Ellie Frey Zagel

Ellie Frey Zagel

Ellie Frey Zagel is executive director of the Grand Rapids-based Family Business Alliance and third-generation vice chair of the Frey Foundation in Grand Rapids. Contact her at ellie@fbagr.org or 616-771-0573.


How to be a valuable asset on your company’s board

March 31, 2017
Are you the next generation of your family’s business? Do you currently serve on a board or want to serve on a nonprofit board? If it’s the latter, why do you serve? Are you an effective board member? Perhaps you would like to do more for the organization but can’t seem to make the time. Read More

Keep that resolution; create your best year ever

January 13, 2017
More than 200 million Americans made New Year’s resolutions this month and, yet, only 8 percent will keep them. Read More

Protecting the family business from fraud

December 30, 2016
“It happened to me.” Read More

Family business best practices: an overview

July 8, 2016
What does it take for a family business to be world class? Read More

Is yours a family business? You are not alone

January 15, 2016
Are you the founder or next-generation owner of a company? Read More

Raising kids amidst family business success

January 30, 2015
The next generation of family business owners is required to be many things. They are expected to be smart — even smarter than their talented entrepreneurial parents. Read More

Considering employment in the family business

January 10, 2014
Are members of the next generation of the family business considering working for the family firm? Read More

Service providers, trusted advisors: How to work with family businesses

December 15, 2012
Are the majority of your clients family businesses? Chances are, yes. Read More

Keys to successful multi generational family enterprises

April 16, 2012

As the next generation of my family’s enterprise, the Frey Foundation, I have been training to be a trustee for more than 20 years. This year, I joined two of my cousins on the board.

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A few family business considerations for the new year

December 27, 2011

If you are anything like me, you live and die by the yellow Post-It. These genius creations hold my ideas to be explored later and the “to do” lists that rule my existence. Without the yellow 3M sea, I just might be lost and rudderless. This may sound odd, but as the director of a rapidly growing nonprofit that helps family businesses succeed generation to generation, my board of directors and family business members expect me to keep the organization moving forward. Everyone has their own way of mastering tasks throughout their day, week, month and year.

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