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Family Business Advisor Engagement Luncheon

The Tabasco Family Story

The Family Business Center kicks off the 2022-23 Family Business Adviser Engagement Luncheon season with a keynote from one of the most famous family business brands in America.

Anthony “Tony” Simmons is the retired President and CEO of McIlhenny Company, the makers of Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce. A member of the 5th generation, Tony is the great great grandson of the founder, Edmund McIlhenny. Tony serves on the board of McIlhenny Company and is the president and director of Avery Island Incorporated, a 7th generation family business with 9 generations of family shareholders. Tony also serves on the board of King Ranch, Flagship Foods and is chairman of the S Corp Association, an advocacy group based in Washington DC.

Joining McIlhenny Company in 2000 as Executive Vice President, Simmons became President in 2012 and CEO in 2013, a capacity he served until retiring at age 68 in 2019. Prior to working for his family, Tony worked either for or with The Manitowoc Company, based in Manitowoc, Wisconsin for 25 years. He spent the last six years as their independent distributor for their crane products for the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. Tony graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans.

You’ll learn the unique steps the McIlhenny family has taken to make their family business last into seven generations, how their governance structure has changed over time and how they’ve built a company to face future headwinds.

Date & Time:

Thursday, November 3, 2022
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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Thanks to our Table Sponsors!

Abeln, Magy, Underberg & Associates
BMO Harris Bank
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Connelly Family Wealth Management
Fidelity Bank
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Meristem Cresset
Platinum Group
PNC Bank
Punch & Associates
Trust Point
University of St. Thomas Schulze School of Entrepreneurship


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.