Frank Hoy is the Paul R. Beswick Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He was most recently director of the Centers for Entrepreneurial Development, Advancement, Research and Support at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), also serves as director of the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI), WPI's nationally ranked entrepreneurship center. Hoy joined the WPI faculty in August 2009, and holds a BA from the University of Texas at El Paso, an MBA from the University of North Texas, and a PhD in management from Texas A&M University. He was a faculty member in the Department of Management at the University of Georgia for ten years, where he founded and directed the Center for Business and Economic Studies, coordinated the entrepreneurship curriculum, and served as director of the Georgia Small Business Development Center. In 1991 he returned to Texas to join UTEP as a professor of management and entrepreneurship and dean of the College of Business Administration. Hoy is a past president of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and past chair of the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. His research has appeared in the ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT REVIEW, JOURNAL OF BUSINESS VENTURING, FAMILY BUSINESS REVIEW, and he is a past editor of ENTREPRENEURSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE.
Leif Melin , PhD, is Professor of Strategy and Organisation and the Hamrin Professor of Family Business Strategy at Jï¿½nkï¿½ping International Business School (JIBS). He is the founding and past Director ofnbsp; Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO). He has served as Dean and Managing Director for JIBS. He was a founding researcher of the STEP project ( Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices) and has served as member for the Global STEP Project Board. In 2012, he was honored with the International award at the 26th anniversary conference of the Family Firm Institute, and he was also selected as a Family Owned Business Institute Scholar. He is the founder and annual co-chair of the EIASM Family Firm Research Workshop. He has published in international journals and book volumes, including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, Long Range Planning and Family Business Review.nbsp;nbsp;He serves on the editorial board of several international journals.Pramodita Sharma , Ph.D., is the Sanders Professor for Family Business at the School of Business Administration, University of Vermont. Prior to this appointment, she was the CIBC Distinguished Professor of Family Business at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University in Montreal. She is a visiting scholar at Babson College where she serves as the Academic Director of the Global Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Practices (STEP) project. In 2011, she was honored with the prestigious Barbara Hollander award at the 25th anniversary conference of the Family Firm Institute. In addition to two co-authored books, she has published about fifty scholarly articles and book chapters on family business studies. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Family Business Review (FBR), is the co-founder of the Family Enterprise Research Conference, and the founding Chair the Annual Global Family Enterprise Case Competition.