Continuity was founded in 2003 by Doug Baumoel, who was driven to crack the code of what helped family businesses move forward when family business consultants had not been able to help his family avoid crisis.
“I come from a family business,” shares Doug. “I spent much of my career as the 2nd generation leader of the industrial instrumentation business my father started. We had a lot of conflict, and despite working with family business consultants in the 1980s and 1990s, our story didn’t end the way we’d hoped.”
Doug’s mission to help other families made his business partnership with Blair Trippe, an expert mediator and executive with experience on Wall Street and in other posts, plus experience as a family business in-law, an ideal match.
Doug’s engineering background and Blair’s expertise in conflict mediation led the partners to develop a unique methodology to deconstruct conflict in family enterprise and guide families through transition, no matter how challenging. They co-authored the renowned book Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth, and Power.
Since its founding, Continuity has grown to be one of the leading firms working exclusively with family businesses and families of wealth. Our methodology helps us see clearly the inherent conflict that threatens family enterprise, then make smart plans for the future to manage it. Our growing team of experts applies this methodology, no matter what type of case we work on—so both business and lasting relationships thrive.