Next generation takes over leadership at J&L Harley-Davidson

2017-06-05T14:49:53+00:00 May 30, 2017|Member News, Success Stories|

Next generation takes over leadership at J&L Harley-Davidson For Jimmy Entenman, life in a family business began with his father’s reaction to his due date. Aug. 30. Not ideal. “That’s Sturgis,” is how the family remembers father Jim Entenman responding. Jimmy Entenman “He knew he had to work,” Jimmy said. “I was born during a [...]

Fourth-generation business leader emphasizes ‘planning to succeed’

2017-06-30T17:09:50+00:00 May 5, 2017|Awards, Member News, Q&A, Success Stories|

Fourth-generation business leader emphasizes ‘planning to succeed’ Starting with lone founder Harry A. Thompson four generations ago, H.A. Thompson & Sons of Bismarck, N.D., has grown to 86 employees at five locations. The plumbing, heating, air conditioning and mechanical rehabilitation business was the recipient of this year’s Vicki Clarke Family Business of the Year Award [...]

Growing family steel business starts transition planning early

2017-06-30T17:08:32+00:00 May 5, 2017|Member News, Q&A, Success Stories|

Growing family steel business starts transition planning early It all started in the back of an industrial machine shop in a Sioux Falls industrial park. But 47 years later, P&M Steel has grown to a 7.5-acre full-service steel fabricator serving customers in a 100-mile radius. The family-owned business transitioned its leadership from founder Louis Profilet [...]

After 80 years, Reptile Gardens keeps growing

2017-05-19T16:34:16+00:00 April 7, 2017|Awards, Success Stories|

Earl Brockelsby was a born showman. At 19, he worked as a tour guide at a Black Hills attraction called Hidden City. The owner of that now-closed tourist destination claimed the unique geological formation was actually an ancient civilization. It wasn’t, but Brockelsby spun the narrative for the summer of 1935 anyway. Wearing a big [...]

An Inside Look into 25th Annual Conference Success Story: TABASCO & the McIlhenny Family

2017-05-19T16:34:16+00:00 March 13, 2017|Success Stories|

The locals call it Cajun ketchup. To the rest of us, it’s Tabasco sauce – the most well-known pepper sauce in the world. Next year, the brand will turn 150 years old. But every day, CEO Tony Simmons literally starts from scratch. Simmons arrives at the Tabasco blending area at 9 a.m. “and they will [...]

Global Expert Shares Advice For Family Businesses

2017-05-19T16:34:17+00:00 February 21, 2017|Success Stories|

Keeping the “family” in the family business is all about governance. Providing clear policies and procedures helps clarify roles, define responsibilities and keep family members engaged. While it can be complex, family governance also is critical to helping business avoid pitfalls and thrive in future generations. On March 30, the Prairie Family Business Association is [...]

Mills Property Management

2017-05-19T16:34:20+00:00 October 20, 2015|Success Stories|

Mary Jo Minor began her journey with the family business in the early 90's when she purchased management contracts from her father, Harvey, for existing properties that were being managed by H.E. Mills Construction - a company started by Harvey in 1949 and is the roots of Mills Property Management, Inc. Since then, Mary Jo [...]

Serenity Assisted Living

2017-05-19T16:34:21+00:00 March 4, 2015|Success Stories|

Serenity Assisted Living in Dilworth, MN is a relatively new family business, having been established in 2006, it is still owned by the first generation. Nevertheless, the company has grown remarkably in the past ten years, increasing from 10 assisted living apartments to 60. Like any family of a growing company, the Anderson family has [...]