Wilkes University


The Family Business Alliance Presents: The Rise and Fall of a Dallas Family Dynasty

Join the Wilkes University Family Business Alliance on Sept. 9 to hear the tale of the family firm rumored to have inspired the popular 80s TV series “Dallas.”  Doug Box details the rise and fall of the Box Energy Corporation, a publicly traded oil and gas giant, and a family dynasty believed to be too big to fail. Box will also discuss their partnership with one of the largest and most famous construction companies in the United States, George A. Fuller Construction, and their cement conglomerate including Oklahoma Cement Co., Louisiana Cement Company and Box Crow Cement Co.  

The event is from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m in the Henry Student Center Ballroom, Wilkes University, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a light reception and the presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. There will also be a presentation at the Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus on Sept. 9, 2015, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Business Building, Hawk Lecture Hall. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with a light reception and the presentation begins at 6:00 p.m. To RSVP, contact Lorna Galliford at lorna.galliford@wilkes.edu or call 570-408-4590 for more information. 

Discover the family behind the infamous Box Ranch, the original home used by the “Dallas” television series. During this presentation you will be introduced to the Box family, including Doug's father, Cloyce Box, the storied patriarch, former NFL player and entrepreneur thought by many to be the inspiration for “Dallas'” J. R. Ewing, his mother, Fern, and four older brothers. Doug worked in a family business all of his life, learning the oil & gas, construction, and cement businesses from the ground up. When his father died suddenly, a family ordeal that would last four years ensued. As president of the family holding company, Doug led the sale of the family oil and gas firm under heavily conflicted circumstances. 

Doug Box is an author, speaker and family business consultant based in Dallas, Texas. Since entering the field in 2005, Doug's focus has been on succession planning, conflict mediation and family governance systems for the family-based enterprise. He is a frequent presenter at various family business forums across the country as well as a guest lecturer at a number of universities on the topic of family business. Doug has an MBA from Baylor University and a master’s degree in dispute resolution from Southern Methodist University. He also holds a certificate in family business advising and has been a member of the Family Firm Institute since 2005.