Family Business Forum’s Inaugural Event

Today, in front of a packed audience, Sheila Johnson kicked off the inaugural event for the DC Family Business Forum with a spectacular story about her life. Ms. Johnson shared her remarkable journey that began as a child who moved 13 times during her formative years, growing up to become the successful entrepreneur she is today. Sheila walked the audience through her life as a violin teacher, a high school orchestra conductor, a co-Founder of BET Networks, and then her journey as the Founder and CEO of Salamander Resorts. Ms. Johnson captivated everyone in attendance by highlighting many of the struggles and prejudices she experienced throughout the past 40 years and how she triumphed through perseverance and gut instinct. She is now headed back to Middleburg, VA to attend the Middleburg Film Festival, a project that she founded in 2013 – at the suggestion of friend and colleague Robert Redford – and is considered one of the top five independent film festivals in the country. The event takes place October 20-23, 2016.

Under the direction of Scott Greenberg, Greenberg, Wexler & Eig is proud to be a founding partner of the DC Family Business Forum along with sponsors Baker Tilly, Cardinal Bank, J.P. Morgan, and Reed Smith. The mission of the Forum is to promote and foster the growth and ongoing success of family businesses through learning, sharing, and creating solutions for the critical issues and challenges confronting family businesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Additional information regarding future programs and featured speakers can be found at