Serial Entrepreneur & Philanthropist Pete Kadens Joins Ron Diamond on Family Office World Podcast EP. 001

In this episode, Ron interviews serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Pete Kadens who utilized his skillset as an entrepreneur to help thousands of underprivileged high school students, and one of their parents, attend college for free.

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Denise Ilitch, an Integral Part of Detroit’s Business and Philanthropic Communities for Over 40 Years as a Dedicated Business Leader, a Devoted Community Servant, a Supporter of Many Charitable Causes, and a Tireless Advocate for Women and Children, Discusses the Complexities and Benefits of Having a Family Office

This episode features Denise Ilitch, Owner of Ilitch Family Companies. Denise is also president of Ilitch Enterprises, LLC. She previously served as president of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. from 2000 to 2004, a privately held business that manages Little Caesar Enterprises, the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers, Olympia Entertainment and Olympia Development. She was part of the team that joined prominent business leaders and government entities to create a vibrant entertainment and sports district, including a $600 million side-by-side stadium project, Comerica Park and Ford Field, for the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions near the Fox Theatre. Ms. Ilitch currently serves as Regent on the University of Michigan Board of Regents and is Chair of the Board.

In this episode, she takes a deep dive into her family’s incredible commitment to the city of Detroit, what it is like growing up in such a prominent family, and the goals and objectives of her Family Office.

Confessions of a Hacker: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Cybercrime with Jeremiah Baker

This episode features Cyber Security Expert, Jeremiah Baker. Here he does a deep dive in to cyber security and what family offices can do to protect themselves against hackers. He discusses the different types of cyber-attacks, the importance of two factor authentication, how to be proactive in preventing attacks as much as possible, and more.

Jeremiah Baker grew up in a family with over 40 foster brothers and sisters which instilled a passion for helping others and that passion continues today.

Over the past 12 years, he’s had the opportunity to help hundreds of organizations around the globe discover how they’ll be hacked before the bad guys do it for them through a service called ethical hacking/penetration testing.

He’s helped to protect banks, casinos, family offices, hospitals, government organizations, auto manufacturers, data backup companies, cloud companies, and many more.

He’s extremely passionate about educating people about protecting themselves, their businesses, and their family members from cybercrime.

He’s troubled by the fact that organizations are continuously becoming victims of ransomware attacks, wire fraud scams, business email account takeovers, data breaches, and other cybercrimes costing victims millions of dollars when these crimes could have been avoided with simple solutions in place.

He spends his time speaking at cybersecurity conferences, family office events and consults with organizations to help them better understand current cyber threats and how to protect against them.

He’s currently finishing a book about cybersecurity called, Confessions of a Hacker: How to avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime. To help as many people as possible he offers the cliff notes of the book for free to those who want them. Simply reach out to him on LinkedIn or by visiting his website at

He lives with his wife in Alpharetta a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. He’s an avid business advisor and investor. He enjoys mentoring young people about cybersecurity, starting, and growing a business.

Dr. Robert Pearl, Stanford University School of Medicine and Business School Professor and the Former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente, Discusses the Coronavirus Pandemic and its Economic, Mental Health and Family Business Impact.

This episode features Dr. Robert Pearl, Former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Medicine, Co-Host of the Fixing Healthcare Podcast and Coronavirus: The Truth, and Bestselling Author of the Book “Mistreated – Why We Think We’re Getting Good Healthcare – and Why we are Usually Wrong”. As CEO of The Permanente Group, Dr. Pearl successfully led a team of over 10,000 doctors and 40,000 staff members for close to 20 years. Over that time, he propelled Kaiser Permanente to number one in the nation in quality and technology adoption. He is in the very rare position of understanding both the science behind the pandemic as a physician and the business side of its impact on the economy and family businesses.

In this podcast episode, he takes a deep dive into what is going on with COVID-19, avoiding the spin we hear from politicians and major media outlets. Will we have pro sports in the fall? Will children be returning to school? When can we realistically expect a vaccine? What is the future of the American economy? What will healthcare look like in the post-coronavirus era?  All of these questions and more will be answered in this episode. Will things ever get back to normal or will there forever be a new normal?

Former Family Office Managing Director David Nage Discusses How Family Offices are Starting to Invest in Digital Assets

This episode features David Nage, formerly a family office investor who is now a Principal at Arca, an asset management firm providing institutional caliber products for sophisticated investors to confidently gain exposure to Digital Assets. He is also the Host of Base Layer, a podcast Forbes recently acknowledged as one of the best for Institutional Investors to learn about Digital Assets.

This is a must-listen for anyone who is running a family office that is also reviewing Digital Assets such as Bitcoin.

Insights on Family Offices and Wealth Preservation with Michael Sonnenfeldt, Founder and Chairman of TIGER 21

This episode features Michael Sonnenfeldt, Founder and Chairman of TIGER 21, the premier peer membership organization for high-net-worth wealth creators and preservers, and author of Think Bigger: And 39 Other Winning Strategies from Successful Entrepreneurs. This accomplished serial entrepreneur and philanthropist discusses the role of a family office, passing wealth to the next generation, why he founded TIGER 21, and what’s ahead for the organization.

This is a must-listen for anyone who is running a family office, has been thinking about a succession plan, and may be looking for an understanding of how the high-net-worth are connecting with one another to navigate the issues that accompany success.

How Entrepreneurs are Changing the Family Office Landscape with Michael Loeb, Founder of, Synapse, and Dozens of other Successful Companies he Incubated at Loeb Enterprises

This episode featrues Michael Loeb, Founder of, Synapse, and Dozens of other successful companies he incubated at Loeb Enterprises.

Here we discuss the role serial entrepreneurs are having in shaping how Family Offices are managed.

It’s a fascinating conversation with one of the most prolific and successful entrepreneurs of the 21st century.

A must listen for anybody who wants to get inside the mind of a serial entrepreneur.

The Significance and Magnitude that Disruptive Technology will Play on Investments and Infrastructure for Family Offices with Mike Steep, the Founder and Executive Director at Stanford University’s Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities Program

In this episode, Mike Steep, the Founder and Executive Director at Stanford University’s Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities program, articulately explains the role technology is playing in disrupting almost every industry. He dives into the role Family Offices are playing in dealing with this disruption.  It’s a fascinating conversation with one of the brightest minds in Silicon Valley who sits at the epicenter of disruptive technology. A must listen to anybody who wants to understand how technology is going to disrupt almost every industry.

The Explosive Growth in Impact Investing for Family Offices with Tami Kesselman, Keynote Speaker, Worldwide President Harvard Alumn in Impact, and Board of Directors for the Governance Committee at Harvard’s Kennedy School

In this episode, Tami Kesselman, Worldwide President of Harvard Alumn in Impact, and member of the Board of Directors for the Governance Committee at Harvard’s Kennedy School, articulately explains the explosive growth in impact investing by Family Offices. It’s a fascinating conversation with one of the true pioneers and thought leaders in impact investing.  Extremely insightful and thought provoking.

The Critical Importance of Having the Proper Legal Structures in Place in Order for a Family Office to Endure for Multiple Generations with Tom Handler, Founder and Managing Partner of Handler Thayer, LLC.

In this episode, Tom Handler,  Founder and Managing Partner of the law firm he founded — Handler Thayer, LLC, articulately explains why the first step in setting up a successful multi generational Family Office must start with a well thought out legal structure.  He explains why only 25% of Family Offices make it to the second generation, 10% make it  to the third generation, and only 5% make it to the fourth generation.  Without the proper legal framework, Family Offices will not endure.  It’s a fascinating conversation with one of the leading authorities on the legal aspects Family Offices must explore.  Extremely insightful and thought provoking.  A must listen to anybody who has or is thinking about setting up a Family Office.