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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.


  • Continuing Education Program

    DC Psychological Association
    Washington, DC

    David and Donna Gage gave a workshop for psychologists, social workers and executive coaches on how BMC uses a multidisciplinary approach to help family business owners resolve complex family and business conflicts collaboratively.

  • Presentation at Annual Convention

    Event: American Psychological Association’s Annual Conference

    Event Date: August 6, 2017

    Location: Washington, DC

    Dr. David Gage presented a talk entitled “Siblings in Conflict: Tied at the Hip in the Family Business” at the world’s largest annual conference of psychologists. He talked to psychologists from around the world about how siblings jointly inherit family assets and suddenly find themselves not just siblings, but also business partners.

  • Family & Non-Family Business Partners in a Global Perspective

    Event: Guest Lecture, Course on Global Entrepreneurship

    Hosted by: Kogod School of Business, American University

    Event Date: November 17, 2016

    Location: American University

    American University Professor Richard Linowes asked Drs. Corso and Gage to address his Global Entrepreneurship class on BMC clients with global companies. Special guest, Claire Russo, co-founder of LuRu Home, described the advantages she and her partner experienced as a result of developing a Partnership Charter.

  • The Pros and Cons of Business Co-Ownership

    Event: Meeting of the Herndon Rotary

    Hosted by: The Herdon Rotary

    Event Date: TBD

    Location: TBD

    Co-owning a business is such a huge challenge that many advisors caution against even trying — despite all of the potential benefits. Kent Corso will describe the costs and benefits of co-owning family or non-family businesses. He will also explain how thorough planning, which isn’t taught in school, is the secret to success.

  • 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.

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