The Family Business Consulting Group is pleased to announce the addition of Amy Wirtz, CEPA as its newest consultant specializing in shareholder value enhancement, business planning processes, and transition implementation of management, leadership and ownership. Her passion stems from growing up in her grandparents’ second-generation business, surrounded by the wonderfully complex matters a family business presents.
“Amy demonstrates so many of the qualities that FBCG values, from her education and her many years of working with family companies, to her deep sense of service to clients,” said Managing Principal Drew Mendoza. “Her work in collaborative law underscores her extensive understanding and experience of transitions in family firms. We are pleased to welcome her to the team.”
Amy brings a diverse range of experience to family enterprises by serving in various roles such as an exit-planning advisor, collaborative lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, lecturer, and teacher. Drawing from 25 years as a lawyer, she believes in peaceful resolutions to complex issues by helping families learn new communication skills to resolve family and business matters. While no longer practicing law, today Amy focuses on providing creative solutions to family business engagements and presenting to relevant audiences. She also helps business owners use their advisors as a resource team to create optimal value.
Prior to joining FBCG, Amy had been a certified collaborative lawyer for over 14 years and a mediator for a nine-year period. Both of these certifications require extensive training in interest-based negotiations, listening skills, reframing and alternate dispute resolutions. She attended Cleveland State Marshall College of Law and the University of Toledo for her undergraduate schooling where she received a bachelor in secondary education.
Amy has been a member of the North East Ohio Exit Planning Institute since its formation. She is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor and an instructor for the Exit Planning Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Amy serves on the Advisory Board for NewComer Farms located in Bryan, Ohio. Additionally, she teaches ethics to family counselors (PhDs, LCSWs, etc.) at Case Western Reserve University and is the Diversion Officer for Bay Village where she works with children who have a first-time brush with the law to avoid a criminal record.
Amy is married with two adolescent children and lives in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.