Ethan Smith Recognized for Excellent Achievement

Leading Global Education Association Awards Distinguished Certificate

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January 11, 2023 – Ethan Smith of KCoe Isom, doing business as Pinion*, has been awarded the Family Firm Institute (FFI) Global Educational Network (GEN) Certificate in Family Business Advising. The distinguished certificate is presented to individuals who have achieved comprehensive professional knowledge and gained significant expertise that can be used as value to family business owners.

As a Pinion Next Gen consultant, Ethan works with family and closely-held agricultural businesses, providing guidance around long-term planning to match family goals for ownership and management. This distinction recognizes his deeply rooted commitment to helping family enterprises thrive for generations to come.

This certification is uniquely designed to increase exposure to concepts, skills, and knowledge necessary to optimize effectiveness as family business advisors and consultants. Graduates come from around the world to complete the rigorous educational program and earn FFI’s esteemed certification. They receive access to cutting-edge information and resources, as well as a global network of professionals for collaboration.


About Pinion

KCoe Isom, LLP, doing business as Pinion, is a ‘Top 100’ accounting firm and leader in food and agriculture consulting. With roots dating back to 1932, the firm has expanded upon traditional accounting services to deliver increased value and growth for clients through its specialized advisory and global resources. Pinion provides insight and solutions for food and agriculture, biofuels, and manufacturing industries, as well as regionally-focused businesses. The firm serves domestic and international clientele from locations spanning the United States, and globally through partners and affiliates. Visit

*Pinion is a public-facing brand under the legal entity KCoe Isom, LLP. Attest services provided by KCoe Isom, LLP.

About the Family Firm Institute

The Family Firm Institute is an international professional membership organization of over 1800 individuals and organizations across 88 countries, is dedicated to providing interdisciplinary education and networking opportunities for family business and family wealth advisors, consultants, educators and researchers.  It works to increase public awareness and broaden the understanding of trends and developments in the family business and family wealth fields.  As the dominant form of business organization worldwide, family businesses make a unique contribution to the social vitality and economic wealth of communities.  FFI seeks to increase the understanding of the family enterprise as a fundamental driver of global economic growth and prosperity. Visit

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