Family-owned and operated

Mount hosts panel featuring family business owners
April 04, 2017

Paul Daubman, Sr. or Daubmans Corporate Interiors (center), his son Paul Daubman, Jr. (left) and Mike Arnoff, president of Arnoff Moving and Storage (right), offered up their insights into their family businesses on March 30 at Mount Saint Mary College.


Six local business leaders offered their insight at Mount Saint Mary College’s “Future Unknown: The American Family Business” panel on Thursday, March 30.

The panel featured:

  • Mike Arnoff, president, Arnoff Moving and Storage
  • Paul Daubman, Sr., partner, Daubmans Corporate Interiors, and his son, Paul Daubman, Jr.
  • John Yelle, visiting professor of accounting at Mount Saint Mary College
  • Alan Zuckerman, managing partner, Verticon Construction Services, and his son, Justin Zuckerman


While family plays an important part in his business, Daubman Sr. noted that the contributions of nonfamily employees are integral the company’s success as well.

“We would prefer to have a Daubman at the helm,” he said, “but if there is an employee who’s not a family member, as long as the talents are there to continue the legacy of the Daubman name, we’ll consider it.”

Arnoff noted that one can still have a “family business” with nonfamily employees. “There’s a difference between ownership and leadership,” he said.

The panel was moderated by Nick Preddice of the Affinity Group and business student Steven Tobey of Stratford, Conn. Accounting major Amanda Battaglia of Staten Island, N.Y. and business major Dorothy Tighe of Walden, N.Y. provided questions for the panel.

The event is presented by Mount Saint Mary College’s School of Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Nick Preddice of the Affinity Group.