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Helping Family-Owned and Family-Controlled Companies

Ernesto J. Poza, Founder

E.J. Poza Associates, Inc. provides strategic and organizational consulting for family-owned and family-controlled companies seeking continuity from generation to generation. Our areas of expertise include family business, strategic management, succession planning, business growth, family governance, and global entrepreneurship.

Our company has advised executive management of both Fortune 500 companies and privately held businesses in the United States and other countries, including Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Peru, Spain and Venezuela.

About Ernesto J. Poza

Ernesto J. Poza (BS Yale University; MBA, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is an internationally recognized speaker and consultant to family-controlled and family-owned businesses. He is professor emeritus of global entrepreneurship and family enterprise at Thunderbird’s School of Global Management.

His work has been featured on CNN, NBC, and NPR, as well as in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, El País, Excelsior, Expansión, and El Nuevo Día. He is the author of many articles and books, which you can learn about by browsing the website. His ongoing research on centennial family companies is yielding insights into best practices among leading multi-generational family enterprises worldwide.

He has advised top managements of family-owned and family-controlled large public companies worldwide in strategic management, succession planning, growth and governance. He has also consulted with substantial family offices and smaller, yet equally wonderful, privately held family firms and family offices.

Ernesto J. Poza is a founding member of the Family Firm Institute in 1986, a not-for-profit organization that is generally recognized as the premier body for advising and research in the family business and family wealth fields. In 1996, he earned the institute’s prestigious Richard Beckhard Practice Award, presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of family business practice. In 2010, he received FFI’s International Award.

Fluent in Spanish, he serves as a board member and consultant to large family-owned and family-controlled firms in the United States, Latin America and Europe.

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)​
  • Family Firm Institute (FFI)
  • Yale Legacy Partners
  • MIT Alumni Association of Phoenix
  • Thunderbird School of Global Management, Professor Emeritus, Global Family Enterprises
  • Academy of Management
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