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The Steinbrenner Family Named 2008 Outstanding Family Business

Published: February 24, 2009
The Steinbrenner family of New York Yankees fame will be named the 2008 Outstanding Florida Family Business in an award ceremony on Friday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in The University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center. The program includes an awards luncheon and keynote speaker 11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. followed by a panel discussion 2 – 3 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person, or $300 for a table of eight.

Greg McCann, J.D., CPA and author of When Your Parents Sign the Paychecks, will give the keynote address. A panel discussion will follow, featuring McCann, Reid Haney from Hill Ward Henderson, Gene McNichols, CEO of the McNichols Company and past Family Business Award winner; and Stephen G. Salley of the GenSpring Family Offices.

George M. Steinbrenner III is principal owner and chairperson of Yankee Global Enterprises, but the business team also includes his wife Joan Steinbrenner, and children Harold Z. Steinbrenner, Henry G. Steinbrenner, Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal, and Jessica Steinbrenner. The New York Yankees enterprise is not just a baseball team, but a memorabilia company, a cable television network, and a real estate business.

The Florida Family Business of the Year Awards were created in 2001 to recognize the best of Florida’s family-owned, family-operated businesses. The awards are sponsored by Hill Ward Henderson and GenSpring Family Offices and presented by the John H. Sykes College of Business at The University of Tampa. They are part of the college’s Florida Entrepreneur and Family Business Program. In 2004, then-Gov. Jeb Bush declared “Florida Family Business Day” to coincide with the award.

Award criteria include the innovation of the business’s strategies and practices, expression of positive family values in the business, the quality of the link between the family and the business, contributions to the community, and overall growth and viability.

For more information about the Florida Family Business of the Year Awards, or to reserve your seats, contact Angie Ballard at (813) 257-3782 or , or register online at by Monday, March 2.