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ALL IN THE FAMILY
A look at corporate culture in family-owned businesses
- By Robert Bittner -

The words "family business," to those who aren't involved in one, are likely to produce
images from a Norman Rockwell past. But to many ILMA members, the picture is quite
different. Unlike some corner diner or "and Sons" moving company, ILMA members'
family businesses are 24/7, high-pressure, multidivision - if not multistate - operations
with a unique set of challenges and rewards. Here, parent and boss are often the same
person, board meetings can happen spontaneously during family meals and adult children
sometimes must prove to co-workers that they deserve to hold the jobs they have.
Gaining Perspective
Barbara Kudis, president of Allegheny Petroleum Products
Co., got an early taste of what it would be like to work for
the company her father founded.
"My sister and I were always involved with the company growing up. When we were in grade school, we helped out by cleaning
up and filing paperwork or labeling containers when Dad would
come to the office on weekends," she said. "We continued to
work here during high school, working after school and summers, running QC tests in the lab and helping in operations.
"It was never assumed that we'd work here for the long
term. In fact, when I was finishing college, Dad said I should
get out and try to work somewhere else for a while. So I
ended up working at Lockheed Martin for 6½ years. It was
a good idea for me to be in some other world for a while.
Working for a large corporation is very different, and that

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experience has allowed me to bring some valuable experience
back to the company."
Today, 115 people work for Allegheny Petroleum, with
Kudis' father serving as CEO. Her sister is still with the
company, in sales, her mother works part-time handling
payroll and accounting duties, and an uncle is operations
manager at one of the company's plants.
For Kudis, the differences between a large corporation and
a family-owned/operated business are obvious.
"At a large corporation, there's more protocol and layers
of decision-making," she pointed out. "There, you are
constantly competing in corporate politics and competing
internally to get ahead. In a family business there is a very
different dynamic. Here, we can have a board meeting when
we all sit down to have dinner on a Sunday. We can make
progress happen and get things done a lot quicker. We can


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ILMA Compoundings May 2017

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ILMA Compoundings May 2017

Letter from the CEO
Inside ILMA
What's Coming Up
Industry Rundown
Trump Military Budget = Heightened Lube Demand
Trade Agreement Opens Doors for Lube Exporters
All in the Family
Business Hub
Counsel Compound
Washington Landscape
In Network
Portrait
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ILMA Compoundings May 2017 - Cover2
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ILMA Compoundings May 2017 - Letter from the CEO
ILMA Compoundings May 2017 - Inside ILMA
ILMA Compoundings May 2017 - 5
ILMA Compoundings May 2017 - What's Coming Up
ILMA Compoundings May 2017 - 7
ILMA Compoundings May 2017 - Industry Rundown
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ILMA Compoundings May 2017 - Trump Military Budget = Heightened Lube Demand
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ILMA Compoundings May 2017 - Trade Agreement Opens Doors for Lube Exporters
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ILMA Compoundings May 2017 - All in the Family
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ILMA Compoundings May 2017 - Counsel Compound
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ILMA Compoundings May 2017 - Washington Landscape
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ILMA Compoundings May 2017 - In Network
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