Bwilliam-rill Benson, principal at Benson Blackburn, has been awarded the FFI GEN (Global Educational Network) Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA) by the Family Firm Institute.  The certificate is presented to individuals who have achieved comprehensive professional knowledge and gained significant expertise that can be used as value to family business owners and family wealth clients. This distinction further ensures that the highest standards in professional best practices will be implemented.  The Family Firm Institute (FFI) GEN Certificate in Family Business Advising is designed to increase awareness and exposure to concepts, skills and knowledge necessary to optimize effectiveness as family business advisors and consultants.

“Through completion of the certificate program, Bill Benson has gained a deeper understanding of the needs of family-owned enterprises and the many roles family business and non-family members play,” said Judy Green, President of the Family Firm Institute.

Participants have access to cutting edge information and resources for exploring the core disciplines — behavioral science, finance, law and management science — and steps for forming collaborative teams.  FFI provides multidisciplinary educational programs to advance family enterprises worldwide by enabling collaboration between family enterprise practitioners and academics, creating a global network of professionals.

Benson is a principal of Benson Blackburn with an expertise in consulting with family enterprises as well as public and private companies. His previous work experience with M Financial Group in Portland, Oregon has enabled him to effectively grow Benson Blackburn’s presence in the closely held and public corporate marketplace while supporting the needs of existing individual clients of the firm.

Benson earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Bowling Green State University. He is currently pursuing his CExP (Certified Exit Planner) designation. In addition, he currently holds his Series 6 and Series 63.

The Family Firm Institute (www.ffi.org), an international professional membership organization of over 1800 individuals and organizations across 88 countries, is dedicated to providing interdisciplinary education and networking opportunities for family business and family wealth advisors, consultants, educators and researchers.  It works to increase public awareness and broaden the understanding of trends and developments in the family business and family wealth fields.  As the dominant form of business organization worldwide, family businesses make a unique contribution to the social vitality and economic wealth of communities.  FFI seeks to increase the understanding of the family enterprise as a fundamental driver of global economic growth and prosperity.

Benson Blackburn, LLC (BB), previously known as Insurance Management Consultants (IMC), provides wealth strategies, corporate and specialty solutions with the goal of wealth preservation for clients through insurance policies. Areas of focus include estate tax planning, wealth accumulation, executive benefits planning and business protection planning including key-person insurance.  The company is a member of M Financial, which distinguishes itself as one of the nation’s premier financial services distribution companies, serving affluent individuals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs and Fortune 1000 companies through an exclusive network of more than 140 successful and innovative independent financial services firms that represent $1.5 billion in life insurance. For more information, visit  bensonblackburn.com.