Family in Business
Thursday, October 11th, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Family in Business Panel
Navigating the Challenges of Mixing Family and Business
About Carol Longacre (Moderator)
Carol Longacre has dedicated nearly 25 years of her life to being a natural leader for the communities she tirelessly serves and the professional organizations she has helped to grow. A longtime construction mogul, Carol has a unique background that includes business development, strategic planning, relationship building, consultative selling, networking, marketing strategies, and contract negotiation – most of which she accomplished while accelerating the growth of her family-owned business, Longacre Construction. She currently serves as the Connected Home Program Manager for Service Nation Alliance.
A short list of Carol’s accomplishments include:
- Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) Rookie of the Year in 1999, Leadership Lewisville Graduate in 2000, and 2016 Chairman; voted Citizen of the Year by LACC in 2016.
- President of Dallas Builders Association in 2011 and member since 2006; served on Executive Committee for five years before filling Chairman position in 2011.
- Texas Association of Home Builders board member since 2005; 2016 HOMEPAC Chair and Chair of 2014 Sunbelt Show.
- National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) active board and committee member since 2007; awarded Bryan Patchen Scholarship in 2007.
- Committee member Vision 2025 Plan passed in 2014 setting a clear shared vision for the kind of community Lewisville wants to be when it turns 100 years old.
Consistently recognized for her vision, energy, and drive in every position and organization, Carol’s ability to epitomize what it means to have a genuine All-American, entrepreneurial spirit makes her a must-see speaker in today’s ever-evolving environment. Be sure to catch Carol sharing her expertise at several upcoming speaking engagements with Service Nation Alliance.
About Ryan Snow (Panelist)
Ryan Snow is the owner of a successful Utah County HVAC business, Western Heating & Air Conditioning. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology Management, he has quadrupled the size of his company in the last 10 years.
Ryan has served as the president of the Rocky Mountain Gas Association to help influence change in the HVAC industry. He is an Advisory Board Mentor for Service Nation Alliance and works with other business owners to help them overcome obstacles and find success in their lives. Ryan presents with his wife, Angie, across the nation to business owners ready to take their business to the next level of success.
About Amber Sewell (Panelist)
Amber Lutz Sewell is the current president and owner of Lutz Plumbing Inc., a hundred-year-old family owned and operated company specializing in plumbing service and repairs for both commercial and residential clients.
Before taking the reins from her father Jim, Amber graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas. Her career began as an account manager with a local marketing firm where she stepped out of the family business to gain a fresh perspective and helped her clients promote their businesses before taking her expertise back home to run her family business. The Lutz legacy has always been and continues to be firmly entrenched in honesty and quality of service using exceptionally skilled technicians to meet their customers’ needs and exceed their expectations.
When Amber isn’t working, you can find her on a golf-course or spending time with her two children. Her goal is to build Lutz Plumbing into a company her children will be proud to call their own someday.
About Sean Stark (Panelist)
Sean Stark is currently the Owner and General Manager of Sunny Service Company. Sunny Service is a Home Services company focused on Residential and Light Commercial Air Conditioning and Heating Replacement, Service and Maintenance. Previously, Sean was the General Manager of a Home Services company focused on Residential and Light Commercial Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing Services. Sean was responsible for Dallas/Fort Worth operations and managed the $12 million business with EBITDA-level responsibility. During his time with this organization, Sean participated in rapid expansion of the business (20%+ annual growth), the sale of the business to a private equity firm, acquisition of multiple companies, integration of acquired companies, leadership through periods of both contraction and expansion, and transition from a sole proprietor local business to a corporate culture.
Sean was a business consultant for Deloitte and Arthur Andersen, past President and 5-year Board Member for the North Texas division of Air Conditioning Contractors of America, and was a 10- year member of the Board of Directors for America Scores Dallas. Sean has been married for 17 years and has 2 daughters. He loves traveling the world and is an avid Scuba Diver and soccer player.
About Joe Strittmatter (Panelist)
Joe Strittmatter enjoys that his family is involved in his business. “We have been able to make a good living by helping people out in times of need.” Their company position supports that focus – “When it Matters Most. Let Our Family Take Care of Your Family.” Strittmatter has been the recipient of the Best in Denton County for the past three years in a row.