Family Business Interviews

We have collected a number of conversations with men and women who are an active part of a successful family business. These interviews will give insight into real-world situations and solutions within a closely-held or family business. Each interviewee also provides their own unique stories and expert advice.

Interview with Ernie Boch Jr

10 years ago, Paul interviewed Ernie Boch Jr. about his experience of being part of one of New England’s historic family enterprises. This year, we had the privilege of catching up with Ernie 10 years later. Check out the videos below as you get an inside look into the world of one of the most successful auto dealers and family enterprises in the country.

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Interview with Mitzi Purdue

Mitzi Perdue understands the world of family enterprise on two levels. First, as the daughter of Ernest Henderson, co-founder of the Sheraton Hotel chain, and second, from her 17 year marriage to the late chicken icon, Frank Perdue.

As the only daughter of Ernest Henderson, Mitzi was never considered for a role in Sheraton Hotels. Nor did she consider one for herself. As she puts it, “My father was born in 1897, and I think the idea of having a daughter work in the business simply never occurred to him. For that matter, it didn’t occur to me. I don’t think it ever occurred to him to even encourage me to be a businesswoman.”

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