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NSRA answers the needs of the next generation of retailers with a NEW cutting-edge and hands-on program that focuses on practical solutions for generational transitions, including the latest business topics.

The goal of NextGen is to bring together next generation retailers from NSRA’s member stores in ways which allow them to build personal networks like those that have served the current generation of leaders so well. NextGen networks provide peer support and critical learning on the issues surrounding leadership development, and on the successor’s role in the generational transition of the family business, whether that transition is a few years or a few decades away.

The REVITALIZED agenda will consist of breakout sessions for both NextGen and NowGen, as well as sessions in which both groups will meet together. Networking opportunities will also be available for attendees to meet with their peers, reconnect and discuss business issues and ideas.

NSRA’s NextGen Leadership Program is the first of its kind in the footwear industry. It serves as a strong model for family-owned businesses – the backbone of the nation’s economy.

NSRA is partnering with Smith & Gesteland, LLP
for the 2015 NextGen Leadership Program.

While Smith & Gesteland, LLP’s focus has been on top-quality tax, accounting and auditing services, the firm has recognized that a need for "nontraditional” consulting services has become much more prevalent than years ago. Smith & Gesteland helps clients work "on the business”, including helping them manage growth and profitability by focusing on the things that matter. Their service areas include tax, accounting, assurance services, 80-20 Strategic Advising, strategic planning, human resource management, and information technology.

The firm serves as a catalyst, helping clients to effectively meet the needs of their customers, employees, and owners. They provide solutions to small and medium sized, closely held businesses faced with the financial and organizational challenges of growth or transition.

The Reinhart law firm offers a wide range of services to small and large businesses, individuals, nonprofit organizations and other entities. Reinhart takes pride in its ability to provide the highest quality of services and add value by taking the time to learn about our clients’ businesses and the issues facing them. The firm serves clients across the country and throughout the world, using its experience to find the most economical, creative and effective solutions for clients’ businesses.


The 2015 NextGen & NowGen Leadership Program is being held at
The Talbott Hotel in Chicago, October 4-6, 2015.

NSRA’s NexGen & NowGen Leadership Program is exclusive to members.
If you are interested in learning more about membership and this program,
please call 800-673-8446 or contact us.


Did You Know?

Family-owned businesses face high hurdles, according to the Small Business Administration:

  • Only 33% survive the transition from first to second generation.
  • Of that 33%, only 12% stay viable into the third generation.
  • Only 3% of that 12% continue into the fourth generation and beyond.

Nearly 70% of NSRA members have family members in their business. NSRA's "Next Generation of Leadership" intends to improve the odds.

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