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Sinclair Family of Montgomery’s Receives Boyd Hopkins, Sr. Excellence in Family Business Award Presented by Prairie Family Business Association

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Prairie Family Business Association, an outreach center of the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota, presented the Boyd Hopkins, Sr. Excellence in Family Business Award and Legacy Tour in Sioux Falls on November 30 to the Sinclair family of Montgomery’s Furniture. This award has been presented for 15 years to a Sioux Falls area family business. The evening began with a legacy tour hosted by the Elliott Family with fourth generation family business A-OX Welding Supply.

The Montgomery family founded the business in 1888 in Dakota Territory with one employee and the family business now has 100 employees with fifth generation family members working in the business. The family believes in investing in their employees as well as each of the local communities where their business resides through service involvement in local organizations as well as financial gifts.
“The Sinclair family has taken calculated risks at the opportune time for their family and their business. These risks have turned out well for the family and for their employees, who they consider an extension of their family. The Sinclair family continues to put in hard work to maintain a legacy business for the sixth generation,” states Prairie Family Business Association Executive Director Stephanie Larscheid.
“Montgomery's and the Sinclair family are humbled and honored that past recipients have selected our family business to join them in the distinction of being a Boyd Hopkins, Sr. Excellence in Family Business Awardee, we are in elite company. Thank you to Prairie Family Business for their tireless efforts to support family businesses, which are the backbone of this country. For all that they have done for South Dakota and Montgomery's, we would like to acknowledge the Boyd Hopkins, Sr. family, and their excellent family business, CorTrust Bank,” said Eric Sinclair, fifth generation leader of Montgomery’s.
Prairie Family Business Association was founded in 1993 as a South Dakota family business initiative through the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business with the mission of enhancing the long-term survival and success of its family business members.


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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News