The Center for Family Business at Saginaw Valley State University recently was renamed the Stevens Center for Family Business. This naming change is due to the involvement and contributions of Julie and Morrison Stevens Sr., in the development and growth of the organization.
Morrison Stevens, chairman and chief executive officer of Stevens Worldwide Van Lines, is a fourth-generation leader in the family-owned moving and storage business. He was on the founding board when the Center for Family Business was founded in 1999. Julie Stevens was the first associate director of the family business program, and has been active in building a network for family businesses in the mid-Michigan area.
Recently, Morrison and Julie Stevens provided the lead gift to establish an endowment fund for the family business center, and Julie Stevens headed a $1 million fundraising campaign among other regional family-owned businesses.
The Stevens Center for Family Business offers seminars, special programs, affinity groups, networking opportunities and a resource center for owners and administrators of family-owned businesses.
Saginaw Valley State University also offers courses in family business management through its College of Business and Management.
Stevens Worldwide Van Lines has a long history as a family business, beginning in 1905 when Frederick H. Stevens Jr. used a single horse and cart to haul luggage and freight to Saginaw’s Michigan Central Passenger Depot. Today, the company has grown to seven corporate owned offices and partnerships with more than 400 domestic agents and nearly 700 international agents.
Several members of the fifth generation of the Stevens family are now leaders in the company, including three of Morrison and Julie Stevens’ children: Morrison Stevens, Jr., vice president of Stevens’ Commercial Agency Division; Lindsay Eggers, vice president of finance; and Peter Stevens, regional sales manager for the Davi & Valenti/Stevens Movers in Sarasota, Fla.