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Family Business Advisor Engagement Luncheon

Good Governance is Good Practice

Running a family business can be a juggling act. Harmony and unity are sought in the family, but success in running a business often includes tension and competition. How does a family make these competing issues balance out? Good governance.

Governance is the way families facilitate appropriate communication on topics related the to the business and family. Good governance practices provide a constructive way to make decisions for family, business and ownership. When done well, governance practices include stakeholders in decision-making and can set the family business on a course to be successful for future generations.

At this event we’ll learn from three different family businesses with different governance structures. We’ll learn the reasons they sought good governance; how they normalize communication across tough issues to create stability for the future; how those outside the family can help; and more.


  • Mary Daugherty, University of St. Thomas
  • Tanya Jorgenson, MaxTech, Inc. 
  • Kyle Kottke, Kottke Trucking
  • Bob Warner, Warners’ Stellian

Date & Time:

Thursday, February 13, 2020
11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.


Opus Hall (MOH) 201
University of St. Thomas
20 S 10th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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Cost for individual advisers.

Admission is free and open to University of St. Thomas faculty, staff and students. Please email familybusiness@stthomas.edu for the discount code.



Advance registration is required as space is limited.