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Sept. 24 - 26, 2024

Your Family Business, Even Better with This Event!

Get excited to be equipped, encouraged, and empowered.

Make Your Family Business Even Better

• Get the breakthrough you didn’t know you needed
• Learn from family business leaders who have already figured it out
• The Meridian Method is more valuable than anything you’ve ever experienced
Paul Powell
Paul Powell
Boswell Oil Company

“Enjoyed each day of the event. It was very informative, helpful, and motivational. Really enjoyed the fellowship with other companies.”

Jeff Chase
Jeff Chase
Fast Break

“The Meridian team is amazing. They are passionate, energized, and caring. Also, the other family businesses were great to work and share with.”

Keith Suppes
Keith Suppes
Parish Oil Co., Inc.

“The amount of knowledge that gathers here is incredible. If you are looking to grow your productivity, revenue, profitability, and your business as a whole, this is the place to be!”

Matt Strauch
Matt Strauch
Strauch Company

“I appreciate being able to hear my company’s thoughts throughout the program. It’s encouraging to be in alignment.”

Eric Vallier
Eric Vallier
Ed Staub & Sons, Ed’s Trucking

“Best networking conference I have ever attended. Awesome event. I’ll be back next year.”

Shelly Fruge
Shelly Fruge
Guillory Oil Co.

“I personally gain more with each Meridian event I attend. Always new information to take in. I have learned to never think something doesn’t pertain to me because you never know!”

Greg Parish
Greg Parish
Parish Oil Co., Inc.

“Meridian helps us develop relationships within our company and helps us make decisions to improve our company operations.”


  • To create an even stronger, resilient financial position so you’re prepared for anything​
  • To identify hidden bottlenecks so you turn frustration into smooth, no-drama operations​
  • To get the results you want from your team taking the weight off your shoulders


  • You aren’t alone or crazy in your challenges​
  • You can get others on board once you get home​
  • You can get what you want


  • To get things done faster and easier so you enjoy your family business and your life more​
  • To be your best and get the best from your team so you enjoy your time​
  • To say one step ahead so you lead the pack and win

This Year's Speakers

Elaine Levin

How will energy prices affect your family business in the future?  Elaine Levin, President of POWERHOUSE, has worked in energy futures since 1988, creating and executing strategies for protecting profit margins and promoting business growth. With her focus on price risk management and over 30 years of experience working worth with energy producers, refiners, marketers, and consumers executing hedging strategies, her presentation at this year’s Family Business Intensive will provide an understanding of one of the key economic drivers for the future of your family business.

James P Owens
James P. Owen

James P. Owen, author of “Cowboy Ethics,” and more recently “Cowboy Values” has a unique perspective on what drives culture.  With extensive investment experience and as a veteran financer, he shares his perspective on Wall Street and how the Code of the West can (and should) be applied to businesses. Known to Meridian through a client that adopted his “Cowboy Ethics” and built a powerhouse family business, he will be speaking at this year’s Family Business Intensive on how to uplevel your family business through cowboy ethics that will empower you to champion!

Elliot Eisenberg

Elliot Eisenberg, Ph. D. is a nationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making economics fun, relevant, and educational.  Yes, we did say fun in the same sentence as economics.  After being a top rated speaker for us once before, he is rejoining us at The Family Business Intensive to discuss economic trends, the future of the economy and how it will impact your family business going forward. While the economy is no laughing matter, Elliott will make knowing the drivers of the economy fun!  Get actionable steps to take to protect the future of your business at this year’s event!

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Steve Caldwell
Northgate Petroleum
a family business since 1922

“No other business environment is so open, collaborative, and genuine. Connecting with other marketers in a collaborative environment and getting resources & information from them was what I found most useful at this event.”

Eric Golightly
H.N. Funkhouser & Company
a family business since 1932

“As a first timer, I enjoyed the experiences of other successful leaders!”

Will Blackburn
Boswell Oil Company
a family business since 1927

“I loved being able to meet and discuss challenges and solutions in relation to technologies used in my industry!”

Aaron Douglas
Hooten Oil
a family business since 1942

“This was my first event, and I will definitely be using some of the tools and knowledge I gained!”

Champion in 2024!

Skirvin Hilton Hotel
Meet & Greet: September 23rd, 2024 6:00 p.m. CST
Main Event: September 24th 7:30 a.m. CST to September 26th Noon CST

Meridian Associates Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

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