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The Partnership charter

The Partnership Charter by David Gage Millions of people co-own closely held companies, family businesses, and business partnerships, but establishing them and keeping them together is never easy. Here, finally, is the guide they have been waiting for.... Read More

Speaking Engagements 

BMC Associates provides speakers to families in business, business partners, and the professionals that serve them. Our subjects all focus on methods of preventing and resolving business conflict. The Speakers program is led by Dr. David Gage, a principal of BMC and a nationally-recognized expert on business mediation and collaboration. All BMC speakers are active practitioners in business mediation and conflict prevention.

For more detailed information on BMC’s capabilities or to arrange for a speaker, contact us.


  • Business Partners 101

    Event: Meeting of the Ashburn Rotary

    Hosted by: The Ashburn Rotary

    Event Date: November 3, 2016

    Location: 1757 Golf Club, Dulles, VA

    Kent Corso talked about the challenges of forming and maintaining high functioning business partnerships. He highlighted the risks, advantages, and issues business partners must grapple with if they want to increase their likelihood of success.

  • Partnership Paradigm: How to Partner Wisely

    Event: Invited Lecture for the 2016 Annual Convention of the American Dental Association

    Hosted by: American Dental Association

    Event Date: October 19-24, 2016

    Location: Convention Center, Denver, CO

    For the American Dental Association’s Annual Convention, Kent Corso was asked by to talk about about the critical factors dentists need to consider when forming group practices.

  • My Brother, Who Art Thou? The Challenges Brothers Face When They Work and Own a Family Business Together

    Event: Presentation at the 21st Annual Conference of Psychodynamics of Family Business

    Hosted by: Psychodynamics of Family Business

    Event Date: May 2, 2015

    Location: Hyatt Orrington Hotel, Evanston, IL

    David Gage talked about the ways brothers’ relationships and the power of positions in family businesses can facilitate … or retard family member’s personal growth.

  • Discussion of Dr. Gage’s Book, The Partnership Charter: How To Start Out Right with Your New Business Partnership (Or Fix the One You’re In)

    Event: Book Talk

    Hosted by: DC Psychological Association

    Event Date: September 24, 2015

    Location: Somerset House, Chevy Chase, MD

    Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the publication of his book, David Gage talked about the impetus for the book, the writing experience, and what he has learned in the ensuing 10 years as a result of it’s publication, first in English, then in Chinese in 2005 and Russian in 2012.

  • Conflict, Decisions, and Change: Challenges for the Consultant

    Event: Panel discussion at the Family Firm Institute’s 2014 Annual Conference

    Hosted by: Family Firm Institute

    Event Date: October 9, 2014

    Location: Hyatt Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

    Kathy Wiseman, Jack Wofford, and David Gage conducted a panel discussion to discuss how helping family businesses make difficult decisions about immediate problems can be more useful than trying to change relationships.

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