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.
About Our Name
In a word, “Continuity” reflects the purpose of the work we do:
Building upon historical foundations to create a connected, intentional, and productive future for all stakeholders.
It is not that we believe that family businesses should last forever or that all families should be tied together with shared assets indefinitely. In fact, there often comes a time when families are no longer the right owners for the business or the business is no longer a fit for the family.
Sometimes the family needs to focus its energies on a new entrepreneurial challenge.
Families constantly evolve. Over time, some family branches naturally split off to focus more intently on their own smaller constellation of family members and enterprise. This can be done with intention.
But when these changes are motivated by misunderstandings, conflict, or lack of foresight and planning, they are disruptive and cause wealth generation and personal relationships to suffer.
Family stories can continue to unfold in ways that preserve the values and legacy of the family when change is anticipated, with business and family leaders able to guide and prepare for the change. This continuity serves as a foundation for future generations of business success and family strength.
We help our client families write the next chapter of their story as they intend.
Since 2003, Continuity Family Business Consulting has helped families around the world build connected, intentional and productive futures. Headquartered in Boston, our advisors offer extensive experience and training in business, family systems, and conflict management.
We know how to effectively integrate the expertise of estate planners, CPAs, key non-family executives, and family business stakeholders – both in and out of the business – to produce plans that work as well for the business as they do for the family.