J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., a wholesale grower of trees, is searching for an experienced executive to serve as CEO to lead the development and execution of Operating Company and Family Office strategy.

Title

Chief Executive Officer

Job Description
J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., a family-owned Northwest-based wholesale grower of shade, flowering, and specialty ornamental trees, is searching for an experienced executive to serve as CEO to lead the development and execution of Operating Company and Family Office strategy in support of the second and third generation family-owners’ vision and values. 

Situation Overview

  • The current GM (a non-family member who has served in the role since November 2012) has announced that they will retire from the company on January 31, 2020

  • Ownership is in the transition from sibling owner-management to next-generation “cousin ownership” 

  • Two “G2” family-owners will be stepping out of management roles 

  • Family-owners and Board of Directors (which includes four independent advisory directors) believe that professional management is vital to fulfilling the owner’s vision for their collective wealth and the operating company

  • A Search Committee of the Board of Directors is leading the CEO search process

Ideal Experience includes​

  • Experience as a “C suite” team member

  • Particularly strong finance background (especially capital and cash flow planning, governance and management)

  • Prior P&L responsibility

  • Lead or directed business planning and budgeting process

  • Experience with family business succession/transition

  • Experience with managing and supporting senior management team members

  • Track record of strong communication and conflict management skills

  • Track record as an empathetic, effective listener and communicator

  • Track record of developing “next generation” leadership 

For more information, please see this linked CEO Profile

If you or someone you know might be a great candidate for the role, please contact our Board Chair, Peter Trumbo at pktrumbo@gmail.com

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