Mitzi Perdue is the daughter of one business titan (her father founded the Sheraton Hotel Chain) and the widow of another, (her late husband was the poultry magnate, Frank Perdue), but she is also a businesswoman in her own right. She started the family wine grape business, now one of the larger suppliers of wine grapes in California. Mitzi likes nothing better than to share insider tips for successful family businesses. Her family of origin (the one that started the Sheraton Hotels) began with the Henderson Estate Company in 1890, and her Perdue family started in 1920 in the poultry business. These two families have a combined tradition of 222 years of staying together as a family. Mitzi is happy to share actionable advice on how they did it.Book Mitzi
The widow of Frank Perdue, longtime president and CEO of Perdue Farms, offers nine suggestions gleaned from observing her husband’s leadership in the January/February 2016 issue of Family Business Magazine.Read More
My father, Ernest Henderson, built the Sheraton hotels from one hotel to more than 400 during his lifetime.Read More
Much as I admired Frank Perdue for his success with his family poultry business, I admired him even more for his success as a family man.Read More
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