As in your family-run company, we are dynamic, because we weave different talents and styles together. While Pat focuses on strategy and financials,
Paul relishes career development and communications. Paul puns; Pat groans. We strongly prefer to work as a team, in speaking and consulting, thus modeling family business behavior.
Both of us were raised in business-owning families, contrasts in urbanity. Pat grew up on a family farm outside rural Elba, New York. Paul's father founded a CPA firm near Wall Street. Our passion, which we mesh
into our services, is rooted in these family stories.
We both began as professors in accounting. We each hold a CPA designation as well as the Family Firm Institute's Certificate in Family Business Advising.
We have three children, share a love for theatre and travel, and live happily in a geodesic dome in Eugene when we're not relaxing in our getaway on the Oregon Coast.
Dr. Patricia A. (Pat) Frishkoff
Pat is a pioneer in developing learning opportunities for business owners, their families, and the professionals who serve family businesses. She
founded the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University in 1985. At her academic retirement in 2002, she was the most veteran director of a university-based family business program in the world. She holds a B.A. in Economics from St.
Lawrence University and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kent State University.
Pat’s innovations have resulted in dozens of creative workshops and practical tools, including those that capture the power of the Internet. Her many articles in academic, business and trade publications, have provided strategic direction and sound advice. She has been frequently honored for her exemplary work with folks from family businesses, both senior and younger generations.
Dr. Paul Frishkoff
Paul facilitates change, by integrating aspects of entrepreneurship, career development, heroism and creativity, aspects of classes that he introduced and taught as Professor in the Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon. Believing that life, including family business, can be fun, he injects humor into his work. His coined “definitions” include: "napotist” – a relative who sleeps on the job, and congloomerate" - diversified family enterprise still run with Grandpa's Depression-era outlook.
Paul holds a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in history and economics from Swarthmore, an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford. He has participated in about 2000 hours of continuing education in applied psychology and related fields. He served on the regional Board of Directors for the Oregon Society of CPAs and supports his community through longtime board service for Looking Glass Youth and Family Services.