All in the family
Jim Ethier '66 and Drew Everett '08/'16 draw on their time at Kellogg to lead industry leader Bush Brothers & Company
Thanks to a conniving dog looking to steal the
secret family recipe, Bush's Best Beans are an
industry-leading canned-vegetables brand and
a household staple in many homes.
But if you ask Jim Ethier and Drew Everett for
the secret behind Bush Brothers & Company's
continued success as a multigenerational family
business, both will give you the same answer:
Kellogg's Center for Family Enterprises (CFE).
"It has played a role in our development as
a family and a family ownership group," says
Everett, the company's current chairman and a
fourth-generation member of the Bush family.
In fact, 43 Bush family members (and a few
independent directors) have participated
in some form of CFE-developed family
business coursework, ranging from Executive
Education classes to executive development
Ethier, a former CEO and current chairman
emeritus, received an MBA from Kellogg in 1966.
"It's helped create an understanding throughout
our family, with our [CEO] and our independent
board members of what we were trying to do
in terms of building a good governing process,"
The coursework has also helped those fourthand
fifth-generation family members develop
the skill set to plan strategically, manage
efficiently and lead a complex organization with
many unique challenges.
Or, as third-generation member Ethier puts it,
the coursework got them "all singing from the
"Kellogg has made a tremendous contribution
to providing an education to the family as to
why we are doing the things we are doing,"
To that end, the company's gift will go toward
a chaired professorship named after CFE
co-director John Ward along with program
development for the center. Ethier and Everett
also thanked former co-director Lloyd Shefsky,
academic director Ivan Lansberg and associate
director Carol Zsolnay for their support.