LMU Family Business Entrepreneurship Conference

Friday, September 29, 2023
LMU Playa Vista Campus

Join us for our third annual LMU Family Business Entrepreneurship Conference! The theme for this year’s conference is Family Advantage, and we have an outstanding lineup of expert panelists who will speak about entrepreneurial legacy, reaching the 100-year milestone and what happens next, working with your spouse, and the advantages and challenges of working in a family enterprise.

Register now to hear firsthand from thought leaders and business experts who will share their research and experiences to address the profound benefits and complications inherent in family businesses.

  • 9 a.m. | Doors Open, Networking, and Light Breakfast

    9:30 a.m. | Opening Remarks 

    10 a.m. | Keynote by William B. Gartner | Family Advantage Through Entrepreneurial Legacy

    William B. Gartner is the Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship at Babson College.

    11 a.m. | 100 Years in Business: El Cholo Restaurants

    • Ron Salisbury, CEO (grandson of founders)
    • Blair Salisbury, President/CEO Restaurant Management Group and El Cholo Pasadena (great grandson of founders)
    • Brendon Salisbury, CFO (great grandson of founders)
    • Moderated by Carol Costello, LMU Special Advisor

    12 p.m. | Lunch & Table Discussions

    1:15 p.m. | Bill and Theresa Armour, Founders of Burke Williams | Doing Business with a Spouse

    2:15 p.m. | Family Advantage Panel

    • Anand Gala, Managing Partner, Gala Capital Partners
    • Joshua Gonzalez, Strategy, Northgate Markets
    • Krista Parnagian, Fowler Packing
    • Sooj Park, Head of Strategy and Operations, Praxis Musical Instruments

    3 p.m. | Coffee Break

    3:30 p.m. | Selling the Family Business Panel: Capital Group Private Client Services

    • Anne Gifford Ewing, SVP, Senior Trust and Estate Specialist, Capital Group Private Client Services
    • Jeff Ruderman, Wealth Strategist, Capital Group Private Client Services

    4:30 p.m. | Conference Close & Happy Hour

    • Dante Riboli Colombatti, 4th Generation Family Member – Marketing, San Antonio Winery


William B. Gartner
Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship at Babson College

Ron Salisbury
CEO of El Cholo Restaurants

Blair Salisbury
Owner of El Cholo Pasadena

Brendon Salisbury
CFO of El Cholo Restaurants

Carol Costello
LMU Special Advisor and Journalism Lecturer

Theresa & Bill Armour
Founders of Burke Williams

Anand Gala
Managing Partner at Gala Capital Partners 

Joshua Gonzalez
Strategy at Northgate Markets

Krista Parnagian '14
Third Generation Member of Fowler Packing

Sooj Park
Head of Strategy and Operations at Praxis Musical Instruments

Anne Gifford Ewing
Senior Vice President, Senior Trust and Estate Specialist at Capital Group Private Client Services

Jeff Ruderman
Wealth Strategist for Capital Group Private Client Services

Young J. Kim
Partner at TroyGould PC

Dante Riboli Colombatti
4th Generation Family Member – Marketing, San Antonio Winery

Adele Yellin
Former President of The Yellin Company and Owner of Grand Central Market

    • David C. Bentall, Founder and President, Next Step Advisors
    • Andrew Cherng, Founder and Chairman, Panda Restaurant Group
    • Betty Porto, Co-Owner, Porto’s Bakery and Cafe
    • RJ Melman, President, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises
    • Carol Choi, Founder, United Exchange Corp.
    • Lisette Gaviña, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board, F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc.
    • Maya Patel, Executive Chair, Tarsadia Foundation
    • Anne Gifford Ewing, Senior Vice President, Capital Group
    • Randy Parnagian, Fowler Packing
    • Bridget Kilroy, CEO, Global 51