Wayne Rivers is the co-founder and President of The Family Business Institute, Inc. He has authored three books on the subject of business families: The Top Nine Reasons Family Businesses Fail – And the Eight Building Blocks for Creating a SUSTAINABLE Closely Held Business, Prescriptions For a Healthy Family Business, and You Don’t Have To Die To Win – Success and Succession For Family Businesses. Wayne has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, "BusinessWeek: WEEKEND" and on the Retirement Living Network.
Wayne is a Wall Street Journal Expert Panelist. He has also been quoted on the subject of family and closely held businesses by Forbes Fortune, BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur, CFO, Family Business, The New York Times, Washington Post, and by other trade, local, regional, and national publications. He has written hundreds of articles for various magazines and trade publications and has produced an acclaimed newsletter, Family Times, for over 15 years. He has done workshops and lectures for Harley-Davidson, CCA Global, YPO, ACA International, Associated General Contractors of America, National Association of Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractors, American Council of Engineering Companies, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Window and Door Manufacturers Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, University of Wisconsin, University of Pittsburgh, Wake Forest University, Virginia Tech, University of Hawaii, Babson College, UNC Asheville, and many others.
Wayne runs AGC PRO, a member benefit program of The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), which helps commercial construction CEOs make more money in less time with fewer headaches and a higher quality of life through a process of peer review and accountability. Wayne has also been honored as a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute with the designation of ACFBA – Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising.