Who is FBLP?

Family Business Leadership Partners was founded in 2015 with one mission in mind: To faithfully support family businesses for the future.


Family Business Leadership Partners (FBLP) is a trusted resource for family-owned businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. We are a community of family business leaders, next gen members and supporting partners dedicated to learning and sharing knowledge to sustain and grow your family business legacy.


We understand that leading a family business is both rewarding and complex. As a family business with strong values and purpose, you have a competitive edge over your competition. At the same time, the mixing of "family" and "business" in day-to-day and strategic matters adds an extra layer to manage. That's why we provide a mix of relevant programs and social networking opportunities geared towards the unique needs of family businesses.

We Offer

  • In-depth insightful programs and workshops that address critical family business issues in a confidential environment

    • Family business conflict resolution

    • Foundations for entrepreneur leadership

    • Family business management

    • Succession planning

    • Family business strategic and business planning

    • Family governance

    • Understanding your family business and transitional leadership resolution

    • Family member's coaching needs

  • Expertise from a select group of strategic partners that provide financial, legal, tax, insurance, leadership and wellness resources

  • Fun social and networking events with other family members

  • Straightforward dialogue with other family business leaders who understand your reality

  • Connections, introductions and resources based on your specific family needs

Our Leadership


Chief Executive Officer

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Jim brings decades of deep leadership and strategic planning experience to FBLP. He has served in CEO, COO and CFO roles for a variety of companies, including family businesses. His corporate career has been focused on building businesses, re-engineering underperforming business units, expanding market share, improving productivity, and enhancing profit margins and return on invested capital. Currently in his role as Vistage (formerly TEC) Chairman, he works with next generation (NextGen) members who aspire to be the next family business or corporate CEO leader. His coaching and consulting practice, James Advisory Services, LLC focuses on strategic planning, succession planning, family management development and conflict resolution.


COO/Executive Director

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Dr. David Borst, known in the media community as "Dr. Dave", is a serial entrepreneur and educational authority. Prior to joining FBLP, Dr. Borst served as the dean of the School of Business Administration at Concordia University Wisconsin. During his tenure at the school, he created 10 new programs for the undergraduate business curriculum to increase market demand and grew the MBA program to the number one position in the state of Wisconsin. He is Chairman of ITA Academy, a choice school in the city of Milwaukee, Director of the Honors Academy at Milwaukee Lutheran High School and provides advising and growth services to higher education institutions around the country.

Bill Spaulding is Vice President of Integrated Portfolio Services and a Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Broker for JLL, a global firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Bill helps manage and deliver real estate solutions that align with his clients' business objectives. Bill's business development and client relationship management experience spans many industries, including financial, real estate, advertising and logistics.


Business Development

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Board of Directors


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