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Talking Wine with Certified Sommelier Ed Brehm

“We call this a pinky-up-free zone. It’s not frou frou. You know, we like nice things, we love great products, but we still want to have value; be approachable to just about anybody. Whether you’re a millionaire or you’re a local server at a local restaurant, everybody’s welcome. We treat everyone with the same respect, […]


Where Oil Meets Music: How Greg Vadnais Jr. Successfully Balances Careers in Both Industries

  “It’s something that I confront all the time, in music circles and in oil and gas circles. You know, these people are sitting across from each other with misconceptions about the other person, and at the end of the day, they have more in common than they could possibly know. I feel like I’m […]


How Derek Drushel Grew His Business as a System That Can Run Itself

“Trust your big picture. Let your staff and everybody else help you with almost every detail and the little things.” — Derek Drushel You’d be hard pressed to meet someone more passionate and goal-oriented than Derek Drushel. Already having an established business in Webberville, Michigan, Derek’s family acquired property between Okemos and Williamston, which later became Joey’s […]


How BJ Rycus of Rycus Flooring Balances His Passion for Work with His Passion for (MSU) Sports

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” — Michael J. Fox “There’s three things in business: quality, service, and price – and you can pick two of the three things.” — BJ Rycus, Quoting His Grandfather, Lionel Rycus If you’re looking for tips on how to balance a passion for family, work, and sports, ask BJ Rycus […]

Kirbay Preuss of Preuss Pets

Interview 1: Kirbay Preuss of Preuss Pets

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” — Mahatma Gandhi It’s only fitting that the first interview should be with Kirbay Preuss of Preuss Pets. Preuss Pets is a pets store located in Old Town, Lansing, Michigan, right next door to my family’s company (Friedland Industries, Inc.). Kirbay […]



The Family Business Experience Blog! Join me as I dive into the experiences of people who work for family businesses. What are their most memorable moments to date? What services do they use that have proven helpful? What changes have they seen in their industry along the way? What You Can Expect Do you need […]

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