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Bruce Werner

About Bruce Werner

Bruce Werner is the Managing Director of Kona Advisors LLC and served as an outside director on private company boards for the last three decades. Kona Advisors LLC provides advisory services to the owners, investors and CEOs of private and family-owned businesses. With deep experience in governance, succession planning, finance, strategy and management issues, Kona Advisors brings a broad perspective to developing solutions for its clients.

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Director compensation

Study: Private Company Board Compensation

How much should board of directors members be paid? In cash or retainers? Find out how companies pay their directors in the latest study.

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Experience Executive

C-Suite to Boardroom: The Traits an Experienced Executive Needs to Be an Effective Director

An executive can make an effective board director, but he or she must be aware of how the boardroom style differs from c-suite leadership.

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Family Business Trends

STEP, KPMG Study: Global Family Business Governance Trends

Here’s what the STEP survey on global family business trends reveals about governance, Millennial leadership, diversity and retirement.

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Banking Relationships Using Poe’s The Raven

Guidelines to Improve Your Company’s Banking Relationship (In the Style of Poe’s ‘The Raven’)

In order to improve your banking relationship and get the most favorable terms from your lender, focus on two things: character and cash flow.

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Three Circle Model

Revisiting the Three Circle Model of Family Business to Strengthen Governance Structures

It’s been 40 years since Gersick introduced the Three Circle Model for Family Business. How can you assess governance maturity in each circle?

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Hiring an Investment Banker

6 Considerations for Business Owners When Hiring an Investment Banker

When it’s time to sell, you need to hire an investment banker that can best tell your story to investors. Get tips for evaluating bankers.

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Family Dynamics in Business

The Art of Balancing Family Dynamics in Family-Owned Businesses

It’s vital to balance corporate governance with family dynamics. Family-owned businesses fail when relatives’ goals and values don’t align.

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Feedback is breakfast of champions

Feedback is the Breakfast of Champions: Designing Fruitful Board Evaluations

Private company board evaluations need focus, consistency and discipline. Consistent and honest feedback can facilitate business growth.

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Discussing Private Equity with Employees

Private Equity Exits: What Employees Should Know

The complexities of a PE exit can be scary for employees who are evaluating their job security during a business sale. What should you know?

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Private company board of directors

Happy Owner, Happy Board: The Strategy of a Private Company Board of Directors

A public company must focus on shareholder value, but a private company board of directors answers to one person only: the owner.

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