joseph Astrachan

Professor, Kennesaw State

Joe Astrachan is Wells Fargo Eminent Scholar Chair of Family Business, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, and past executive director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center at the Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Dr. Astrachan has received numerous awards for his research and service from family business, entrepreneurship, management, and research-oriented associations including awards form the Family Firm Institute and the Family Business Network International. He is author or coauthor of more than 25 book chapters, 48 scientific publications, and ten books including the much acclaimed Communication and Conflict in Family Business, and Mechanisms to Assure Family Business Cohesion: Guidelines for Family Business Leaders and Their Families. He is a frequent speaker on the topic having given more than 300 speeches around the globe. Dr. Astrachan is coeditor of the scientific publication the Journal of Family Business Strategy, past editor Family Business Review.

Dr. Astrachan has over 30 years experience studying and working with family companies and has spoken in over 35 countries. He has served on a total of 16 boards of privately owned family businesses (currently serving on eight) in a variety of industries including: heavy equipment, automotive, restaurants, building materials, food manufacturing, retailing and distribution, commercial and multifamily real estate, and healthcare. Dr. Astrachan comes from a family business background (container and tanker shipping, coal mining and pharmaceuticals). Dr. Astrachan earned his B.A., M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees at Yale University.


Julia Tellez Roca

Attorney at Law - Family Business, INCAE Business School

Professor Tellez was a partner in Gomez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados and is currently a member of the Advisory Council (OF Council). Since October 2009, she has been an independent director of Natura Bisse. In addition, she is an external advisor to a plurality of Boards of Directors and a member of ten family councils of leading companies from the most diverse sectors of Spain and Latin America. Professor Tellez also has participated in seminars, conferences, forums (International Bar Association of Barcelona: "Insolvency in the Travel Industry", IFTTA: "Hoteliers and Tour Operators - legal relations: The Spanish and EU Outlook"; She also attended the first meeting with the main Latin American business families (several from the Forbes list.) She is a professor of the "Private Wealth Management Spain" Program. Professor Tellez is the reference specialist in Good Family Governance of the Multi Family Office MdF Family Partners, strategic partner of The Wise Company and founding partner of Julia Tellez Advising Group.  She has successfully led more than one hundred processes with important Spanish and Latin American business families.

Professor Tellez has a Master's Degree in Family Business Management from the Instituto de Empresa, a Bachelor of Laws and Diploma in Business Studies from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE). She also holds a diploma in Business Strategy from the European Club and has completed several specialization courses in insurance, international taxation (ICADE), international arbitration (CCI Paris), product liability (Brussels), family businesses (3 Special Management Programs with John Davis, Harvard and 2 of the Family Firm Institute, in London and Miami, respectively). Lastly, Professor Tellez is a certified counselor by the Institute of Directors and Administrators (IC-A) in Good Corporate Governance.


Wes Sine

Ph.D., Cornell University

Professor Sine's research focuses on the emergence of new economic sectors and entrepreneurship. His research context includes the United States, Latin America, and the Middle East. He explores issues related to institutional change, industry and technology evolution, technology entrepreneurship, and new venture structure and strategy. He has examined a diverse set of economic sectors ranging from the electric power industry to the emergence of the Internet. Teaching interests include entrepreneurship, commercializing university technology, new venture growth, the management of technology and innovation, and organizational change. He has consulted and taught executives in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.

Sine has published, provisionally accepted, or papers forthcoming in the following journals: Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Research Policy. Sine is currently a senior editor at Organization Science and is the book review editor at Administrative Science Quarterly. 


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