About

Providing a resource network for family business success

Our Purpose

To help family businesses thrive through generations

The Prairie Family Business Association, founded in 1993, is an outreach center of the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business.

Our Core Values

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Professional

We operate in a highly professional manner. From our written communication to our verbal communication and everything in between.

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Focused

We are focused on our mission each day and strive to provide high value to our members.

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Building Connections

We help families navigate the complexities of being in business together. Connections are established among fellow members, sponsors, and advisors.

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Above & Beyond

We deliver on the needs of families and provide them with valuable resources. Customer service is important to us.

We are honored to help our member families succeed today and plan for the future.

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Affinity Peer Groups

pfba affinity peer groups 2021 stats

Membership by State

2021 pfba membership by state

Our Team

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Stephanie Larscheid

Executive Director
Stephanie served as Executive Director of PFBA from 2015 – 2018 and has returned in 2019 to lead the Association. She has a proven record of building relationships with members and developing programs that add value to family businesses. Stephanie earned her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University Ivy College of Business and a MBA from the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business.
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Alex Patnaud

Office Manager
Alex joined the Prairie Family Business Association in Fall 2020. She earned her undergraduate degree from Briar Cliff University in Iowa and has a varied background in medical records, customer service, and library services. She is excited to join the team and connect with members.

Advisory Board

eric weisser

Eric Weisser, Chair

Weisser Distributing

Tea, SD

mark moffatt

Mark Moffatt, Past Chair

Moffatt Products, Inc.

Watertown, SD

DeVee Dykstra

DeVee Dykstra, Treasurer

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

Tura Synhorst

Tura Synhorst

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. High Country

Rapid City, SD

tiffany anderson

Tiffany Anderson

A-OX Welding Supply

Sioux Falls, SD

aaron canfield

Aaron Canfield

Canfield Business Interiors

Sioux Falls, SD

Megan Howard

Megan Howard

The Howard Group of Baird

Sioux Falls, SD

amanda lauer

Amanda Lauer

BankStar Financial

Brookings, SD

christie ernst

Christie Lloyd Ernst

Lloyd Companies, Inc.

Sioux Falls, SD

John Mackner

John Mackner

Tollefson's Retail Group, Inc.

Minot, ND

Marnie Ochs-Raleigh

Marnie Ochs-Raleigh

Evolve Systems

St. Paul, MN

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TJ Russell

Cloverdale Foods

Mandan, ND

Travas Uthe

Travas Uthe

Trav's Outfitter

Watertown, SD

Venky Venkatachalam

Venky Venkatachalam

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

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Do you work in a family business?

Ready to take the first step on membership? Or need more information? We'd love to chat with you more about the benefits your family business will receive.