Greater Washington DC Family Business Alliance to Host Eight-Generation Family Firm

Charles Kittredge, Chairman of Crane & Co., is the Luncheon’s Keynote Speaker

Bethesda, MD (April 6, 2012) – The Greater Washington DC Family Business Alliance (“the Alliance”) has tapped the chairman of the historic paper firm Crane & Co. (“Crane”), to speak at a special Alliance luncheon on May 2, 2012. As the primary objective of the Alliance is to help area family businesses to succeed, this is a rare occasion to hear from a family business that has grown over eight generations and across three centuries. As most family businesses don’t make it past a second generation, this type of longevity is almost unheard of. During his keynote address, Kittredge will share the family-owned company’s challenges and evolution over their 210-year history and his strategy for the next hundred, with a focus on family businesses.

The event is closed to the public. In addition to invited members of the media, Family Business Alliance members and staff will be joined by leaders of local family businesses.

DATE / TIME: Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
LOCATION: Chevy Chase Club | 6100 Connecticut Avenue | Chevy Chase, MD 20815
COST: $75.00
PARKING: On-site parking is available.
DIRECTIONS: These can be found on Chevy Chase Club Site site at Directions to the Chevy Chase Club

About the Greater Washington DC Family Business Alliance
The Greater Washington DC Family Business Alliance (“the Alliance”) was founded in 2008 by Bond Beebe, a Bethesda, MD certified public accounting firm, to help family businesses located in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia find information and assistance they need to succeed. Its objective is to provide a structured forum for the exchange of ideas and best practices. The Alliance helps area family businesses achieve their business goals while maintaining healthy and harmonious family relationships.

About Crane & Co.
Crane & Co. (“Crane”) is a fine paper and stationery maker located in Dalton, Massachusetts, with scores of retailers carrying their brand located all over the world. Crane has continuously used 100% cotton in their paper manufacturing, which has origins from before the American Revolution outside of Boston, MA. A family business from Stephen Crane’s start in Massachusetts’ first paper mill in the 1770s, the firm was officially started in 1801 and has survived changing technologies and tastes to continue through eight generations while continuing to maintain its reputation for quality, innovation and unmatched integrity.

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