Meet Our Team

Mark Wickman

Mark is the founder of Family Business Counsel and is fortunate to spend his best hours and efforts convening and facilitating conversations with small businesses, families and organizations – helping them have the conversations they know they need to have but avoid. Mark is the author of two books:

  • The Family Business Teeter Totter (Balancing Those Two Wor(l)ds) – available on Amazon.
  • “Wealth or Well-th? Re-defining Financial Freedom” – self-published.

Mark has been a presenter on a variety of topics that family businesses encounter, including:

  • Mining Conflict – how to change from viewing conflict as a Land Mine to viewing it as a Gold Mine.
  • The challenges of multiple generations working together.
  • The high cost of inaction.
  • Creating healthy culture, particularly around communication.

Mark believes that family businesses are the primary entity creating jobs in our cities and towns and that they help promote the potential for communities to experience flourishing futures. 

Mark graduated with a Bachelors and a Masters from Linfield College. Mark and his wife Lyn have been married since 1986 and are the parents of two adult children, Lindsay and Drew. They are committed to the ideals of healthy communication and healthy communities and continue to be involved with a variety of local, regional and international causes.

 


 

Dr. Tiffany Whitworth

Dr. Whitworth became interested in family business consulting while searching for ways to apply the creative-problem solving skills honed through therapy and mediation to her enjoyment of the challenges in running a business.  Serendipitously, she met Mark Wickman, who owns and operates Family Business counsel, a thriving family business consulting practice in Oregon.  In July 2018, Wickman hired Dr. Whitworth to collaborate on clients in Oregon while working to establish a Family Business Counsel branch in Georgia.  In February 2019, she also joined the family business consulting team at Cox Family Business Center of Kennesaw State University.  There she collaborates on research projects as well as provides consulting services through their referral network and business “clinic".

Dr. Whitworth received her doctorate in 2009 from Georgia School of Professional Psychology, after graduating from Wheaton College in 2002. 

She comes from a large, close-knit family and currently lives in her hometown of Covington, Georgia with her husband and two children.  She is active in her community and enjoys being able to walk to her office, children’s school, and most errands around town.  Happy habits include reading (often overdue library books), power yoga, backyard potlucks, garden club, and playing cello in the praise band at church.  She also enjoys several smaller business projects with her younger sister, traveling with her husband for his work, and watching her children master a bit more of life’s challenges each day.

 


 

Martha Nicol

Martha joined Family Business Counsel as the director of operations in April of 2016 after spending 25 years in healthcare administration. She met Mark many years ago and the two had often talked about working together and were excited when it all came together.

Martha and her husband Abby have been married for 38 years and have two grown children and two grandchildren. Their favorite pastimes are traveling and playing with the grandkids.

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