Mitzi Perdue is the daughter of one family business titan
(her father founded the Sheraton Hotel Chain) and the
widow of another, (her late husband was the family
business poultry magnate, Frank Perdue), and 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 family business,
Henderson Estate Company, in 1840, and her Perdue
family started in 1920 in the poultry business. These two
families have a combined tradition of 276 years of
staying together as a family.