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Prairie Family Business Association Hosts 25th Annual Family Business Conference

Prairie Family Business conference logo Prairie Family Business Association will host the 25th annual family business conference March 30-31, 2017, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Prairie Family Business Association, an outreach of the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota, will host the 25th annual family business conference March 30-31, 2017, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown.

Several hundred family business owners from across the region are expected to attend, including several businesses who were involved in the first conference in 1993. The conference will offer presentations on topics like succession planning, cyber security, family offices, family governance, performance management, a panel of Prairie Family Business members, the family brand, honoring both family and business, and married-in leadership.

Keynote speaker Mike Abrashoff will present "It's Your Ship- Achieving Breakthrough Performance." His naval ship, the USS Benfold, went from the lowest performing ship in the Pacific Fleet to the highest performing in just 12 months. His presentation will focus on leadership and culture and how both are essential to family business success.

The family business success story will feature Tony Simmons, President and CEO of McIlhenny Company, the manufacturers of TABASCO Brand Pepper Sauce. Simmons is the great-great grandson of Edmund McIlhenny, company founder and the inventor of TABASCO Original Red Pepper Sauce. His presentation will provide insights into how to create a sustainable, multi-generational family business.

In honor of the 25th anniversary, Prairie Family Business Association will present an additional family business success story featuring Howdy Holmes, president and CEO of "JIFFY Mix."

To register and for more information, visit the Prairie Family Business website or call 605-274-9530.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.