About the Author
AMELIA RENKERT-THOMAS jointly founded Withers Consulting Group, an award winning international family-business consultancy. She works with families and enterprises of all shapes and sizes, from entrepreneurs coping with the consequences of liquidity events to large multi-generational families with highly sophisticated business and investment structures. She helps families to design tailored governance structures, create more effective board structures, form and govern family offices, set up shareholder councils, and make trusts more functional.
Her understanding of the complexities family businesses face stem not only from her consulting work but also from her own family background. She is the former President of Ironrock, Inc., her family's fifth generation manufacturing business, and the granddaughter of the founder of Fisher Price Toys.
Amelia's consulting work fills a void between family dynamics and management consultancy. Her work reduces and manages the conflicts that can be created by structures of ownership, such as voting and non-voting shares, trusts, partnerships, and foundations, all of which are very familiar to Amelia as a trained lawyer. Her work on ownership has been referred to as "the missing piece of the puzzle" for family businesses.
Because of her mix of personal and professional experience, Amelia is often asked to comment in the press and provide consulting and training for families and family business advisers alike.