Guest Speaker: Scott Peppet, President, Chai Trust Company
Host: Matthew Wesley, JD, MDiv, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch Center for Family Wealth Dynamics and Governance, PPI Dean of Family Culture
Description: What happens in the rarified world of family offices has hidden applicability to advisors who seek to serve their clients holistically. In that light, what makes a family office truly family-focused? In this session, Matt Wesley will interview family office President and advisor Scott Peppet about the “MLF Ratio,” what a “family-focused office” really is, and how families and family office professionals can shift their orientation towards investing in family well-being. These lessons will be applicable to all professionals who seek to find a path that blends the technical and human dimensions of their work.
Introduction to Our Guest Speaker
Scott Peppet is the President of the Chai Trust Company, the family office of his father-in-law, Chicago entrepreneur Sam Zell. In addition, he has served as a Director on several public and private corporate boards, including Equity Lifestyle Properties (NYSE: ELS [2018-present]), Anixter International (NYSE: AXE [2014-2020]), and Equity International [2012-present]. His background is in law and finance; he was a Professor of Law at the University of Colorado from 2000-2018, where he focused on bargaining & dispute resolution, various aspects of transactional law, and the complexities of multigenerational family enterprises. Prior to taking on his role at Chai, he had an active consulting practice helping families work through transitions within family businesses and family foundations. He maintains an active blog about such issues at www.scottpeppet.com, and is a regular speaker about family offices, private trust companies, intergenerational leadership, and “marrying in” to an enterprising family. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. His passions include backcountry hiking and skiing, Zen, horses, and his family.
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