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Growing a Family Business: Lisa Schaffer President FinPan

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Few women can lead a family business in a male dominated industry like tile related manufacturing.  Fewer can balance grace, humility and ingenuity while putting family first. Lisa Schaffer nee Clear, now President of FinPan Inc. and T.Clear Corporation, has done it all: even patenting a new solution.

ClearPath is the result of the family's need for accessibility. Lisa's niece Amy has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) aka brittle bones-leaving her confined to a wheelchair. Mother of 2, Amy could not use and enjoy the family summer home with the bathroom not accessible.  At 88, Lisa's mother struggled with a curb step and extended shower standing. With no available solution, they invented one. Now the family home has an accessible shower and the industry has a beautiful solution that doesn't require costly floor joist modifications.

The youngest of 4, Lisa, her husband, and both sons all work for FinPan. Lisa’s family has always had a family business. Her father oversaw her grandfather’s Drywall & Plastering business, while her mother started a Laundromat and Dry Cleaners where Lisa learned to read and write starting at three years old. She and her brother Steve, who also now works for FinPan companies, would watch them as they developed the product in her father’s friend garage, learning to mix concrete. Fin Pan Inc. was born around the kitchen table, forged from the strength of family.

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curbless shower
accessibility
FAMILY BUSINESS
FinPan
Lisa Schaffer
ADA
universal design
women in business
Patents
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