Johnny Esposito, Jr./Buckhead Tavern, Restaurant & Bar
Owner & Founder
Johnny Esposito, Jr. and his family have been in the hospitality industry for nearly half a century. He is the son of late entertainment and nightlife leader and founder of the legendary Johnny’s Hideaway. He is spearheading the opening of Buckhead Tavern with restaurant guru, Ron Barber.
Jane Turner/Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Jane Turner has held the position of Executive Director for The Children’s Museum of Atlanta since September 2004. During that time she has led the work of the museum to become a key organization reaching approximately 200,000 visitors each year, and thousands of additional children and families through extensive outreach into the community. Under her leadership, the Museum has enhanced its physical exhibits and expanded programs addressing cognitive, social, and emotional development of children ages 0-8. Prior to joining The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Jane served as President of the Board of Directors of Georgia Shakespeare Festival, one of the largest non-profit theaters in Atlanta. Her previous experience includes fifteen years at National Data Corporation, Washington, D.C., where she worked in the healthcare technology division as Director of Institutional Pharmacy Systems. Jane graduated from Kenyon College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Jane currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Junior League of Atlanta and Advisory Board of Georgia Shakespeare.
Don Schwerzler/Family Business Institute, Inc.
Founder and CEO
An early pioneer in the field of family business consulting, I began studying and advising family business entrepreneurs in 1967 – a career span of more than 40 years. Over the years I have perfected a process for dealing with the unique and complex issues that impact family businesses (especially related to the problems associated with managing the succession process) that have proven highly successful, simple and effective.
In the early 80’s I organized the Family Business Institute which is based in Atlanta – the very first multi-disciplined consulting firm exclusively serving family-owned and closely-held businesses. We are responsible for developing many of the strategies used by successful family businesses.
In the mid 80’s I became the founding sponsor of the first college-based family business program in the USA. Today there are more than 300 family business programs at universities and more worldwide.
Late in 2001 we began work on our web site Family Business Experts.com – a work still in process. The site does not have any flash or gimmicks, just a lot of great content. Today, because it is a content-rich site, it is the highest-ranked, full-service family business resource site on the Internet. Last month we registered more than 190,000 page views and each month we host visitors from more than 100 different countries.
Our web site has been twice recognized by the Journal of Accountancy (published by the American Institute of CPAs) as one of the top 10 web sites on the Internet – dealing with succession.
Ian Mendelsohn/Vine & Tap Restaurant
Ian Mendelsohn opened Vine & Tap restaurant in Buckhead on Valentine’s Day 2014. Upon graduation from the Culinary Institute of America, he worked as a sommelier at Windows on the World and then went on to run the wine department at Christie’s Auction House for almost five years. He moved to Las Vegas where he was instrumental in opening of the Wynn Hotel, Pure and Tao Night Clubs and went on to become Wine Director of the Mirage Hotel and Casino. Ian was recruited to become the Wine Director at the St. Regis Buckhead, and also worked as the wine specialist at H&F Bottle Shop before opening his restaurant Vine & Tap, the perfect neighborhood spot to meet friends, after work or shopping.