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Family Business Camp to Support the Next Generation

July 6, 2022

As part of its Family Business Initiative, the St. John Fisher University School of Business will host the Young Adult/Parent Family Business Camp, a one-day program providing network and learning opportunities for young adults (ages 16-20) whose parent(s) own a business. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, August 8, at the St. John Fisher University School of Business.

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“Family firms in Upstate New York are the backbone of our economy.  The young adults whose families own firms are stakeholders and may one day own or run these or other firms in our region. They are our future and it’s exciting to create programming to support them,” said Dr. Carol Wittmeyer, interim dean of the School of Business.

Reagan Stitt, a rising senior at the University of Dayton and third-generation family member with Cutco Knives, will provide a real case presentation to young adults about her journey in her family’s business. Robert Denning, fourth-generation, president and CEO of Perry’s Ice Cream, will present to parents on next-generation policies. Both groups, parents and young adults, will present background and futuristic transitions for their family’s business to the rest of the peer camp guests.

“The purpose of the camp is to help young adults learn more about family business in general and parents will benefit from sharing about their businesses, situations,  policies, and plans for the young adults in their firm,” said Wittmeyer. “The camp will help to set the stage for great discussions and action planning.”

As part of the program, event guests will have the ability to attend an exclusive viewing of the Buffalo Bills 2022 Training Camp as a group, hosted by Dr. Todd Harrison, assistant dean of the School of Business, who also serves as director of camp operations.

Online registration is now open and will close Friday, July 29. For more information, email Wittmeyer at or call the Office of the Dean of the School of Business at (585) 385-8446.