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The nationally recognized Partners In Business program evolved out of Utah State University's annual banking seminar.

Under the direction of Dr. Vern Buehler, and with the support of Utah Bankers Association, the very first banking seminar took place in 1970. Building on its early successes, Utah State University then initiated several four-day seminars. These seminars branched out to cover quality and productivity, real estate, insurance and accounting.

Three more seminars were introduced in the 1980s to cover world trade, human resource management, and management information systems. Each seminar was jointly sponsored with an appropriate Utah professional association. The official inauguration of Partners in Business coincided with the first productivity seminar in May 1976. Since its modest beginnings, the program has grown to win praise from many national and international leaders. The program has attracted many "great minds" over the years, including Milton Friedman, Peter Drucker, Alan Greenspan, W. Edwards Deming and Shigeo Shingo, who each presented at early Partners' seminars.

Although Dr. Buehler retired in 1989, Partner’s unique model has withstood the test of time, and constantly strives to fill the needs and interests of business practitioners.


Our Mission

"Connecting innovative thought leaders, business practitioners, and aspiring students." 



Executive Director:
Dr. Christopher Fawson


"At Partners in Business, we believe that stimulating independent intellectual curiosity, cultivating a commitment to lifelong learning and the systematic renewal of content knowledge are essential features of building the next generation of organizational leaders. We hope to be your partner in helping you effectively build both individual and team leadership potential within your organization. To help you fulfill your commitment to building leadership potential within your organization, we offer a special pricing option to organizations that send individuals or teams to our entire sequence of conferences."