DCU Centre for Family Business hosting Family Business Conference 2017

DCU Centre for Family Business is delighted to host Family Business Conference 2017


The 'S' word: Navigating succession in family business

with a keynote address by Mr Paul Darley & Ms Audrey Darley of 4th generation family business W.S. Darley & Company and two interactive workshop style breakout sessions facilitated by industry experts and academic speakers .

Date: Wednesday 1st March

Time: 8.00am – 2pm (including networking lunch)

Who should attend: family business owners and managers, next generation, family business advisors. Everyone with a general interest in best practices for family business growth and sustainability is also welcome.

At this conference we will discuss topics of:

-          Succession in family business

-          Choosing a successor

-          Preparing to let go

-          Exit styles


Tickets: €50 for family business attendees, €100 for non- family business

For more information visit our website http://www.dcu.ie/centreforfamilybusiness

Or contact familybusiness@dcu.ie with any questions or queries


Event MC:

Mr Brian O’Donovan– RTE broadcaster (tbc)


Conference speakers:

Mr Paul Darley – CEO of 4th generation family business W.S. Darley & Co, USA

Ms Audrey Darley – Vendor Relations Manager of W.S. Darley, USA

Mr Kevin O’ Connor – Managing Director of family business Colourtrend, Ireland (tbc)

Ms Rachel O’Connor- Business Development Manager Colourtrend, Ireland (tbc)

Dr Eric Clinton – Director of CFB


Event details:

  • 8.00am Registration for 8.30am start
  • Plenary with a keynote address by Mr Paul Darley & Ms Audrey Darley


  • Breakout sessions

-          Speed Networking event

-          Interactive breakout session

  • Networking lunch


Keynote speaker info: 


Paul C. Darley is Chairman, CEO & President of W.S. Darley & Co. He is a Past President of the Fire Apparatus Manufacturers Association (FAMA). He has visited fire services in over 80 countries. He holds a BS Degree in Marketing and Finance from Marquette University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He recently earned a two year post graduate degree in Emotional Intelligence from the University of Illinois. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for several civic, corporate and charitable organizations. In 2010, W.S. Darley & Co was named the Loyola University Illinois Family Business of the Year and was recognized by Marquette University as Alumnus Family Business of Year in 2009. He has numerous family business speaking engagements including “Resolving Sibling Conflict in Family Business” at the annual Family Business Magazine Conference.


Audrey Darley is the Director of Vendor Relations for Darley Defense, W.S. Darley & Co.’s rapidly growing Defense Division. Audrey, a 4th generation family member, joined the business in September 2014. Prior to transitioning to Vendor Relations in October 2015, Audrey worked as an OEM and Dealer Accounts Manager in the Fire Pump Sales Division. Audrey graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010 with a B.S. in Finance. Upon completion of her undergraduate program, Audrey went on to comply with the Company’s employment policy which requires family members to gain outside work experience before joining the business. She accepted a position at MB Financial Bank in Chicago where she served as a Commercial Credit Analyst from 2010-2012 followed by a Relationship Manager from 2012-2014. Outside of work, Audrey finds time to be active and participates in volleyball leagues throughout Chicago where she resides. She enjoys attending sporting events (Cubs, Bulls, & Bears) as well as concerts. Audrey is also involved in the Catholic Charities Junior Board, YPO Next Generation Committee, and Windy City Women’s Forum.