Who we are

Telos is an independent family business consulting and education firm in Philadelphia.

We bring clarity to challenging family dynamics, making the complex accessible through custom frameworks that are strategic and actionable.

Leadership Team

Michael N. McGrann

Managing Principal & Sr. Consultant

Mike believes strong family enterprises thrive within a culture of mutual understanding and unbiased regard for conflicting viewpoints. His proven methodologies have lead clients to success for over 25 years. 

Aside from his role as a founding partner of The Telos Group, Mike leads educational programs for notable organizations and universities around the world. His highly sought-after courses teach family groups how to successfully apply his methods to entrepreneurship, strategic planning and family enterprising. 

He also established the Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, managed the Enterprising Families Initiative at the Wharton School and developed the curriculum for Babson College’s Family Enterprising MBA program. 

Mike received his undergraduate degree in economics from Cornell, MBA from Wharton School of Business and MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Now based in greater Philadelphia, Mike has lived around the world including the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Finland. He is also fluent in Spanish.

Jonathan R. Habbershon

Managing Director & Consultant

Jonathan leads the operations, client relationships and strategic partnerships for The Telos Group. His work focuses on the diagnostic assessment, engagement design and onsite facilitation of ownership strategies to strengthen family-partner relationships.

Growing up in the family business environment shaped Jonathan’s passion for its unique dynamics. Based on his strong background in sales and project management, he understands how to merge business and interpersonal interests through authentic and actionable frameworks.

Prior to joining Telos, Jonathan founded The Weymouth River Group, a consulting firm focused on developing processes that bring stability to the family enterprise. He also played a role in the research and selection of program offerings for The S. Dale High Center for Family Business at Elizabethtown College.

Jonathan received a BS in Business and Entrepreneurship from Grove City College and an MBA with an emphasis in Strategic Design from Philadelphia University.

Strategic Partners

Dr. Stephen R. Treat

Dr. Stephen R. Treat is a senior therapist and CEO Emeritus of the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia, the nation’s oldest and largest counseling agency.  In his role as CEO, he managed the running of 14 clinical offices through the Great Philadelphia region, numerous professional and public education programs, and his own busy clinical practice at CFR.  Dr. Treat continues to see clients, teach at Thomas Jefferson Medical College, and consult with family businesses.  He is an in-demand speaker, consultant and media expert.

Dr. Treat works with individuals, couples, families and businesses to foster deeper understanding of family systems dynamics and communication practices. He conducts workshops and family group educational sessions designed to create functional family health and establish conversational frameworks.  Often Dr. Treat works in partnership with other family advisers to optimize the consultation engagement.

Dr. Treat received his doctorate from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1976.  He completed post-doctoral work in Human Sexuality at the University of Pennsylvania and the Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program at Council for Relationships in 1981.  He is also an instructor in Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson Medical College.

William H. Alexander

Mr. Alexander is a member of the faculty of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he lectures on the topic “Strategies and Practices of Family Controlled Corporations”. In 2011, he was recognized with an Outstanding Teaching Award from the Wharton Graduate Division. In 2006, he was the recipient of the William Whitney Award for teaching excellence in the Wharton Undergraduate Division. He has been a visiting Professor at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, Daystar University College, Nairobi, Kenya, and IILM, New Delhi, India.

He was a third-generation principal and CEO of a large construction entity in Central Pennsylvania. In addition, he has served on various boards, including Herr Foods, Hershey Foods Corporation, Hershey Trust Company, which he chaired, and Highmark Blue Shield. He currently serves as Board Chair of the Geisinger Health System Foundation. He was formerly the managing director of the Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center at Wharton. Mr. Alexander holds an undergraduate degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. 

The Legacy Series

We’ll help you build the legacy you envision.

When you hear the word “legacy”, what comes to mind? Do you think about your values, character, integrity and passions? Do you think about your family, employees, community, philanthropy and your business? Who will be impacted by your legacy planning? How will you be remembered?  Learn more about the Legacy Series by clicking the link below or by reading Connections, The Legacy Series periodical posted in our articles.  

How Do You Define Your Legacy?