What does it take to keep a family owned business relevant and successful for 80 years? This week on Down to Business, we talk with Diana Nelson, Chair of Carlson, a global leader in the travel industry. The company has evolved quite a bit since it was founded in 1938 as the Gold Bond Stamp Company in Minneapolis. Through the decades, they have held ownership stakes in companies like Radisson Hotels and TGI Fridays restaurants. Today, in its third generation as a family business, Carlson has evolved once again as a global travel company operating in over 150 countries. Listen to the full episode below and be sure to subscribe on iTunes to hear all previous episodes of Down to Business.

Down to Business is a unique interview show that delves into the stories, ideas, and thoughts of some of the world’s most successful people in business, finance, entrepreneurship, technology, and investing. Instead of focusing on where they are now, we focus on how our guests got there; how they went from the sales floor to the boardroom, the people and decisions that helped them along the way, and the nights where they were curled up in the fetal position with a glass of Merlot wondering if they had just ruined it all. Real life stories that have led to real life success.

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