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The Warren Group
Family Business Association
Massachusetts Family Business Magazine

Family Business Awards Shine Spotlight on Family Unity

The Massachusetts Family Business Awards recognize the very best in family business while shining a spotlight on the amazing contributions all family businesses make to the economy. This year’s nominees are as diverse as ever and we have an incredible evening planned for you.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017


The Colonnade Hotel
120 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116


5:00 – 5:30 Finalists Cocktail Hour & Photos
5:30 – 6:30 General Cocktail Hour
6:45 – 7:30 Welcome Remarks, Dinner & Award Categories & Honorees
7:30 – 8:45 Introduction of Master of Ceremonies and local comedian Jeff Smith, Keynote Speaker Howdy Holmes of “Jiffy Mix”, Presentation of Awards & Closing Remarks

The Family Business Association has recognized top family businesses for more than a decade, and this is your opportunity to have your company stand out among the local family business community.

After receiving countless submissions across numerous categories, our esteemed panel of judges has widdled them down to the following companies. Check them out below!

The Family Business Awards are a highlight of the New England Family Business Conference. Recipients will be honored on October 24th (the night before the conference) at The Colonnade Hotel in Boston.

2017 Finalists

First Generation Business of the Year

A First Generation Business – Family ownership with no generational transition.

2 Finalists

  1. Battle Grounds Coffee Company Specialty coffee roasters, Cafe, Coffee house, Coffee, Coffee beans, veteran owned, Navy SEAL, espresso.
  2. Burr Remodeling Bob Burr has been working in the remodeling industry since 1985 and knew right from the start that his passion was to own his own business.
Small Business of the Year

A Small Business has fewer than 50 employees, and has multiple generations working for the business or has successfully transitioned from one generation to the next.

3 Finalists

  1. Sapers & Wallack Founded in 1932, Sapers & Wallack is a comprehensive insurance, benefits and wealth management advisory firm
  2. Cape Cod Shipbuilding Since 1899, Cape Cod Shipbuilding Co. has been manufacturing, maintaining and providing storage for fine quality, pleasure sailboats.
  3. Glancy Companies Glancy Companies has been serving the rigging needs of companies in New England for over 90 years, and through three generations.
Mid-Sized Business of the Year

A Medium Business has between 50-150 employees, and has multiple generations working for the business or has successfully transitioned from one generation to the next.

3 Finalists

  1. Alvin Hollis & Company Founded by namesake Alvin Hollis in 1871, Alvin Hollis began as a horse-drawn ice delivery service, eventually expanding to other commodities such as firewood, coal, and hay in the early 1900s.
  2. Kaplan Construction Serving the Greater Boston area since 1976, Kaplan Construction is a WBE family-owned general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs to a variety of clients.
  3. Volante Farms During the 1890’s, amid the wave of Italian immigrants to the United States, Peter and Catarina Volante arrived in the country hoping to start anew; building a business from the ground up in agriculture, which had been their lifeblood in the old country.
Large Business of the Year

A Large Business has more than 150 employees, and has multiple generations working for the business or has successfully transitioned from one generation to the next.

2 Finalists

  1. Robert B. Our Company Inc Founded in 1957 by Robert B. Our Sr. Over the decades, he built a reputation of trust with his customers — and a strong value system and work ethic in his children.
  2. VERC Enterprises Family owned, 40 year retail convenience store/gasoline, and carwash group operating 26 facilities in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.
Community Excellence Award

Community Excellence – A business that has demonstrated philanthropic excellence.

Winner:  To be announced 

Endurance Award

Endurance – A business that has overcome significant adversity.

Winner:  To be announced 

Edward D. Tarlow Marketing Excellence Award

Marketing Excellence – A business that has demonstrated unique creativity and marketing.

Winner:  To be announced 

Regional Family Business Advocacy Award

Chosen by the executive directors of the FBA.

To be announced 

Keynote Speaker

Howdy Holmes

Howdy Holmes

President, Jiffy Mix (Chelsea Milling Co.)

Few family businesses are as well-known – and as its CEO puts it “boring” – as “Jiffy Mix” products. And that is something Howdy Holmes, CEO of Chelsea Mills, a four-generation family business and maker of “Jiffy Mix” products, is very proud of.

Howdy’s story is a unique one and you can hear all about it at the 2017 Family Business Awards when he joins us as our keynote speaker. After a twenty-year career Indy car career where he was named “Rookie of the Year” at the Indy 500, Howdy returned to run his 100-year old family business to re-energize the Jiffy brand and most importantly continue a long tradition of treating all his employees like family.

Register now for the Family Business Conference and enjoy this once in a lifetime chat with a family business icon.

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