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Hybrid 2021 Family Business Conference Features Fifth and Sixth Generations of Leinenkugel Family

a behind-the-scenes look of the Prairie Family Business Association Prairie Family Business Association is set to host the 29th annual Family Business Conference in a hybrid format April 29-30.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Prairie Family Business Association will host the 29th annual Family Business Conference in a hybrid format on April 29-30. This is the second year that Prairie Family Business Association is offering attendance both in-person and virtually.

The conference brings together notable speakers from around the country including keynote presenters and featured family business success stories.

  • Keynote, Jolene Brown, is the author of "Holy Crap! I Married a Farmer!" and is an award-winning speaker. She is an active champion for agriculture and is co-owner and active partner of an Eastern Iowa corn and soybean farm. She will present "Stop the Fighting on the Way to the Funeral Home!™"
  • The Leinenkugel’s family business success story presented by Dick Leinenkugel, fifth generation, and Katie Leinenkugel, sixth generation.
  • Eric Allyn will share his story as the former fourth-generation owner and chair of the board of Welch Allyn, Inc.

In addition to these featured speakers, breakout sessions will focus on topics including the relationship between culture and profit, selling your business to family in tax efficient ways and managing family dynamics.

Virtual ticket prices are $249. Content will be available for 30 days following the conference. To register and for more information, visit or call 605-274-9530.

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