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The 2019 Family Innovations Summit is made possible through the generous support of :

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Farrell Fritz

Farrell Fritz has advised generations of New York area family businesses and their owners since 1976. Their clients rely upon them for practical advice and legal guidance in all areas related to starting, operating, and exiting, a business. This includes financing, business succession planning; inter-generational wealth preservation; philanthropic giving; mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures; real estate development, sales, and acquisition; tax issues; shareholder agreements; human resource management issues; restructuring; litigation; and many other legal services.

Their attorneys provide insights to help clients create a sustainable plan for the future and understand how their decisions today will impact their business, their family, and themselves tomorrow. They work collaboratively with their clients and each other, providing business owners with seamless access to our broad legal expertise.

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EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

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Sam Seltzer '48

Firmly convinced that small business is the foundation of the U.S. economy, Sam Seltzer has been committed to personal enterprise throughout his life. In 1960, he founded Allison Corporation, a company that manufactures and sells a wide variety of automobile accessories with facilities in East Asia, Europe, and the United States. Allison was one of the first American companies to do business in Mainland China.

By the early 1980s, Sam came to recognize the need for undergraduate education in business skills, specifically for those young people wishing to join family enterprises or for those willing to make the commitment and to take the risks to start their own businesses. Thus, he became the founding chairman of Cornell PEP (Personal Enterprise Program); a program that began with one course in Business Planning, quickly grew to over 35 courses, mostly at the undergraduate level, and eventually merged into Entrepreneurship at Cornell (Entrepreneurship at Cornell). Continuing to serve on the Entrepreneurship at Cornell Advisory council, Sam Seltzer has provided consistent leadership and financial support for this program.