Family firms need to be run as a meritocracy and this article demonstrates the point clearly - fourth generation Howard Kahn started on the shop floor and did all the jobs along the way! The family business is now in the hands of the fourth generation and have been going for over 127 years.
As a preteen, Howard Kahn could not have had less interest in his family business - the Kahn Lucas girls' dress company, founded in 1889. He was not a customer. He had no interest in fashion. And he did not work on the factory floor in Lancaster, Pennsylvania during summer vacations. But when Kahn was 24 and working for Walmart in Bentonville, Arkansas, his dad offered him a job, and he could not resist.