Family Business Awards

Recognizing & Honoring Family Business

The PFBA Annual

Excellence In Family Business Award

The PFBA recognizes several exemplary family businesses each year with an “Excellence in Family Business Award".

  • Multi-generational

    At least two generations are currently working in the business, or the business has already transitioned from one generation to another within the family.

  • Contributions to community

    Contributions are made through leadership roles, volunteer service and/or financial support.

  • Character

    Integrity and honesty are values of the family business.

  • Employees

    The business genuinely cares for the personal well-being of employees and recognizes their contributions to the success of the business.

  • Success

    Proven success and growth of the family business since its founding.

PFBA Annual

Heritage Award

This award is presented each year to a family business that has been in business for 75 years or longer.


2020 Recipient


Started by farmer Fred Beskow September 1, 1920, Reliabank is celebrating its 100th year in business. Reliabank's mission is to provide innovative banking solutions in a changing world. Headquartered in South Dakota, Reliabank offers big bank products with hometown service while relying on a united employee team.

Vicki Clarke

Business of the Year Award

The recipient of this award is selected from the annual local award winners. This prestigious award, in memory of Vicki Clarke, is presented at the annual conference.

2020 Recipient

Bismarck Aero Center

Bismarck Aero Center was founded in 1990 by Bob Simmers and specialized in aviation consulting, specialized flight training, aircraft storage, and pilot services. It is currently in its second generation of family business, filled by Bob's son, Jonathan.

Bismarck Aero Center

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