|Jim and Linda Parker|
The PCFB was formed as a 501(c)(3) in 2005 as the New Mexico Family Business Alliance. Its goal was to provide New Mexico family businesses with knowledge about family-run and closely-held businesses and to address issues unique to these firms.
In late December 2013, Linda H. and James M. Parker pledged $125,000 to the UNM Anderson School to move the program and rename it the Parker Center for Family Business. Linda is on the Anderson School’s Foundation Board of Directors and is the president and owner of Cafeteria Plan Company, a family operated financial services firm in Albuquerque. Jim is an attorney with Modrall Sperling Law Firm with more than 40 years of experience in federal taxation, estate planning, employee benefits, and business law. The PCFB will continue to be run by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of Directors from across the state representing many lines of business and will maintain its own 501(c)(3) under this new name. The PCFB has set up a Quasi Endowment with the UNM Foundation. In addition to their gift, Linda and Jim Parker have committed to raise an additional $125,000 for this effort.
The PCFB will inspire Anderson and UNM students to start their own businesses knowing that help will be available. Interim Dean Craig White says when second and third generation managers take over the family business, they often face more complex issues than their parents once did.
“Family businesses are an important part of the New Mexico economy; however, they bring unique challenges across generations,” says White. “There is an increasing need for an understanding of topics such as succession planning, asset management and communications. These skills are applicable to businesses owners and also to the students who will be working for them in the future.”
The PCFB will bring in nationally recognized, expert speakers in all areas of family business through symposiums and dinners open to its members and the business community as a whole. The PCFB also serves as a roundtable for participants to share experiences through quarterly breakfast meetings and Continuing Education Certificate Programs will be available to PCFB members through Anderson’s Executive and Professional Education Center for a fee.