About the High Center

The Center respects the privacy of our members, and provides a safe-haven environment. Members and presenters agree not to solicit other members. Names, addresses, and contact information are strictly confidential and are to be used only for member-to-member communications


In 1995, a group of business people, family business owners, and representatives of Elizabethtown College, came together to fill a recognized need. With family businesses comprising the backbone of our economy, strengthening entrepreneurial families has a great impact on the community. The S. Dale High Center for Family Business has always been dedicated to bringing the best available resources to families in businesses for south central Pennsylvania and beyond.

Today, the S. Dale High Center for Family Business is proud to be one of the largest and oldest centers in the country.

Founder Dale High and Founding Director Mary Beth Matteo.
Executive Director Mike Mitchell

Our Growth

Today, the High Center serves over 130 member companies, facilitates 20 CEO and Key Executive Peer groups. Under the leadership of Executive Director Mike Mitchell and Director of Member Services Len Kopec, the center has continued to build on the founding principles Dale High set forth 25 years ago. By serving and strengthening family and privately held businesses through succession planning, leadership training and legacy building, the High Center is now able to provide membership opportunities for all of South Central Pennsylvania.

With the enthusiastic support of our corporate partners, the center is proudly delivering the top business speakers in the country to share their message to local business owners and executive teams. And with the continued expansion of services into new markets, our peer group program is helping more than 200 executives gain a competitive edge in today’s competitive business environment.

Our Mission

Serving and strengthening families in business through succession planning, family leadership training and legacy building.

Facts About Business


“I am getting tremendous value from the Center. I have even brought in several members.”

Justin McClure

President, Daflure Heating and Cooling, Harrisburg

“It was a great experience having four of the five shareholders attending this program. I know we all walked away with a list of action items.”

John Gooding

Chairman, The Gooding Group Companies