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Learning from the best: Father-son businesses share secrets to success

Learning from the best: Father-son businesses share secrets to success

Sons learn from their fathers. Whether it’s how to throw a ball, ride a bike, shave or tie a tie, the lessons fathers teach can last a lifetime. But how do those lessons change when a son joins his father in business? Howard Magazine talked with local father-son teams about how their relationships moved from the family circle to the daily grind, as well as what works — and what doesn’t — when it comes to working together. The Hillmuth family At Hillmuth Certified Automotive, customers say staff members treat them like family. But in 1978, when Doug Hillmuth, his wife, Eileen, and brother, Bill, opened the company’s first location in Columbia, little did...

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