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Family Business Center Team

Meet the UNI Family Business Center

To us, the benefits and importance of family businesses networking together are clear. Our mantra, "family businesses are different," is not just a catchy phrase. We believe family businesses are different because of the unique challenges during their start up, and those which continue through the life of the business. We are committed to supporting your family and your family business through challenges and opportunities.

Email familybusinesscenter@uni.edu or reach out at our personal emails below to begin a collaboration today!

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Dan Beenken

Dan serves as the director for the UNI Family Business Center. Prior to his current roles, his experience was in the asset management, venture capital and investment banking industries – most recently in business development and product management for RBC Dain Rauscher. Beenken has extensive experience working with early-stage firms on capital formation and exit strategies. He has also served as a business consultant at the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and entrepreneurial management from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business.


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Jayne serves as the business development representative for the UNI Family Business Center. Kielman’s early sales career included the retail, hospitality and advertising arenas where she developed an in depth understanding of what makes small and medium sized businesses successful. Jayne spent 16 years with Pfizer as a pharmaceutical representative winning two Gold Circle awards for top two percent sales achievement. Kielman specializes in connecting people, businesses and resources across Iowa. Jayne earned her marketing degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.


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photo of Katie KreisKatie Kreis

Katie serves as the program associate for the UNI Family Business Center, managing marketing and communication for the team. She has a B.A. in Journalism & Communication from Wartburg College and worked there in the alumni office after graduating. Katie is passionate about helping people overcome obstacles through clear communication and educational opportunities.


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