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Welch Allyn Owner Shares Secrets of Success At Wilkes University Family Business Alliance on Sept. 10

Contact: Vicki Mayk

Family business members of every generation won’t want to miss Eric Allyn’s “Stories of Success” presentation. Allyn will speak at Wilkes University Family Business Alliance on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Henry Student Center Ballroom, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre

As a fourth-generation owner of Welch Allyn, a completely family-owned company with over 2,600 employees and revenue over $700 million, Allyn knows first hand what it takes to make a family business successful. He will discuss how Welch Allyn changed its governance model as the company transitioned from the third to the fourth generation of family ownership; how the family keeps harmony across its 56 (and growing!) shareholders; and how the next generation is introduced to Welch Allyn. 

The event is free but advance seating is required. To reserve seating or for more information, contact Lanie Jordan at meliss.jordan@wilkes.edu or call (570) 408-2120. 

Welch Allyn is an American manufacturer of medical diagnostic equipment, which has been named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Fortune Magazine. Eric Allyn is co-chairman of the board of directors, and chairman of the company’s Voting Trust. His Welch Allyn career began in 1982, and included running operations in the United Kingdom, serving as vice president of sales, director of business development, and managing director of the family office. In 2010 he stepped out of his employee role to join the board of directors. 

Outside of Welch Allyn, Eric serves on the Board of Directors of GOJO (makers of Purell), Pharma Tech Industries, and Diffinity Genomics. He is also on the Board of Auburn Community Hospital, Hospital Trustees of NYS, The Gifford Foundation, The Allyn Foundation,  NYS Business Council, and Family Firm International (FFI). He is founder and managing partner of two private Investment Funds. 

Allyn graduated from Dartmouth College, and earned his master of business administration degree from University of Virginia. He lives in Skaneateles, N.Y., with his wife Meg O’Connell and has three daughters. 

This presentation is part of a series presented by the Wilkes University Family Business Alliance, developed by regional business owners. The alliance is a member-driven organization that aims to enable local family businesses to maintain and grow a profitable business and successfully transfer management and ownership to the next generation. The alliance provides its members with executive educational programs, enhanced networking opportunities with fellow family business owners, a forum to discuss common issues and concerns, and exposure to nationally recognized experts to ensure that the businesses’ needs are constantly identified and addressed.

Published On: 8/26/2014
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