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National Family Office Forum
Insights from executives
The Deloitte National Family Office Forum is a biennial gathering of single-family office executives at Deloitte University’s Leadership Center in Westlake, Texas. This program is an interactive event designed to enhance the strategic knowledge of senior family office executives through insightful speakers, immersive environments, and peer networking. The ideas presented here reflect participants’ insights from the forums.
2022 Event Summary
In March 2022, the theme of our fourth biennial conference was Family forward: Moving confidently into the future which acknowledged the unprecedented change that has taken place in the last few years and offered a message of optimism for those who turn the uncertainty to their advantage. We brought in a line-up of both Deloitte and external speakers while leaving ample time for attendees to make new connections and renew old ones. Each of the theme’s pillars—reimagining work, making sense of complexity, and staying ahead of risk—were expanded upon during the four plenary sessions and 15 breakout sessions.
2020 Survey and summary
In February 2020, the theme of our third biennial conference was Driving Success through Collaboration. And that we did. Based on input from participants in a pre-conference survey, we offered many opportunities for them to build new relationships with their peers in the industry, explore a range of leading practices in SFO management, and learn innovative ways others in their field are meeting the family’s needs. That said, much has changed in the world since we met, and collaboration will be even more critical in the short and long term to navigate this unprecedented time in history. We stand ready to help you with the challenges that come your way.
This report summarizes key takeaways from the conference. We encourage you to skim through it, let us know if you would like additional information on anything of interest, and learn more about why we are often the first resource SFO executives call upon when they need a trusted advisor.
2018 Survey report
February 2018 marked the second National Family Office Forum at Deloitte University, following up the inaugural event from two years earlier. These forums are a place where single family office executives can share leading practices, build new relationships with peers in the industry, and discover what others in their field are doing to meet the family’s needs.
Although no two family offices are alike, many single family offices (SFOs) do have a great deal in common. They offer many of the same services as elite private banks and investment firms. They reflect the attributes of the family they serve. And they share an ambition to administer the family’s affairs via the most modern and effective means possible.
To help with those objectives, we accompany each forum with a survey about the issues that are currently important to SFOs. The 2016 edition had 86 participants and covered a wide range of topics. This year, we updated the survey to reflect what we’re seeing in the marketplace today. A total of 108 executives with significant SFO tenure told us about the key challenges they face in their efforts to adapt, innovate, and transform the offices they serve. Across the responses, an overarching theme of resiliency shines through.
The family office value proposition
What is in a value proposition? Some say it is an organization’s promise to provide value to its customers. Many go further, emphasizing the importance of how the organization actually delivers on that promise of value. Either way, developing a value proposition bears particular challenges for single-family offices (SFOs). One challenge is the typical SFO’s richness of benefits, which seems difficult to distill, much less convey. Another is the unique organizational structure of an SFO. While other organizations have industry standards to guide them, SFOs often must look to one another for leading practices.
With that in mind, Deloitte hosted a series of breakout sessions on the family office value proposition in February 2018 during the National Family Office Forum. Roughly 100 people gathered in four conference rooms at the Deloitte University facility in Westlake, Texas. Their mission? Evaluate where SFOs stand today, then brainstorm innovative ideas that might be used to define the value of the SFO going forward.
Deloitte consolidated the ideas and drew out the highlights—along with, we hope, a dash of inspiration for taking your own family office to the next level.
2016 Survey report
In conjunction with the inaugural Deloitte National Family Office Forum held at Deloitte University in February 2016, Deloitte embarked upon a survey to investigate key challenges and themes important to single family offices (SFO). 86 executives leading a single family office based in the United States responded to the survey.
Regardless of office tenure,
Not surprisingly, technology is the most frequently cited unmet service gap in the industry regardless of office size. However, responses indicate that the focus changes with the size of
The expectations of value