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Family Business at St. Thomas prepares students to manage the most common business in the world: working with family.

What are recent graduates doing now?

Peter Nystrom works as the marketing director at the family business, Nystrom & Associate, Ltd. He manages and directs the marketing division of the company, does all the purchasing for  the company, and plays an integral role in the growth and expansion of the company.

Heather Farr works as in the family business, Vision Staffing Solutions, as a staffing specialist where she places people on assignment in various capacities daily.

Other students who have taken family business courses at UST work in their family businesses in a variety of roles including owner, CEO, president, vice-president, sales, marketing, operation management and development.

Our family business students come from a vast range of businesses in different industries including construction, realty, property management, restaurants, tourism and recreation, marketing and agriculture.

Faculty at work

Dr. Ritch L. Sorenson has been an owner in a family business. He is former editor for Family Business Review, the premier journal in family business. Based on conferences he has sponsored, Dr. Sorenson publishes books, including Family Business and Social Capital and The Landscape of Family Business (forthcoming).He has conducted national studies of family business and has publications about family business conflict, leadership, succession, collaboration, and ethics. Dr. Sorenson participates actively in a variety of professional family business organizations.

What jobs are possible with a Family Business major?

  • Sales manager
  • Customer service manager
  • Retail manager
  • Department manager
  • Business manager
  • Executive director
  • Director of services
  • Fundraising director
  • Quality control manager


  • Marketing manager
  • Operations manager
  • Family foundation manager
  • Training and development director
  • Human resources administrator
  • Office systems manager
  • Personnel manager
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