December 2013

WHY BLOG????

By |December 22nd, 2013|

WHY BLOG????

My wife has been after me (need I say nagging) to start blogging. Her argument is that I have lots of diversified interests (politics, sports, food, wine, family business, small business, restaurants) and experience (CPA, partner in charge of hospitality group & family business practice @ national firm, Chairman of 501(C)3 for Family […]

November 2013

Follow Your Heart

By |November 27th, 2013|

My daughter Tracy blows me away.

 

She co-owns Yogapata with her husband Mitchel.  Their studio is a spiritual sanctuary where students come and nourish their body and their soul

 

She recently spoke before a women’s organization, Believe Inspire Grow on how to manifest the work you love and the relationships you desire through yoga.  Tracy told […]

Network, Network, Network!

By |November 15th, 2013|

Network, Network, Network

 

I love to network!

I was at LaGuardia Airport waiting for my daughter to arrive from Burlington, Vermont where she was a freshman at the University. Her flight was delayed and to kill time I decided to park myself at a bar close to the arrival gate.  Sitting down next to two gentlemen […]

Separate The Bedroom From The Boardroom

By |November 5th, 2013|

I woke with a start.  The red neon numbers glared 2:00am on my clock. Staring at the ceiling fan silently turning above my head, my mind began to wander.  We had recently started our family business and as the marketer I was driven to making Arthur D. levy & Co. a household name.  New […]

October 2013

What’s Your Story?

By |October 31st, 2013|

What’s Your Story?

I recently read an article about the power of story telling for your family business.  Prior to reading it I had never given this thought.  With family businesses being the backbone of our country – (90% of all businesses are family owned) there are many stories to be told.

I co-founded and was […]

Is Anyone Out There?

By |October 25th, 2013|

 

I must have writer’s block.   I want to blog but I’m not sure what to write about and confused as to who is my audience.  While I think my past blogs have been informative, transparent, and enlightening, who in cyber space is reading them?  Is it the working women, stay at home moms, women […]

September 2013

Fulfill Your Dreams

By |September 3rd, 2013|

I’m not sure why I haven’t written my blog since last May, perhaps I had writer’s block, or maybe I was caught up in the lazy hazy days of summer.  Regardless of why, I am back and I am excited to continue where I left off; bringing attention to the issues that we face […]

May 2013

What Are We Waiting For?

By |May 12th, 2013|

During a recent trip to San Francisco my husband, Arty and I decided to spend one day in Sausalito, an upscale “artsy” suburb of this historic city.  The sun was shining with a brisk breeze caressing my face as I sat on the upper deck of the ferry gazing at the Golden Gate Bridge en route.  I smiled as Tony Bennett’s voice resonated in my head, “I left my heart in San Francisco.”   As we pulled into the dock, I was reminded  of years back when we’d rent a bicycle for two and pedal across this famous bridge so we were familiar with the restaurants and galleries lining Main Street. […]

April 2013

Letting Go

By |April 10th, 2013|

A couple of months ago my granddaughter went skydiving, not only did she go skydiving, but she did it in Switzerland.  Initially, I thought how scary, how could she do something as scary as this and how could she do it so far from home?  I couldn’t believe it!  I remember her as a little girl who was afraid to go to a Halloween party, afraid to go into a dark theater.  Was this the same girl?? […]

March 2013

Power vs Control

By |March 20th, 2013|

“It’s mine, it’s mine”, I recall one of the members of my organization, The Family Business Council of Greater   New  York tell me about an argument she had with her brother.  They were fighting over a stapler.  The stapler represented a toy they fought over when they were kids.  Power vs control?

This is one of many stories that typify conflicts in a family business.  Conflicts between siblings, conflicts between a husband and wife, conflicts between father’ and son, father and daughter – it doesn’t matter as it all comes down to the same thing; power vs control. […]