Team Members

We believe in providing the highest level of personal attention to our clients. Every Lovins Group client works directly with our core team, led by Family Business Advisor and Managing Director Don Opatrny. We also work with a network of colleagues who provide additional expertise and guidance in the creation of governance and legal structures. Together we offer an integrated approach to meet our clients’ needs.

Donald P. Opatrny, LMFT

Family Business Advisor & Owner

Don founded the Lovins Group with Alan Lovins in 2008 and continues today as Owner and President. 

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Keith Michaelson, LMFT

Family Business Advisor & Owner

As a family business advisor with The Lovins Group, Keith Michaelson helps families navigate the challenges of major transitions in business ownership and leadership.

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William Cranshaw

Family Business Advisor

Bill has spent his career working as an advisor to family-owned enterprises. He began this work at the First National Bank of Chicago (now JP Morgan Chase) where he managed the Closely Held Business Group.

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Alan H. Lovins, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Consultant Emeritus

Alan’s involvement with family businesses stretches back to childhood. His father was an entrepreneur and the family table talk often centered on the ups and downs of the business.

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Amelia Renkert-Thomas

Collaborating Consultant

Amelia Renkert-Thomas is the founder and lead consultant for Renkert Thomas Consulting LLC, a consultancy focused on family enterprises – businesses, family offices, trusts, private trust companies, and foundations.

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Stephanie Brigandi, MBA

Executive Assistant

Stephanie joined The Lovins Group team in August 2018. As Executive Assistant, Stephanie uses her operational, administrative and organizational skills to support the needs of the Lovins Group Advisors.

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Katie Beavan, Ph.D.

Head of Family Business Research

Katie holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of the West of England, a Masters in Coaching and Consulting for Change from INSEAD business school, and an MA in History from Cambridge University.

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