Jeanie Buss, president of the Los Angeles Lakers, was the featured speaker at the inaugural Center for Family Business Hall of Fame awards on Jan. 20. Four family-owned businesses were named the inaugural members of the Center for Family Business Hall of Fame, designed to honor outstanding family businesses that make a positive impact on Mihaylo and the local business community.
Jeanie Buss, president of the Los Angeles Lakers, was the featured guest speaker for the inaugural Center for Family Business Hall of Fame awards on Jan. 20, an event honoring outstanding family-owned businesses in the community. Buss discussed her business experience, which has included two years as president of the professional basketball franchise and 15 years as its executive president of business operations. “I have shared some things with people here tonight and I got great feedback,” she said. “That is why the center is so wonderful, because it is really a support for something that’s always in transition and always a process.”
“Having Jeanie Buss as our featured guest speaker brought a level of prestige and credibility to our kickoff event,” says Ed Hart, the center’s director.
Since 1995, Mihaylo’s Center for Family Business has supported local family-owned businesses. Members have the opportunity to learn from experts in a variety of business-related fields, network and learn best practices at regular events and provide opportunities for Mihaylo students.
Seventeen businesses were nominated to be inaugural honorees for the Center for Family Business Hall of Fame. “The four businesses that were selected were nominated and voted on by their peers, which makes their induction even sweeter,” says Hart. The honorees at the Jan. 20 ceremony were States Logistics Services, Cascade Pump Company, Hydraflow and Hill Brothers Chemical Company. “In any sport or walk of life, the Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best of the best,” says Hart.