Michael N. McGrann

Director, Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship
Office: Mandeville 206-B
Phone: 610-660-2248
Email: mmcgrann@sju.edu

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Mike is the Director of the Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship at Saint Joseph’s University.  The program focuses on the strategic ownership and management practices of family businesses and entrepreneurs with an emphasis on the application of entrepreneurial strategy to the family as an “economic unit.”  Mike teaches undergraduate and graduate courses including The Family as Entrepreneur, New Venture Creation, as well as external education programs - conducting seminars for family firms, executive education programs, and personalized educational workshops for family enterprises around the world.  Additionally, Mike is Founder and a Principal in The TELOS Group, a consulting group that specializes in transition and strategy consulting to enterprising families.  He owns a marketing services company, and has worked as a corporate and micro-enterprise lender.  Mike holds a BA in economics from Cornell University, an MBA from the Wharton School, and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has lived and worked in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Finland.


  • University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
    • The Wharton School May 1997
      • MBA, Major: Marketing and Operations Management
    • The School of Arts and Sciences May 1997
      • MA, Major: International Studies, Concentration in Latin America and Spanish
      • Graduate Fellow, The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies
      • Master’s Thesis: “The Future of Mexican Economic Reform Amid Privatization-Nationalization Cycles”
  • Cornell University Ithaca, NY
    • Bachelor of Arts in Economics December 1988


Professional Experience

  • The TELOS Group, Inc., Philadelphia, PA Managing Director/Principal            1997 - Present
  • The Wharton Small Business Development Center, Philadelphia, PA Business Consultant            1996 - 1997
  • Catholic Relief Services, Banica, Dominican Republic Project Coordinator, Small Enterprise Development Project            1993 - 1995
  • National Westminster Bank USA, New York, NY Corporate Lending Officer            1989 - 1992

Academic Experience

  • The Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship, Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph’s University  Philadelphia, PA Director  2012 – Present
  • The S. Dale High Center for Family Business, Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown, PA Executive Director   2009-Present
  • The Institute for Family Enterprising, Babson College Wellesley, MA Adjunct Faculty and Assistant Director  2003-2009
  • The Wharton Enterprising Families Initiative, The Wharton School Philadelphia, PA Assistant Director 1997 – July 2003


  • “Families and Economic Uncertainty:  Your Familiness as a Source of Competitive Advantage.”  Council on Family Relations Conference, September, 2010,  Elizabethtown, PA. 
  • “Transitioning the Family Enterprise:  A model for managing risk and ensuring sustainability.”  (With Dr. Dennis Jaffe and Sam Davis.) Family Firm Institute, September 2009, New York, NY.
  • “Family Enterprising: A distinct view of family business education.” Babson Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators (SEE) at Babson College, October, 2007, Wellesley, MA.  
  • “Family-Based Entrepreneurship and Economic Development:  Finding your familiness advantage in doing business and doing good. ( With Dr. Timothy Habbershon and Dr. Mary Williams ).  Inaugural conference of  The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. 2005, Grove City, PA. 
  • “Nepotism’s Effect On Customer Touch-points and Job Efficiency.”  (With Dr. Dennis Laker and Dr. Mary Williams). International Atlantic Economic Society, October, 2002, Washington, DC.
  • “Exploring the Mindset and Methods of Enterprising Families.”  (With Dr. Joseph Pistrui).  Family Firm Institute, October, 2001, London, England.
  • “Nepotism’s Effect On Productivity:  An Analysis of a Commercial Bank.”  (With Dr. Dennis Laker and Dr. Mary Williams).  National Business and Economics Society, February, 2001, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • “Exploring the Mindset and Methods of Enterprising Families.” (With Dr. Timothy Habbershon and Dr. Joseph Pistrui). Family Business Network Research Conference, Rome, Italy, 2001.
  • Executive Education, Center for Family Business, Elizabethtown, PA.  Strategy Workshop Series. Leading in Crisis, and Your Familiness as a Source of Competitive Advantage: 2009 and 2010.
  • Executive Education, Elizabethtown Alumni Association annual meeting, Elizabethtown, PA. Parenting Lesson from Great Leaders: October 2009 and 2010.
  • Executive Education, Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Babson Park, MA. Youth in Family Business: 3-day program. June, 2009, 2008,  2007 and 2006.
  • Executive Education, ITESM – Babson Faculty Development Program, Monterrey, Mexico.  Understanding Family Enterprises and Family Enterprising Education.  2008 
  • Executive Education, National Association of Auto Dealers – Babson College Partnership.  Wellesley, MA.   The Succession Process and Long-term Competitiveness. 2008.
  • Executive Education, Citigroup Global Leadership Development Program,  New York, NY.  Governance and Entrepreneurial Success in Family Enterprises.  2007 and 2006.
  • Executive Education, University of South Dakota,  Vermillion, SD.  Becoming an Enterprising Family.  Two day program, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
  • Guest Lecture, King’s College,  Scranton, PA.  Building an Enterprising Mindset in your Family Business, December 2006, 2009.
  • Executive Education, Young Presidents Organization (YPO),  Annapolis, MD.  Future YPO’ers: Becoming an Empowered Successor.  June, 2006.
  • Conference Speaker, Puerto Rico Venture Forum,  San Juan, PR.  The Path to Transgenerational Wealth.  December 2005.
  • Executive Education, Banco Popular,  Dominican Republic. Finding your Competitive Advantage as a Family Firm, three-day seminars, 2003, 2004, 2005.
  • Executive Education, Banco Popular,  Dominican Republic. Meeting the Challenge of Entrepreneurial Growth and Competitiveness within the Free Trade Agreement. 2005
  • Invited Guest Professor, Instituto de Empresa,  Madrid, Spain, Executive MBA: Family Venturing Course, June, 2004.
  • Executive Education, ITESM,  Torreón, Mexico, Building your Familiness Advantage. 2003.
  • Executive Education, University of Delaware,  Wilmington, D.E. The Six Dimensions of the Enterprising Family, 2002.
  • Executive Education, Wharton Enterprising Families Initiative,  Philadelphia, PA. The Next Generation Seminar, 1999-2002
  • Executive Education, Wharton Enterprising Families Initiative,  Philadelphia, PA and Miami, FL . The Senior Generation Seminar, 1999-2002
  • Guest Lecture, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA.  Building Entrepreneurial Teams in your Family Business.  2002.
  • Conference Speaker, National Association of Chemical Distributors,  Orlando, FL.  Building a Unified Shareholder Group within a Down turning Economy: The Competitive Advantage of your Familiness.   2001.
  • Executive Education, INCAE,  Costa Rica. Managing your “Familiness” for a long competitive Advantage, 2001.
  • Executive Education, Elizabethtown College,  Elizabethtown, PA.  The Competitive Edge: Empowering Family Business 2001.
  • Executive Education, Banco Popular & Wharton Family Corporation LEADS project, 2000, 1999.


Current Executive Education Seminars

  • Managing Transitions:  Successor Generation Empowerment in Family Firms Three-day seminar for successor generation family member owners and managers.
  • Managing Transitions:  Senior Generation Leadership in Family Firms Two-day seminar for successor generation family member owners and managers.
  • Building Entrepreneurial Teams in Family and Closely Held Companies Three-day seminar for top management teams in family and closely held companies.
  • Managing Your “Familiness” for a Long-Run Competitive Advantage Three one-day seminars with assessment, report-back, and workshop activities for the family ownership group and leadership team.
  • Six Dimensions of an Enterprising Family:  Finding Your Competitive Advantage in Today’s Hypercompetitive Marketplace One-day or a series of six one-day seminars for family member owners and managers.
  • Long-Run Leadership:  Value Based Decisions that Stand the Test of Time One or two day seminar for leaders in family and closely held firms.
  • Communication and More:  Relationship Skills for the Workplace and Life One, two, or three day seminar for leaders and teams in family and closely held firms.

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