Yesterday I spoke at a seminar on family business in Istanbul, Turkey.  Throughout my career in counseling families in business, I’ve worked with many businesses in Turkey.  At yesterday’s seminar, I shared case studies and experiences in two talks, “Reflections on more than 20 years of serving the Turkish Clients” and “The Joys and Challenges of Family Business” – a loaded subject if ever there was one!

One of the family businesses I’ve worked with for many years in Turkey is Koç Holding, one of the largest family-owned businesses in Turkey, as well as Turkey’s largest industrial and services group in terms of revenues, exports, market capitalization and number of employees.

I felt honored to receive an incredible endorsement from Mustafa Koç, chairman of Koç Holding, as he gave an outstanding summary of the work I have done.

The workshop was a great success.  It was wonderful to share the stage with Mustafa, as well as other sharp minds in the world of Turkish business, including Ali Sabanci, chairman of Pegasus Airlines, Mustafa Boydak, Vice President of Boydak Holding and Nafi Güral of Gural Porcelain.

Thank you to Mazar’s, Capital Magazine, Bizz Consulting and Ekonomist for sponsoring the event.

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